ALBANY – IBM and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute create a "computer lab" on artificial intelligence in Albany.
The facility will be part of the company's larger $ 2 billion commitment to New York State, which will keep IBM in Albany for years to come.
Under the terms of the agreement, Empire State Development will award a $ 300 million grant over five years to SUNY Poly for what is called the AI Hardware Center located on the campus of the institute at Albany. The installation should create hundreds of new jobs.
In exchange, IBM agreed to expand its presence at SUNY Poly's Semiconductor Research Center until 2023, with an option for another five-year agreement thereafter.
IBM's total spending under the agreement, both on SUNY Poly and on IBM sites across the state, will rise to $ 2 billion over five years. – the largest set of commitments IBM has made to the state for nearly a decade.
This agreement also lays the groundwork for making SUNY Poly and New York a home for AI, which is rapidly revolutionizing the way people work, live and interact with their devices.
"New York has always been at the forefront of emerging industries, and this private sector investment to create an Artificial Intelligence Research Hub will attract world-class minds and boost economic growth in the region," he said. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. declaration. "Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the way we live and the way our businesses work, and this partnership with IBM will help keep New York at the forefront of the development of innovative technologies."
According to IBM's IBM Research Division, chips and devices from the past – designed to run spreadsheets and databases – are too logical or simple to be able to perform the tasks needed for the business. 39, activation of artificial intelligence. AI chips need to act more like the human brain and be flexible, which means that the chips of the future will have to be designed differently and use different chip materials and architecture.
"The artificial intelligence will transform the world dramatically next year," said Mukesh Khare, vice president of semiconductors and artificial intelligence equipment at IBM Research. "IBM is pushing the boundaries of AI faster – for the benefit of industry and society." By expanding our partnership with the State of New York, we are creating a global research center on the subject. AI equipment with an ecosystem conducive to innovation, incubation and development. " disruptive technologies ".
The new artificial intelligence center will not only concern IBM and SUNY Poly. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy will be associated with Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, which are already operating at SUNY Poly. Applied Materials and the state have agreed to jointly fund an $ 880 million research and development center at SUNY Poly in November, which is expected to collaborate with AI Hardware Center.
IBM has also agreed to invest $ 30 million in artificial intelligence programs at SUNY schools across the country, with the SUNY system having agreed to pay him $ 25 million.
The idea of extending research done at SUNY Poly to other SUNY schools and other schools in the state of New York is part of the new model of the University of New York. institute that plans closer collaboration with other campuses of the state system.
"Our partnership with companies continues to drive research and economic growth while fighting everything from diseases to cancer to mitigate climate change," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson .
"We continue to offer world-class education in innovative fields, and artificial intelligence is just one example of how SUNY is investing in new technology hubs to prepare our students to the well-paying jobs of tomorrow, "she said.