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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2. At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

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AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

It sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it is happening now: artificial intelligence is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen before they take place. The technology is being applied specifically to Chicago's dangerous South Side, where police are given predictions about crime locations via a computer algorithm and digital maps. The same technology is being tested in cities around the nation, including Tacoma, WA, Denver, CO, and Lincoln, NE.

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Facebook’s AIs made their own language, but researchers killed it

Facebook’s AIs made their own language, but researchers killed it

Facebook researchers discovered their artificial intelligences had created new languages that humans couldn't eavesdrop on, opting to block the clandestine chats rather than let them flourish. The decision was an unexpected side-effect of Facebook's ongoing FAIR project - Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research - which explores the potential of AIs to have more than basic conversations with humans. In the process, though, the AIs discovered there were more efficient ways to talk between themselves.

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Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

It's not quite the "battle of the billionaires" we were hoping for - that would involve more lasers - but Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are sparring over artificial intelligence. The Facebook founder started the spat by criticizing naysayers on AI, and though he didn't mention Musk by name, the Tesla founder has become one of the most vocal advocates for caution on the topic. That, unsurprisingly, didn't go down so well.

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HoloLens V2 will have a custom-made AI coprocessor

HoloLens V2 will have a custom-made AI coprocessor

The AI invasion isn’t coming. It’s already hear. Forget Skynet, we already have Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, and, now, Bixby. But AI is found in more than those. It’s also present in Google Search, Office Lens, email, photos, and, soon, your head. No, we’re not talking about plugging your head to a computer, but something close. Microsoft researchers have just revealed how the next version of the HoloLens will include a custom-made, special-purpose chip whose processing power will be dedicated solely to, what else, AI.

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China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

Artificial intelligence is a hot industry with governments and private companies alike scrambling to stay ahead. Earlier today, China announced a plan to make itself one of the global leaders in AI technologies, something that would see the nation's core artificial intelligence industries exceeding the $22 billion valuation mark by the year 2020 and, assuming everything goes as planned, exceeding $59 billion by the year 2025.

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This $79 AI USB stick could democratize deep learning

This $79 AI USB stick could democratize deep learning

In September of last year, Intel announced that it had acquired Movidius. Modivius is a company that does a lot of different things, from making avoidance sensors for DJI drones to developing deep learning technologies with a handful of different partners. Today we're seeing some of the deep learning fruits of that buyout, with Intel introducing us to the Movidius Neural Compute Stick.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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Lenovo AI concept products try to make future life easier

Lenovo AI concept products try to make future life easier

Everyone’s doing AI these days, from Google to Apple, from smart speakers to smart cars. While different people and companies have different ideas about what artificial intelligence means in theory and in practice, almost all agree about using AI to build a better future. Lenovo, one of if not the leading PC makers in the world, is just as invested in this trend, or so it says. At its Tech World Innovation in Shanghai, it demonstrated just how serious it is with five AI powered products that you may or may not see in the near future.

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Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Is this the start of the AI takeover? Well, not really, not unless the world turned out to be one Ms. Pac-Man game. That's because Microsoft researchers from its recently acquired Maluuba deep learning startup have developed an AI that was not only able to beat that specific game but was also able to achieve the highest score possible. A score that no human was able to achieve without a cheat.

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Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Artificial intelligence trained with photos of real-life things eventually learn to generate simulations of things based on sketches, at least in the case of the pix2pix project. We've been keeping an eye on this project for a while, having previously noted its increasing abilities to generate buildings and even cats from crude sketches. Now the AI is back with some new training, and the resulting images are mostly terrifying.

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ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

Almost exactly a year ago, ARM Holdings announced the Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU that had their sights on empowering mobile and embedded devices to take on the computing trend of that time. Namely, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This year, the trends have shifted a bit and ARM is shifting appropriately as well. Launching the Cortex-A75, as well as the Cortex-A55 and Mali-G72 GPU, ARM aims to equip small-form computers with all the processing power they need to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to everything from smartphones to your car dashboard.

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