Tag: Dev

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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MapAnything raises $42.5 million for location of things platform

The location of things (LoT) market — which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data  — is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025, driven by the proliferation of connected devices, high-speed networks, and personalized services. Mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps, Uber, and […]

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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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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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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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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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Intel’s Neural Compute Stick 2 is 8 times faster than its predecessor

It’s been a little over a year since Intel made the Movidius Neural Compute Stick (previously codenamed Fathom) generally available. The $79 thumb drive — a metal dongle housing a system-on-chip purpose-built for accelerating machine learning algorithms — was the product of chipmaker Movidius, which Intel acquired in September 2016. […]

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Samsung’s 8-nanometer Exynos 9820 is 20% faster in single-core tasks

Just about a week after revealing its prototypical foldable smartphone to the world, Samsung unceremoniously took the wraps off of its latest flagship system-on-chip: the Exynos 9820. The newest octa-core silicon in its 9 Series lineup packs an improved neural processing unit (NPU) for on-device artificial intelligence (AI) applications, a fourth-generation […]

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Registration for Google’s .dev domains begins January 2019

As the number of available .com domains continues to decline, alternative domain endings are becoming more popular. Many developers (including yours truly) prefer to use .io domains for personal sites and projects, as a nod to “I/O” being the abbreviation for “input/output,” but now Google is working on a new ending specifically for those people […]

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Nigerian telecom fesses up to routing traffic through China

(Reuters) — Nigeria’s Main One Cable Co took responsibility on Tuesday for a glitch that temporarily caused some Google global traffic to be misrouted through China, saying it accidentally caused the problem during a network upgrade. The issue surfaced on Monday afternoon as internet monitoring firms ThousandEyes and BGPmon said […]

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Oxford researchers’ AI framework may predict Parkinson’s by identifying REM sleep disorder

Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide, is traditionally diagnosed clinically by finding slow movement, rest tremors (i.e., a shaking of limbs), and muscle rigidity. But spotting it early isn’t easy — no specific, objective diagnostic test for Parkinson’s exists. Encouragingly, scientists at the […]

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PwC: Only 4% of executives say their business has successfully implemented AI

It seems almost impossible to have a conversation about emerging enterprise tech without bringing up artificial intelligence (AI). But according to a newly published report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), AI remains decidedly more talk than action where most executives are concerned. PwC’s 11th annual Digital IQ survey of thousands of business, […]

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France leads effort to save internet from itself with ‘Paris Call’ and Facebook embed

As the geopolitical picture continues to churn with uncertainty, France is making a strong and surprising bid to assume a central leadership role in fixing the hot mess otherwise known as the internet. Following a weekend-long tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I that drew […]

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Ridecell extends funding round for autonomous ride-hailing platform to $60 million

Car-sharing, ride-sharing, and ride-hailing companies have something in common: They rely on fairly sophisticated backends to keep fleets up and running on time. Ridecell, which offers one such software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, has attracted the attention of investors like LG and Sony. The San Francisco startup today announced an extension of the […]

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Trigo Vision partners with Israel supermarket chain for 272 cashierless stores

Amazon reportedly plans to open more than 3,000 cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021, but Tel Aviv startup Trigo Vision hopes to beat it to the punch. It today announced a partnership with Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, that will see its automated retail platform installed in over 272 stores. “We believe […]

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The AI aspiration gap: How to hook AI into actual business results (VB Live)

Getting your AI deployment right takes five steps: assessing your data strategy, aligning stakeholders, assessing tech feasibility, and a coordinated approach to ethics. To learn more about the five fundamentals of AI readiness, and ensure you get it right at every step, catch up on this VB Live event. Access […]

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Google open-sources AI that can distinguish between voices with 92 percent accuracy

Diarization — the process of partitioning out a speech sample into distinctive, homogeneous segments according to who said what — doesn’t come as easy to machines as it does to humans, and training a machine learning algorithm to perform it is tougher than it sounds. A robust diarization system must be […]

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Google’s Gboard uses AI to help you pick the best GIF

At a loss for words — or GIFs? Not to worry: Google has your back. The search giant today announced that starting this week on Android, Gboard, its cross-platform virtual keyboard app, will tap artificial intelligence (AI) to recommend GIFs, emojis, and stickers relevant to conversations at hand. It’s rolling […]

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Volkswagen owners can now control their cars with Siri

Looking to unlock your car with Siri? If you have a newish Volkswagen, good news: Now you can. The Berlin automaker today announced that the latest version of its VW Car-Net app includes two new types of commands recognized by Apple’s voice assistant. On iPhones and iPads running iOS 12, […]

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