Tag: AI

Scaling the edge’s wall: A new take on an old problem

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. Anyone who has ever scaled a network understands the problem, either current or coming, of the […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful

Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that […]

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Apple details Overton AI development tool, whose models have processed ‘billions’ of queries

Building, monitoring, and improving machine learning systems is no walk in the park, no matter the circumstances. Data scientists and engineers have to monitor fine-grained quality and diagnose errors in sophisticated apps, not to mention field contradictory or incomplete corpora. To ease the development burden somewhat, Apple developed Overton, a framework intended to automate AI […]

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Google says its AI detects 26 skin conditions as accurately as dermatologists

Skin conditions are among the most common kind of ailment globally, just behind colds, fatigue, and headaches. In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of all treatments provided to patients around the world are for skin conditions, and that up to 37% of patients seen in the clinic have at least one skin complaint. The enormous […]

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Andrew Yang’s pledge to protect voters from automation is hitting home

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to the stage Thursday with a big surprise: His campaign wants to give $1,000 a month to 10 U.S. citizens for one year, a very public $120,000 trial balloon for his universal basic income proposal. As one of the most successful self-described entrepreneurs to throw his hat in the […]

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AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that’s specific to their business. It’s a great win for them internally, but not exactly the most compelling news in and […]

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Element AI raises $151 million to bring AI to more enterprises

Element AI, a company that builds artificial intelligence (AI) tools for enterprises, has raised CAD $200 million (USD $151 million) in a series B round of funding from a host of existing and new investors, including Gouvernement du Québec, Data Collective (DCVC), Hanwha Asset Management, BDC, Real Ventures, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec […]

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Shape Security eyes IPO after raising $51 million at $1 billion valuation

Shape Security, a cybersecurity startup that helps businesses prevent fraudulent use of their online systems, has raised $51 million in a round of funding led by C5 Capital, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, HPE Growth, Norwest Ventures Partners, Focus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, and Epic Ventures. As a result of this […]

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Panoramic raises $35 million to unify and model marketing data

Several years ago, a trio of entrepreneurs, Peter Muzzonigro, Johnny Wong, and Bryan Baum — the last of whom sold his first two companies (Blue Vision Labs and Represent.com) for over $100 million each — set out to tackle an enduring dilemma: how best to unify disparate marketing toolsets and analytics data without disrupting existing […]

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Voyage raises $31 million to commercialize community-focused autonomous taxis

Voyage, a self-driving car startup that spun-out of online education giant Udacity back in 2017, has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Franklin Templeton, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. Voyage is one of many companies working to bring autonomous vehicles […]

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Amazon schedules hardware event for September 25

Amazon’s Devices and Services team plans to host an invite-only event in Seattle on September 25, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email today. Roughly one year ago, Amazon hosted an event at company headquarters where Amazon VP of device David Limp unveiled nearly a dozen new devices like a redesigned Echo Dot, Echo […]

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Incredible Health raises $15 million to match nurses with hospital jobs

Incredible Health, a health care hiring platform provider headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it’s raised $15 million in series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Gingerbread Capital, Obvious Ventures, and NFX. Several individual backers also contributed, including Matt Mickiewicz (founder of Hired), […]

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ARCore’s persistent Cloud Anchors keep AR objects around

It’s been roughly two years since Google launched ARCore, a software development kit for augmented reality apps on Android, iOS, and Chrome OS. The Mountain View company says that to date, it’s been used to create thousands of titles across hundreds of million devices. And this week, it’s set to improve on a number of […]

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Google report assesses how AI can best serve humanity

Google.org is today releasing a report that details how social impact startups, nonprofits, government policymakers, and academics can use machine learning to address some of humanity’s biggest problems. The assessment is the result of analysis of more than 2,600 applications — from 119 countries — to the $25 million Google AI Impact Challenge, a global […]

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You can now answer questions that stump Alexa

In December 2018, Amazon launched Alexa Answers, a service that allows people to share information which might then be distributed to the millions of Alexa users around the world. Amazon describes it as a way for people to address questions that haven’t yet been answered (like nuanced factual queries and those that lack a clear […]

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Gigstreem raises $10 million for high-speed permanent and event broadband

Gigstreem (formerly Rainbow Broadband), a Tysons, Virginia-based internet service provider targeting residential and commercial customers, today announced that it has raised $10 million in a series A round led by RET Ventures, with participation from LNC Partners. CEO Joel McIntyre said the capital infusion will fuel the company’s R&D efforts and lay the groundwork for […]

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Simbe Robotics raises $26 million for autonomous inventory robots

Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that’s because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately. Research and Markets anticipates that the global brick-and-mortar automation market will be worth close to $18.9 million by 2023, which some analysts say could cut down on the billions of […]

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