Tag: Dev

AI Weekly: Calls for facial recognition moratorium highlight need for protection from surveillance tech

The debate over whether to ban or place moratoriums on the use of facial recognition started last year in cities like San Francisco, but the debate reignited this week when Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s open to a moratorium on facial recognition. “It [facial recognition regulation] can be immediate, but maybe there’s […]

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ProBeat: Why Google is really calling for AI regulation

On Sunday, the Financial Times published an op-ed penned by Sundar Pichai titled “Why Google thinks we need to regulate AI.” Whether he wrote it himself or merely signed off on it, Pichai clearly wants the world to know that as the CEO of Alphabet and Google, he believes AI is too important not to […]

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Amazon’s AI automatically dubs videos into other languages

Ever wish you could automatically dub foreign film dialogue into another tongue? Amazon’s on the case. In a paper published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers from the tech giant detailed a novel “speech-to-speech” pipeline that taps AI to align translated speech with original speech and fine-tune speech duration before adding background noise […]

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Aurora urges autonomous vehicle industry to adopt better safety metrics

Amazon-backed autonomous vehicle company Aurora is in search of better metrics by which to compare driverless system safety. In a Medium post this morning, CEO Chris Urmson noted that the commonly used disengagement number, which indicates how often a vehicle switched from autonomous to manual mode, doesn’t adequately capture improvements or their impact over time. […]

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AISense raises $10 million for AI transcription tool Otter

There’s plenty in the way of competition with respect to the audio transcription market, which is estimated to be worth $31.82 billion by 2025. But AISense — the startup behind speech-to-text service Otter — managed to carve out a niche for itself in the four years since its founding. Its funding reflects this — the […]

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Google schedules I/O 2020 for May 12-14 in Mountain View

It’s official: For the fifth year in a row, Google will host its annual I/O developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. (The event previously took place in San Francisco.) The dates — May 12 to May 14 — appeared after savvy social media users solved a series of online puzzles that went […]

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Uber begins mapping Washington D.C. for self-driving vehicles

Following hot on the heels of rival Waymo, Uber announced that it’s bringing self-driving cars to a new city: Washington D.C. In Medium post today, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) — the skunkworks group responsible for autonomous vehicles research — said that it will deploy a fleet of three cars in the nation’s capital starting […]

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Amazon explores a way to preserve privacy in natural language processing

Can privacy and security be preserved in the course of large-scale textual data analysis? As it turns out, yes. A team of Amazon researchers in a recently published study proposed a way to anonymize customer-supplied data. They claim that their approach, which works by re-phrasing samples and basing the analysis on the new phrasing, results […]

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Waymo expands autonomous truck testing to Texas and New Mexico

Waymo, the Google parent company Alphabet subsidiary whose autonomous vehicles have driven more than 20 million miles, is expanding its geographic footprint into Texas and New Mexico. In a tweet this morning, Waymo announced it will begin testing self-driving trucks on “promising” commercial routes in the states as it pursues new transportation solutions, primarily along […]

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CloudKnox raises $12 million to protect cloud infrastructure from insider risks

CloudKnox Security, a cybersecurity startup that helps companies protect their private and public clouds from insider threats and poor security hygiene, has raised $12 million in a round of funding led by Sorenson Ventures, with participation from Dell Technologies Capital, ClearSky Security, and Foundation Capital. The threats posed by external adversaries are well documented, thanks […]

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Hivebrite raises $20 million for community engagement and management tools

Engaging and managing online groups can be the stuff of nightmares, but it is generally worth it — communities on average generate a 6,469% return on investment for organizations, according to one report. Fortunately for those who don’t want to get involved with the logistical nitty-gritty, there’s Hivebrite, a startup developing a rebrandable community creation […]

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Desktop-as-a-Service: Work from anywhere, on any device

Presented by Nutanix A new level of confusion hit the tech world when cloud computing became practical in the enterprise and the term “XaaS” was coined. XaaS, or anything-as-a-service, was used to describe the seemingly endless list of digital services that can be delivered via the cloud. Initially it wasn’t the most intuitive acronym for […]

