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IBM Hypertaste e-tongue uses AI to rapidly identify liquids

IBM Hypertaste e-tongue uses AI to rapidly identify liquids

IBM has revealed Hypertaste, an 'e-tongue' that can rapidly pick out the flavors in liquids. The company describes its creation as an AI-powered electronic tongue, one that can be used to fingerprint liquids that are less than suitable for ingestion, but that need to be identified more rapidly than is possible using traditional laboratories. Examples include remote water quality checks and testing for counterfeit alcohol.

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Samsung NPU promises on-device AI with lower power consumption

Samsung NPU promises on-device AI with lower power consumption

AI is the big thing in tech these days, permeating everything from the Web to homes to mobile devices. Much of that commercial AI, however, lives in the cloud, which has security, privacy, and performance impacts. In the mobile industry, there is a movement to relocate some of that AI processing inside smartphones and Samsung is one of those pushing that trend. Its latest efforts focus on delivering that on-device AI processing with a smaller power footprint, ironically by shrinking the grouping of data compared to conventional deep learning models.

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Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace is here: 5 things you should know

Samsung’s Bixby Marketplace is here: 5 things you should know

Samsung has thrown open the doors to its latest store, with the Bixby Marketplace hoping to replicate some of the success Amazon has had with Alexa skills. If you've not been keeping up with Bixby's evolution, though, you might not know much about the virtual assistant beyond it being triggered by a button you avoid pressing on your recent Galaxy smartphone.

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Jobs at risk of automation and AI tech – How worried should we be?

Jobs at risk of automation and AI tech – How worried should we be?

Don’t get too comfortable with your job right now. In a few years, machines and algorithms could very well be replacing human workers in many industries – and it is not just F&B and production lines. Left out of the usual talk of cabbies, factory workers and salesmen being replaced are jobs in finance, legal firms, healthcare and administrators who are also at risk.

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Hundreds of Walmart stores are using AI cameras to monitor checkouts

Hundreds of Walmart stores are using AI cameras to monitor checkouts

Many Walmart customers have likely noticed the appearance of cameras with small displays on the company's self-checkout registers over the last couple years. In a recent statement, the retailer confirmed that hundreds of its stores have started using AI-powered cameras to monitor checkouts in an effort to cut down on theft and other issues resulting in loss.

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Photo Wake-Up AI creates ‘living’ 3D models from still images

Photo Wake-Up AI creates ‘living’ 3D models from still images

Forget animated faces and deepfake videos, researchers have unveiled a new artificial intelligence method for generating 'living,' walking 3D models using existing individual still images. The technology paves the way for interactive museum showcases and more, requiring only a single still image, painting, or even cartoon doodle featuring a reasonably clear subject in order to work.

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Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Although tech companies like Google and Apple have dabbled in medical tech, they have mostly been limited to things like wearables or storing data in apps. At times, they even work on experimental devices like smart contact lenses. Now Google is putting another foot in the medical field, this time in the pharmaceutical field. It has partnered with drugmaker Sanofi in a new healthcare Innovation Lab to harness "emerging data technologies" to better understand diseases and, of course, patients.

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Domino’s deploys DOM AI to check the quality of cooked pizzas

Domino’s deploys DOM AI to check the quality of cooked pizzas

Domino's, an American restaurant chain best known for its pizza products, has announced the launch of a new pizza-checking system that involves an AI called 'DOM.' The DOM Pizza Checker, which was first teased in late 2017, is now live in stores through Australia and New Zealand where it works to verify the quality of cooked pizzas before they're delivered to customers.

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What’s next for Google Assistant: AI for everyone

What’s next for Google Assistant: AI for everyone

Google Assistant turns three this year. Whether you love it or not, it’s the AI for everyone. Google’s intelligent little helper has been powering almost every other smartphone for the past few years, getting better and smarter each day. Despite its dominance on mobile devices, Google shows no signs of slowing down. Aggressive marketing, widespread device integration and new innovations show where Google is placing its eggs.

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Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Female voice assistants are sexist argues new UN report

Obsequious, coy, and above all female virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and the Google Assistant are a widespread example of sexism, a new UN report argues, blasting gender bias coded into tech products. The use of default female voices for digital assistants, and their programmed reactions to insults and inappropriate requests, could be contributing to a growing gender gap, it's suggested.

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Autonomous car AI can learn to drive in new places like humans do

Autonomous car AI can learn to drive in new places like humans do

The hype and media coverage may have died down a bit but many car makers still believe that autonomous is the future of driving. What many won't admit, however, is how difficult it really is to train those self-driving systems. Most of them require going through known roads multiple times using complicated data from pre-scanned areas. MIT researchers, however, are developing an AI that can go through new territory with just a GPS-based map and some human intelligence.

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Google Duplex often uses humans to make its calls

Google Duplex often uses humans to make its calls

Google Duplex, the AI-powered restaurant reservation service which made headlines last year, relies on humans to make calls more often than you might think, new tests have revealed. Google unveiled Duplex at I/O 2018, wowing attendees with a demo of its AI-powered Assistant calling a restaurant and discussing a reservation with staff there, all apparently independent of the human user.

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