Tag: machine learning

Amazon open-sources its Topical Chat data set of over 4.7 million words

Way back in April, Amazon announced its intention to publish a data set — the Topical Chat data set — of crowdsourced human conversations to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge competition. It finally made good on that promise today with the release on Github of more than 235,000 utterances containing […]

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AI helped Facebook identify and ban 200 white supremacist groups

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook detailed the progress it’s made in combatting terrorists, violent extremist groups, and hate organizations on both its platform and Instagram. The bulk of recent successes were enabled by automated techniques, according to the Menlo Park tech giant, but also by a 350-person counterterrorism team whose scope has expanded […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind teach AI teamwork by playing hide-and-seek

The age-old game of hide-and-seek can reveal a lot about how AI weighs decisions with which it’s faced, not to mention why it interacts the way it does with other AI within its sphere of influence — or its proximity. That’s the gist of a new paper published by researchers at Google parent company Alphabet […]

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Microsoft Teams now supports Oracle digital assistant

Oracle’s digital assistant is now available in Microsoft Teams, the cloud hosting and services provider announced today. Oracle’s AI assistant got several other updates today, including the ability to interact via voice commands, enterprise-grade security for voice recordings, and the ability to respond to more complex voice commands. The news was announced today at Oracle’s […]

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Kaia raises $8 million to treat chronic pain with AI-guided exercise

Chronic pain — pain that lasts at least 12 weeks — affects hundreds of millions of people globally. In 2016, an estimated 20% of U.S. adults (approximately 50 million) reported having long-term pain, while 8% (20 million) had high-impact pain stemming from headaches, arthritis pain, and neurogenic pain. Back pain is among the most common, […]

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Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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TuSimple raises $120 million to expand its fleet of driverless delivery trucks

Riding high on a newly formed partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS), self-driving truck startup TuSimple today announced that it’s secured an extension to its $95 million series D round led by Weibo creator Sina, which reached a total of $215 million and valued the company at $1 billion. CDH Investments, Lavender Hill […]

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Apple study suggests chattier users prefer chattier AI assistants

How might you characterize the conversational style of a digital assistant like Siri? No matter your impression, it stands to reason that striking the wrong tone could dissuade users from engaging with it in the future. Perhaps that’s why in a paper (“Mirroring to Build Trust in Digital Assistants“) accepted to the Interspeech 2019 conference […]

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New AI technique targets Alexa’s contextual understanding

Dialogue state tracking, or estimating and keeping tabs on a person’s goals throughout a multiturn conversation, is one of the ways Alexa figures out what’s being requested of it. By combining conversation history with the most recent command, Amazon’s intelligent assistant can better map slot names — the price of a hotel or its star […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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Apple details Overton AI development tool, whose models have processed ‘billions’ of queries

Building, monitoring, and improving machine learning systems is no walk in the park, no matter the circumstances. Data scientists and engineers have to monitor fine-grained quality and diagnose errors in sophisticated apps, not to mention field contradictory or incomplete corpora. To ease the development burden somewhat, Apple developed Overton, a framework intended to automate AI […]

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Google says its AI detects 26 skin conditions as accurately as dermatologists

Skin conditions are among the most common kind of ailment globally, just behind colds, fatigue, and headaches. In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of all treatments provided to patients around the world are for skin conditions, and that up to 37% of patients seen in the clinic have at least one skin complaint. The enormous […]

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AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that’s specific to their business. It’s a great win for them internally, but not exactly the most compelling news in and […]

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Amazon schedules hardware event for September 25

Amazon’s Devices and Services team plans to host an invite-only event in Seattle on September 25, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email today. Roughly one year ago, Amazon hosted an event at company headquarters where Amazon VP of device David Limp unveiled nearly a dozen new devices like a redesigned Echo Dot, Echo […]

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Google report assesses how AI can best serve humanity

Google.org is today releasing a report that details how social impact startups, nonprofits, government policymakers, and academics can use machine learning to address some of humanity’s biggest problems. The assessment is the result of analysis of more than 2,600 applications — from 119 countries — to the $25 million Google AI Impact Challenge, a global […]

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You can now answer questions that stump Alexa

In December 2018, Amazon launched Alexa Answers, a service that allows people to share information which might then be distributed to the millions of Alexa users around the world. Amazon describes it as a way for people to address questions that haven’t yet been answered (like nuanced factual queries and those that lack a clear […]

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Simbe Robotics raises $26 million for autonomous inventory robots

Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that’s because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately. Research and Markets anticipates that the global brick-and-mortar automation market will be worth close to $18.9 million by 2023, which some analysts say could cut down on the billions of […]

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Lacework raises $42 million to protect cloud environments from data breaches

Lacework, a four-year-old Mountain View, California-based developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it’s raised $42 million in funding from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures, bringing its total raised to over $70 million. CEO Dan Hubbard said the fresh funding, which follows on the heels of […]

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Pfizer launches pilot with home robot Mabu to study patient response to AI

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer today announced plans to launch a one-year pilot program with robotics company Catalia Health, maker of Mabu, a home robot that coaches patients on health and prescription drugs. Mabu uses voice interactions powered by conversational AI to assess a user’s mood, record data, manage symptoms, and provide helpful information. The robot then […]

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Google Lens now supplies recipes and nutrition advice, starting with Uncle Ben’s products

Ever grocery shop without a list? If so, the newest collaboration involving Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered search and computer vision tool, might be just what the doctor ordered. Mountain View tech startup Innit and Mars Food have jointly announced that from today Lens will reveal “dynamic content,” like recipes, ingredient lists, and nutrition advice from […]

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