Tag: artificial intelligence

Google’s new ‘data echoing’ technique speeds up AI training

AI accelerator hardware like Google’s Tensor Processing Units and Intel’s Nervana Neural Network Processor promise to speed up AI model training, but because of the way the chips are architected, earlier stages of the training pipeline (like data preprocessing) don’t benefit from the boosts. That’s why scientists at Google Brain, Google’s AI research division, propose […]

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AI warns motorcycle riders before they turn too abruptly

Turns taken too quickly or sharply are responsible for nearly a fifth of all motorcycle accidents, according to estimates, which also suggest misjudged curves are to blame for 15% of rider fatalities. Fortunately, researchers at ETH Zurich and KU Leuven have recently proposed a solution in a paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Learning a […]

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Intel’s Pohoiki Beach is a neuromorphic computer capable of simulating 8 million neurons

Neuromorphic engineering, also known as neuromorphic computing, is a concept describing the use of systems containing electronic analog circuits to mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system. Scientists at MIT, Perdue, Stanford, IBM, HP, and elsewhere have pioneered pieces of full-stack systems, but arguably few have come closer to achieving a longstanding goal of […]

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DefenseStorm raises $15 million for automated cybersecurity and compliance solutions

Georgia-based cybersecurity and compliance management startup DefenseStorm today revealed that it has closed a $15 million series A round led by Georgian Partners. CEO Harold Brewer says the DefenseStorm team will work with the VC firm’s Georgian Impact team to accelerate adoption of applied AI and will tap its expertise to further develop DefenseStorm’s solutions […]

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MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time. Fortunately, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science […]

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a sprawling ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology. The databases are pulled together with images from social networks, photo […]

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AI Weekly: Highlights from VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform

This week, VentureBeat held its largest AI conference in company history. Front and center were startups tackling compelling challenges as well as executives from the largest AI companies in the ecosystem, like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With seven stages and over 1,000 people over two days, it’s tough to follow everything that happened, but […]

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We gave US police, ICE, and CBP AI without regulations in 2016: Now it’s 1984

This weekend’s ICE raids are essentially a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the government‘s surveillance state. The same AI-powered tools empowering those agents to identify, target, track, and spy on immigrants without a warrant are already in the hands of police officers, sherriff’s deputies, and border patrol agents across the country. If you’re undocumented you should be […]

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People get better at catching deepfakes with practice, research says

The proliferation of deepfakes — AI-generated videos and pictures of events that never happened — has prompted academics and lawmakers to call for countermeasures, lest they degrade trust in democratic institutions and enable attacks by foreign adversaries. But researchers at the MIT Media Lab and the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute […]

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Cloudera’s Hilary Mason on how businesses can avoid ruining their own AI projects

An IDC survey of businesses out earlier this week found that for about 1 in 4 enterprises deploying AI today, half of all AI projects will fail. Why they fail can be related to external factors like a lack of talent necessary to properly deploy systems, but sometimes companies implode without the influence of outside […]

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AWS AI VP: Developers drive all innovation in technology

In a wide-ranging discussion today at VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform in San Francisco, AWS AI VP Swami Sivasubramanian declared “Every innovation in technology is going to be driven by developers.” Sivasubramanian made the statement while talking about growing demand for machine learning engineers and internal efforts at Amazon to train more employees to use machine […]

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Intel: New chip materials will enable massive AI research gains

In a recent survey conducted by Lopez Research, 86% of companies said that they thought AI would be strategic to their business, while only 36% believed they’d actually made meaningful progress with AI. Why the disparity? Intel VP and CTO of AI products Amir Khosrowshahi and general manager of IoT Jonathan Ballon shared their thoughts […]

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Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em? This A.I. Bluffs With the Best

In his 14 years on the professional poker circuit, Darren Elias had never faced anyone who played with so little fear. A typical poker player, when dealt two Jacks — one faceup, the other hidden, a hand neither good nor bad — would proceed with caution. But not Mr. Elias’s opponent, who seemed to know […]

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Facebook VP: AI has a compute dependency problem

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jérôme Pesenti expressed his concern about the growing use of compute power necessary to create powerful AI systems. “I can tell you this is keeping me up at night,” Pesenti said. “The peak compute for companies like Facebook […]

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Via partners with BusBot to launch autonomous bus trial in New South Wales

Ride-sharing startup Via, not to be outdone by Uber and Lyft, is investing meaningfully in autonomous vehicles. To this end, it today announced the launch of a driverless shuttle program in New South Wales, Australia, in partnership with the BusBot project, local bus operator Busways, local government agency Transport for New South Wales, and startup […]

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Facebook’s AI beats human poker champions

Facebook AI Research and Carnegie Mellon University today detailed the creation of Pluribus, a poker-playing AI that Facebook claims is the first to beat professionals in Texas Hold’em. Poker is a game sometimes used to benchmark the performance of artificial intelligence or game theory. The bot bested 15 human professionals, all of whom have won […]

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Hypergiant: Companies that don’t have top-down support for AI initiatives will ‘fail miserably’

Sending satellites into space, gathering data from Earth, and applying machine learning to turn the resulting data into actionable intelligence isn’t as outlandish as it sounds. In fact, it’s a business that’s booming, driven by increased demand for agricultural, consumer, and industrial analytics; Northern Sky Research pegs the satellite-based Earth Observation (EO) market at $6.9 […]

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Lidar startup Luminar raises $100 million, unveils Iris sensors

Luminar, a lidar startup that in 2017 emerged from five years of stealth with $36 million in funding from 1517 Fund, Canvas Ventures, and GVA Capital, is now expanding its product lineup substantially as it looks to corner an autonomous vehicles market that’s anticipated to be worth $556.67 billion by 2026. Alongside a new lidar […]

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