Tag: machine learning

AI Weekly: A growing chorus of experts agrees facial recognition systems must be regulated

On Tuesday, Oakland became the third U.S. city after San Francisco and the Boston suburb of Somerville to ban facial recognition use by local government departments, including its police force. The ordinance adopted by the city council, which was written by Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission and sponsored by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, prohibits the city and […]

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DeepMind’s AI learns to generate realistic videos by watching YouTube clips

Perhaps you’ve heard of FaceApp, the mobile app that taps AI to transform selfies, or This Person Does Not Exist, which surfaces computer-generated photos of fictional people. But what about an algorithm whose videos are wholly novel? One of the newest papers from Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind (Efficient Video Generation on Complex Datasets) details […]

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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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AquaSight taps computer vision to tell you if water is safe to drink

Sussing out water potability is sometimes nigh impossible in the field, depending on the remoteness of the region from where it was sourced. The United Nations estimates that every day, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world’s water supply, and while a range of chemical kits test […]

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Pivot raises $17 million for AI-powered home workouts

There’s no shortage of fitness apps that promise to tone your muscles and boost your baseline heart rate in no time, but a new challenger on the block claims its approach is more holistic than most. San Francisco-based Pivot, which today emerged from stealth with $17 million in series A funding led by DCM with […]

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Zappos lead data scientist on the challenges of using semantic search

Online retailer Zappos has never been shy about adopting new technologies to improve its business. And its search bar is no exception: Over the past two years, the company has been overhauling its search algorithms using machine learning. At VentureBeat’s Transform 2019 conference last week in San Francisco, Zappos lead data scientist Ameen Kazerouni talked […]

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Google’s Parrotron is an AI tool for people with speech impediments

For millions of folks around the world, speech impairment is a fact of life. Roughly 7.5 million people in the U.S. have trouble vocalizing words and phrases, and disorders involving pitch, loudness, and quality affect about 5% of children by the first grade. This poses a challenge for accessibility engineers developing AI-driven speech recognition and […]

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AWS and Udacity launch DeepRacer machine learning course and scholarship

Amazon Web Services (AWS) often describes DeepRacer League, which launched in November 2018 at the tech giant’s AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, as the world’s first autonomous racing league open to everyone. But entering the tournament entails devising an algorithm that can successfully drive a 1/18th scale car around a track, which requires a firm grasp […]

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How AI companies can avoid ethics washing

One of the essential phrases necessary to understand AI in 2019 has to be “ethics washing.” Put simply, ethics washing — also called “ethics theater” — is the practice of fabricating or exaggerating a company’s interest in equitable AI systems that work for everyone. A textbook example for tech giants is when a company promotes […]

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Icertis raises $75 million to automate contract management

There’s more to managing contracts than most folks realize. Deals between companies of a certain size must be executed to the letter after they’re drawn up and finalized, and then continuously analyzed to reduce financial risk and improve performance. That’s why manual contract management is estimated to cost businesses in segments like health care tens […]

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Grocery chain Giant Eagle taps Grabango to pilot checkout-free experiences

The next time you walk into one of Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle’s more than 216 supermarkets, 202 GetGo convenience stores, or 56 Ricker’s stores, you might not have to stop by the checkout counter on your way out the door. The supermarket chain today announced that it has partnered with Grabango, a Silicon Valley startup founded […]

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Uber open-sources Plato for developing and testing conversational AI

Designing conversational AI isn’t as Sysiphean as it sounds. Tools like Google’s Dialogflow, Microsoft’s Bot Framework, and Amazon’s Lex make it easier than it used to be, and the folks at Uber hope to eliminate any remaining barriers with a development platform all their own. It’s called Plato Research Dialog System, and it was released […]

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Study: Seniors talk with AI chatbots more when the conversation is deeper

Luminaries like former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and iRobot CTO Helen Greiner expect that one day, loquacious AI will provide companionship for the roughly 40% of elderly people who say they regularly experience loneliness. If this vision comes to pass, it’d be no less than transformative from a wellness perspective — loneliness has been found […]

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Landr raises $26 million for AI-powered music creation tools

Landr, a Montreal-based startup developing an AI-powered creative platform for musicians, today announced that it has closed a $26 million series B funding round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure, and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ. (Investissement Québec and other backers contributed $7 million as an initial convertible […]

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Google’s new ‘data echoing’ technique speeds up AI training

AI accelerator hardware like Google’s Tensor Processing Units and Intel’s Nervana Neural Network Processor promise to speed up AI model training, but because of the way the chips are architected, earlier stages of the training pipeline (like data preprocessing) don’t benefit from the boosts. That’s why scientists at Google Brain, Google’s AI research division, propose […]

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AI warns motorcycle riders before they turn too abruptly

Turns taken too quickly or sharply are responsible for nearly a fifth of all motorcycle accidents, according to estimates, which also suggest misjudged curves are to blame for 15% of rider fatalities. Fortunately, researchers at ETH Zurich and KU Leuven have recently proposed a solution in a paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Learning a […]

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Intel’s Pohoiki Beach is a neuromorphic computer capable of simulating 8 million neurons

Neuromorphic engineering, also known as neuromorphic computing, is a concept describing the use of systems containing electronic analog circuits to mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system. Scientists at MIT, Perdue, Stanford, IBM, HP, and elsewhere have pioneered pieces of full-stack systems, but arguably few have come closer to achieving a longstanding goal of […]

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DefenseStorm raises $15 million for automated cybersecurity and compliance solutions

Georgia-based cybersecurity and compliance management startup DefenseStorm today revealed that it has closed a $15 million series A round led by Georgian Partners. CEO Harold Brewer says the DefenseStorm team will work with the VC firm’s Georgian Impact team to accelerate adoption of applied AI and will tap its expertise to further develop DefenseStorm’s solutions […]

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MIT CSAIL makes AI that helps drones land like a helicopter and fly like a plane

Drones are versatile machines, which is why they’ve been used to ferry food to golf courses, perform reconnaissance for firefighters and first responders, and put on light shows at the Olympics opening ceremonies. But their propeller-forward form factors aren’t exactly conducive to power efficiency, which limits their flight time. Fortunately, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science […]

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AI Weekly: Highlights from VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform

This week, VentureBeat held its largest AI conference in company history. Front and center were startups tackling compelling challenges as well as executives from the largest AI companies in the ecosystem, like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With seven stages and over 1,000 people over two days, it’s tough to follow everything that happened, but […]

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