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Nintendo announces Indie World video event with 20 minutes of games

Nintendo Indie World is coming. The company is planning to use this event to show off a bunch of new indie games for the Switch. On Monday, August 19, it will broadcast Indie World to Twitch, YouTube, and more. The stream begins at 6 a.m. Pacific time, and you can watch it right here. For […]

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Book review: ‘AIQ’ explains machine learning fundamentals using human history

What do Joe DiMaggio and birth control pills have to do with AI? And what does a lost submarine have to do with the future of robotics? AIQ is a book written by two statistics professors who attempt to use major moments in the history of war, sports, and data science to demonstrate how AI […]

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DeepMind’s new AI tracks Serengeti herds from images alone

DeepMind, the U.K.-based AI research subsidiary acquired by Alphabet in 2014 for $500 million, today detailed ecological research its science team is conducting to develop AI systems that’ll help study the behavior of animal species in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It hopes to expedite the analysis of data from hundreds of motion-detecting field cameras, which […]

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Unity Obstacle Tower Challenge names winners after 6-month AI contest

After six months of competition, Unity Technologies has named the top winners for the Obstacle Tower Challenge, a contest dedicated to making artificial intelligence for games. The winners are Alex Nichols, the Compscience.org team, and Songbing Choi. And Unity, the maker of the Unity3D game engine, has also announced it has open-sourced Obstacle Tower for […]

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Google releases EfficientNet-EdgeTPU classification models for Coral boards

Google in March launched the Coral Dev Board, a compact PC featuring a tensor processing unit (Edge TPU) AI accelerator chip, and alongside it a USB dongle designed to speed up machine learning inference on existing Raspberry Pi and Linux systems (the Coral USB Accelerator). Since then, updates to the kits’ supporting resources have arrived […]

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Google’s AI maps fruit fly brains

Google’s latest research dives deep into the brains of fruit flies — quite literally. In collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Research Campus and Cambridge University, the tech giant today published the results of a study (“Automated Reconstruction of a Serial-Section EM Drosophila Brain with Flood-Filling Networks and Local Realignment“) that explores […]

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Nvidia’s GauGAN has been used to create 500,000 images

In March during its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California, Nvidia took the wraps off of GauGAN, a generative adversarial AI system that lets users create lifelike landscape images that never existed. In the first month following the beta version’s release on Playground, a web hub for Nvidia’s AI and deep learning research, […]

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Intel exec talks about simplifying AI implementation at the edge

At Transform 2019 this month, Intel’s GM of Vision Markets Farshid Sabet took to the stage to address the opportunities and innovations in IoT. As Sabet describes, he’s in an enviable position to assess so many companies developing AI at the edge for various applications in a number of geographic locations. Of course, there are different […]

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Khronos releases OpenXR 1.0 for AR/VR, backed by Epic, Microsoft, and Oculus

Four months after the Khronos Group debuted an provisional OpenXR specification for AR and VR platforms, seeking industry input, it’s kicking off Siggraph today with the official release of OpenXR 1.0 — an open, royalty-free, cross-platform standard supported by major hardware and software companies. The specification will enable extended reality applications to run with less […]

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Beat Saber gets 3 Camellia tracks: ‘Crystallized,’ ‘Cycle Hit,’ and ‘What the Cat!?’

As promised, three new tracks for Beat Saber have arrived this week, and they look insane. The free tracks are all from Camellia: “Crystallized,” “Cycle Hit,” and the wonderfully titled “What the Cat!?” You can see a brief clip of the latter song in the tweet below. We like to think of ourselves as pretty […]

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Researchers improve robot-assisted surgery with AI

Robot-assisted surgery promises nothing short of a paradigm shift in medicine. In subfields from urology and gynecology to cardiothoracic and pediatric surgery, it’s enabling surgeons to perform complex procedures without having to resort to laparotomy (surgical incisions into the abdomen). Better still, surgical robots contain cameras that capture every knife and needle movement and suture […]

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AI generates interesting story endings

Sophisticated natural language processing systems like OpenAI’s GPT-2 can craft speech that’s impressively humanlike, but those same AI often struggle with cogencY and coherency. In particular, they don’t pen compelling conclusions — AI-generated story endings tend to be generic and lacking in context. This shortcoming motivated scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science […]

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Microsoft joins the XR Association, which promotes responsible AR/VR development

The XR Association, or XRA, now counts Microsoft among its membership, joining founding members Google, Facebook, Sony, HTC Vive, and Samsung. The trade association represents the shared interests of key companies enabling augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. Microsoft’s Heidi Holman, assistant general counsel, will represent the company on the group’s board. The […]

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IBM-Red Hat: Should developers worry we’re headed back to the 1990s?

IBM finalized its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat last week, one of the largest technology deals in history. A lot is on the line for IBM and for CEO Ginny, who some have said is staking her legacy on the deal. The companies themselves believe that, combined, they are “the leading hybrid cloud provider.” […]

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Why do 87% of data science projects never make it into production?

“If your competitors are applying AI, and they’re finding insight that allow them to accelerate, they’re going to peel away really, really quickly,” says Deborah Leff, Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI at IBM, on stage at Transform 2019. On their panel, “What the heck does it even mean to ‘Do […]

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Microsoft is closing down asset platform Remix 3D

Microsoft is getting rid of its answer to Sketchfab and Google Poly early next year. Remix 3D, the company’s online hub for storing 3D assets, will be ‘retiring’ on January 10, 2020. A message at the top of the site’s page confirms as much. In an FAQ, the company instead suggests users turn to its […]

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Intel: New chip materials will enable massive AI research gains

In a recent survey conducted by Lopez Research, 86% of companies said that they thought AI would be strategic to their business, while only 36% believed they’d actually made meaningful progress with AI. Why the disparity? Intel VP and CTO of AI products Amir Khosrowshahi and general manager of IoT Jonathan Ballon shared their thoughts […]

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Facebook VP: AI has a compute dependency problem

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jérôme Pesenti expressed his concern about the growing use of compute power necessary to create powerful AI systems. “I can tell you this is keeping me up at night,” Pesenti said. “The peak compute for companies like Facebook […]

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Microsoft’s Azure Kinect Developer Kit begins shipping in the U.S. and China

During a keynote at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona earlier this year, Microsoft took the wraps off of Azure Kinect Developer Kit, a $399 all-in-one perception system for computer vision and speech solutions and the evolution of the Seattle company’s Project Kinect for Azure. Today ahead of its Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft […]

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