Tag: machine learning

MIT and U.S. Air Force launch AI accelerator program

MIT, one of the most prominent artificial intelligence research organizations in the United States, is developing an AI accelerator program for the U.S. Air Force. The accelerator will explore research related to areas like advanced algorithms, machine learning, and robotics, as well as logistics and data. In addition to disaster relief and medical readiness, other […]

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AI predicts new food and drink pairings

Robot gourmands are imminent, it seems, and they might someday craft recipes just as delicious as those from their human counterparts. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“KitcheNette: Predicting and Recommending Food Ingredient Pairings using Siamese Neural Networks“), scientists at Korea University describe an AI system that predicts ingredient pairings and […]

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Google’s lung cancer detection AI outperforms 6 human radiologists

Google AI researchers working with Northwestern Medicine created an AI model capable of detecting lung cancer from screening tests better than human radiologists with an average of eight years experience. When analyzing a single CT scan, the model detected cancer 5% more often on average than a group of 6 human experts and 11% more […]

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Nvidia robotics researchers blur line between simulation and the real world

Nvidia AI researchers today introduced SimOpt, an AI system trained to transfer simulated work into real-world action to complete tasks like putting a peg in a hole and opening and closing a drawer. The SimOpt model, which relies on reinforcement learning, was created using Nvidia’s FleX physics simulation engine and more than 9,600 simulations, each […]

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Siemplify raises $30 million to streamline security tool management

Siemplify, a New York and Tel Aviv security orchestration platform provider, today announced that it’s secured $30 million in series C funding led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors 83North, G20 Ventures, and Jump Capital. It comes after three blockbuster years for the company, which notched 1,000% year-over-year growth in 2017, 280% growth […]

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Clinc raises $50 million to bring conversational AI to cars, banks, and kiosks

Clinc, a four-year-old AI startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it’s secured $52 million in series B financing led by Insight Partners, with participation from DFJ Growth and existing investors Drive Capital and Hyde Park Venture Partners. The mammoth round is over eight times the size of the company’s $6.3 million series […]

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Facebook wants to teach robots how to walk

Facebook AI researchers today revealed details about efforts to train robots, including an initiative to teach a six-legged hexapod robot to walk. “Our goal is to reduce the number of interactions the robot needs to learn to walk, so it takes only hours instead of days or weeks,” researchers said in a blog post. “The […]

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AI Weekly: Facial recognition policy makers debate temporary moratorium vs. permanent ban

On Tuesday in a 8-1 tally, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to put a ban on the use of facial recognition software by city departments, including police. Supporters of the ban cited racial inequality in audits of facial recognition software from companies like Amazon and Microsoft, as well as  dystopian surveillance happening now […]

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AI predicts PUBG player placement from stats and rankings

There’s a reason battle royal games like PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (commonly abbreviated “PUBG”) and Epic Games’ Fortnite have hundreds of millions of players collectively: they’re exciting. Tens of player characters spawn simultaneously in unpredictable places, where they battle it out to the death as the game map’s size gradually decreases. The roster’s eventually whittled down to […]

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IBM researchers analyze the makeup of breast cancer cells with AI

Female breast cancer is one of the most common and deadly cancer types worldwide, along with lung and colorectal cancer. It’s estimated that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, and according to the World Health Organization, there were 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 […]

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NTSB: Tesla’s Autopilot was enabled during fatal Model 3 crash

(Reuters) — Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. The NTSB’s preliminary report said the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds […]

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Some Sonic drive-ins are getting AI-powered menu kiosks

The next time you swing by a Sonic Drive-In, you might be greeted by an AI assistant. Mastercard today announced a partnership with Zivelo, a provider of self-service kiosks, to deploy what it describes as an “ordering experience” for quick service restaurants featuring a bespoke voice assistant, Zivelo’s OakOS software, and a personalized dynamic menu. […]

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NYPD used facial recognition and pics of Woody Harrelson to arrest a man

The New York Police Department used photos of actor Woody Harrelson to arrest a man who was accused of stealing beer from a CVS after officers concluded from a partial photo that the suspect looked like actor Woody Harrelson. Facial recognition software was used to make the arrest in 2017, according to a report released […]

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Alexa speech normalization AI reduces errors by up to 81%

Text normalization is a fundamental processing step in most natural language systems. In the case of Amazon’s Alexa, “book me a table at 5:00 p.m.” might be transcribed by the assistant’s automatic speech recognizer as “five p m” and further reformatted to “5:00PM.” Inversely, Alexa might convert “5:00PM” to “five thirty p m” for Alexa’s […]

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Xnor launches embedded AI platform AI2Go

Xnor.ai today launched AI2Go, a platform for developers and manufacturers to make pre-built AI models optimized for on-device artificial intelligence. AI2Go is designed for state-of-the-art edge computing in devices like cameras, drones, and sensors. The platform comes with hundreds of models made especially for smart home, security, auto, entertainment, and surveillance devices. The service was […]

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Microsoft announces latest AI for Accessibility grant recipients

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility, which was unveiled in May 2018, is the Seattle company’s second so-called AI for Good program. It follows on the heels of — and was largely modeled after — the company’s AI for Earth, which provides training and resources to organizations looking to tackle problems relating to climate, water, agriculture, and […]

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Google’s Translatotron is an end-to-end model that mimics human voices

Google AI today shared details about Translatotron, an experimental AI system capable of direct translations of a person’s voice into another language, an approach that allows synthesized translation of a person’s voice to keep the sound of the original speaker’s voice. Traditionally, speech translation uses automatic speech recognition to convert speech to text, applies machine […]

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Microsoft open-sources key Bing Search search algorithm

Keyword queries make up a diminishing portion of web searches, believe it or not. Thanks to tools like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, computer vision algorithms drive more than their fair share, as do the natural language processing models underpinning intelligent assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. The increasing mix of media is one […]

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AI can predict opioid overdoses from crime and socioeconomic data

Opioid abuse is on the rise nationwide. An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2017, and from July 2016 through September 2017 in 45 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded a 30% uptick in overdoses. Additionally, according […]

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Quadric raises $15 million to accelerate AI at the edge

Quadric, a Burlingame, California-based startup developing a custom-designed chip and software suite for autonomous systems, today announced that it has raised $15 million in a funding round led by automotive components manufacturer Denso, which plans to integrate Quadric’s technology into its autonomous driving stack. Pear, Uncork Capital, SV Angel, Cota Capital, and Trucks Venture Capital […]

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