Tag: Dev

AI system prioritizes x-rays by urgency

Radiologists are drowning in x-rays. The electromagnetic scans account for a whopping 40 percent of all diagnostic imaging worldwide, and in the U.K. alone, there are an estimated 330,000 x-rays at any given time that have waited more than a month for a report. Fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to shrink the backlog substantially. In […]

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Are you protected from these secret cloud security weaknesses? (VB Live)

The cloud offers huge business benefits — and new security risks. To learn how to root them out by implementing truly effective role-based access control, automation and self-healing architecture, application-centric security, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. Right now CEOs are more worried about cybersecurity than a recession — because […]

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Keyfactor raises $77 million to simplify digital security management

Keyfactor, formerly Certified Security Solutions, was founded in 2001 with the mission of automating digital security management across automotive, financial, health care, and retail verticals. In the nearly 20 years since its incorporation, it has carved out a sizeable slice of the $22.68 billion global identity and access management market. The company says it has managed […]

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Amazon team taps millions of Alexa interactions to reduce NLP error rate

Developing an AI system capable of understanding natural language isn’t just time-consuming — it’s really expensive. Developers have to collect thousands of voice samples and annotate them by hand, a process that often takes weeks. That’s why researchers at Amazon’s Alexa division pursued transfer learning, which leverages a neural network — i.e., layers of mathematical functions […]

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AI chip startup Hailo Technologies expands Series A to more than $20 million

Artificial intelligence (AI) chips — that is, microprocessors optimized for machine learning workloads — are poised to attract tens of billions of dollars in investment capital within the next decade. Allied Market Research forecasts that they’ll be a $37.8 billion industry by 2025, fueled by growing demand for faster, cheaper, and higher-efficiency AI model training […]

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Airbus wants to reinvent aircraft design with quantum computing challenge

Aeronautics giant Airbus today announced that it is creating a global competition to encourage developers to find ways quantum computing can be applied to aircraft design. Quantum computing is one of many next-generation computing architectures being explored as engineers worry that traditional computing is reaching its physical limits. Computers today process information using bits, either […]

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Gartner: Enterprise use of AI grew 270% over the past 4 years

Companies are adopting artificial intelligence (AI) like it’s going out of style, according to a new report by Gartner. The Stamford firm’s 2019 CIO Survey of more than 3,000 executives in 89 countries found that AI implementation grew a whopping 270 percent in the past four years, and 37 percent in the last year alone. […]

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Researchers use Samsung data and AI to predict mobile game churn

Churn — that all-important measure of attrition — is often challenging to predict when it comes to mobile games. There are two types of churn — one at the micro level, between an app and a specific user, and the other at the macro level, between an app and all of its users. And the […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Kaia Health raises $10 million to treat chronic pain with AI

Chronic diseases affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Over 16 million adults in the U.S., for instance, have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammation of the lungs that obstructs airflow. And researchers estimate that 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain several times in their lives. […]

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Microsoft CTO: Understanding AI is part of being an informed citizen in the 21st century

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott believes understanding AI in the future will help people be better citizens. “I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you need to know a little bit about this stuff [AI] because you want to be able to participate in the debates. You don’t want to be someone […]

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Facebook backs Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence with $7.5 million

Facebook will give $7.5 million for the creation of The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, a research center being made to explore topics such as transparency and accountability in medical treatment or human rights in instances of human-AI interaction. The announcement was made today during a speech by COO Sheryl Sandberg at the Digital, Life, Design […]

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Researchers develop flexible nanobots to deliver drugs inside your body

What comes to mind when you hear the word “robot”? Boston Dynamics’ quadrupedal Spot? SoftBank’s humanoid Pepper? Or flexible, practically microscopic devices that can swim through bodily fluids? It probably isn’t the last of those three, but that’s the one that might someday deliver life-saving drugs to the hard-to-reach places inside your body. In a […]

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PitchBook: European VC investment rose 4.2% in 2018, but number of deals dropped 25.9%

Europe recorded a bumper year for venture capital (VC) investment in 2018, even though the overall number of deals fell by more than a quarter. The findings were published as part of data and research company PitchBook’s annual European Venture Report, which revealed that a total of €20.5 billion ($23.3 billion) was invested across 3,384 deals […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology like […]

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How GoDaddy is increasing cloud security but keeping developers creative (VB Live)

Companies have been steadily moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure, but once your data moves beyond private architecture, you face potential attacks that legacy security measures can’t address. To learn how to best protect your enterprise and data, join GoDaddy’s VP of engineering and others at this VB Live event! Register here for free. One […]

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Microsoft wants to make Cortana available through Google Assistant

Cortana might not be the most popular voice assistant around, but Satya Nadella doesn’t have a problem with that. Microsoft’s CEO told media this week that the company’s strategy isn’t to expand its assistant’s reach at the expense of rivals like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, but rather to work with competitors to […]

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AI project matches brands with relevant Instagram influencers

In some circles, the mere mention of the word “influencer” is enough to elicit groans of protest. True, folks like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Felix Kjellberg (i.e., YouTube’s PewDiePie), and others with outsized social media presences might not have spotless reputations, but they’re pretty effective at peddling merchandise to their legions of follows. In a recent survey […]

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Zipwhip raises $51.5 million to bridge text messaging and phone calls

Landlines are ever-so-slowly going the way of the dodo, but a few holdouts remain. Almost 43 percent of U.S. households still pay for telephone service over copper wire, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control National Health Information Survey’s most recent findings. The same goes for the nearly 200 million companies with business phone numbers in the […]

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