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Amazon Smart Plug: Smart Home Power

Amazon Smart Plug: Smart Home Power

Supposing you'd like to include your elderly lamp in your smart home setup, what would you do? As Amazon sees it, you should buy an Amazon Smart Plug, a device that plugs in to a wall outlet, then acts as a middleman between that power and the power it transfers to a 3rd-party device. This is all controlled by Alexa, albeit through wi-fi and a different device.

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NVIDIA DRIVE AGX, Jetson AGX Xavier dev kits roll out

NVIDIA DRIVE AGX, Jetson AGX Xavier dev kits roll out

Japan is often seen as the land of robots and hi-tech machines, be it real-world ones or products of fiction. In the near future, the boundaries between those two might start to blur. Especially if NVIDIA keeps on pushing its flavor of AI to Japanese companies. At GTC in Japan, the graphics hardware maker dumped a lot of AI-related news, including the global availability of its new AI development kits for robots and, of course, self-driving cars.

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Facebook Rosetta AI finds and understands text in memes

Facebook Rosetta AI finds and understands text in memes

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a commonly used technology to pull text from images, such as scanned pages, without the time consuming burden of manually transcribing. As great as the technology is, Facebook is seeking something better: the ability to pull text from images and understand the text. That's where the company's Rosetta machine learning system comes in.

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eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

Today, eBay made an announcement most probably wouldn't expect: it's been working behind the scenes on AI-powered assistive technology. In a broad sense, the open-source HeadGaze project, as it's called, uses the front-facing camera on the iPhone X and 3D information from Apple ARKit to allow users to navigate apps by moving their head. eBay has also created an app called HeadSwipe using HeadGaze technology.

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Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

If you use a smart speaker or a personal assistant like Alexa on your smartphone, there's a good chance you're using it to stream music and check the weather. Such a conclusion comes from a newly published study by Adobe Analytics, which found that among US users, the majority ask voice assistants to stream music or retrieve the forecast.

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Pentagon earmarks up to $2 billion for new advanced AI programs

Pentagon earmarks up to $2 billion for new advanced AI programs

The Department of Defense has vowed to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence projects over the next half-decade. The program will focus on advancing the nation's AI capabilities, primarily involving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly called DARPA. The agency's director Steven Walker revealed the new plan today.

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Shortwave from Google Area 120 to serve podcasts in tidbits

Shortwave from Google Area 120 to serve podcasts in tidbits

The podcasting market is experiencing a renaissance, in part due to how easy it is to make podcasts these days and how YouTube has made dreams of popularity come true for once small-time creators. But that rebirth has also caused an explosion of podcasts that have ironically made it more difficult to enjoy those audio content. How do you pick the best ones and, even after that, how do you find enough time to listen to them all? You don’t. Instead, you let Shortwave, the podcast experiment from Google’s Area 120 labs, do the picking and cutting for you.

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BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is a smarter Alexa for the car

BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is a smarter Alexa for the car

BMW plans to add an Intelligent Personal Assistant to its future cars, allowing drivers to interact with the infotainment system by saying "Hey BMW" to the dashboard. The AI aims to simplify the way drivers access and control the increasingly complex features modern cars offer, using natural language rather than demanding owners memorize a long list of specific commands.

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Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Google and researchers with Harvard University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence model capable of predicting aftershocks that may happen up to a year after the earthquake took place. The AI was trained using a database containing info on more than 118 big earthquakes, that helping researchers predict where an aftershock is likely to happen.

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Samsung 8K QLED TV revealed: Lands October with AI upscaling

Samsung 8K QLED TV revealed: Lands October with AI upscaling

Samsung has revealed its first 8K QLED TV, bringing the 85-inch super-set to IFA 2018 ahead of its launch in US stores in October. Arguably more important, though, the 85Q900FN QLED TV also debuts Samsung's new AI 8K Upscaling, to fill the gap before such content is widely available.

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Livio AI hearing aid has built-in activity tracking and wireless accessories

Livio AI hearing aid has built-in activity tracking and wireless accessories

Starkey Hearing has unveiled the world's first hearing aid featuring artificial intelligence and built-in activity tracking. Called Livio AI, the model assists individuals with hearing loss while also offering some of the same features found on existing wearable technology. Among other things, the hearing aid provides direct access to Amazon Alexa when used with one of its accessories.

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MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

Modern films are typically packed with all sorts of CGI effects that sometimes are so good viewers can’t tell they are CGI at all. To get the CGI effects to look realistic is a difficult and time-consuming process. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new AI that can assist in image editing making the process faster and look better.

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