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GitHub now uses AI to recommend open issues in project repositories

Large open source projects on Github have intimidatingly long lists of problems that require addressing. To make it easier to spot the most pressing, GitHub recently introduced the “good first issues” feature, which matches contributors with issues that are likely to fit their interests. The initial version, which launched in May 2019, surfaced recommendations based […]

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Researchers use AI to deblur human faces in photos

We’ve all been there: You’re snapping pics with your phone — perhaps of a high-speed bike ride or of a hockey match — and don’t think to check whether the autofocus is in lockstep with the action. It isn’t, as you later discover, and you’re stuck with a gallery of unusably blurry photos. In search […]

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Adobe’s AI lets you preview any item of clothing on a virtual body model

Platforms that let shoppers virtually try on cosmetics, apparel, and accessories have exploded in popularity over the past decade, and it’s easy to see why. According to a survey conducted by banking company Klarna, 29% of shoppers prefer to browse for items online before actually buying them, while 49% are interested in solutions that take […]

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Outlier raises $22.1 million to spot anomalies in business data with AI

Machine learning algorithms aren’t just technological novelties relegated to tasks like picking out faces in crowded places. In the enterprise, they can surface patterns and relationships that would otherwise have been missed. To do just that, Outlier.ai’s business analysis platform extracts data from internal and external sources and analyzes it to spot critical changes in […]

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Unito raises $10.5 million to unify disparate enterprise apps and services

Synchronizing projects, tasks, and conversations among work management tools could lead to an enormous productivity boost within an organization. According to an IDC survey, 80% of business leaders report that problems arise because different systems and apps don’t “talk” to each other, while 43% of workers say they regularly have to copy and past or […]

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ServiceNow acquires AI for IT startup Loom Systems

ServiceNow today announced that it’s acquired Loom Systems to strengthen automated insights for customers using the Now platform for digitizing workflows to quickly fix IT issues. Loom Systems CEO Gabby Menachem and part of the Loom Systems team will join ServiceNow as part of the deal. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. […]

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Placer.ai raises $12 million to keep tabs on foot traffic in real time

Measuring foot traffic in real time is the pursuit of countless businesses seeking greater insight into buyer behavior. Startups like PlaceIQ, Factual, GroundTruth, Skyhook, and others have risen up to meet the need — they occupy a market that’s estimated to be worth $22.8 billion by 2024. A somewhat newer entrant is Placer.ai, which was cofounded […]

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Anchore raises $20 million to automate container security management

Containers — sets of self-contained executables, binary code, libraries, and configuration files — are ubiquitous in cloud computing. According to a survey by managed service provider Diamanti, cloud-native apps were the No. 1 container use case for 33% of organizations in 2019. That’s surely music to the ears of Santa Barbara, California-based Anchore, which Saïd […]

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GTCI: AI offers significant opportunities for emerging markets, but skills are scarce

Will the proliferation of AI and machine learning reinforce the worldwide digital divide? It’s one of the questions the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) and Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI) seek to answer by benchmarking the ability of countries and cities to compete for talent. An answer has historically proven elusive, but the 7th […]

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GM’s Cruise rolls out Origin, an autonomous electric vehicle with no steering wheel

GM’s Cruise is launching the Origin electric autonomous vehicle and sliding doors today, the product of 3 years of work between General Motors, Cruise, and Honda. The Cruise Origin is designed without a combustible engine or driver, which Cruise CEO Dan Ammann says give people more space. No price, production date, or production location were […]

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IBM’s biology-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches

Ever heard of FlyHash? It’s an algorithm inspired by fruit flies’ olfactory circuits that’s been shown to generate hash codes — numeric representations of objects — with superior performance compared with classical algorithms. Unfortunately, because FlyHash uses random projections, it can’t learn from data. To overcome this limitation, researchers at Princeton, the University of San […]

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