Tag: AI

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene steps down

Former Oracle Corp. product chief Thomas Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the cloud division at Alphabet Inc’s Google in the coming weeks, Greene announced in a blog post on Friday, after a tumultuous year for the business. Greene said she had joined Google three years ago with […]

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Google’s AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy

Approximately one in nine men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute, and more than 2.9 million patients diagnosed with it at some point are still alive today. And from a treatment perspective, it tends to be problematic — prostate cancer is […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves ‘superhuman’ performance in Pong and Enduro

Machines learning to play games by watching humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction novel, but that’s exactly what researchers at OpenAI — a nonprofit, San Francisco-based AI research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel, among other tech luminaries — and Google subsidiary […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview […]

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Alexa’s new Wake-on-LAN feature turns on smart devices over local networks

Have a smart device with a sleep mode that would normally prevent it from power toggling remotely? Amazon today announced Wake-on-Lan Controller, which enables its Alexa voice assistant to switch on devices that can’t be woken up via the cloud. From a user perspective, invoking it is dead simple. Saying something like […]

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Anki’s Vector gets new animations and features ahead of Alexa integration

Anki‘s playful Vector robot began shipping last month, following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, and the team’s wasting no time introducing enhancements and new features. Today it announced an over-the-air update that’ll bring with it new animations, bug fixes, and performance improvements and which will lay the groundwork for integration […]

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Reimagining the contact center with bots, AI, and the gig economy (VB Live)

AI-powered bots and messaging: the cost-effective, easy-to-implement automation tech is set to slash contact center size by 50 percent in the next five years, reducing costs and powering up the gig economy. Can your company benefit? Take a closer look at the long-term implications of customer support automation, when you […]

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Google Cloud AI loses R&D head Jia Li

Google Cloud AI’s Jia Li has left her position as head of research and development, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Additional comment or details were not provided. Prior to joining Google in 2016, Li was head of research at Snap Inc., and before that led the visual computing […]

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Nvidia’s stock falls 15% after earnings miss

Graphics and AI chip maker Nvidia saw its stock price fall 15 percent in after-hours trading after it reported third fiscal quarter earnings (ended October 28) that missed Wall Street’s targets. On average, analysts expected revenue of $3.24 billion (up 23 percent annually) and non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.93. Nvidia […]

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Citrix acquires Sapho for $200 million to surface actionable insights in the workplace

Citrix Systems today announced it acquired Sapho in an all-cash $200 million deal, a Citrix spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Sapho makes micro-apps for team collaboration apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams that call upon more than 50 popular SaaS products like Salesforce, Workday, Concur, ServiceNow, Outlook, and Google Drive. […]

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Canalys: Amazon retook smart speaker crown from Google in Q3 2018

Market momentum for smart speakers shows no sign of slowing — quite the opposite, in fact. A new report published by research firm Canalys indicates that worldwide smart speaker shipments grew 137 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018 to reach 19.7 million units, up from 8.3 million in […]

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Google makes dataset of 50 million drawings available on its cloud

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they doodle. That’s the conceit behind Quick Draw, an interactive web experiment launched by Google’s Creative Lab in November 2016. It recruits intrepid web surfers to illustrate prompts with sketches, all the while leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to attempt […]

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IAM Robotics raises $20 million for inventory picker robots

There’s a lot of money in robotics — particularly in logistics robotics. The industrial machines market is forecast to be worth $41.23 billion by 2020, according to Grand View Research, with startups like GreyOrange and RightHand leading the charge. But they’re not the only game in town. Pittsburgh startup IAM Robotics […]

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Logojoy raises $4.5 million for AI-generated logos

Bespoke brand assets don’t come cheap. The average logo designer on freelance site Upwork charges about $45 per hour, and that’s only the base rate. Depending on the nature and scale of the job, it could end up being closer to $150 an hour — and that’s setting aside the […]

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PerceptIn unleashes a driverless mobile vending machine that displays video ads

You’ve heard about autonomous cars, but what about autonomous advertisements? Meet PerceptIn‘s DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle, a driverless chassis equipped with digital signage — and a vending machine to boot. The mini-shuttle sports four displays — two smaller screens on the front and rear and a pair of widescreen monitors on either […]

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AdaSky raises $20 million for far-infrared sensor designed for autonomous cars

In October 2017, two-year-old Israeli startup AdaSky emerged from stealth with what it claimed was the first far-infrared (FIR) thermal cameras explicitly designed for driverless cars. Its Viper platform would enable carmakers to clear fully autonomous milestones much more quickly than with conventional sensor packages, AdaSky promised, and it would enter […]

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Google Assistant can now set Nickelodeon character alarms and reply to broadcast messages

Google Assistant is now able to set alarms with characters from Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so you can say “Hey Google, set a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alarm for 8:00 PM.”  Lego City, Lego Life, and Lego Friends alarms are also available and Spin Master Hatichmal alarms […]

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Ford partners with Postmates and Walmart for autonomous grocery delivery in Miami area

Driverless grocery delivery is a hot new trend. Nuro teamed up with grocery giant Kroger for self-driving grocery deliveries in the U.S. this summer, and shortly after, startup Robotmart announced plans to test its driverless grocery store on wheels. In September, Udelv partnered with Farmstead grocery chains in Oklahoma City to transport perishables to […]

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Hippo raises $70 million for data-driven home insurance

U.S. home insurers raked in $95 billion in revenue last year, and according to a recent Jupiter report, so-called insurtech companies are forecast to capture $400 billion in premiums by 2023. Hippo, a Mountain View insurance startup founded in 2015, is a beneficiary of the booming market — the company’s insurance policy sales have […]

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