Tag: machine learning

The best smartphones for the AI enthusiast

Black Friday — the U.S.’s single-biggest shopping day — is nearly upon us, and that’s great news if you’re in the market for a smartphone. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are offering hundreds of dollars off the purchase of flagship Samsung Galaxy handsets. There’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal on LG G7 ThinQ at T-Mobile. And […]

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Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to identify correlations between users, locations, […]

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Google’s AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy

Approximately one in nine men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute, and more than 2.9 million patients diagnosed with it at some point are still alive today. And from a treatment perspective, it tends to be problematic — prostate cancer is frequently non-aggressive, making it difficult […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves ‘superhuman’ performance in Pong and Enduro

Machines learning to play games by watching humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction novel, but that’s exactly what researchers at OpenAI — a nonprofit, San Francisco-based AI research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel, among other tech luminaries — and Google subsidiary Deepmind claim to have accomplished. […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview of its PlayFab multiplayer server […]

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Google Cloud AI loses R&D head Jia Li

Google Cloud AI’s Jia Li has left her position as head of research and development, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Additional comment or details were not provided. Prior to joining Google in 2016, Li was head of research at Snap Inc., and before that led the visual computing and learning group at Yahoo […]

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Google makes dataset of 50 million drawings available on its cloud

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they doodle. That’s the conceit behind Quick Draw, an interactive web experiment launched by Google’s Creative Lab in November 2016. It recruits intrepid web surfers to illustrate prompts with sketches, all the while leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to attempt to identify what was drawn […]

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Logojoy raises $4.5 million for AI-generated logos

Bespoke brand assets don’t come cheap. The average logo designer on freelance site Upwork charges about $45 per hour, and that’s only the base rate. Depending on the nature and scale of the job, it could end up being closer to $150 an hour — and that’s setting aside the opportunity cost of seeking out […]

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AdaSky raises $20 million for far-infrared sensor designed for autonomous cars

In October 2017, two-year-old Israeli startup AdaSky emerged from stealth with what it claimed was the first far-infrared (FIR) thermal cameras explicitly designed for driverless cars. Its Viper platform would enable carmakers to clear fully autonomous milestones much more quickly than with conventional sensor packages, AdaSky promised, and it would enter mass production by 2021. After […]

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Google’s Night Sight arrives for Pixel phones — here’s how it works

During a hardware event in early October, Google announced that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its newest pair of flagship smartphones, would be the first to get a new photography mode that dramatically improves the quality of photos captured in low light: Night Sight. With the aid of machine learning and a bit […]

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Hippo raises $70 million for data-driven home insurance

U.S. home insurers raked in $95 billion in revenue last year, and according to a recent Jupiter report, so-called insurtech companies are forecast to capture $400 billion in premiums by 2023. Hippo, a Mountain View insurance startup founded in 2015, is a beneficiary of the booming market — the company’s insurance policy sales have grown by 20 percent month-over-month […]

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Linux Foundation launches Acumos platform for quick AI deployment

LF Deep Learning Foundation today announced the first publicly available release of Acumos AI, an open source framework and platform for the training and deployment of AI models. Created in March, the LF Deep Learning Foundation is part of the Linux Foundation project and supports open source projects for machine learning, deep learning, and AI. […]

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Intel’s Neural Compute Stick 2 is 8 times faster than its predecessor

It’s been a little over a year since Intel made the Movidius Neural Compute Stick (previously codenamed Fathom) generally available. The $79 thumb drive — a metal dongle housing a system-on-chip purpose-built for accelerating machine learning algorithms — was the product of chipmaker Movidius, which Intel acquired in September 2016. In the intervening months, it’s […]

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Microsoft announces AI model builder, key driver analysis, and Azure Machine Learning integration for Power BI

Microsoft’s Power BI, a business analytics service that enables users to create reports, dashboards, and more without coding experience or deep technical expertise, is getting a dose of hefty artificial intelligence (AI). The Seattle company announced today several new AI features available in preview — including image recognition and text analytics, key driver analysis, machine […]

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How smart companies use voice and bots to get and keep more customers

AI voice assistants are more capable than ever of helping consumers shop smart. That means your marketing efforts will have to shift priorities in a major way to capture their attention. To hear about actual voice chat use cases, how to leverage voice and bots right now and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! […]

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Oxford researchers’ AI framework may predict Parkinson’s by identifying REM sleep disorder

Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide, is traditionally diagnosed clinically by finding slow movement, rest tremors (i.e., a shaking of limbs), and muscle rigidity. But spotting it early isn’t easy — no specific, objective diagnostic test for Parkinson’s exists. Encouragingly, scientists at the University of Oxford have made […]

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Waymo will reportedly launch a commercial driverless car service in Phoenix

Only weeks after obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California without a safety driver behind the wheel, Google spinoff Waymo is reportedly gearing up to launch a commercial taxi service that’ll go head to head with Lyft, Uber, and other ride-hailing incumbents. According to Bloomberg, it could launch in early December and will […]

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Pandora launches Podcast Genome Project for personalized recommendations

Pandora today announced the launch of the Podcast Genome Project, a podcast recommendation engine akin to Pandora’s Music Genome Project for suggesting songs and creating personalized radio stations. Both projects rely on labeled datasets to train AI models with supervised learning. “At the core of it, the music genome and the podcast genome are both […]

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PwC: Only 4% of executives say their business has successfully implemented AI

It seems almost impossible to have a conversation about emerging enterprise tech without bringing up artificial intelligence (AI). But according to a newly published report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), AI remains decidedly more talk than action where most executives are concerned. PwC’s 11th annual Digital IQ survey of thousands of business, experience, and technology executives in […]

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Ridecell extends funding round for autonomous ride-hailing platform to $60 million

Car-sharing, ride-sharing, and ride-hailing companies have something in common: They rely on fairly sophisticated backends to keep fleets up and running on time. Ridecell, which offers one such software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, has attracted the attention of investors like LG and Sony. The San Francisco startup today announced an extension of the $28 million Series B round […]

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