Melbourne will get a Area, a giant journey, and a mind mapping startup

Melbourne skyline

Innovation is borderless. Nice concepts (and naturally, nice engineering) aren’t certain by geography or the traces on a map. They will come from anyplace at any time. That’s why rolling out options and providers globally are crucial 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. Right this moment, 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 depend to 31 Areas and 99 Availability Zones worldwide. It’s additionally the place I’m beginning my first huge journey of the 12 months (don’t fear Sydney, I’ll see you too). Whereas down below, I will likely be giving just a few talks. I’ve included registration info 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 providers. After 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 circumstances.

We’ve got 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 essentially perceive how the mind and nervous system are linked and work together with one another to supply 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 may perceive it, we’d be so easy that we couldn’t.”

Each mind is wired a bit otherwise and each mind scan produces greater than a billion information factors. It will be inconceivable, even for the neatest and most well-trained neurosurgeons and neuroscientists to research this quantity of information. Nevertheless, it’s a downside house that’s uniquely suited to computer systems. Utilizing current mind imaging know-how, like MRIs, at the side of machine studying fashions and cloud providers 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

Right this moment, surgeons are utilizing this know-how to diagnose, plan, and function on sufferers with extra precision. Researchers are utilizing this know-how to check therapies for despair, sleep problems, and different neurological circumstances. 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 amazing 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 Below 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 just a few 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 should utilize the hyperlinks under to register.

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