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AI.gov launched for U.S. artificial intelligence initiatives

AI.gov launched for U.S. artificial intelligence initiatives

The U.S. government has launched a new website dedicate to hosting initiatives involving the ongoing efforts to build, implement and regulate artificial intelligence. The site – AI.gov – arrives a month after President Trump signed an executive order (13859) that outlines the country’s policy on artificial intelligence. This includes objectives such as encouraging related governmental agencies to provide a sustained investment in the industry, reducing barriers for the use of AI to fuel innovation, and creating an action plan that will ensure the U.S.' strategic advantage against "foreign adversaries" during the roll-out of AI-driven technologies.

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NVIDIA GauGAN neural network makes masterpieces out of doodles

NVIDIA GauGAN neural network makes masterpieces out of doodles

Soon, not being able to draw may no longer be an excuse not to express yourself or your ideas in beautiful, photorealistic images. If you can scribble a shape and click on a few buttons, a shaky line can turn into a mountain range, a lopsided circle can become a lake, and incomprehensible doodles can transform into a masterpiece. That's pretty much the unbelievable accomplishment that NVIDIA researchers have made in developing the deep learning model named GauGAN that can turn almost any collection of lines into a work of art.

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NVIDIA Jetson Nano brings big AI muscles to a palm-sized dev kit

NVIDIA Jetson Nano brings big AI muscles to a palm-sized dev kit

Artificial intelligence and machine learning is the buzzword not only in tech but even in the enterprise. Even for some developers, however, AI remains an almost esoteric field accessible only to those with beefy computers that can handle the workload. NVIDIA says that shouldn't be the case and to prove its point, it's launching the newest and smallest member of its Jetson family. While no Raspberry Pi, the Jetson Nano developer kit and Nano module put NVIDIA's CUDA-X AI chops in a compact and power efficient form that anyone can afford.

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Lookout app now on Pixel phones to help the blind see with AI

Lookout app now on Pixel phones to help the blind see with AI

When people here about AI, they usually think either of disembodied personal assistants or, worse, Skynet. AI, however, has so much more varied applications, including the computer vision technology that powers the likes of Google Lens. Google is now bringing that exact same AI technology at the service of people that may need them the most. With the Lookout app, those with impaired vision will no longer have to play a guessing game or ask someone to help read crucial and maybe sensitive documents.

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Gboard on Pixel phones get fast offline speech recognition

Gboard on Pixel phones get fast offline speech recognition

Even before there was Google Assistant, Google was already playing with voice and speech recognition for various features, including Voice Search. Like most of Google's AI-powered functionality, however, those relied on an active, not to mention good, Internet connection. That's OK when you're trying to search for something online or place an order, not so much when you're dictating or translating words. Fortunately, Google's AI team has come up with a solution for the Gboard keyboard that will let you dictate text even when you're offline.

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Google Duplex now lets you book restaurants in more US states

Google Duplex now lets you book restaurants in more US states

Duplex is one of those demonstrations of Google's AI chops that was both awe-inspiring and almost frightening at the same time. It showed how truly smart Google Assistant could be in talking with someone like a real human would. Naturally, it also raised concerns over privacy, recording, and full disclosure, reasons why Google took its time to roll out the feature to more cities. It may have finally gotten over those legal hurdles as it announced the availability of Duplex in 43 of 50 states in the US.

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Bixby button remapping arrives on older Galaxy phones

Bixby button remapping arrives on older Galaxy phones

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S10, it surprised us all by also revealing that the dedicated Bixby button can finally be remapped. Galaxy flagship owners have been asking for this functionality ever since the Bixby button started appearing on Samsung's phones, but Samsung showed no signs of budging until the Galaxy S10 was out in the open. Even more surprising was the fact that Samsung said the ability to remap the Bixby button would also be coming to older flagships dating back to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

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These fake people have AI and Machine Learning for parents

These fake people have AI and Machine Learning for parents

As artificial intelligence becomes more and more capable, the implications of those capabilities start to become equal parts scary and impressive. That's particularly true when it comes to creating images of human faces, and a new website that's making the rounds today sums up the capabilities of machine learning pretty darn well. If you thought that AI wasn't to the point where it could create fake-yet-believable human faces, prepare for a rather rude awakening.

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Adobe Enhance Details sees AI go all CSI on your photos

Adobe Enhance Details sees AI go all CSI on your photos

Adobe is setting an AI loose on your photos, with its new Enhance Details feature added to Lightroom CC among other apps to auto-magically increase their resolution by up to 30-percent. Powered by Sensei, the new system takes raw photos and applies a whole new way of processing them.

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McCormick taps IBM AI to help create new seasoning products

McCormick taps IBM AI to help create new seasoning products

Spice company McCormick has revealed that it tapped IBM's artificial intelligence to bolster its flavor expertise. The company plans to launch a new product line called ONE later this year that features recipe mix flavors for a handful of popular dishes, including New Orleans Sausage and Tuscan Chicken. The new offerings are the by-product of McCormick's vast data and IBM's AI.

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DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels

As the use of renewable energy, in this case solar power, continues to rise in the US, there's also a growing need to better understand not just how much of the country's energy comes from solar, but also how many solar panels are in use and where they are installed. While the government and utilities can offer estimates on commercial installations, the lack of data on individual residential installations makes these inaccurate. That's where Stanford University's DeepSolar Project aims to help.

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Siri chief reportedly removed as Apple chases bigger AI leaps

Siri chief reportedly removed as Apple chases bigger AI leaps

Apple has experienced a big change behind closed doors, at least according to a recent report citing insider sources. According to the leakers, Apple's now-former Siri lead Bill Stasior, who joined Apple from Amazon in 2012, has been moved to a different part of the company. In his place is reportedly John Giannandrea, Apple's machine learning and AI strategy senior vice president.

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