Tag: artificial intelligence

Researchers use a nailgun-equipped drone to shingle a roof

Drones — specifically quadcopters — are a versatile bunch. They’ve been used to inspect gas terminals, oil rigs, and turbines for wear and tear by startups like Sterblue, Clobotics, General Electric spinoff Avitas Systems, and Cyberhawk. French firefighters tapped them to survey Notre Dame during the recent blaze. And San Francisco-based Matternet is collaborating with UPS to launch an […]

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Supp AI uses machine learning to identify supplement interactions

In 2015, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence — the research organization founded by late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen — released Semantic Scholar, a public AI search engine capable extracting figures from over 173 million computer science and biomedicine journal papers. It received a warm reception, but researchers at the Institute wondered if its underlying […]

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Built Robotics raises $33 million for automated construction equipment

Autonomous construction equipment company Built Robotics today closed a $33 million funding round to expand its operations to more use cases. The Built Robotics autonomous system is able to operate on bulldozers, excavators, and skid steers and is currently being used in a number of clean energy projects in remote areas devoid of human construction […]

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The key to a more human-like Amazon Alexa is unsupervised learning

Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent assistant that’s in well over 100 million devices and works with over 60,000 appliances from 7,400 brands, acquires new skills thanks to contributions from the thousands of employees tinkering away at its backend systems. But there’s a limit to what they can accomplish owing to the way machine learning algorithms — the […]

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Google launches AI lab in Bangalore, India

Google today launched Google Research India, its first AI lab in India. The news comes today as Google also pledged to expand its AI-powered flood prediction system in India to warn nearby residents through smartphones or human volunteers. The lab will be led by IIIT Bangalore Infosys foundation chair professor Manish Gupta, who has a […]

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Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India ahead of monsoon season

Google is making an expansion of its flood prediction AI for regions in India for the coming monsoon season to cover more than 11,000 square kilometers in areas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers, the company announced today. Approximately 20% of global flood fatalities occur in India. Since the start of Flood Forecast initiative trials […]

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Microsoft’s President on Silicon Valley in the Cross Hairs

[embedded content] Brad Smith began his career at Microsoft in 1993. Aside from serving as its president, he is the company’s chief legal officer and the co-author of a new book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.” Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook editor and columnist for The New York Times, […]

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Peter Thiel’s Palantir set to delay IPO under bumbling leadership of CEO Alex Karp

Credit: Andrew Kelly | Reuters Bloomberg today reported that Palantir Technologies, a Peter Thiel-founded company that builds mass-surveillance solutions for law enforcement agencies, will delay its highly-anticipated IPO indefinitely. According to the report, CEO Alex Karp needs more time to woo foreign investors. Thiel‘s also reportedly sent a memo to employees indicating they shouldn’t expect the company […]

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Researchers use machine learning to predict large wildfires

A multidisciplinary group of researchers from the University of California, Irvine created a machine learning model to predict the potential of large wildfires from the time of ignition. The decision classifier model uses a single dataset to predict whether a fire will be large roughly 50% of the time, outperforming more complex models tested by […]

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Fashion++ turns your fashion Don’t into a Do with minimal tweaks

Given an outfit pieced together from a limitless wardrobe, what nips and tucks might improve its overall stylishness? That’s the question researchers at Cornell, Georgia Tech, and Facebook AI Research recently investigated in a research paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org. In it, they describe an approach that aims to identify small adjustments to […]

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Salesforce’s Einstein Search uses AI to personalize CRM search results

The world performs 3.5 billion Google searches every day, which translates to 40,000 queries every second on average and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Despite what the volume might imply, people generally find the information they’re seeking after only a few clicks, if not always from the first page. Case in point: Searcher satisfaction […]

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Tableau’s Explain Data feature uses AI to analyze any data point in a corpus

Salesforce-owned Seattle, Washington analytics company Tableau wants to make deriving insights from large data sets as easy as clicking a button. To this end, it today announced the general availability of Explain Data, in Tableau’s latest release — 2019.3 — that analyzes corpora and highlights the most relevant factors driving any given data point. Separately, […]

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Indus.ai raises $8 million for construction site management AI

Indus.ai today closed an $8 million series A funding round for its construction project computer vision solution designed to deliver real-time insights to project managers. Indus.ai uses images and video footage from nearly 100 million square feet of construction sites to train its AI system that helps builders monitor the pace of progress on construction […]

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Facebook’s Portal TV lets you watch shows during video calls

The Portal team at Facebook is today introducing its latest generation of devices for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger video calls, augmented reality experiences, and Amazon Alexa interactions with the debut of Portal TV, the 8-inch Portal Mini smart display, and the 10-inch redesigned Portal smart display. With Portal TV, you can watch streaming video together […]

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Acronis raises $147 million for tools that back up, protect, and restore data

Data recovery juggernaut Acronis today announced it’s nabbed $147 million in an investment round led by Goldman Sachs at a valuation of over $1 billion, following on the heels of angel, debt, and later-stage raises from March 2014 to May 2016. The capital infusion brings Singapore- and Switzerland-based Acronis’ total raised to well over $150 […]

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Google Assistant adds 9 new AI-generated voices

Google Assistant can talk and sing like John Legend in the U.S., and it’s conversant in over 30 languages in 80 countries (up from 8 languages and 14 countries in 2017). But in the years since its international launch, Google’s AI interlocutor hasn’t been able to switch between more than one voice outside of the […]

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Amazon open-sources its Topical Chat data set of over 4.7 million words

Way back in April, Amazon announced its intention to publish a data set — the Topical Chat data set — of crowdsourced human conversations to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge competition. It finally made good on that promise today with the release on Github of more than 235,000 utterances containing […]

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AI helped Facebook identify and ban 200 white supremacist groups

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it’s made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups, and hate organizations on both its platform and Instagram. The bulk of recent successes were enabled by automated techniques, according to the Menlo Park tech giant, but also by a 350-person counterterrorism team whose scope has expanded […]

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Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters. The company is also expanding a program that redirects users searching for extremism to resources intended […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind teach AI teamwork by playing hide-and-seek

The age-old game of hide-and-seek can reveal a lot about how AI weighs decisions with which it’s faced, not to mention why it interacts the way it does with other AI within its sphere of influence — or its proximity. That’s the gist of a new paper published by researchers at Google parent company Alphabet […]

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