Tag: AI

Incoming White House science and technology leader on AI, diversity, and society

Technologies like artificial intelligence and human genome editing “reveal and reflect even more about the complex and sometimes dangerous social architecture that lies beneath the scientific progress that we pursue,” said Dr. Alondra Nelson today as part of the introduction of the Biden administration science team. On Friday, the Biden transition team appointed Nelson to […]

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OpenAI’s text-to-image engine, DALL-E, is a powerful visual idea generator

Once upon a time in Silicon Valley, engineers at the various electronics firms would tinker at their benches and create new inventions. This tinkering was done, at least in part, to show to the engineer at the next bench so they could both appreciate the ingenuity and inspire others. Some of this work eventually made […]

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Researchers propose using the game Overcooked to benchmark collaborative AI systems

Deep reinforcement learning systems are among the most capable in AI, particularly in the robotics domain. However, in the real world, these systems encounter a number of situations and behaviors to which they weren’t exposed during development. In a step toward systems that can collaborate with humans in order to help them accomplish their goals, […]

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AI Weekly: Meet the people trying to replicate and open-source OpenAI’s GPT-3

EleutherAI According to Leahy, EleutherAI began as “something of a joke” on TPU Podcast, a machine learning Discord server, where he playfully suggested someone should try to replicate GPT-3. Leahy, Gao, and Black took this to its logical extreme and founded the EleutherAI Discord server, which became the base of the organization’s operations. “I consider […]

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Feature store repositories emerge as an MLOps linchpin for advancing AI

A battle for control over machine learning operations (MLOps) is beginning in earnest as organizations embrace feature store repositories to build AI models more efficiently. A feature store is at its core a data warehouse through which developers of AI models can share and reuse the artifacts that make up an AI model as well […]

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Microsoft’s new settings let users contribute recordings to improve its speech recognition systems

Microsoft today announced it will give customers finer-grain control over whether their voice data is used to improve its speech recognition products. The new policy will allow customers to decide if reviewers, including Microsoft employees and contractors, can listen to recordings of what they said while speaking to Microsoft products and services that use speech […]

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Facebook claims its AI can anticipate COVID-19 outcomes using X-rays

Researchers at Facebook and New York University (NYU) claim to have developed three machine learning models that could help doctors predict how a COVID-19 patient’s condition might develop. The open-sourced models, all of which require no more than a sequence of X-rays, ostensibly predict patient deterioration up to four days in advance and the amount […]

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The DeanBeat: The best of CES 2021 as seen from afar

Last year, at CES 2020, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas, I walked more than 37.45 miles (over 84,385 steps) to scout for the best ideas and products of the show. This week, for CES 2021, I walked about 20 feet to the fridge and 20 more feet to the bathroom and back […]

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AMD CEO Lisa Su talks core counts, console launches, and Apple relationship

During CES 2021, Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su spoke with a group of journalists about a wide range of issues, including AMD’s product road map, the core counts for its processors, launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and the company’s relationships with Apple. I was part of the group Q&A that […]

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The AI Incident Database wants to improve the safety of machine learning

The failures of artificial intelligent systems have become a recurring theme in technology news. Credit scoring algorithms that discriminate against women. Computer vision systems that misclassify people with darker skin. Recommendation systems that promote violent content. Trending algorithms that amplify fake news. Most complex software systems fail at some point and need to be updated […]

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Amazon launches Alexa Custom Assistant to let brands build their own voice assistants

Amazon today launched Alexa Custom Assistant, a product that allows automakers and device manufacturers to create intelligent assistants built on the AI technologies powering Alexa. It marks the first time Amazon is granting third parties access to Alexa’s framework, and the company says it will enable brands to create assistants featuring voices, custom wake words, […]

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U.S. exempts automated vehicles from some crash standards

(Reuters) — The outgoing Trump administration said on Thursday it was issuing new rules that would allow manufacturers of automated vehicles to bypass some crash standards required of conventional vehicles, which would cut production costs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the rules would exempt from certain crash standards automated vehicles that are designed […]

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Oqton raises $40 million to apply AI to additive manufacturing

Oqton, a startup developing a factory operating system that integrates engineering software with manufacturing hardware, today raised $40 million. The company says the funds will be used to further develop Oqton’s platform while expanding its commercial partnerships in markets including additive manufacturing, robotic welding, and CNC machining. The additive manufacturing market is exploding, with Reports […]

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GitLab partners with IBM Cloud to improve collaboration for DevOps

GitLab announced a new partnership with IBM Cloud designed to help DevOps teams work more efficiently by collaborating and deploying through a shared platform. Dubbed GitLab for IBM Cloud Pak, the service will leverage IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence to speed the development of cloud-based applications. “The collaboration between IBM and GitLab brings together the best […]

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Researchers propose using ‘electrosensing’ algorithm to improve underwater navigation

In a paper published in the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences recently, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich proposed modeling the way in which weakly electric fish perceive their environments. They say that their algorithm, which observes objects via electrosensing, could be used to improve the capabilities of underwater robots. While […]

