Tag: machine learning

AI system prioritizes x-rays by urgency

Radiologists are drowning in x-rays. The electromagnetic scans account for a whopping 40 percent of all diagnostic imaging worldwide, and in the U.K. alone, there are an estimated 330,000 x-rays at any given time that have waited more than a month for a report. Fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to shrink the backlog substantially. In […]

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Amazon team taps millions of Alexa interactions to reduce NLP error rate

Developing an AI system capable of understanding natural language isn’t just time-consuming — it’s really expensive. Developers have to collect thousands of voice samples and annotate them by hand, a process that often takes weeks. That’s why researchers at Amazon’s Alexa division pursued transfer learning, which leverages a neural network — i.e., layers of mathematical functions […]

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Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations

Historically, language translation apps were confined to whatever developers could store in their on-board databases, limitations that were surpassed with internet connections and AI-assisted text recognition tools. Today, language teaching developer Rosetta Stone is taking the next step forward by adding augmented reality and machine learning to its iPhone app, enabling users to identify and […]

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AI chip startup Hailo Technologies expands Series A to more than $20 million

Artificial intelligence (AI) chips — that is, microprocessors optimized for machine learning workloads — are poised to attract tens of billions of dollars in investment capital within the next decade. Allied Market Research forecasts that they’ll be a $37.8 billion industry by 2025, fueled by growing demand for faster, cheaper, and higher-efficiency AI model training […]

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Starship Technologies’ robots begin delivering food to college kids

Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics startup created in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, is already ferrying food from kitchens to customers through partnerships with Domino’s in Germany, London food-delivery firm Just Eat, and DoorDash in the U.S. But starting today, that group is expanding to include the 40,000 students, faculty, and […]

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Diamond Pro’s AI spots imperfection in gems

Would you ever consider purchasing diamond jewelry online? Lots of people have — according to Research and Markets, the jewelry ecommerce market accounts for roughly 5 percent of the $257 billion overall jewelry industry, a share that’s expected to triple by 2020. It’s growing especially quickly in Asia, where the compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2014 exceeded […]

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Gartner: Enterprise use of AI grew 270% over the past 4 years

Companies are adopting artificial intelligence (AI) like it’s going out of style, according to a new report by Gartner. The Stamford firm’s 2019 CIO Survey of more than 3,000 executives in 89 countries found that AI implementation grew a whopping 270 percent in the past four years, and 37 percent in the last year alone. […]

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Researchers use Samsung data and AI to predict mobile game churn

Churn — that all-important measure of attrition — is often challenging to predict when it comes to mobile games. There are two types of churn — one at the micro level, between an app and a specific user, and the other at the macro level, between an app and all of its users. And the […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, where we’d met […]

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Kaia Health raises $10 million to treat chronic pain with AI

Chronic diseases affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Over 16 million adults in the U.S., for instance, have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammation of the lungs that obstructs airflow. And researchers estimate that 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain several times in their lives. […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology like […]

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Ford taps Clinc for conversational AI in autos

Clinc, a four-year-old conversational AI startup, is teaming up with Ford to power voice recognition in the Detroit automaker’s cars. The two companies announced the collaboration today during the Detroit Auto Show, at a panel hosted by Inforum about machine learning and the future of in-vehicle technology. According to Clinc CEO Dr. Jason Mars, the […]

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Machine learning is rescuing old game textures in Zelda and Final Fantasy

The first generation of 3D video games are ugly. I think they are ugly in a charming way, but many people disagree with even that. The truth is that the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Saturn were like the Atari and Intellivision for 3D graphics. While modern technology has easily surpasses those hardware limitations, new processes […]

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AI project matches brands with relevant Instagram influencers

In some circles, the mere mention of the word “influencer” is enough to elicit groans of protest. True, folks like Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Felix Kjellberg (i.e., YouTube’s PewDiePie), and others with outsized social media presences might not have spotless reputations, but they’re pretty effective at peddling merchandise to their legions of follows. In a recent survey […]

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This AI learns from past matches to predict tennis shot placement

You might have heard about AI that teaches four-legged robots to walk and autonomous systems that generate photorealistic images of butterflies, but what about models that forecast the shot location of tennis balls? In a newly published preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Memory Augmented Deep Generative models for Forecasting the Next Shot Location in Tennis“), researchers […]

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Want your sales teams to always be closing? Adopt AI (VB Live)

Artificial intelligence can increase your leads and appointments by 50 percent, reduce costs up to 60 percent, cut call time up to 70 percent, and slash admin work by 40 percent. So why aren’t your sales teams totally AI-enabled? Learn more about how AI can help your salespeople take back their time and close the […]

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Finally, Amazon Echo developers can build robotic bears that twerk to music

If you’ve ever dreamed of making a stuffed bear twerk, a hula girl doll sway its hips, or a disco ball light a room to the beat of an Amazon Echo speaker, you’re in for a treat. Amazon today announced that the MusicData Interface, which enables developers to build Bluetooth-connected devices that respond to tracks from Amazon Music […]

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Facebook and Stanford researchers design a chatbot that learns from its mistakes

Chatbots rarely make great conversationalists. With the exception of perhaps Microsoft’s Xiaoice in China, which has about 40 million users and averages 23 back-and-forth exchanges, and Alibaba’s Dian Xiaomi, an automated sales agent that serves nearly 3.5 million customers a day, most can’t hold humans’ attention for much longer than 15 minutes. But that’s not tempering bot […]

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Alation raises $50 million to index enterprise data

Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from […]

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Researchers improve AI emotion classification by combining speech and facial expression data

Systems that can classify a person’s emotion from their voice and facial tics alone are a longstanding goal of some AI researchers. Firms like Affectiva, which recently launched a product that scans drivers’ faces and voices to monitor their mood, are moving the needle in the right direction. But considerable challenges remain, owing to nuances in […]

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