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Researchers improve robots’ speech recognition by modeling human auditory processing

We rarely think too much about noises as we’re listening to them, but there’s an enormous amount of complexity involved in isolating audio from places like crowded city squares and busy department stores. In the lower levels of our auditory pathways, we segregate individual sources from backgrounds, localize them in space, and detect their motion patterns […]

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Pinpoint raises $13.5 million to bring data analytics to software development

For those without the technical know-how, software development — which more often than not involves a tangled web of commits, reviews, bug testing, and validation — isn’t exactly easy to keep an eye on. Emails and pivot tables help to a degree, but when it comes to deciphering the meandering app design process, the C-suite […]

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Mozilla and Ubisoft partner on AI coding assistant Clever-Commit

Mozilla and Ubisoft today announced a partnership to develop Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant. Clever-Commit is designed to help programmers evaluate if a code change will introduce a new bug, based on learnings from past bugs and fixes. The tool combines data from the bug tracking system and the version control system to detect patterns […]

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ShiftLeft raises $20 million for code analysis software that automatically patches vulnerabilities

Nearly three years ago, Chetan Conikee, Manish Gupta, and Vlad A. Ionescu put their collective heads together to develop a software platform that provided robust, code-level security to app developers without adversely impacting workflows. It evolved into software called ShiftLeft (and a namesake Santa Clara startup), which combines vulnerability-detecting static code analysis with app-preserving instrumentation. Since ShiftLeft’s […]

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IBM’s AI takes on world-class debater in argument about preschool

IBM’s Project Debater, an AI system that can engage in live debate with humans, today faced off with 2016 World Debating Championships Grand Finalist and 2012 European Debate Champion Harish Natarajan. The debate was about preschool subsidies, with Project Debater arguing in favor and Natarajan arguing in the opposition. More than 50 percent of the audience at […]

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UI + AI: Combine user experience design with machine learning to build smarter products

Machine intelligence doesn’t automatically lead to smarter user experience if product designers and machine learning experts don’t talk the same language. The language and concepts of machine learning are far from intuitive. And user experience design requires an understanding of how people think and behave, simultaneously taking into account the irrationality of human behavior and the […]

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Affectiva’s AI hears your anger in 1.2 seconds

Amazon’s Alexa can detect whispered speech — that’s how it knows when to whisper back. But what about AI that’s capable of sussing out frustration? Enter MIT Media Lab spinoff Affectiva’s neural network, SoundNet, which can classify anger from audio data in as little as 1.2 seconds regardless of the speaker’s language — just over […]

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Facebook’s ‘polyglot’ AI speaks English, German, and Spanish

Neural networks — layered functions that mimic the behavior of neurons in the brain — are good at lots of things, like predicting floods, estimating heart attack mortality rate, and classifying seizure types. But they hold particular promise in the text-to-speech (TTS) realm, as evidenced by systems like Google’s WaveNet, Baidu’s DeepVoice, and WaveLoop. Another case […]

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Hired acquires YC alum Py to bring candidate assessments to its developer recruitment platform

Hired, a recruitment marketplace that connects companies with technology talent, has announced that it will now help its customers assess and screen potential clients. Powering this new service is San Francisco Y Combinator alum Py, which Hired has acquired for an undisclosed amount. By way of a quick recap, Hired differs from many other recruitment platforms insofar […]

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Microsoft schedules Build 2019 developer conference for May 6-8 in Seattle

For the past two years, Microsoft has hosted its Build developer conference in Seattle, rather than in San Francisco. Three is a trend: The company today announced that Build 2019 will once again return to the company’s home state of Washington, scheduled from May 6 to May 8, 2019. Registration opens on February 27. There […]

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Allen Institute debuts AI that plays Pictionary-style games to learn ‘common sense’

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle today debuted AllenAI, a system designed to play a Pictionary-like game called Iconary with humans. The AI system can either guess what a human is drawing or draw something and have a human guess the phrase being depicted. AllenAI is free to play online. Each drawing made by […]

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Google Brain and DeepMind researchers release AI benchmark based on card game Hanabi

What do Montezuma’s Revenge, chess, and shogi have in common? They’re considered to be “grand challenges” in artificial intelligence (AI) research — i.e., games that involve elements of complex, nearly human-level problem-solving. But as AI continues to make gains in these and other benchmarks once considered beyond the reach of machines, scientists at Google Brain (Google’s […]

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What is GitOps and why you should know about it

Developing technology is far more expansive than just writing code. Technology teams need to consider a number of different aspects of the company’s technology stack, including its compute infrastructure, storage, development pipeline, security, and more. Companies often purchase various third-party products to complete their technology stack so they don’t have to build it all on […]

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Test your websites and apps across multiple platforms with LambdaTest

Long gone are the days when both aspiring and established web developers needed to spend months learning HTML and JavaScript in order to build a truly great website or web app. Thanks to more streamlined and intuitive programming languages, more efficient platforms, and more versatility when it comes to plugins, it’s never been easier to […]

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AI learns how to play Montezuma’s Revenge

In 2015, Google subsidiary DeepMind published a landmark paper describing a system that could, given enough time and computational horsepower, learn to play a collection of Atari games like Breakout, Enduro, and Pong with superhuman proficiency. It failed to finish the more sophisticated Montezuma’s Revenge — a platformer that tasks players with avoiding laser gates, disappearing […]

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GitHub’s new product lead is Google Cloud and Microsoft veteran Shanku Niyogi

Code-hosting platform GitHub has hired Google Cloud Platform’s (GCP) director of product management, Shanku Niyogi, to head up the product development team at GitHub. The move comes three months after Microsoft completed its $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition. Niyogi joined Google in December, 2017, where he led the team responsible for GCP’s developer and operator tools, […]

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Boston University researchers develop framework to improve AI fairness

As artificial intelligence becomes more advanced and capable at tackling complex tasks, we are increasingly trusting AI algorithms to make critical decisions. But how fair are those decisions? Experience in the past few years shows AI algorithms can manifest gender and racial bias, raising concern over their use in critical domains, such as deciding whose […]

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Amazon researchers’ method adds classes to AI classifiers more quickly

Classifiers are a staple of modern-day machine learning. Simply put, they categorize input data — photos, videos, objects, and recordings — by type, and do it very efficiently. However, problems arise when a classifier needs a new class — that is, a new category. Adding even one new class is traditionally arduous and involves lots of data […]

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HackerRank: JavaScript overtakes Java as most popular programming language

HackerRank is best known for its competitive programming challenges, which span multiple Computer Science domains and aim to evaluate developers based on skill. But the company also drums up interest by offering related tools and surveys. Most recently, HackerRank launched an AI-powered tool for assessing how companies hire developers in September and released its 2018 […]

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Kite raises $17 million for its AI-powered developer environment

Kite, which suggests code snippets for Python developers in real time, has raised $17 million in a series A round led by Trinity Ventures. The latest version of the free developer tool no longer relies on the cloud, meaning it runs locally, and it adds a nifty feature called Line-of-Code Completions. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman […]

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