Tag: AI

IBM’s Lambada AI generates training data for text classifiers

What’s a data scientist to do if they lack sufficient data to train a machine learning model? One potential avenue is synthetic data generation, which researchers IBM Research advocate in a newly published preprint paper. They used a pretrained machine learning model to artificially synthesize new labeled data for text classification  tasks. They claim that […]

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StatMuse combined its NLP stack with Matthew Berry’s fantasy football predictions

StatMuse uses conversational AI and a database of sports trivia and statistics to answer your sports history questions on the major virtual assistant platforms, like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. The answers come through your speaker in the voices of sports bigshots like Peyton Manning and Scott Van Pelt, which is very fun indeed, but […]

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Facebook research suggests pretrained AI models can be easily adapted to new languages

Multilingual masked language modeling involves training an AI model on text from several languages, and it’s a technique that’s been used to great effect. In March, a team introduced an architecture that can jointly learn sentence representations for 93 languages belonging to more than 30 different families. But most previous work in language modeling has […]

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GitHub launches Security Lab to protect open source code

GitHub today launched the GitHub Security Lab, an ongoing effort to protect open source code projects. The GitHub Security Lab is aimed at bringing together security researchers from partner organizations like Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle, Uber, and HackerOne. Many open source projects form an underlying infrastructure for modern software such as programming languages like Ruby […]

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Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI hits general availability

Google Cloud is making Contact Center AI generally available for use today. The cloud service is built with conversational AI engine Dialogflow to automate interactions with customers in call centers. Contact Center AI contains Virtual Agent to automatically respond to customer queries with voice or text or handoff the conversation to a person when a […]

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Google Search on mobile now helps you pronounce words correctly

Ever wonder how to pronounce a particularly challenging word? You’re in luck. Google today announced that it’s rolling out a new tool in mobile Search that lets you practice pronunciations without leaving the results page. Coinciding with its debut, the tech giant this morning added images to its Search dictionary and translation features intended to […]

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Hypernet Labs raises $10 million to ‘democratize’ data science

Democratizing data science is an ambitious mission, but that’s just what the founders of Hypernet Labs hope to achieve with Galileo. It’s a low-code solution that eliminates the need to set up virtual machines and spend excessive time on DevOps tasks, an idea so attractive that it’s caught the attention of a raft of investors. […]

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Punchh raises $40 million for AI that promotes customer engagement and loyalty

Punchh, a startup leveraging machine learning and omnichannel integrations to create customer journeys, today revealed that it’s closed a $40 million series C round co-led by Adams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures. AllianceBernstein also contributed to the tranche, which brings Punchh’s total raised to nearly $70 million following a $20 million series B in January […]

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Baidu releases PaddlePaddle 2.0 with federated learning tools and more

Baidu’s PaddlePaddle (PArallel Distributed Deep LEarning), a platform originally developed by Baidu scientists for the purpose of applying AI to products internally, was open sourced in September 2016. Since then, it’s grown substantially with respect to the capabilities on offer, to this end today gaining 21 new features intended to “improve usability” and “accelerate [the] […]

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Moveworks raises $75 million to automate tech support

IT issues take time, which costs money. A PagerDuty survey found that 38.4% of organizations that take more than 30 minutes to resolve IT incidents see an impact on consumer-facing digital services. Moreover, nearly one-third of departments regularly affected by technical issues say that an hour of downtime costs them $1 million or more. That’s […]

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Investigative intelligence platform Siren raises $10 million

Siren, an investigative intelligence solutions provider, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in series A funding led by DVI Equity Partners. Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland also participated in the round, which comes after a $4 million seed raise in 2018 and brings the Ireland- and Philadelphia-based company’s total raised to nearly $15 million. […]

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AMP Robotics raises $16 million to sort recyclable materials autonomously

AMP Robotics, a Denver, Colorado-based startup creating robotic systems that sort recyclable material, this morning announced that it has closed a $16 million series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital. BV, Closed Loop Partners, Congruent Ventures, and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (an infrastructure firm spun out of Sidewalk Labs and backed by Alphabet and the […]

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App developers in Uganda use TensorFlow to spot armyworm damage in maize

Fall armyworm, the larval life stage of a Fall armyworm moth, impacts maize crops worldwide but particularly in countries like Uganda, where agricultural businesses employ 70% of the population. Studies show the potential impact is between 8.3 and 20.6 million tons per year, with the fallout amounting to between $2.48 million and $6.19 million per […]

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Canalys: Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 2019, almost tripling Google

The global smart speaker market is on the upswing, according to Canalys, which today released shipment estimates for the most recent fiscal quarter. The firm reports the segment grew 44% to reach 28.6 million units in Q3 2019, coinciding with substantial growth in the smart display category. Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 […]

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GitHub launches Arctic Code Vault to preserve open source software for 1,000 years

GitHub today shared plans to open the Arctic Code Vault, an effort to store and preserve open-source software like Flutter and TensorFlow. Code for all open-source projects will be stored here on film with frames that include 8.8 million pixels each designed to last 1,000 years. The code will be housed in a decommissioned coal […]

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GitHub launches iOS app, Android app coming in 2020

Popular project collaboration tool GitHub today announced a range of upgrades for programmers and developers working together including the launch of a GitHub mobile app for iOS smartphones and iPads. An Android app will be released in early 2020, GitHub VP of engineering Dana Lawson told VentureBeat. GitHub on mobile devices will allow users to […]

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Facebook now removes 80% of hate speech proactively

Facebook today published its latest Community Standards Enforcement Report, the first of which it released last April. As in previous editions, the Menlo Park company tracked metrics across a number of policies — bullying and harassment, child nudity, global terrorist propaganda, violence and graphic content, and others — in the second and third fiscal quarter, focusing […]

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Graphcore’s AI accelerator chips launch on Microsoft Azure

Graphcore, a U.K.-based company developing accelerators for AI workloads, this morning announced a milestone: Its Intelligence Processing Units (IPUs) have launched on Azure. It marks the first time a large-scale cloud vendor — Microsoft — has made publicly available Graphcore’s chips. IPUs on Azure are open for customer sign-up, Graphcore says, with access prioritized for […]

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Cruise updates the AI brains behind its autonomous cars twice weekly

GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019. But the setback hasn’t discouraged its over 1,000 staffers from iterating toward a public launch. In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according […]

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