Tag: Big Data

5 things to expect from the event formerly known as Mobile World Congress

The annual telecom industry gathering once known as Mobile World Congress but now officially called MWC Barcelona begins next week. And while the annual gathering of telecom industry players and pretenders can feel like a punitive plague of locusts descending upon this otherwise lovely Spanish seaside city, it also can […]

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AI Weekly: Experts say OpenAI’s controversial model is a potential threat to society and science

Last week, OpenAI released GPT-2, a conversational AI system that quickly became controversial. Without domain-specific data, GPT-2 achieves state-of-the-art performance in seven of eight natural language understanding benchmarks for things like reading comprehension and answering questions. A paper and some code were released when the unsupervised model, trained on 40GB of […]

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AI extracts speech bubbles from comic strips

Segmentation — partitioning an image or scan into multiple segments, or sets of pixels — is a task at which artificial intelligence (AI) excels. Case in point: Researchers at Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind recently revealed in an academic paper that they’d developed a system capable of segmenting CT scans […]

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Google AI technique reduces speech recognition errors by 29%

Speech recognition is pretty darn good these days. State-of-the-art models like EdgeSpeechNet, which was detailed in a research paper late last year, are capable of achieving about 97 percent accuracy. But even the best systems sometimes stumble on uncommon and rare words. To narrow the gap, scientists at Google and […]

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Google Cloud Text-to-Speech adds 31 WaveNet voices, 7 languages and dialects

If you’re a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customer who’s currently tapping the suite’s artificially intelligent (AI) text-to-speech or speech-to-text services, good news: New features are heading your way. As of today, the Cloud Text-to-Speech API can recognize additional languages — seven languages and dialects, to be exact — and speak with […]

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Q&A with leaders of Intel’s MESO chip: ‘This will happen faster than you think’

Intel is working on a new transistor called MESO that could be 10 to 30 times more efficient than existing transistors, a potential game-changer for the industry (see our main article here). It could help solve many of the world’s biggest problems, spurring AI efforts that could help everything from […]

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Intel’s MESO transistor promises vast leap in AI processing power

Less than a decade ago, neuroscientist Amir Khosrowshahi was drilling holes and sticking needles into skulls to learn about the human brain. He turned his knowledge of neuroscience into entrepreneurial success, cofounding Nervana, a startup that helped large companies run neural networks, the technology now driving explosive results in AI. Intel, […]

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Linux Foundation launches ELISA, an open source project for building safety-critical systems

Machines have a trust problem — particularly autonomous machines deployed in safety-critical scenarios, like industrial robots and driverless cars. In a pair of surveys published by the American Automobile Association last January and by Gallup in May, 63 percent of people reported feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle and […]

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Splice Machine raises $16 million for unified machine learning platform

Splice Machine, a self-described data platform for “operational” artificial intelligence (AI), today announced that it’s raised $16 million in series B financing led by GreatPoint Ventures (GPV), with minority equity participation from Accenture Ventures and individual investor and SunBridge Group CEO Allen Miner. The influx of fresh capital — which follows […]

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Lyft says Shared Saver is its ‘most affordable’ ride option yet

Lyft today announced what it says is its “most affordable” ride option yet: Shared Saver. Starting this week in select cities — Denver and San Jose for now, with others to follow — riders can lock in low prices even during peak hours. Unlike Lyft’s standard Shared rides, Shared Saver isn’t […]

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ThousandEyes raises $50 million to monitor network performance

ThousandEyes, a San Francisco cloud analytics startup founded in 2010 by UCLA Internet Research Lab grad students Mohit Lad and Ricardo Oliveira, today announced that it has raised $50 million in a series D financing round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with contributions from new investor Thomvest Ventures and […]

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Armorblox raises $16.5 million for NLP that secures human communication

Natural language processing (NLP) — the branch of AI that helps computers understand and manipulate human language — might not seem naturally applicable to cybersecurity, but as it turns out, the benefits can be enormous. Just ask Dhananjay Sampath. He’s the cofounder of Armorblox, a cybersecurity startup that emerged from stealth […]

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OpenAI: Social science, not just computer science, is critical for AI

AI safety research needs social scientists to ensure AI succeeds when humans are involved. That’s the crux of the argument advanced in a new paper published by researchers at OpenAI (“AI Safety Needs Social Scientists“), a San Francisco-based nonprofit backed by tech luminaries Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. “Most AI […]

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AI predicts smartphone transportation modality from Wi-Fi signals

You can learn a lot about people from the gadgets on their person, history has taught us, and that includes their movements. In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“A Semi-Supervised Deep Residual Network for Mode Detection in Wi-Fi Signals“), researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada describe […]

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Strategy Analytics: Amazon beat Google in Q4 2018 smart speaker shipments

Smart speakers continue to sell like hotcakes. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, which today reported that in the fourth quarter of 2018, shipments of AI-imbued speakers grew 95 percent from 22.6 million units in Q3 to 38.5 million units — more than the entire 2017 total. It brought the year-end […]

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Redis Labs raises $60 million for its NoSQL database

Redis Labs made headlines last year when it controversially changed licensing on its previously free-to-use add-on modules to the Common Clause, requiring service providers to pay for them. Today the Mountain View, California-based startup announced it has raised $60 million in series E funding. The round was led by Francisco Partners, with […]

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Cisco: Mobile internet traffic will approach a zettabyte by 2022

By 2022, mobile internet traffic will reach an annual run rate close to a zettabyte (270 bytes) and represent nearly 20 percent of global IP traffic, equating to 930 exabytes (1018 bytes) annually — roughly 113 times more than all traffic generated in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of mobile users worldwide will […]

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M12-backed NsKnox raises $15 million for real-time payment fraud detection

Payments fraud is on the rise, and not even corporate giants are immune. In April 2017, a U.S. Justice Department investigation revealed that Facebook and Google were the victims of a $100 million payment scam by an Asian supplier. And two years ago, transactions fraud hit a record high of 78 […]

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AI detects potentially damaging ice on wind turbines

Ice is the enemy of turbines everywhere. Some wind farms report energy production losses of up to 20 percent due to icing, according to Canadian wind-industry consultancy firm TechnoCentre Éolien (TCE), and that’s not the worst of it. Over time, ice shedding from blades can damage other blades or overstress internal […]

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Documents show how Google used shell companies to keep datacenter negotiations quiet

The negotiations between tech companies and cities to open new offices and/or data centers have long been held behind the scenes. But that secrecy is proving to be an increasing point of contention, as evidenced this week by Amazon’s decision to abandon plans for a big New York City campus, […]

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Google open-sources PlaNet, an AI agent that learns about the world from images

Reinforcement learning — a machine learning training technique that uses rewards to drive AI agents toward certain goals — is a reliable means of improving said agents’ decision-making, given plenty of compute, data, and time. But it’s not always practical; model-free approaches, which aim to get agents to directly predict actions […]

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Researchers improve robots’ speech recognition by modeling human auditory processing

We rarely think too much about noises as we’re listening to them, but there’s an enormous amount of complexity involved in isolating audio from places like crowded city squares and busy department stores. In the lower levels of our auditory pathways, we segregate individual sources from backgrounds, localize them in space, […]

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