Tag: AI

MIT CSAIL’s AI predicts a protein’s function from chains of amino acids

AI’s been tapped to classify seizures and predict whether breast cancer is likely to metastasize, but that’s far from its only medical application. In an academic paper scheduled to be presented at the International Conference on Learning Representations in May, MIT CSAIL scientists describe a system that “computationally” breaks down how segments of chained amino […]

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AI Weekly: Nvidia’s business model is blurring the lines of reality

Back and forth he went: Is this car real or that car real? Near the start of his keynote address at the Nvidia GPU Tech Conference (GTC), CEO Jensen Huang asked the audience to guess which scenes from a BMW car commercial were generated by a machine and which were recorded with a camera. It […]

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Philadelphia city council candidate says his secret AI has discovered disqualifying fraud in the nominations of 30 out of 33 candidates

Devon Cade — a former bureaucrat who now describes himself as a “philanthropist” — has asked a court to disqualify 30 out of the 33 other Democrats standing in the primary for the city’s council elections on the grounds that the signatures on their nominating petitions were forged. Cade claims that he detected the forgeries […]

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Fetcher raises $5.4 million to automate headhunting for recruiters

Fetcher, a startup that helps companies automate the process of headhunting the best candidates, announced that it has raised $5.4 million in a seed round of funding co-led by Accomplice and Slow Ventures, with participation from Picus, Revel Partners, and a host of angel investors, including Kayak founder Paul English. With a workforce crisis looming, venture […]

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Winnow uses computer vision to help commercial kitchens cut food waste

Roughly one third of food produced globally each year never comes close to a human mouth, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), equating to around $1 trillion worth of edible food ending up in a landfill. The hospitality industry alone reportedly contributes around 10 percent of that figure, which is why […]

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The rise of on-device AI — and why it’s so important (VB Live)

The applications that on-device AI are enabling are capturing consumer attention, and the opportunities for always-on, intelligent devices are enormous. To learn more about this innovative emerging technology that’s already at the fingertips of developers, OEMs, and ISVs, register now for this VB Live event. Register here for free. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 80 […]

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HoneyBook raises $28 million to connect freelancers with clients

The gig economy is alive and well, and you don’t have to take our word for it. One estimate pegs the number of U.S. workers who have an “alternative work arrangement” as their primary job at 57 million, contributing to a global freelance and independent contractor market worth $3.7 trillion, according to Staffing Industry Analysts. […]

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Pinterest hires Walmart CTO Jeremy King as head of engineering

Just a few days after VentureBeat reported that Pinterest chief technology officer (CTO) Vanja Josifovski was jumping ship for Airbnb, the musical chairs merry-go-round continues with news that Pinterest has hired Walmart CTO Jeremy King as its new head of engineering. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after an internal memo revealed that King […]

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Evolv Technologies raises $10 million to automate web A/B testing with AI

San Francisco-based startup Evolv Technologies — not to be confused with Evolv, which manufactures noninvasive body scanners — this week revealed that it has raised $10 million in series A financing led by Horizons Ventures. It concurrently announced that it’s acquired Sentient Ascend — a spinoff from Sentient Technologies — and appointed Michael Schaff, who’s […]

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Jitjatjo raises $11 million to match service and hospitality businesses with temp workers

It’s not easy finding quality workers in a pinch, particularly if you’re in the service and hospitality industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an annualized hotel and motel employee turnover rate of 73.8 percent, and food service isn’t faring much better — the National Restaurant Association puts it at 72.9 percent. Unsurprisingly, there’s […]

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After Christchurch, Facebook concedes AI alone can’t stop violent livestreams

“Many people have asked why artificial intelligence (AI) didn’t detect the video from last week’s attack automatically,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook VP of integrity, in a blog post published today. “AI has made massive progress over the years and in many areas, which has enabled us to proactively detect the vast majority of the content […]

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Guesty raises $35 million to help property managers oversee all their rentals on Airbnb and more

The global vacation rental market was estimated to be a $169 billion industry in 2018, according to research from travel industry outlet Skift, with marketplaces such as Airbnb helping to drive demand for residential properties among holidaymakers. Against that backdrop, Guesty — a property management platform for short-term rentals — has raised $35 million in […]

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Element AI launches enterprise decision-making automation tools

Element AI, a company cofounded more than two years ago by deep learning expert Yoshua Bengio, is rolling out its first publicly available products for enterprise customers today. The AI Enablement Tools and Insight Libraries help automate document reading and processing for various industries using computer vision, optical character recognition (OCR), and other techniques. Element […]

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NS8 raises $26 million to combat ecommerce fraud

NS8, a Las Vegas-based company developing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to combat online fraud, today announced that it has raised $26 million in series B financing led by Edison Partners, with participation from Sorenson Ventures, Lytical Ventures, TDF Ventures, Hanna Ventures, and others. It comes after a $7.5 million seed round in November 2017, […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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Intel and Keemotion detail the ways Yale’s basketball team uses AI

Intel is helping bring AI to the basketball court — Yale’s court, to be exact. Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage. It’s supplied by five-year-old startup Keemotion, with a […]

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Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn. Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private […]

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Security firms detail Android and Google Photos vulnerabilities that exposed user data

Researchers recently uncovered two unrelated vulnerabilities in Google products. Imperva found a way to perform a side-channel attack on Google Photos that lets bad actors glean key location, time, and identifying information from personal accounts. The other, found by Positive Technologies, is a more dangerous Android exploit. It, too, exposes user data, and Google ranked […]

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Thinknum raises $11.6 million to expand its financial modeling tools

Financial analysts spend their days combing through data points to identify patterns and spot trends. But much of the data they rely on is traditional, and the way they share it with their colleagues — through excel files — isn’t always effective. Thinknum, a New York-based firm that aims to address both of these problems, […]

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AI identifies which primates could be carrying the Zika virus

Zika, a species of the genus flavivirus spread mostly by mosquitoes, is associated with mild symptoms in most adults, but with more severe complications in pregnant women and young children. It’s linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which the brain doesn’t develop properly, which in rare cases can cause paralysis and death. Mosquitoes aren’t […]

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