Tag: machine learning

What Kamala Harris’ record says about major AI policy issues

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his vice presidential running mate today. Born in Oakland, California and raised in Berkeley, Harris is the first African American woman and first Asian American woman to be chosen as a vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket in U.S. history. Though […]

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Facebook claims it proactively detected 95% of hate speech removed in Q2 2020

About 22.5 million pieces of content published to Facebook were removed for violating the company’s hate speech policies in Q2 2020. The metric comes from Facebook’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report covering April 2020 through June 2020, which suggests the company’s AI detected 95% of hate speech taken down in Q2. That’s up from 88.8% […]

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NeuralCam Live uses ML to turn iPhones into ‘smart’ computer webcams

Compared with the cameras found in smartphones, computer webcams were all but frozen in time a decade ago, such that most still sport 720p or 1080p resolutions with middling color accuracy and low light performance. Having previously revealed the hidden low light potential in older iPhone cameras, NeuralCam is back with a new app that turns Apple’s […]

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Researchers use AI classifiers to expose potential vulnerabilities in Microsoft remote desktop

Microsoft’s encrypted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) contains vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to detect activities, keystrokes, and mouse movements in 30-second traces. That’s according to a preprint study from researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, who claim the protocol’s design exposes “fine-grained” actions on which machine learning models could be trained to identify usage […]

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Standard Cognition partners with Circle K on cashierless convenience stores

Standard Cognition today inked a partnership to pilot its cashierless checkout technology in a Circle K store in Phoenix, Arizona. The Circle K location’s existing fixtures, lighting, inventory management systems, replenishment processes, and store layout will remain the same post-retrofit, and customers will have the option of paying via an app or with cash and card […]

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IBM, Grillo, and the Linux Foundation partner on early earthquake detection systems

The Linux Foundation — in partnership with IBM and startup Grillo — today announced an initiative called OpenEEW to accelerate the deployment of open source earthquake early warning (EEW) detection systems around the world. The organizations say OpenEEW will incorporate sensing, detection, and analysis components from Grillo’s EEW platform, along with a Docker software version […]

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Pinterest expands lipstick Try on feature to over 10,000 shoppable shades

Pinterest today announced updates to increase the discoverability of beauty products and tutorials personalized to individual skin tones, styles, and preferences on its platform. The network made its search filter for skin tone ranges available in countries beyond the U.S. including the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Pinterest also refreshed the filter’s design […]

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AI cybersecurity startup Elisity raises $7.5 million to protect networks from attack with AI

Cybersecurity startup Elisity today emerged from stealth with $7.5 million in seed funding from Atlantic Bridge Associates. The company, whose founding team includes veterans of Cisco, Qualys, and Viptela, says its immediate focus is scaling up engineering, sales, and marketing teams ahead of the Elisity platform’s public launch. According to a recent study published by the […]

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Google rolls out earthquake detection and new in-car features for Android

Soon, Android devices will be able to detect earthquakes as they’re happening, thanks to a partnership between Google, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) ShakeAlert, and academics at the University of California, Berkeley and Caltech. It’s one of several features heading to Google’s mobile OS today and in the coming weeks, along with updates to Android […]

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Atomwise raises $123 million to accelerate drug discovery with AI

Atomwise, a startup using AI to accelerate drug discovery, today secured $123 million in funding. A spokesperson said the funds will enable the startup to scale its technology and team as it expands its portfolio of joint ventures with researchers at the University of Toronto, Duke University School of Medicine, Charles River, Bayer, Eli Lilly, […]

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K2View raises $28 million to automate enterprise data unification

Knowledge platform developer K2View today announced it has raised $28 million that will be put toward accelerating go-to-market efforts. K2View, which is targeting customers in industries like telecom, financial services, health care, insurance, and logistics, claims revenue in the first half of 2020 grew at an over 75% compound annual growth rate. Enterprise data is […]

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Simpplr raises $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform

