Tag: AI

Alibaba founder Jack Ma boasts that China doesn’t have ‘rules and laws’ for the internet

Alibaba founder Jack Ma was greeted at the Viva Technology conference in Paris like a conquering hero. During an hour-long question-and-answer session on stage, however, he made some rather astonishing claims about the reasons China has succeeded in tech while berating Europeans for being obsessed with regulations. “We don’t have the rules and laws,” he […]

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Microsoft wants to apply AI ‘to the entire application developer lifecycle’

At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. At that point, IntelliCode was still an optional extension that Microsoft was openly offering as a preview. […]

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MIT and U.S. Air Force launch AI accelerator program

MIT, one of the most prominent artificial intelligence research organizations in the United States, is developing an AI accelerator program for the U.S. Air Force. The accelerator will explore research related to areas like advanced algorithms, machine learning, and robotics, as well as logistics and data. In addition to disaster relief and medical readiness, other […]

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AI predicts new food and drink pairings

Robot gourmands are imminent, it seems, and they might someday craft recipes just as delicious as those from their human counterparts. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“KitcheNette: Predicting and Recommending Food Ingredient Pairings using Siamese Neural Networks“), scientists at Korea University describe an AI system that predicts ingredient pairings and […]

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Google’s lung cancer detection AI outperforms 6 human radiologists

Google AI researchers working with Northwestern Medicine created an AI model capable of detecting lung cancer from screening tests better than human radiologists with an average of eight years experience. When analyzing a single CT scan, the model detected cancer 5% more often on average than a group of 6 human experts and 11% more […]

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Facebook is mapping demographics, human movement, and network coverage to combat diseases

Facebook is partnering with a handful of organizations to combat diseases using real-time maps powered by satellite imagery, computer vision, census data, and Facebook’s own proprietary data. The social networking giant has been working on population mapping for a while already — back in 2016, it revealed that it was applying its computer vision smarts […]

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Nvidia robotics researchers blur line between simulation and the real world

Nvidia AI researchers today introduced SimOpt, an AI system trained to transfer simulated work into real-world action to complete tasks like putting a peg in a hole and opening and closing a drawer. The SimOpt model, which relies on reinforcement learning, was created using Nvidia’s FleX physics simulation engine and more than 9,600 simulations, each […]

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Siemplify raises $30 million to streamline security tool management

Siemplify, a New York and Tel Aviv security orchestration platform provider, today announced that it’s secured $30 million in series C funding led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors 83North, G20 Ventures, and Jump Capital. It comes after three blockbuster years for the company, which notched 1,000% year-over-year growth in 2017, 280% growth […]

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Clinc raises $50 million to bring conversational AI to cars, banks, and kiosks

Clinc, a four-year-old AI startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it’s secured $52 million in series B financing led by Insight Partners, with participation from DFJ Growth and existing investors Drive Capital and Hyde Park Venture Partners. The mammoth round is over eight times the size of the company’s $6.3 million series […]

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Facebook wants to teach robots how to walk

Facebook AI researchers today revealed details about efforts to train robots, including an initiative to teach a six-legged hexapod robot to walk. “Our goal is to reduce the number of interactions the robot needs to learn to walk, so it takes only hours instead of days or weeks,” researchers said in a blog post. “The […]

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We need to embrace AI’s humanity to unlock its creative promise

As we consider AI’s power, we seem to forget one central, indisputable fact: AI is a product of human interactions. You’d never guess this from reading the frequent headlines on the subject. Commentators see future AI as a kind of Skynet-style artificial general intelligence (AGI), where computer systems will not just beat someone at Go […]

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Jensen Huang interview — ‘the foundations of gaming are just fine, just fantastic’

This week, Nvidia reported earnings and revenues that were down compared to a year ago. But they did signal a return to growth after a couple of week quarters as the company worked off inventory pile-ups related to the collapse of cryptocurrency mining. People aren’t buying graphics cards to mine for cryptocurrency anymore, but they […]

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AI Weekly: Facial recognition policy makers debate temporary moratorium vs. permanent ban

On Tuesday in a 8-1 tally, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to put a ban on the use of facial recognition software by city departments, including police. Supporters of the ban cited racial inequality in audits of facial recognition software from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, as well as  dystopian surveillance happening now […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft and Sony deal validates Google Stadia

News broke yesterday that Sony and Microsoft are kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology. The new Microsoft and Sony partnership has the two companies working on cloud-based gaming services together. In other words, the duo has given Google’s Stadia its first validation. I don’t mean this simply because Stadia is a […]

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AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings

There’s a reason battle royal games like PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (commonly abbreviated “PUBG”) and Epic Games’ Fortnite have hundreds of millions of players collectively: they’re exciting. Tens of player characters spawn simultaneously in unpredictable places, where they battle it out to the death as the game map’s size gradually decreases. The roster’s eventually whittled down to […]

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HPE to acquire supercomputer maker Cray for $1.3 billion

(Reuters) – Supercomputer manufacturer Cray said on Friday it would be bought by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion (1 billion pounds), net of cash. The $35 per share value represents a premium of 17.4% to Cray’s last close. HPE said it expects the deal to increase its footprint in […]

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Alphabet’s Wing will kick off Helsinki drone deliveries in summer 2019

Alphabet X Labs graduate Wing announced late last year that it’d soon begin piloting autonomous deliveries in Helsinki, Finland, and in a blog post this morning, it laid out a detailed roadmap. Wing says that in the coming weeks, it’ll deploy a small fleet of drones in the city’s Vuosaari district, where they’ll ferry provisions […]

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Sony and Microsoft, kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology

The sky is falling. Hell has frozen over. So I suppose it only makes sense that longtime gaming rivals Sony and Microsoft (who’s also getting closer to Nintendo) announced that they’re working together to improve each other’s products. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be playing on a PlayStationBox (or XBoxStation?) console any time soon. Instead, […]

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