April 13, 2024

Melbourne skyline

Innovation is borderless. Nice concepts (and naturally, nice engineering) aren’t certain by geography or the strains on a map. They’ll come from wherever at any time. That’s why rolling out options and companies globally are essential to us at AWS. We would like builders, entrepreneurs, startups, and enterprises alike to all have entry to world-class cloud applied sciences no matter the place they’re positioned. At present, I’m excited to announce the brand new AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Area.

Melbourne is our first Area of the New Yr, our second in Australia, and brings our complete rely to 31 Areas and 99 Availability Zones worldwide. It’s additionally the place I’m beginning my first massive journey of the 12 months (don’t fear Sydney, I’ll see you too). Whereas down below, I might be giving a couple of talks. I’ve included registration data on the end of this post for these of you who’re .

Personalised maps of the human mind

One space of specific curiosity to me is the intersection of healthcare and cloud companies. Once we launched the AWS Europe (Spain) Region, I wrote briefly about HumanITcare. Here in Australia, I want to focus on Omniscient Neurotechnology (o8t). An organization that has constructed a mind mapping platform that has the potential to revolutionise neurosurgery, in addition to the way in which that we diagnose and deal with neurological and psychological well being circumstances.

Now we have studied the human mind for hundreds of years. Its construction and chemistry. Hypothesized how completely different areas of the mind regulate cognition, motion, and language. However till pretty just lately (see Human Connectome Project), we haven’t had the instruments or the compute energy to essentially perceive how the mind and nervous system are linked and work together with one another to supply habits and cognition (also referred to as Connectomics). Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Omniscient, Dr. Michael Sughrue, usually sums it up with a quote from Emerson Pugh, “If the mind had been so easy that we may perceive it, we’d be so easy that we couldn’t.”

Each mind is wired a bit in another way and each mind scan produces greater than a billion information factors. It will be unimaginable, even for the neatest and most well-trained neurosurgeons and neuroscientists to research this quantity of information. Nevertheless, it’s a downside area that’s uniquely suited to computer systems. Utilizing current mind imaging expertise, like MRIs, at the side of machine studying fashions and cloud companies like EC2 and Aurora, Omniscient can produce personalised mind maps for sufferers that not solely present how their mind is formed and structured, however the place connections are and the way they’re clustered.

Tractographic view of the brain

At present, surgeons are utilizing this expertise to diagnose, plan, and function on sufferers with extra precision. Researchers are utilizing this expertise to check therapies for despair, sleep issues, and different neurological circumstances. That is solely doable due to the cloud, and it’s a testomony to the truth that nothing, particularly not borders, can maintain again an awesome concept.

Some enjoyable with generative AI

While working through a little bit of writer’s block, I decided to use ChatGPT to assist me ideate on titles for this put up. I didn’t wind up utilizing any, however these had been intelligent.

A couple of humorous methods to say "A visit to Australia" 

1. An Outback hootenanny
2. A Kangaroo-fari
3. A Wallaby Wander-lust
4. A Down Underneath jaunt
5. An Aussie Journey 
6. A Sydney Safari 
7. A Kakadu Jamboree
8. A Nice Barrier Breakaway 
9. A Crocodile Craze
10. A Koala Cruise

On the street in Melbourne and Sydney

As I discussed at the beginning of this put up, I’ve a couple of talking occasions lined up for my Aussie Journey. In Melbourne, I might be talking about innovation at Amazon all through the years. In Sydney, I’ll cowl my tech predictions for 2023 and past. If , you need to use the hyperlinks under to register.

For these of you who can’t be a part of me, I hope to share among the highlights from my journey over the course of the following few weeks. As at all times — now, go construct!