Tag: artificial intelligence

Baidu open-sources NLP model it claims achieves state-of-the-art results in Chinese language tasks

Baidu, the Beijing conglomerate behind the eponymous Chinese search engine, invests heavily in natural language processing (NLP) research. In October, it debuted an AI model capable of beginning a translation just a few seconds into a speaker’s speech and finishing seconds after the end of a sentence, and in 2016 and 2017, it launched SwiftScribe, […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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Google’s AI lets you make music that sounds like Bach

A Google Doodle due out later today will use AI to let you create a melody in a style that mimics composer Johann Sebastian Bach. After you pick your key and the music is harmonized, the tune can be shared on Facebook or Twitter or downloaded as a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) file. Users […]

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Intel and Keemotion detail the ways Yale’s basketball team uses AI

Intel is helping bring AI to the basketball court — Yale’s court, to be exact. Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage. It’s supplied by five-year-old startup Keemotion, with a […]

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The Problem With Trying to Be Like China

For decades, the Republican economic creed has revolved around low taxes and free markets. The sacred dual directives had to be vigorously defended and market regulations of any kind aggressively parried. Free-market prophets such as Milton Friedman suggested a society’s “belief in freedom itself” might be measured by its commitment to deregulation. But quietly, in […]

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AI classifies emotions from EEG data

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive brain-monitoring test that involves placing electrodes along the scalp to send signals to a computer for analysis. EEGs have been widely used to study swallowing, classify mental states, and diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders such as neurogenic pain and epilepsy, but some researchers believe they have unexplored potential. In a […]

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud adds automated case routing, reply recommendations, and other AI features

Salesforce wants to supercharge customer service workflows with artificial intelligence. Toward that end, the San Francisco company today revealed a slew of AI-driven features headed to Service Cloud, its customer relationship management platform, including article recommendations and automated case routing. They’re well-timed, says Salesforce. According to its 2019 State of the Service report, 88 percent […]

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Watch Nvidia’s new AI turn MS Paint-style doodles into photorealistic masterpieces

Researchers at Nvidia have developed a deep learning model that can take shitty digital sketches – like the ones you’d create with a trackpad, zero talent, and Microsoft Paint – and generate beautiful photorealistic landscapes in an instant. It’s called GauGAN (named after post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin, and Generative Adversarial Networks), and it works like a […]

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Nvidia’s new $99 pocket-sized AI computer is designed for DIY projects

Nvidia has just released a $99 pocket-sized computer named the Jetson Nano, targeted towards “embedded designers, researchers, and DIY makers” who want to tinker with a system for offline AI development. The developer kit is powered by a 64-bit quad-core ARM processor, and a 128-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU with 4GB of RAM to deliver processing […]

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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Energy disclosed details on Monday of one of the most expensive computers being built: a $500 million machine based on Intel and Cray technology that may become crucial in a high-stakes technology race between the United States and China. The supercomputer, called Aurora, is a retooling of a development […]

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AWS adopts Nvidia’s Tesla T4 chip for AI inference

Amazon’s AWS today announced the introduction of EC2 instances with Tesla T4 GPUs that will be available to users in the coming weeks in G4 instances. T4 will also be available through the Amazon Elastic Container service for Kubernetes. The T4 made its debut for data centers last September. The T4 uses Turing architecture and […]

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Nvidia researchers debut GauGAN, AI that creates fake landscapes that look real

Nvidia Research today unveiled GauGAN, a generative adversarial AI system that lets you create lifelike landscape images that never existed. The research and a demo of the new system were shown off today at the GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California. GauGAN builds upon learnings from the Pix2Pix system introduced last year that […]

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Nvidia debuts Jetson Nano for edge AI on embedded devices

Nvidia is bringing a new embedded computer to its Jetson line for developers deploying AI on the edge without an internet connection. Named the Jetson Nano, the CUDA-X computer delivers 472 GFLOP of computer power, 4GB of memory, and can operate on 5 watts of power. Jetson Nano and the Jetson Nano developer kit will […]

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Wi-Fi data helps researchers improve accuracy of mapping algorithms

SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, is a well-studied computational problem that involves updating an environment map while keeping track of an agent’s location. (Typically, said agent is a drone or robot.) The advent of cheap, ubiquitous depth sensors and sophisticated algorithms have solved it somewhat, but even state-of-the-art vision systems aren’t perfect: Symmetric and […]

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ID R&D claims its AI can distinguish between sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, and more

AI is surprisingly good at detecting signs of break-ins from audio alone. In September, Amazon announced Alexa Guard, an algorithmic feature for its Echo smart speaker lineup that sends users notifications when it recognizes the sound of breaking glass or alarms for smoke or carbon monoxide. Similarly, SimpliSafe says its Glassbreak Sensor can distinguish between […]

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How Facebook plans to use machine learning to wipe out revenge porn

Facebook’s used its machine learning prowess to filter hate speech and fake accounts— but now it’s turning its focus on fighting revenge porn. In an announcement last week, the company said that it’s introducing new technology to remove non-consensual intimate photos and videos off its platform. The social network claims that the new AI will help the […]

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The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes

There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants. Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.  With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should […]

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MIT CSAIL refines picker robots’ ability to handle new objects

Picker robots — that is, motorized pincers which pick up and place things — might have repeatability in their favor, but complex poses and unfamiliar objects pose a challenge for most of them. It’s no wonder why: They not only have to locate objects and understand how to grasp them, which requires an enormous amount […]

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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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