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How programming languages have evolved: a 2019 primer

Presented by ThoughtWorks For the naysayers, there’s no point in exploring new programming languages. Most languages today are Turing complete — they can implement everything that is implementable — so why learn something new? For self-confessed language geeks like myself that line of argument misses the point. There’s always something interesting and exciting about finding […]

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Docker and Arm partner to streamline containerized app development on Arm-based hardware

The app container industry is expected to experience enormous growth in the next few years, coinciding with the rise in popularity of processor servers based on British holding company Arm’s architectures. In fact, 451 Research anticipates the emerging market will be worth more than $4.3 billion by 2022, while Arm claims close to 1 million […]

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Chrome 74 arrives with less motion sickness and new JavaScript features

Google today launched Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes support for a reduced motion media query, private class fields, feature policy improvements, and more developer features. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. With over 1 billion users, […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists find ways to improve speech and sound recognition

How do assistants like Alexa discern sound? The answer lies in two Amazon research papers scheduled to be presented at this year’s International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Aachen, Germany. Ming Sun, a senior speech scientist in the Alexa Speech group, detailed them this morning in a blog post. “We develop[ed] a […]

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CloudBees acquires software automation startup Electric Cloud

CloudBees, a San Jose, California-based software provider making DevOps solutions for enterprises, has nabbed a well-funded startup in the continuous app delivery, release, automation, and deployment space. At its CloudBees Days conference in San Francisco, the company today announced that it has acquired Electric Cloud to support its “wider strategy” in the software delivery management […]

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Google’s MorphNet optimizes AI models without sacrificing accuracy

Machine learning algorithms have a fatal flaw: they’re costly to fine-tune (in terms of time and resources) from scratch for specific apps. Some automated approaches attempt to expedite the process by searching for suitable existing models, but researchers at Google’s AI research division have a better idea. In a blog post published this afternoon and […]

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Google launches Android Studio 3.4 with Android Q Beta emulator, and R8 replaces Proguard

Google today launched Android Studio 3.4, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with “a small but focused set of new features that address core developer workflows for app building & resource management.” That includes an updated Project Structure Dialog (PSD), R8 replacing Proguard as the default code shrinker and obfuscator, a new […]

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Mozilla details Pyodide, which brings Python to browsers

In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Python project that’s designed to perform computation without the need for a remote kernel (i.e., a program that runs and inspects code). As staff data engineer Mike Droettboom explained in a blog […]

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Disney’s AI generates storyboard animations from scripts

AI that creates original clips from text snippets isn’t as novel as it sounds. Last year, researchers detailed a system that tapped a pair of neural networks — layers of mathematical functions modeled after biological neurons — to generate videos 32 frames long and 64×64 pixels in size from descriptions like “playing golf on the […]

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How Wikimedia is using machine learning to spot missing citations

One of the more compelling use cases for AI is automating mission-critical tasks that humans don’t want to do, or can’t do. Wikipedia ran into just such a problem with its citations. With crowdsourced content, citations are crucial to providing accuracy and reliability in the site’s vast ocean of articles, but according to a blog […]

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AI sketches cats, firetrucks, mosquitos, and yoga poses

Humans have scribbled likenesses of people, places, and things for tens of thousands of years, as evidenced by the walls and ceilings of Chauvet Cave in France and subterranean passageways in Borneo. But AI’s catching up. In a newly published preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Teaching GANs to Sketch in Vector Format“), researchers propose a neural […]

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New IBM technique cuts AI speech recognition training time from a week to 11 hours

Reliable, robust, and generalizable speech recognition is an ongoing challenge in machine learning. Traditionally, training natural language understanding models requires corpora containing thousands of hours of speech and millions (or even billions) of words of text, not to mention hardware powerful enough to process them within a reasonable timeframe. To ease the computational burden, IBM […]

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Google’s Cloud Code extends IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code to Kubernetes apps

If you were paying close attention during Google Cloud Next 2019 yesterday, you may have heard talk of Cloud Code. The new developer tool was only mentioned briefly, but today Google offered more details. Cloud Code extends two Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code, to cloud-native Kubernetes applications. Google’s message here is […]

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Google launches AI Platform, a collaborative model-making tool for data scientists

Google Cloud Platform is giving AI creators a new, shared, end-to-end environment for teams to test, train, and deploy models called the AI Platform. Google today also upgraded AutoML, its service for automating the creation of custom AI models, at the Cloud Next conference taking place this week in San Francisco. AI Platform launches in […]

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Mozilla’s BugBug classifies Firefox bug reports with AI

How does an organization the size of Mozilla sift through the hundreds of bug reports that come in each day for projects like Firefox? With machine learning, as it turns out. In a blog post this morning, it detailed BugBug, an open source Bugzilla tool that automatically classifies bugs by product (e.g. Firefox, Firefox for […]

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Qualcomm’s Cloud AI 100 is purpose-built for AI inferencing at the edge

Qualcomm kicked off its annual AI Day conference in San Francisco with a bang. It took the wraps off of three new system-on-chips bound for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, and if that weren’t enough, it announced a product tailor-made for edge computing: the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100. “It’s a whole new signal processor […]

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Google Brain’s AI predicts code from your previous edits

AI that can predict future source code changes from past edits might be an invaluable tool for programmers, but it’s a challenge that’s yet to be fully conquered by researchers. A team at Google Brain, though, describe a promising new approach in a preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Neural Networks for Modeling Source Code Edits“) that […]

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Alexa scientists teach AI language models new tongues with transfer learning

Adding support for a new language to a voice assistant like Alexa isn’t as easy as you might think, but researchers at Amazon believe they’ve developed a method that’ll expedite and simplify the process. In a newly published paper (“Cross-Lingual Transfer Learning for Spoken Language Understanding“) and accompanying blog post, they describe a technique that […]

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Google brings Smart Reply to ML Kit for app developers

Google today introduced new natural language processing services for ML Kit, its solution for iOS and Android developers to bring AI to their apps with Firebase. Since it first began to appear in Google products years ago, Smart Reply has been incorporated into Gmail, Hangouts Chat for G Suite, and Google Assistant on smart displays […]

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Apple hires Google AI expert Ian Goodfellow to direct machine learning

After last year’s hiring of Google AI and search team leader John Giannandrea, Apple is continuing to bring over key AI talent from its rival, as it has hired respected inventor Ian Goodfellow to become a director of machine learning for its mysterious “special projects” group. Goodfellow is best known for inventing generative artificial networks (GANs), […]

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