Tag: Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 […]

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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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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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Google’s AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Bach’s birthday is its best ever

Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history. Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th birthday of Baroque composer extraordinaire Johann […]

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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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The Problem With Trying to Be Like China

For decades, the Republican economic creed has revolved around low taxes and free markets. The sacred dual directives had to be vigorously defended and market regulations of any kind aggressively parried. Free-market prophets such as Milton Friedman suggested a society’s “belief in freedom itself” might be measured by its commitment to deregulation. But quietly, in […]

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AI classifies emotions from EEG data

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive brain-monitoring test that involves placing electrodes along the scalp to send signals to a computer for analysis. EEGs have been widely used to study swallowing, classify mental states, and diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders such as neurogenic pain and epilepsy, but some researchers believe they have unexplored potential. In a […]

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud adds automated case routing, reply recommendations, and other AI features

Salesforce wants to supercharge customer service workflows with artificial intelligence. Toward that end, the San Francisco company today revealed a slew of AI-driven features headed to Service Cloud, its customer relationship management platform, including article recommendations and automated case routing. They’re well-timed, says Salesforce. According to its 2019 State of the Service report, 88 percent […]

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Nvidia’s new $99 pocket-sized AI computer is designed for DIY projects

Nvidia has just released a $99 pocket-sized computer named the Jetson Nano, targeted towards “embedded designers, researchers, and DIY makers” who want to tinker with a system for offline AI development. The developer kit is powered by a 64-bit quad-core ARM processor, and a 128-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU with 4GB of RAM to deliver processing […]

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AWS adopts Nvidia’s Tesla T4 chip for AI inference

Amazon’s AWS today announced the introduction of EC2 instances with Tesla T4 GPUs that will be available to users in the coming weeks in G4 instances. T4 will also be available through the Amazon Elastic Container service for Kubernetes. The T4 made its debut for data centers last September. The T4 uses Turing architecture and […]

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Nvidia researchers debut GauGAN, AI that creates fake landscapes that look real

Nvidia Research today unveiled GauGAN, a generative adversarial AI system that lets you create lifelike landscape images that never existed. The research and a demo of the new system were shown off today at the GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California. GauGAN builds upon learnings from the Pix2Pix system introduced last year that […]

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Nvidia debuts Jetson Nano for edge AI on embedded devices

Nvidia is bringing a new embedded computer to its Jetson line for developers deploying AI on the edge without an internet connection. Named the Jetson Nano, the CUDA-X computer delivers 472 GFLOP of computer power, 4GB of memory, and can operate on 5 watts of power. Jetson Nano and the Jetson Nano developer kit will […]

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Wi-Fi data helps researchers improve accuracy of mapping algorithms

SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, is a well-studied computational problem that involves updating an environment map while keeping track of an agent’s location. (Typically, said agent is a drone or robot.) The advent of cheap, ubiquitous depth sensors and sophisticated algorithms have solved it somewhat, but even state-of-the-art vision systems aren’t perfect: Symmetric and […]

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ID R&D claims its AI can distinguish between sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, and more

AI is surprisingly good at detecting signs of break-ins from audio alone. In September, Amazon announced Alexa Guard, an algorithmic feature for its Echo smart speaker lineup that sends users notifications when it recognizes the sound of breaking glass or alarms for smoke or carbon monoxide. Similarly, SimpliSafe says its Glassbreak Sensor can distinguish between […]

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How Facebook plans to use machine learning to wipe out revenge porn

Facebook’s used its machine learning prowess to filter hate speech and fake accounts— but now it’s turning its focus on fighting revenge porn. In an announcement last week, the company said that it’s introducing new technology to remove non-consensual intimate photos and videos off its platform. The social network claims that the new AI will help the […]

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The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants. Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.  With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should […]

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AI’s many challenges must be thoughtfully addressed

In the future, personalized AI assistants will use knowledge of our behaviors to inform us of goings-on and do chores, and as we grow older, they’ll provide companionship and assistance when caregivers aren’t around. These assistants will not only chart our calendars and supply answers to questions, but will help administer medical treatments, assist us […]

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What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing […]

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Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are raging against the machine (intelligence)

Beto is running. So is Bernie, and maybe Biden. Primaries to pick 2020 presidential candidates are more than a year away in most parts of the United States, but candidates seeking the highest office in the land are making their intentions known now, and almost every candidate running for the Democratic nomination to take on […]

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