Simpplr today raised $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform, which is designed to streamline communications. CEO Dhiraj Sharma says the funds will be used to drive customer adoption during the pandemic as Simpplr develops new products and extends its partner ecosystem. With people increasingly work from home, businesses have put a renewed focus on […]

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Michigan University study advocates ban of facial recognition in schools

A newly published study by University of Michigan researchers shows facial recognition technology in schools presents multiple problems and has limited efficacy. Led by Shobita Parthasarathy, director of the university’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program, the research say the technology isn’t suited to security purposes and can actively promote racial discrimination, normalize surveillance, […]

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Researchers find ‘inconsistent’ benchmarking across 3,867 AI research papers

The metrics used to benchmark AI and machine learning models often inadequately reflect those models’ true performances. That’s according to a preprint study from researchers at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support in Vienna, which analyzed data in over 3,000 model performance results from the open source web-based platform Papers with Code. They […]

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Ironscales raises $8 million more for AI that thwarts email phishing attacks

Ironscales, a startup developing an AI phishing prevention and detection platform, today closed an $8 million extension to its series B round led by Jump Capital, bringing the total to $23 million. A spokesperson says Ironscales plans to use the funding to further accelerate growth through market expansion and ongoing R&D of its email security […]

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AI Weekly: Can language models learn morality?

The fervor around state-of-the-art AI language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 hasn’t died down. If anything, it’s gaining steam. Melanie Mitchell, a professor of computer science at Portland State University, found evidence that GPT-3 can make primitive analogies. Raphaël Millière, a philosopher of mind and cognitive science at Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society, asked […]

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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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Researchers say ‘The Whiteness of AI’ in pop culture erases people of color

Depictions of artificial intelligence in popular culture as mostly white can carry a number of consequences, including the erasure of people who are not white, according to research released today by researchers from the University of Cambridge. The authors say the normalization of predominant depictions of AI as white can influence people aspiring to enter 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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IBM details research on AI to measure Parkinson’s disease progression

IBM says it has made progress toward developing ways to estimate the severity of Parkinson’s symptoms by analyzing physical activity as motor impairment increases. In a paper published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, scientists at IBM Research, Pfizer, the Spivack Center for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, and Tufts created statistical representations of patients’ movement […]

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Salesforce open-sources the AI Economist, a research environment for exploring tax policies

In April, Salesforce detailed the AI Economist, a research environment designed to elucidate how economic design might be improved with AI. The company pledged to eventually make available the codebase in open source, and today marks the release of the initial version. Studies have shown that income inequality gaps can negatively impact economic growth, opportunity, […]

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Yandex begins testing self-driving cars in Michigan

Moscow-based tech giant Yandex today announced it has expanded testing of its self-driving cars to Ann Arbor, Michigan. A fleet of Yandex’s driverless vehicles recently hit Ann Arbor city streets, including the company’s fourth-generation autonomous Hyundai Sonatas created in partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Yandex says it had planned to provide rides in its autonomous taxis […]

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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 say we need better benchmarks to build more useful AI assistants

The promise of conversational AI is that, unlike virtually any other form of technology, all you have to do is talk. Natural language is the most natural and democratic form of communication. After all, humans are born capable of learning how to speak, but some never learn to read or use a graphical user interface. […]

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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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Automated document processor PandaDoc raises $15 million more as remote work grows

AI-powered document processing platform PandaDoc today raised over $15 million in additional funding, bringing its series B round to $30 million. The company says the capital will bolster its go-to-market efforts as it doubles down on product research and development. Companies spend an average of $20 to file and store a single document, by some […]

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Bill in Congress would require businesses receive consent before using biometric data

Members of Congress put forward a bill today named the National Biometric Information Privacy Act, which would make it illegal for businesses to collect, purchase, or trade biometric information obtained from customers without permission. This includes face prints used in facial recognition as well as voice prints for AI assistant personalization as well as eye […]

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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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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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