Tag: AI

Researchers improve AI emotion classification by combining speech and facial expression data

Systems that can classify a person’s emotion from their voice and facial tics alone are a longstanding goal of some AI researchers. Firms like Affectiva, which recently launched a product that scans drivers’ faces and voices to monitor their mood, are moving the needle in the right direction. But considerable challenges […]

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Robomart to roll out driverless grocery store vehicles in Boston area this spring

Robomart today announced a partnership with grocery store chain Stop & Shop to deploy driverless store vehicles in the Boston area this spring, the startup’s first planned deployment with a major retail customer. The vehicles will be stocked with Stop & Shop inventory. Selections available on the vehicle will include […]

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Project Alias feeds smart speakers white noise to preserve privacy

Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user 1,700 […]

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Perceptin’s visual perception system for trains has a 1,000-meter range

Lidar — laser-based sensors that produce depth data by measuring the distance between themselves and objects — are the cornerstone of self-driving systems from Google parent company Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber, and others. They’ve been employed for decades in space travel (during the Apollo 15 mission) and military reconnaissance, most recently […]

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Bold Commerce raises $16.5 million to bring AI to ecommerce stores on Shopify and elsewhere

Bold Commerce, a software development company that builds tools, integrations, and enhanced functionality for ecommerce stores, has raised CDN$22 million ($16.5 million) in a series A round of funding from Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital. Founded out of Winnipeg, Canada, in 2013, Bold Commerce currently develops 20 apps that can […]

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Fractal Analytics raises $200 million to boost enterprise efficiency with AI

The big data analytics market is worth big bucks. A recent report by Market Research Future pegged its value at $275 billion by 2023, and Gartner recently predicted that AI-derived business revenue will reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. With that sort of capital at stake, it’s no wonder investors are […]

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Badger will deploy robots to nearly 500 Giant, Martin’s, and Stop and Shop stores in the U.S.

Fleets of robots will head to grocery store aisles later this year, thanks to a partnership between Kentucky-based Badger Technologies and Retail Business Services (RBS), the division of Ahold Delhaize that provides services to Food Lion, Hannaford, and other brick-and-mortar brands. The two today announced that Badger’s roving Marty bots, which […]

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Pensa Systems uses autonomous drones to track store inventory

There’s perhaps no retail task more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Inventory tracking — that is, figuring out which products are in stock, which stock is likely to run low in the next week, and so on — is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion […]

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AiFi markets NanoStore, a tiny white-label cashierless store

Cashierless stores are all the rage. You need look no further for evidence than Amazon’s rapidly expanding Amazon Go chain and the tens of millions of VC dollars startups like Trigo Vision and Zippin have snatched up in the past year. Some, like Grabango, offer plug-and-play systems designed to accommodate […]

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Mobileye plans to deploy fully autonomous cars in 4 years

Watch out, Waymo — Mobileye has its sights set on you. The Tel Aviv developer of autonomous car systems, which Intel paid $15.3 billion to acquire in March 2017, had an eventful few days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. During a presentation headlined by cofounder and CEO Amnon Shashua, […]

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CrowdAnalytix raises $40 million for crowdsourced AI algorithms

Designing, training, and validating sophisticated machine learning algorithms can suck up a lot of hours — particularly if you’re dealing with sparse datasets. This has given rise to a cottage industry of crowdsourced data science, led by Google’s Kaggle and companies like Topcoder. And the market’s growth potential is getting […]

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How NASDAQ harnesses hyper-converged infrastructure and virtualization for zero downtime (VB Live)

Hyper-converged infrastructure is great, but adding virtualization as an integral part of your stack means more savings, increased IT agility, advanced multi-cloud ability and more. To learn more about how virtualization can remove complexity and increase efficiency, and how to choose the right HCI tool, catch up now on this […]

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Ring employees reportedly had access to all live and recorded customer videos

Ring, the smart home device startup Amazon acquired for $1 billion in March 2018, reportedly has a security problem: Some of its employees were given unfettered access to footage from customers’ security cameras. The Intercept, citing an anonymous source, today reported that beginning in 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development […]

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Why 25% of companies are copying Amazon’s customer support model — using bots and AI (VB Live)

Bots, artificial intelligence, and messaging in customer support offer an 8.6 percent increase in profit margin per customer. For a closer look at the long-term implications of automation, how to invest in the brave new world of work, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! Access for free on […]

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OneLogin raises $100 million to help enterprises manage access and identity

Not every startup manages to reach — or exceed — $100 million in financing. Those that do join an exclusive group  of fundraisers and can enjoy a massive vote of confidence from the venture capitalists and angels who help put them there. As of this morning, OneLogin is the latest […]

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