Tag: artificial intelligence

AI Weekly: How power and transformative tech reshape our world

This week, VentureBeat launched a quarterly magazine. Like the AI Weekly, the special issue gives our editorial team a chance to reflect on important transformative technology influencing business, technology, and society. The first issue focuses on the relationship between power and AI. Power can shape AI, from how we define ethical use of artificial intelligence […]

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Elon Musk says Neuralink can ‘solve’ autism with a brain chip. We call BS

Elon Musk‘s back on the podcast scene and causing mayhem as usual. Instead of smoking cannabis with Joe Rogan – an activity that’s illegal at the federal level, where Musk holds a security clearance – he’s making outlandish claims about the capabilities of a brain chip in development by his neuro-tech startup Neuralink. On Lex […]

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IBM’s Lambada AI generates training data for text classifiers

What’s a data scientist to do if they lack sufficient data to train a machine learning model? One potential avenue is synthetic data generation, which researchers IBM Research advocate in a newly published preprint paper. They used a pretrained machine learning model to artificially synthesize new labeled data for text classification  tasks. They claim that […]

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Facebook research suggests pretrained AI models can be easily adapted to new languages

Multilingual masked language modeling involves training an AI model on text from several languages, and it’s a technique that’s been used to great effect. In March, a team introduced an architecture that can jointly learn sentence representations for 93 languages belonging to more than 30 different families. But most previous work in language modeling has […]

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Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI hits general availability

Google Cloud is making Contact Center AI generally available for use today. The cloud service is built with conversational AI engine Dialogflow to automate interactions with customers in call centers. Contact Center AI contains Virtual Agent to automatically respond to customer queries with voice or text or handoff the conversation to a person when a […]

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Google Search on mobile now helps you pronounce words correctly

Ever wonder how to pronounce a particularly challenging word? You’re in luck. Google today announced that it’s rolling out a new tool in mobile Search that lets you practice pronunciations without leaving the results page. Coinciding with its debut, the tech giant this morning added images to its Search dictionary and translation features intended to […]

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Baidu releases PaddlePaddle 2.0 with federated learning tools and more

Baidu’s PaddlePaddle (PArallel Distributed Deep LEarning), a platform originally developed by Baidu scientists for the purpose of applying AI to products internally, was open sourced in September 2016. Since then, it’s grown substantially with respect to the capabilities on offer, to this end today gaining 21 new features intended to “improve usability” and “accelerate [the] […]

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Moveworks raises $75 million to automate tech support

IT issues take time, which costs money. A PagerDuty survey found that 38.4% of organizations that take more than 30 minutes to resolve IT incidents see an impact on consumer-facing digital services. Moreover, nearly one-third of departments regularly affected by technical issues say that an hour of downtime costs them $1 million or more. That’s […]

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AMP Robotics raises $16 million to sort recyclable materials autonomously

AMP Robotics, a Denver, Colorado-based startup creating robotic systems that sort recyclable material, this morning announced that it has closed a $16 million series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital. BV, Closed Loop Partners, Congruent Ventures, and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (an infrastructure firm spun out of Sidewalk Labs and backed by Alphabet and the […]

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App developers in Uganda use TensorFlow to spot armyworm damage in maize

Fall armyworm, the larval life stage of a Fall armyworm moth, impacts maize crops worldwide but particularly in countries like Uganda, where agricultural businesses employ 70% of the population. Studies show the potential impact is between 8.3 and 20.6 million tons per year, with the fallout amounting to between $2.48 million and $6.19 million per […]

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GitHub launches iOS app, Android app coming in 2020

Popular project collaboration tool GitHub today announced a range of upgrades for programmers and developers working together including the launch of a GitHub mobile app for iOS smartphones and iPads. An Android app will be released in early 2020, GitHub VP of engineering Dana Lawson told VentureBeat. GitHub on mobile devices will allow users to […]

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Facebook now removes 80% of hate speech proactively

Facebook today published its latest Community Standards Enforcement Report, the first of which it released last April. As in previous editions, the Menlo Park company tracked metrics across a number of policies — bullying and harassment, child nudity, global terrorist propaganda, violence and graphic content, and others — in the second and third fiscal quarter, focusing […]

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Cruise updates the AI brains behind its autonomous cars twice weekly

GM’s Cruise announced this past June that it would postpone plans for a driverless taxi service, which it previously said would debut in 2019. But the setback hasn’t discouraged its over 1,000 staffers from iterating toward a public launch. In fact, work on the underlying systems and infrastructure has accelerated in the intervening months, according […]

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DroneDeploy raises $35 million for drone management and logistics tools

DroneDeploy, a startup developing a holistic cloud-based drone mapping and analytics platform, today announced that it’s closed a $35 million series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Energize Ventures, AirTree, Emergence Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Uncork Capital also participated in the tranche, which follows on the heels of a $20 million series C […]

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Intel launches DevCloud for edge AI prototyping with OpenVINO

Intel today announced the launch of the Edge AI DevCloud, a way to prototype and test AI with the OpenVINO toolkit for edge devices like drones and cameras. Developers can use existing tools and frameworks to test and optimize models in OpenVINO for Intel hardware like CPUs or FPGAs for free. “With the launch of […]

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We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases

SAN FRANCISCO — Last fall, Google unveiled a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology called BERT that changed the way scientists build systems that learn how people write and talk. But BERT, which is now being deployed in services like Google’s internet search engine, has a problem: It could be picking up on biases in the way […]

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Intel details Keem Bay, a Movidius processor for computer vision at the edge

During its 2019 AI Summit this morning, Intel detailed its next-gen Movidius vision processing unit code-named Keem Bay, which is optimized for inferencing workloads at the edge. The chip boasts a new on-die memory architecture that ensures the processor is “fully utilized” and delivers raw throughput performance of roughly 10 times the previous generation, according […]

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Stradigi AI raises $40.3 million to develop business AI solutions

Stradigi AI, a Montréal-based AI solutions provider and research lab founded in 2014, today announced that it’s raised $53 million CAD ($40.3 million) in Series A funding led by Canadian institutional funds Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ, with participation from Holdun Family Office, Segovia Capital Ltd., Cossette. Inc., and company cofounders Basil Bouraropoulos […]

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pubinno’s ‘internet of beer’ uses AI powered smart taps to serve the perfect pint

if you’ve ever been served a warm beer with a 3-inch-thick foam head then pubinno’s latest innovation is for you. using AI technology, the san francisco-based company has developed a smart system to optimize the draft beer industry by pouring the perfect pint every single time. all images and video courtesy of pubinno with just […]

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