Tag: machine learning

Element AI launches enterprise decision-making automation tools

Element AI, a company cofounded more than two years ago by deep learning expert Yoshua Bengio, is rolling out its first publicly available products for enterprise customers today. The AI Enablement Tools and Insight Libraries help automate document reading and processing for various industries using computer vision, optical character recognition (OCR), and other techniques. Element […]

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NS8 raises $26 million to combat ecommerce fraud

NS8, a Las Vegas-based company developing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to combat online fraud, today announced that it has raised $26 million in series B financing led by Edison Partners, with participation from Sorenson Ventures, Lytical Ventures, TDF Ventures, Hanna Ventures, and others. It comes after a $7.5 million seed round in November 2017, […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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Intel and Keemotion detail the ways Yale’s basketball team uses AI

Intel is helping bring AI to the basketball court — Yale’s court, to be exact. Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage. It’s supplied by five-year-old startup Keemotion, with a […]

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AI identifies which primates could be carrying the Zika virus

Zika, a species of the genus flavivirus spread mostly by mosquitoes, is associated with mild symptoms in most adults, but with more severe complications in pregnant women and young children. It’s linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which the brain doesn’t develop properly, which in rare cases can cause paralysis and death. Mosquitoes aren’t […]

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AI classifies emotions from EEG data

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive brain-monitoring test that involves placing electrodes along the scalp to send signals to a computer for analysis. EEGs have been widely used to study swallowing, classify mental states, and diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders such as neurogenic pain and epilepsy, but some researchers believe they have unexplored potential. In a […]

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud adds automated case routing, reply recommendations, and other AI features

Salesforce wants to supercharge customer service workflows with artificial intelligence. Toward that end, the San Francisco company today revealed a slew of AI-driven features headed to Service Cloud, its customer relationship management platform, including article recommendations and automated case routing. They’re well-timed, says Salesforce. According to its 2019 State of the Service report, 88 percent […]

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Wi-Fi data helps researchers improve accuracy of mapping algorithms

SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, is a well-studied computational problem that involves updating an environment map while keeping track of an agent’s location. (Typically, said agent is a drone or robot.) The advent of cheap, ubiquitous depth sensors and sophisticated algorithms have solved it somewhat, but even state-of-the-art vision systems aren’t perfect: Symmetric and […]

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ID R&D claims its AI can distinguish between sounds of breaking glass, gunshots, and more

AI is surprisingly good at detecting signs of break-ins from audio alone. In September, Amazon announced Alexa Guard, an algorithmic feature for its Echo smart speaker lineup that sends users notifications when it recognizes the sound of breaking glass or alarms for smoke or carbon monoxide. Similarly, SimpliSafe says its Glassbreak Sensor can distinguish between […]

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MIT CSAIL refines picker robots’ ability to handle new objects

Picker robots — that is, motorized pincers which pick up and place things — might have repeatability in their favor, but complex poses and unfamiliar objects pose a challenge for most of them. It’s no wonder why: They not only have to locate objects and understand how to grasp them, which requires an enormous amount […]

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AI’s many challenges must be thoughtfully addressed

In the future, personalized AI assistants will use knowledge of our behaviors to inform us of goings-on and do chores, and as we grow older, they’ll provide companionship and assistance when caregivers aren’t around. These assistants will not only chart our calendars and supply answers to questions, but will help administer medical treatments, assist us […]

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Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are raging against the machine (intelligence)

Beto is running. So is Bernie, and maybe Biden. Primaries to pick 2020 presidential candidates are more than a year away in most parts of the United States, but candidates seeking the highest office in the land are making their intentions known now, and almost every candidate running for the Democratic nomination to take on […]

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Quadcopter can inspect damaged nuclear reactors without putting workers at risk

In the aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck offshore the coast of Japan’s Honshu Island in 2011, primary power and cooling systems at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were knocked offline. Three of the reactors melted within the first three days, mainly as a result of flooding from the […]

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Facebook open-sources hardware for AI model training and inference

Serving 2.7 billion people each month across a family of apps and service isn’t easy — just ask Facebook. In recent years, the Menlo Park tech giant has migrated away from general-purpose hardware in favor of specialized accelerators that promise performance, power, and efficiency boosts across its datacenters, particularly in the area of AI. And […]

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AI uses Wi-Fi data to estimate how many people are in a room

You can tell a lot about people from their Wi-Fi connections — including, as it turns out, how many of them are standing near an access point. In a newly published research paper (“DeepCount: Crowd Counting with WiFi via Deep Learning“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org, scientists describe an AI activity recognition model — DeepCount […]

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AI uses genre metadata to track the evolution of Ancient Greek text

Ageōmétrētos mēdeìs eisítō. That’s Greek for “Let no one untrained in geometry enter” — the motto famously inscribed above the entrance to Plato’s Academy. It’s straightforward enough (if you’re fluent), but not every case is so clear-cut. Interpreting ancient languages involves guesswork about semantics, as well as polysemy (the coexistence of many possible meanings for […]

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20-year AI research roadmap calls for lifetime assistants and national labs

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has released a draft version of its 20-year roadmap for AI research in the United States. Made after consultation with researchers and tech companies, the roadmap calls for sustained support from the federal government and prescribes a number of steps be taken to ensure the U.S. retains its position as […]

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Polarr raises $11.5 million for offline, on-device computational photography

Polarr, a six-year-old San Francisco computer vision startup cofounded by Stanford graduate and Google veterans Borui Wang and Derek Yan, today announced that it has secured $11.5 million in series A funding led by Threshold Ventures (formally DFJ), with participation from Cota Capital and Pear Ventures. Wang said the fresh capital — which brings its […]

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Apple acquires Laserlike, an ML startup that might make Siri smarter

Apple has acquired a small machine learning startup called Laserlike, according to a new report today, and could use the company’s work to help Siri become better at delivering personalized results for users. According to The Information, the acquisition closed late last year but went unreported until now. Laserlike used machine learning to gather masses […]

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Autonomous system uses quadcopters to help wheeled robots climb steep cliffs

Sheer cliff faces present a traversal challenge for most wheeled robots on the market, but researchers at the University of Tokyo say they’ve developed a two-robot framework that works pretty reliably in their testing. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“UAV/UGV Autonomous Cooperation: UAV assists UGV to climb a cliff by […]

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