Microsoft Mechanics explores how Aggreko is evaluating Azure Synapse to increase operational efficiency with just-in-time supply of their specialist equipment.

Aggreko is a global leader in the supply of temporary power generation and temperature control systems, providing backup energy and power supply during times of crisis. Join Jeremy Chapman, as Elizabeth Hollinger, Director of Data Insights at Aggreko, shares how Azure Synapse is now part of their data modernization strategy by bringing inventory to just-in-time and increasing operational efficiency.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it’s Microsoft’s limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

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Power Down in Azure Sphere enables power-constrained scenarios for IoT devices to provide more flexibility and options for power management when building and deploying Azure Sphere devices.

Tyler Fox, PM in the Azure Sphere OS team, demos Power Down and talks through low-power IoT device scenarios and how Azure Sphere maintains device security and connectivity even in ultra-low power scenarios.

Lex Fridman interviews Joscha Bach.

Joscha Bach is the VP of Research at the AI Foundation, previously doing research at MIT and Harvard. Joscha work explores the workings of the human mind, intelligence, consciousness, life on Earth, and the possibly-simulated fabric of our universe. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Content index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:14 – Reverse engineering Joscha Bach
  • 10:38 – Nature of truth
  • 18:47 – Original thinking
  • 23:14 – Sentience vs intelligence
  • 31:45 – Mind vs Reality
  • 46:51 – Hard problem of consciousness
  • 51:09 – Connection between the mind and the universe
  • 56:29 – What is consciousness
  • 1:02:32 – Language and concepts
  • 1:09:02 – Meta-learning
  • 1:16:35 – Spirit
  • 1:18:10 – Our civilization may not exist for long
  • 1:37:48 – Twitter and social media
  • 1:44:52 – What systems of government might work well?
  • 1:47:12 – The way out of self-destruction with AI
  • 1:55:18 – AI simulating humans to understand its own nature
  • 2:04:32 – Reinforcement learning
  • 2:09:12 – Commonsense reasoning
  • 2:15:47 – Would AGI need to have a body?
  • 2:22:34 – Neuralink
  • 2:27:01 – Reasoning at the scale of neurons and societies
  • 2:37:16 – Role of emotion
  • 2:48:03 – Happiness is a cookie that your brain bakes for itself