Tag: machine learning

Alphabet’s trash-sorting robots have reduced office waste contamination to ‘less than 5%’

Alphabet’s X team for moonshot projects has been using robots to sort compost, recycling, and landfill waste in initial use at X company offices in recent months. The robots on wheels can drive to trash sites in the Mountain View, California office and sort recycling and trash using a combination of computer vision and a […]

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OpenAI releases Safety Gym for reinforcement learning

While much work in data science to date has focused on algorithmic scale and sophistication, safety — that is, safeguards against harm — is a domain no less worth pursuing. This is particularly true in applications like self-driving vehicles, where a machine learning system’s poor judgement might contribute to an accident. That’s why firms like […]

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PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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My Storytime lets parents record bedtime stories through Google Nest devices

Since 2001, more than 2 million children in the U.S. have had a parent deployed by the military at least once, and more than 900,000 have experienced the deployment of one or both parents multiple times. United Through Reading, an organization dedicated to connecting military families through read-aloud experiences, estimates that those children collectively miss […]

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Buttigieg and Yang say AI is essential to U.S. national security

Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang called artificial intelligence essential to U.S. national security in the fifth Democratic debate on Wednesday. Buttigieg said the U.S. is spending a fraction of the attention and resources on AI research China is. “If we fall behind on artificial intelligence, the most expensive ships that the United States […]

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Celonis raises $290 million for AI-powered process mining at $2.5 billion valuation

Celonis today closed a $290 funding Series C round for its solution that uses artificial intelligence for data and process mining to find out how companies can be more efficient, raising the company’s valuation to $2.5 billion. Today’s news follows a $50 million funding round in June 2018 led by Accel and 83North that raised […]

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Snapchat’s Time Machine lens uses AI to age and de-age selfies

If you weren’t convinced yet that artificial intelligence will eventually be able to do pretty much anything, Snapchat is about to show you just how powerful machine learning can be — for free. Today, the popular social media app is adding a new lens called Time Machine that’s capable of aging and de-aging your face […]

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Google kicks off Assistant on the Web with movie ticket purchases

Earlier this year at its I/O 2019 developer conference, Google revealed that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, would expand to the mobile web to handle things like car rentals and movie ticket bookings. Mum’s been the word since September, when select users reported seeing a Duplex-powered service […]

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Sonos acquires privacy-conscious AI startup Snips for $37.5 million

Audio company Sonos today announced the acquisition of Snips, a privacy-conscious conversational AI company based in Paris. The $37.5 million acquisition will bring machine learning engineers and others from Snips, a company with about 50 employees, into Sonos. Snips is the creator of open source conversational AI projects that have been used by more than […]

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Apple’s AI can predict cognitive impairment from iOS app usage

Mild cognitive impairment — which affects an estimated 15% to 20% of people over the age of 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association — often progresses quickly and quietly. Those with it are at an increased risk of developing a dementia, making early detection critical. Researchers at Apple and the University of Tübingen believe the […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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DeepMind’s MuZero teaches itself how to win at Atari, chess, shogi, and Go

In a paper published in the journal Science late last year, Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind detailed AlphaZero, an AI system that could teach itself how to master the game of chess, a Japanese variant of chess called shogi, and the Chinese board game Go. In each case, it beat a world champion, demonstrating a […]

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CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

AI and machine learning algorithms require data. Lots of data. But the bulk of that data is of no use if it isn’t first labeled by human annotators. This predicament has given rise to a cottage industry of startups, including Scale AI, which recently raised $100 million for its extensive suite of data labeling services. […]

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Brookings: AI will heavily affect tech and white-collar jobs

AI is set to have a big impact on high-wage, white-collar, and tech jobs, according to a new Brookings Institution study released today. The report analyzes overlap between job descriptions and patent database text, using NLP to assign each job an exposure score. “High-tech digital services such as software publishing and computer system design — […]

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Pensa Systems raises $10 million to deploy inventory-tracking drones in retail stores

There are perhaps few retail tasks more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Figuring out which products are in stock and which stock is likely to run low is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion hours picking things off shelves. It’s also error-prone — employees regularly misplace an estimated one in […]

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Xiaomi’s Xiao AI assistant passes 49.9 million users

Today marked the kickoff of Xiaomi’s annual Mi Developer conference in Beijing, and the tech giant wasted no time announcing updates across its AI portfolio. It took the wraps off of the latest release of Mobile AI Compute Engine (MACE), its open source machine learning framework, and it demoed an improved version of its Xiao […]

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Hopper’s Price Freeze taps AI to identify and lock in airfare deals

Hopper, the Cambridge- and Montreal-based company behind the eponymous flight and hotel booking platform, today launched a tool designed to help customers lock in airfares for up to a week. It’s dubbed Price Freeze, and as the name implies, it “freezes” deals to hold a given price for up to seven days. Prize Freeze is […]

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Bizagi’s process automation platform gets AI decisioning and Azure Cognitive Services integration

Bizagi now offers its process automation tools and AI capabilities alongside Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, and its Bizagi Studio Collaboration Services is free to use in the Azure Marketplace, too. This follows news from just a few weeks ago about updates to the company’s platform that allow non-data scientists to use AI and machine learning […]

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Salesforce launches Cloud Voice, Einstein Voice Assistant, and Voice Skills

Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco is in full swing, as evidenced by the steady clip of product- and service-related announcements. The tech giant this morning debuted Service Cloud Voice, a product it’s pitching as a “modernization” of the contact center that embeds telephony inside Service Cloud. Additionally, alongside a voice app development toolkit […]

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Unlocking the potential of the citizen data scientist

Imagine if you gave the power of drag and drop machine learning and automation to every employee in your company. Seasoned data scientists would become more productive, rapidly building highly scalable and efficient models, and have the time to focus more closely on the most mission critical business issues. Newly-minted data science grads, or anyone […]

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Google details DeepMind AI’s role in Play Store app recommendations

AI and machine learning model architectures developed by Alphabet’s DeepMind have substantially improved the Google Play Store’s discovery systems, according to Google. In a blog post this morning, DeepMind detailed a collaboration to bolster the recommendation engine underpinning the Play Store, the app and game marketplace that’s actively used by over two billion Android users […]

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MIT’s AI scores driver egotism to make autonomous vehicles more assertive

Can social awareness improve autonomous cars’ road robustness? That’s what a team of researchers at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory set out to discover in a recent study. They built a system that classifies the behavior of other drivers with respect to their selfishness — in other words, whether drivers are less likely […]

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Yamagata University uses IBM’s PAIRS Geoscope and Watson to uncover patterns in ancient etchings

Ever heard of the Nasca Lines? They’re literal lines etched in the sands of southern Peru covering an area of nearly 1,000 square kilometers, which depict over 300 different figures including animals and plants. The best evidence suggests that they’re pre-Columbian in origin, dating from between roughly 500 BC and 500 AD, and that they […]

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