Tag: Cloud

Researchers discover evidence of gender bias in major computer vision APIs

The facial recognition APIs offered by Google, Microsoft, and IBM exhibit gender bias when tested on self-portraits of people wearing partial face masks. That’s according to data scientists at marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson, who found that popular computer vision services like Cloud Vision API and Azure Cognitive Services Computer Vision more often misidentify the […]

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Google adds Digital Ink Recognition API for touch and stylus input to ML Kit

A month after announcing changes to ML Kit, its toolset for developers to infuse apps with AI, Google today launched the Digital Ink Recognition API on Android and iOS to allow developers to create apps where stylus and touch act as inputs. As the name implies, the API — which is powered by the same […]

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Automattic launches P2, a WordPress-powered collaboration tool for remote teams

WordPress.com’s parent company Automattic is today launching a team communication and collaboration product that has served as the “foundation of Automattic’s distributed work model” for more than a decade. Automattic invested in telecommuting long before working from home became the new normal for a pandemic-ravaged global workforce.  Since its inception in 2005, Automattic has focused […]

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Infermedica raises $10.25 million for chatbots and voice assistants that triage health care

Digital health startup Infermedica today nabbed $10.25 million to further develop its platform for symptom diagnosis. The company, which claims to have performed more than 6 million health checks to date, says it will put the proceeds toward R&D and international expansion in the U.S. and Germany. The demand for triaging solutions has risen substantially […]

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Researchers propose AI that delivers personalized health recommendations via smartphone

Researchers at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Michigan propose an AI framework they claim can be used to deliver recommendations via smartphone that encourage healthier lifestyles. By personalizing the recommendations and making data on other users available to bolster training, they claim their approach reduces regret — i.e., the number of actions taken when […]

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Expert System raises $29.4 million for AI text extraction and analysis

Enterprise natural language processing (NLP) technologies vendor Expert System today secured $29.4 million in funding, $20 million of which came from institutional investors. (The remaining $9.4 million arose through the exercise of shareholder rights.) The company says it plans to use the proceeds to accelerate growth in the U.S. and to develop new tools supporting […]

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Expert System raises $29.4 million for AI text extraction and analysis

Enterprise natural language processing (NLP) technologies vendor Expert System today secured $29.4 million in funding, $20 million of which came from institutional investors. (The remaining $9.4 million arose through the exercise of shareholder rights.) The company says it plans to use the proceeds to accelerate growth in the U.S. and to develop new tools supporting […]

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Zencity raises $13.5 million to help cities aggregate community feedback with AI and big data

Zencity, a platform that meshes AI with big data to give municipalities insights and aggregated feedback from local communities, has raised $13.5 million from a slew of notable backers, including lead investor TLV Partners, Microsoft’s VC arm M12, and Salesforce Ventures. Gathering data through traditional means, such as surveys or Town Hall meetings, can be […]

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Sight Diagnostics raises $71 million for blood-testing computer vision

Sight Diagnostics, which is developing an AI-powered blood analysis machine, this week nabbed $71 million in funding. This more than doubles the startup’s total raised, and a spokesperson says it will be used to accelerate Sight’s operations globally — with a focus on the U.S. — as it advances R&D for the detection of conditions […]

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Censys raises $15.5 million to bring attack surface management to more companies

Censys, a cybersecurity startup that provides an attack surface management platform to high-profile companies including Google, has raised $15.5 million in a series A round of funding co-led by Google’s GV and Decible, with participation from Greylock Partners. Ann Arbor-based Censys began life as a research project at the University of Michigan in 2015, and […]

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Springboard raises $31 million to retool the technology workforce

Mentor-guided online training platform Springboard has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Telstra Ventures. The raise comes amid surging demand for online learning, with Udemy recently reporting that course enrollment had risen by 425% during the pandemic lockdown and Udacity disclosing that its annual recurring revenue (ARR) had grown […]

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In a blow to Bixby, Siri cofounder Adam Cheyer departs Samsung

Last week, Voicebot.ai reported that Adam Cheyer, a founding member of the startups that built both Siri and Bixby, left Samsung after a two-year stint at the company. Cheyer himself corroborated the report today, telling VentureBeat that he has no next plans as of yet. Cheyer’s departure coincides with a minor exodus from the Bixby […]

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Microsoft researchers claim ‘state-of-the-art’ biomedical NLP model

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, Micorosft researchers propose an AI technique they call domain-specific language model pretraining for biomedical natural language processing (NLP). By compiling a “comprehensive” biomedical (NLP) benchmark from publicly available data sets, the coauthors claim they managed to achieve state-of-the-art results on tasks including named entity recognition, evidence-based […]

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Kite brings its AI-powered code completions to Jupyter notebooks

Kite, which suggests code snippets for developers in real time, today debuted integration with JupyterLab and support for teams using JupyterHub. Data scientists can now get code completions powered by Kite’s deep learning, which is trained on over 25 million open-source Python files, as they type in Jupyter notebooks. Using AI to help developers is […]

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Isima emerges from stealth with $10 million to apply intelligence to real-time data

Startup Isima today emerged from stealth with $10 million in funding to launch a data convergence platform called BiOS. The company asserts its solution can reduce or even eliminate disparate databases while improving overall speed and reliability. IDC expects the global big data analytics market to be worth $274.3 billion by 2022, and Forbes found […]

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Syntiant raises $35 million for AI speech-processing edge chips