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Automated CI/CD platform Harness raises $115 million at a $1.7 billion valuation

Harness, a continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platform for engineering and developer operations (DevOps) teams, has raised $115 million in funding across a series C and series B1 funding round. This values the San Francisco-based company at a $1.7 billion. Founded in 2016, Harness offers what it calls “continuous delivery as-a-service,” using machine learning and […]

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RecVue raises $13 million to modernize order-to-cash processes

RecVue, which provides an application platform for managing order-to-cash processes, today revealed it has raised an additional $13 million. The funding will be used to advance the adoption of an order lifecycle management platform that bridges the gap between customer relationship management (CRM) applications and backend enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. The series A funding […]

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Sana Labs raises $18 million to upskill workers remotely with machine learning

Sana Labs, a startup that’s using machine learning to personalize training courses for professionals, has raised $18 million in a series A round of funding led by EQT Ventures. As with just about all facets of life during the pandemic, online training and education has surged over the past year, with schools, colleges, and universities […]

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Lumiata raises $14 million to predict health care costs and outcomes with AI

Lumiata, a company providing AI-powered predictive analytics for managing health care costs, has raised $14 million. The company says it’ll use the funds to scale its platform and invest in customer acquisition ahead of the opening of an office in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2021. As many as 3.5 million hospital stays among adults in 2017 […]

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Drone giant DJI builds team to work on autonomous car tech

(Reuters) — China’s DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, is building an engineering team to work on self-driving technologies, according to job posts and people familiar with the company’s strategy. The Shenzhen-based company is hiring engineers for auto electronics, autonomous driving, and in-car software, job posts on its website show. Three people said DJI plans […]

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Autonomous vehicle startup WeRide raises $320 million

WeRide, a Guangzhou, China-based startup developing autonomous vehicle systems, this evening announced that it raised a total of $310 million in series B funding after completing series B2 and B3 rounds. The fundraising follows the closure of a $200 million strategic round by Chinese bus maker Yutong in December. Some experts predict the pandemic will hasten […]

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Pat Gelsinger will take over as new Intel CEO on February 15

Intel announced today that Bob Swan will step down as CEO on February 15, and former Intel executive and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will become Intel’s new top boss. The transition highlights the fact that Intel has been struggling to compete on chip design against Advanced Micro Devices and to compete with TSMC and Samsung […]

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The AI arms race comes to enterprise content management

Enterprise content management (ECM) platforms that have historically been employed to manage files are, thanks to the rise of AI, about to evolve into central repositories for keeping track of relationships between a much wider range of types of data. Fresh off raising an additional $80 million in funding, M-Files is in the process of […]

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Google launches privacy-sensitive Guest Mode on Google Assistant devices

Google today launched Guest Mode, a new way to use Google Assistant on smart devices like Nest Audio and Nest Hub Max without having to sign into a Google account. First announced last fall, Guest Mode allows users to use Google Assistant-powered smart speakers and smart displays without having their activity saved, offering ostensibly stronger […]

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Ring rolls out end-to-end video encryption after a class action lawsuit

In September, Amazon-owned Ring announced that it would bring end-to-end video encryption to its lineup of home security devices. While the company already encrypted videos in storage and during transmission, end-to-end encryption secures videos on-device, preventing third parties without special keys from decrypting and viewing the recordings. The feature launches today in technical preview for […]

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Nayya raises $10 million to guide employee health benefits decisions with AI

Nayya, an insurance benefits management platform, today announced that it closed $11 million in series A funding led by Felicis Ventures. The company says the proceeds will be put toward product research and development as Nayya seeks to acquire new talent and customers. Employees are often confused by the health benefits selection process, according to […]

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Telehealth startup NeuroFlow raises $20 million to expand its network of care providers

NeuroFlow, a digital health company combining workflow automation, patient engagement solutions and services, and applied AI to promote behavioral health, today announced it raised $20 million in a round led by Magellan Health. The company says it will use the series B funds to scale its operations and support its growth in data analytics, AI, […]

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Salesforce researchers release framework to test NLP model robustness

In the subfield of machine learning known as natural language processing (NLP), robustness testing is the exception rather than the norm. That’s particularly problematic in light of work showing that many NLP models leverage spurious connections that inhibit their performance outside of specific tests. One report found that 60% to 70% of answers given by […]

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Molecula raises $17.6 million for its AI feature store technology

Molecula, which is developing a cloud-based feature store for AI and machine learning workloads, today announced it has raised $17.6 million. The company says the proceeds will be put toward accelerating the launch of its managed cloud service and bolstering its sales and marketing efforts. Enterprises embracing an AI-first strategy must contend with federating, pre-aggregating, […]

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Rapyd raises $300 million for its unified payments platform

Rapyd, which is developing an all-in-one payments solutions platform, today announced it has raised $300 million, bringing the company’s total raised to over $450 million. CEO Arik Shtilman said the funds will be used to double the size of Rapyd’s engineering and product teams and explore acquisitions globally. Virtual card spend is projected to grow […]

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