Tag: AI Weekly

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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AI Weekly: Education is essential for the future of AI, MIT panel says

Six titans of industry stood onstage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium yesterday, assembled to speak on a panel about artificial intelligence (AI), including David H. Koch Institute professor Robert Langer; Helen Greiner, cofounder of iRobot, the Bedford-based company perhaps best known for its line of autonomous vacuum cleaners; Xiao’ou Tang, founder of computer vision startup SenseTime, […]

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AI Weekly: Trump’s American AI Initiative lacks substance

It’s been an eventful week in tech. Amazon announced it would abandon plans to open one of its two HQ2 locations in New York City, and the company also acquired Wi-Fi mesh network startup Eero for an undisclosed sum — a hint at Amazon’s future smart home ambitions. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released […]

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AI Weekly: Nuclear fusion, neurology, robotics, and other frontiers advanced by AI

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs, encode biases against ethnicities and genders, and automate war machines. And it might just lead to a third world war. Those and other dire AI predictions resurface continuously in reports and speeches by analysts, celebrities, and prominent researchers alike — admittedly not […]

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AI Weekly: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Marc Benioff, and the future of the world

This week at the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering that put tech executives at the same table with far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called San Francisco the canary in the coal mine. “San Francisco is kind of a train wreck; we have a real inequality problem,” he said. “It’s because of the […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology like […]

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AI Weekly: CES 2019 to showcase transformative AI

Next week marks the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a gigantic exhibition of gadgets, smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, smart displays, security systems, and televisions that’ll define the year to come. CES 2019 promises to be one of the most jam-packed in recent years, with more than 4,500 exhibitors and 180,000 people from 155 […]

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AI Weekly: 2018 in machine learning

Artificial intelligence is without question one of the most captivating and influential corners of the technology world today, but it’s also one of the noisiest. To wrap our heads around the complicated mashup of subjects that coalesce to make coverage of the AI beat possible, we write the AI Weekly. The Weekly is our sandbox of sorts, a place to let […]

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AI Weekly: Despite fears of job-stealing robots, AI did a lot of good this year

In case you somehow missed the dire predictions regarding artificial intelligence (AI): AI is coming for our jobs. Over 10 percent of positions currently occupied by humans will be eliminated by cheaper, more efficient automated replacements, and experts agree AI could make redundant as many as 75 million jobs by 2025. With new reports sounding […]

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AI Weekly: What to expect at NeurIPS 2018, the biggest AI conference of the year

In just over a week, NeurIPS — the biggest AI summit of the year — will kick off Montreal. In 2016, the event had 5,000 registered participants. Last year, the number was 8,000. This year, the first batch of 2,000 tickets sold out in 12 minutes. The annual conference on Neural Information Processing System — until earlier […]

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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 of its PlayFab multiplayer server […]

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AI Weekly: Tech giants need developers to help imagine the future of assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Bixby

It was a fairly substantial week for virtual assistants, as Facebook’s Portal video chat device went on sale, and Samsung’s Bixby finally opened to third-party developers. Like the Actions on Google platform and Alexa Skills Kit, the Bixby Developer Studio users will be able to create conversational apps that work with Bixby that Samsung calls “capsules.” A Bixby […]

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AI Weekly: Driverless car innovation has sped ahead of regulation

Driverless cars remain on a slow but steady march toward widespread deployment. This week proved as much. On Tuesday, Google spinoff Waymo became the first to obtain a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A 40-strong fleet of fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans — overseen by remote operators — will […]

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AI Weekly: Building AI-first companies requires more than hiring data scientists

This week, VentureBeat held its annual VB Summit, an intimate gathering of business executives to discuss the role AI can play in transforming their business. Throughout boardroom sessions and on-stage interviews, one often-repeated issue companies said they’re facing is the difficulty involved in finding data scientists. No surprise there. This shortage has been well-documented for some time […]

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AI Weekly: AI is getting political in Washington, and it’s about time

Amid rage brewing on both sides of the political spectrum over testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it would be understandable if you missed some significant artificial intelligence news in Washington D.C. in recent weeks. This week, a group of four senators — two Democrats, two Republicans — put forward the AI in Government […]

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AI Weekly: Siri needs people’s trust for Shortcuts to succeed

This week, at its big September iPhone and Watch event, Apple announced that iOS 12 will be available on September 17. With iOS 12 comes a series of new features for Siri, the most interesting of which are Siri Suggestions and Shortcuts. Siri Suggestions will surface recommended actions using more than 100 different factors such as time of […]

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AI Weekly: Alexa and Cortana may be working together, but the smartphone is still king

After nearly a year of waiting, Amazon and Microsoft this week brought Alexa to Windows 10 PCs and Cortana to Echo speakers. Overnight, the move delivered Cortana to millions of Echo speakers and Alexa to hundreds of millions of personal computers in the United States. The Echo line of smart speakers continues to enjoy the […]

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Google is reportedly developing its own Amazon Echo Show

Google’s answer to Amazon’s screen-touting Echo Show and Echo Spot launched earlier this year: Android Things-powered devices made by third-party partners like Lenovo, LG, Sony, and JBL and imbued with Google Assistant capabilities and smart displays. (We reviewed the first, the Lenovo Smart Display, in July.) But if rumors are to be believed, the Mountain View […]

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