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Microsoft’s UniLM AI achieves state-of-the-art performance on summarization and language generation

Language model pretraining, a technique that “teaches” machine learning systems contextualized text representations by having them predict words based on their contexts, has advanced the state of the art across a range of natural language processing objectives. However, models like Google’s BERT, which are bidirectional in design (meaning they draw on left-of-word and right-of-word context […]

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Next-gen Google Assistant works in near real time, offers speech transcription

A faster, near real-time Google Assistant made its debut at a hardware event held today in New York, where the flagship Pixel 4 smartphone was also debuted. The next-generation Google Assistant can be used to open apps and deliver automated speech transcription from voice recordings, as well as using multi-turn dialogue to respond to multiple […]

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Facebook launches PyTorch Mobile for edge ML on Android and iOS devices

Facebook is planing to release PyTorch Mobile for deploying machine learning models on Android and iOS devices. PyTorch Mobile was released today alongside PyTorch 1.3, the latest version of Facebook’s open-source deep learning library with quantization and support for use of Google Cloud TPUs, and tools like Captum, which supplies explainability for machine learning models. […]

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PyTorch 1.3 comes with speed gains from quantization and TPU support

Facebook today released the latest version of its deep learning library PyTorch with quantization and Google Cloud TPU support for speedier training of machine learning models. Also new today are PyTorch Mobile for deployment of ML on edge devices starting with Android and iOS devices, CryptTen, a tool for encrypted machine learning, and Captum, a […]

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Amazon rolls out developer tools to improve Alexa voice apps

Amazon’s adding a trio of new tools to the Alexa Skills Kit, a suite of self-service APIs and resources for conversational app development, designed to improve the quality of experiences developed for Alexa. The first two, which are now generally available — Natural Language Understanding (NLU) Evaluation Tool and Utterance Conflict Detection — enhance voice […]

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Gatsby raises $15 million for website and web app development tools

Gatsby, a Berkeley, California-based company developing an open source website and Progressive Web App (PWA) generator, today revealed that it’s secured $15 million in series A funding led by CRV. Previous investors Trinity Ventures, Mango Capital, Fathom Capital, and Dig Ventures also participated, along with individual investors Kong CEO Aghi Marietti and Adobe CPO Scott […]

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Google launches Firebase Extensions and Analytics integration for app developers

Google’s Firebase is getting new tools and upgrades today designed to help app developers do their jobs like new tools to test their creations including a Google Analytics integration to track performance and analyze insights from smartphone and web apps usage stats. To automate some work, Firebase Extensions is a set of premade code packages […]

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Facebook acquires Ctrl-labs to advance its brain-machine interface efforts

Facebook today announced it intends to buy Ctrl-labs, a New York-based startup developing a wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The acquisition hasn’t yet closed, and the terms weren’t revealed publicly. But the Menlo Park company plans to bring Ctrl-labs into its Reality Labs division, whose principal work concerns virtual and augmented reality. […]

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Apple researchers develop AI framework that leverages users’ intents to automatically label data

Personal assistants like Apple’s Siri accomplish tasks through natural language commands. However, their underlying components often rely on supervised machine learning algorithms requiring large amounts of hand-annotated training data. In an attempt to reduce the time and effort taken to collect this data, researchers at Apple developed a framework that leverages user engagement signals to […]

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Microsoft releases .NET Core 3.0 with support for WPF and Windows Forms

Microsoft today released .NET Core 3.0 as well as Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 for Windows and version 8.3 for Mac at .NET Conf 2019. Think of this as a stop-gap release before the company’s major .NET 5 released next year. At its Build 2019 developers conference in May, Microsoft shared its .NET roadmap. The […]

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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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Why unified programming is the future of application development

Presented by Intel Moving an application to a new processor type or chip vendor means creating an entirely new code base. That extra cost and delay is never welcome – especially today, when organizations face intense pressure to quickly maximize the value of data and commercial offerings, and new workloads and processor options to handle […]

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GitLab raises $268 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

DevOps powerhouse GitLab has raised $268 million in a series E round of funding led by Goldman Sachs and Iconiq Capital, with participation from both new and existing investors including Y Combinator Continuity Fund, in what is likely to be the company’s final fundraising effort before going public next year. Additionally, GitLab said it is […]

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Apple details Overton AI development tool, whose models have processed ‘billions’ of queries

Building, monitoring, and improving machine learning systems is no walk in the park, no matter the circumstances. Data scientists and engineers have to monitor fine-grained quality and diagnose errors in sophisticated apps, not to mention field contradictory or incomplete corpora. To ease the development burden somewhat, Apple developed Overton, a framework intended to automate AI […]

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Google launches Dart 2.5 with intelligent code completion, Flutter 1.9 with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina support

Google today released Dart 2.5 and Flutter 1.9. Dart 2.5 adds stronger support for calling C code and intelligent code completion, which leverages machine learning to help developers complete their code or identify the API they should use. Flutter 1.9 lets developers build for mobile and web apps from the same codebase. The new version […]

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Apple revises algorithm that let it dominate App Store search results

Apple’s App Store has been giving the company’s own apps an embarrassingly large promotional advantage versus third parties, researchers discovered, and key Apple executives say it “wasn’t a mistake.” But as a new report confirms today, the Store’s search algorithm was quietly changed amidst international antitrust investigations, allegedly to help other developers. Back in July, the […]

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Apple researchers improve Siri’s ability to match commands with domains

It’s no great secret that Apple’s voice assistant has plenty of room for improvement. The Cupertino company is aware of this — in June, it debuted an improved neural text-to-speech model capable of delivering a more natural-sounding voice without the use of samples. And in a newly published research paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org, […]

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Microsoft’s Vision AI Developer Kit is now generally available

In May 2018 during its annual Build developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft announced a partnership with Qualcomm to develop what it described as a developer kit for computer vision applications. It bore fruit in the Vision AI Developer Kit, a hardware base built on Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform designed to run AI models locally and […]

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The shift toward open source conversational AI

In July, Uber released a new open source AI library called the Plato research dialogue system. A couple of months ago, Cisco open-sourced its MindMeld conversational AI platform, after acquiring the company of the same name in 2017 for $125 million. Why are so many new libraries being announced? There seems to be a trend […]

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Control’s performance issues are getting a fix

Control sounds like a lot of fun. I’m going to start it at some point today. I would have started it last night, but my PC and TV were disagreeing about the HDR setting. If only I would have known that Control doesn’t support HDR, and probably never will. But while that’s the bad news, […]

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