Syntiant, a startup developing AI edge hardware for voice and sensor solutions, today closed a $35 million round. CEO Kurt Busch says the funds will be used to ramp up production throughout the remainder of 2020. According to a report published by Meticulous Research, the speech and voice recognition hardware market is expected to reach […]

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Proposed voice analysis framework preserves both accuracy and privacy

Imperial College London researchers claim they’ve developed a voice analysis method that supports applications like speech recognition and identification while removing sensitive attributes such as emotion, gender, and health status. Their framework receives voice data and privacy preferences as auxiliary information and uses the preferences to filter out sensitive attributes which could otherwise be extracted […]

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Google and Harvard release COVID-19 prediction models

In partnership with the Harvard Global Health Institute, Google today released the COVID-19 Public Forecasts, a set of models that provide projections of COVID-19 cases, deaths, ICU utilization, ventilator availability, and other metrics over the next 14 days for U.S. counties and states. The models are trained on public data such as those from Johns […]

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AI Weekly: Big Tech’s antitrust reckoning is a cautionary tale for the AI industry

This week, as the heads of four of the largest and most powerful tech companies in the world sat in front of a Congressional antitrust hearing and had to answer for the ways they built and run their respective behemoths, you could see how far the bloom on the rose of big tech has faded. […]

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Researchers examine the ethical implications of AI in surgical settings

A new whitepaper coauthored by researchers at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence examines the ethics of AI in surgery, making the case that surgery and AI carry similar expectations but diverge with respect to ethical understanding. Surgeons are faced with moral and ethical dilemmas as a matter of course, the paper points out, whereas […]

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ProBeat: Slowing AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud revenue growth is a good thing

COVID-19 means work, learning, and life in general are increasingly happening online. Shouldn’t that mean more cloud usage and thus more cloud revenue? Yes, and it does. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more cloud revenue growth for the three tech giants. Microsoft reported its fiscal Q4 2020 earnings last week, while Amazon and Alphabet […]

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Alphabet revenue dropped in Q2 2020, the first decline since going public

(Reuters) — Google parent Alphabet’s quarterly sales fell for the first time in its 16 years as a public company, but the decline was less than expected as many advertisers stuck with the most popular online search engine during the pandemic. Shares of Alphabet fell 1.2% to $1,518.85 after it released the second-quarter results. The stock […]

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Facebook beats Q2 estimates with $18.69 billion in revenue and 2.7 billion monthly active users

(Reuters) — Facebook beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue on Thursday, as more businesses used its digital advertising tools to tap a surge in online traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shares of the world’s biggest social network jumped 4% in extended trading. Revenue growth at Facebook, the world’s second-biggest seller of online ads after Alphabet’s […]

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Carnegie Mellon researchers use Twitch to collect sounds for AI research

Carnegie Mellon researchers designed a live-streaming video game to collect audio from players that’ll populate a database for AI research. The team’s game — Rolling Rhapsody — is specifically designed to be played on Twitch, and it tasks streamers with rolling a ball across a map to collect “treasure” while viewers record sound from their […]

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Amazon reports $88.9 billion in Q2 2020 revenue: AWS up 29%, subscriptions up 29%, and ‘other’ up 41%

Amazon today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2020, including revenue up 40% to $88.9 billion, net income of $5.2 billion, and earnings per share of $10.30 (compared to revenue of $63.4 billion, net income of $2.6 billion, and earnings per share of $5.22 in Q2 2019). North American sales were up 43% […]

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Huawei has the same app problem that doomed Windows Phone

Huawei is now the world’s biggest smartphone maker in terms of shipments, according to Canalys data, which suggests the Chinese tech firm surpassed rival Samsung in Q2 2020, albeit mostly due to its domestic sales in China. This is the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led […]

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Privacy problems are widespread for Alexa and Google Assistant voice apps, according to researchers

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice app privacy policies are often “problematic” and violate baseline requirements, according to a study coauthored by Clemson University School of Computing researchers. The work, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, analyzed tens of thousands of Alexa skills and Google Assistant actions to measure the effectiveness of their data practice disclosures. […]

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Google’s TF-Coder tool automates machine learning model design

Researchers at Google Brain, one of Google’s AI research divisions, developed an automated tool for programming in machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow. They say it achieves better-than-human performance on some challenging development tasks, taking seconds to solve problems that take human programmers minutes to hours. Emerging AI techniques have resulted in breakthroughs across computer vision, […]

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Candis raises nearly $14 million to automate accounting processes with AI

Candis, a startup developing a platform for automated accounting and payment processes, this week closed a €12 million ($13.97 million) financing round. A spokesperson for the company said it’ll be used to further development of Candis’ machine learning engine and fuel growth and expansion within Europe, specifically in the Netherlands. Most paperwork is still done […]

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Buildots raises $16 million to automate construction site reporting with AI

Data-driven construction reporting company Buildots this week announced it raised $16 million, a combination of a $3 million seed round and a $13 million series A. Cofounder Roy Danon says it’ll be used to scale and improve the company’s products as Buildots expands to new regions around the world. Large construction projects — which some […]

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The AI Foundation raises $17 million to create digital AI-powered personas

The AI Foundation, which ambitiously hopes to develop “ethical” trainable AI agents to complete various tasks, today closed a $17 million funding round. A spokesperson said the funds will be used to scale the company’s platform, which allows people to create personas mirroring their own. As the pandemic makes virtual meetups a regular occurrence, the […]

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