Doesn't they say the same thing about photography when it was emerging? ;)
Agreed. This is just depressing and is a detriment to society. If this keeps advancing at its current rate, good art will be so trivial to generate that it won't be special anymore. Art will slowly morph into a banal distraction, with creating an original piece being as easy as applying an Instagram filter. The role of the human artist will change from a craftsperson to someone who picks a bunch of parameters, gives it to the AI, and chooses the best output. This type of technology is a threat to the very existence of art as a craft, will completely devalue artwork, and will make the journey of training to become an artist obsolete. I hate these researchers for what they're doing to a field that I love.
I disagree. There will always be demand for real artists. Like any other digital software, this is just a tool with the possibility to help artists create compelling worlds faster and add realism that would otherwise have taken days to make using other methods. As a 3D character artist, I would love to use this to create quick backdrops to place my characters in to enhance final renders.
For 2018, AMD has prepared the next generation of Threadripper which is going to be using AMD’s updated 12nm Zeppelin dies with a number of other tweaks for better boost and faster caches.
AMD’s Zeppelin silicon is said to have 8 cores. The first generation Threadripper uses two of them to get to the top-SKU of 16-cores with CPU featuring four pieces of silicon: two active and two inactive. The second iteration, also known as Threadripper 2 or the Threadripper 2000-series, will turn these inactive dies into active ones, increasing the core count for the high-end desktop and workstation user.
At the AMD press event at Computex, the team revealed that these new processors would support up to 32 cores in total, mirroring the 32-core versions of EPYC. On EPYC, those processors are said to have four active dies, with eight active cores on each die. Please note that EPYC features eight memory channels, while AMD’s X399 platform only supports four channels. So, in the second generation Threadripper the two now ‘active’ parts of the chip do not have direct memory access.
AMD states that this shouldn’t be a problem for the most memory-bound tasks (you can also buy an EPYC for those workloads).
Here is a table with more details on the second generation:
|AMD Threadripper CPUs|
|Cores/Threads||32 / 64||24 / 48||16 / 32||12 / 24|
|Base Frequency||3.0 GHz||3.0 GHz||3.4 GHz||3.5 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||3.4 GHz (WIP)||3.4 GHz (WIP)||4.0 GHz||4.0 GHz|
|L3 Cache||64 MB ?||48 MB ?||32 MB||32 MB|
|PCIe 3.0 Lanes||60 + 4|