March 27, 2023

Melbourne skyline

Innovation is borderless. Nice concepts (and naturally, nice engineering) aren’t sure by geography or the strains on a map. They’ll come from anyplace at any time. That’s why rolling out options and companies globally are essential to us at AWS. We wish 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 12 months, our second in Australia, and brings our whole rely to 31 Areas and 99 Availability Zones worldwide. It’s additionally the place I’m beginning my first massive journey of the yr (don’t fear Sydney, I’ll see you too). Whereas down beneath, I will likely be giving a number 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 explicit 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 best way that we diagnose and deal with neurological and psychological well being situations.

We’ve 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 lately (see Human Connectome Project), we haven’t had the instruments or the compute energy to actually perceive how the mind and nervous system are related and work together with one another to provide habits and cognition (often known as Connectomics). Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Omniscient, Dr. Michael Sughrue, typically sums it up with a quote from Emerson Pugh, “If the mind have been so easy that we might perceive it, we’d be so easy that we couldn’t.”

Each mind is wired a bit in a different way and each mind scan produces greater than a billion information factors. It could be unattainable, even for the neatest and most well-trained neurosurgeons and neuroscientists to investigate this quantity of knowledge. Nonetheless, it’s a downside house that’s uniquely fitted 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 remedies for despair, sleep problems, and different neurological situations. That is solely attainable 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 publish. I didn’t wind up utilizing any, however these have been intelligent.

A number 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 highway in Melbourne and Sydney

As I discussed initially of this publish, I’ve a number of talking occasions lined up for my Aussie Journey. In Melbourne, I will likely 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 beneath to register.

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