Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

We need to embrace AI’s humanity to unlock its creative promise

As we consider AI’s power, we seem to forget one central, indisputable fact: AI is a product of human interactions. You’d never guess this from reading the frequent headlines on the subject. Commentators see future AI as a kind of Skynet-style artificial general intelligence (AGI), where computer systems will not just beat someone at Go […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft and Sony deal validates Google Stadia

News broke yesterday that Sony and Microsoft are kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology. The new Microsoft and Sony partnership has the two companies working on cloud-based gaming services together. In other words, the duo has given Google’s Stadia its first validation. I don’t mean this simply because Stadia is a […]

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Sony and Microsoft, kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology

The sky is falling. Hell has frozen over. So I suppose it only makes sense that longtime gaming rivals Sony and Microsoft (who’s also getting closer to Nintendo) announced that they’re working together to improve each other’s products. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be playing on a PlayStationBox (or XBoxStation?) console any time soon. Instead, […]

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OpenFin raises $17 million to modernize financial terminals

OpenFin, a London and New York company developing what it calls the “operating system (OS) of finance,” today announced that it’s raised $17 million in series C financing led by Wells Fargo, with participation from Barclays and existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan, and Pivot Investment Partners. The influx of funds follow a $15 […]

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Xnor launches embedded AI platform AI2Go

Xnor.ai today launched AI2Go, a platform for developers and manufacturers to make pre-built AI models optimized for on-device artificial intelligence. AI2Go is designed for state-of-the-art edge computing in devices like cameras, drones, and sensors. The platform comes with hundreds of models made especially for smart home, security, auto, entertainment, and surveillance devices. The service was […]

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Microsoft announces latest AI for Accessibility grant recipients

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility, which was unveiled in May 2018, is the Seattle company’s second so-called AI for Good program. It follows on the heels of — and was largely modeled after — the company’s AI for Earth, which provides training and resources to organizations looking to tackle problems relating to climate, water, agriculture, and […]

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Tealium raises $55 million to track your behavior on the web

Ever heard of tags? In the context of webpages and emails, they’re embedded data-collection tools written in JavaScript — think cookies for ad targeting or affiliate link performance trackers. Tags are useful for webmasters, advertisers, and marketers alike, but without an agreed-upon standard by which to manage them, they can quickly become unwieldy. That’s where […]

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EU picks 26GHz for 5G millimeter wave, requires support by end of 2020

Millimeter wave spectrum is expected to be critical in deploying the highest speed and lowest latency 5G wireless services, but its prior use in non-cellular applications has made spectrum allocation challenging for many governments. Today, the European Union officially reserved the 26GHz band for 5G service throughout its territories, paving the way for millimeter wave […]

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Quadric raises $15 million to accelerate AI at the edge

Quadric, a Burlingame, California-based startup developing a custom-designed chip and software suite for autonomous systems, today announced that it has raised $15 million in a funding round led by automotive components manufacturer Denso, which plans to integrate Quadric’s technology into its autonomous driving stack. Pear, Uncork Capital, SV Angel, Cota Capital, and Trucks Venture Capital […]

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Hailo unveils Hailo-8, an edge chip custom-designed for AI workloads

What do startups AIStorm, Esperanto Technologies, Imagination Technologies, Xnor, and Flex Logix have in common? All five are developing chips custom for AI workloads, and they’re far from the only ones. The machine learning chip sector was valued at $6.6 billion in 2018, according to Allied Market Research, and is projected to reach $91.1 billion […]

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Adobe: 91% of companies are investing in voice technologies

More than nine out of 10 companies are investing in voice technologies, including voice-based commerce, according to an Adobe study released today. Unfortunately, most of them are making a crucial error: They’re letting IT lead the project. Just over a fifth of the 401 companies surveyed have released a voice app, and almost half (44%) […]

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Respond Software raises $20 million for ‘decision bots’ that emulate human security analysts

Respond Software, a cybsersecurity platform that automates decision-making through emulating human reasoning, has raised $20 million in a series B round of funding led by ClearSky Security, with participation from CRV and Foundation Capital. Founded out of Mountain View, California, in 2016, Respond Software touts its robotic decision automation (RDA) software that “combines the best […]

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WekaIO raises $31.7 million to develop file systems optimized for AI and technical workloads

No matter the domain, data-intensive apps share one requirement in common: a reliable file system that ensures data is available to them on demand. Pure Storage, NetApp, VAST Data, IBM Spectrum Scale, and Dell EMC provide this, as does San Jose, California-based company WekaIO. WekaIO’s high-velocity Matrix platform takes advantage of flash storage, off-the-shelf components, […]

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Adding audio data helps AI navigate 3D mazes

Sight is the sense on which humans chiefly rely to navigate the world, but sound might be just as important — it’s been shown that people can learn to follow subtle cues in the volume, direction, and speed of audio signals. Inspired by this, scientists at the University of Eastern Finland recently proposed in a […]

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Why bad AI is a human problem, not a tech problem (VB Live)

Sponsored by Bold360 by LogMeIn An investment in customer service technology doesn’t guarantee a positive return. To be successful, your organization has to be ready. Join this VB Live webinar to learn about the five biggest mistakes companies make when they bring AI to their workflows, and how to achieve real results.  Register for free […]

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What businesses can learn from Satya Nadella’s transformation of Microsoft

Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings announcement bested nearly every performance indicator. The company had “revenue of $30.6 billion, net income of $8.8 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 (compared to revenue of $26.8 billion, net income of $7.4 billion, and earnings per share of $0.95 in Q3 2018),” VentureBeat reported, with Microsoft’s cloud business driving […]

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How Facebook plans to boost augmented reality with Spark AR

More than a billion people have interacted with Facebook’s Spark AR augmented reality platform. But that might mean that we’ve all had cat faces put on our heads in silly messages. Some of us are hoping that the technology will be useful for something more than that silliness. But Facebook is working hard on helping […]

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On-device AI becoming critical for developers, OEMs, and ISVs (VB Live)

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The applications that on-device AI enable are capturing enormous consumer attention. Learn more about this innovative emerging technology that’s already at the fingertips of developers, OEMs, and ISVs in this VB Live event. Access free on demand right here. The movement of AI from the cloud to on device is […]

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IDC: High-end VR grew 60% in 2018, users have smartwatch-level satisfaction

While interest in smartphone-dependent VR devices has cooled off, the high-performance VR market has continued to grow, IDC says in a new report, as tethered and standalone VR devices became more popular than ever over the last year. According to the research firm’s latest VR user survey, the installed base of “high-performance” headsets grew 60% from 2017 […]

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Android Q’s Live Caption will only work on ‘select phones’

At its I/O 2019 developer conference this week, Google showed off Live Caption, an Android Q feature that provides real-time continuous speech transcription. The company touted that Live Caption can caption any media on your phone. But it turns out that “your phone” can’t be just any Android Q phone. “Live Caption is coming to […]

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