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These Facebook robots are training more cunning AI

These Facebook robots are training more cunning AI

Facebook has revealed the fruits of its robotics division, driving artificial intelligence research and coming up with some creepy bug-like 'bots in the process. Though robots capable of walking, using tactile sensors to better manipulate new objects, and even showing curiosity may sound like a strange endeavor for a social network, Facebook argues that they're just what its AIs need.

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LG makes its own AI chip to give its phones a boost

LG makes its own AI chip to give its phones a boost

It may be bleeding from quarter after quarter of losses but don't count LG out of the smartphone game just yet. It hasn't thrown in the towel and is, in fact, bullish on pushing its mobile phones forward despite all odds. Its latest strategy is to put its eggs in the AI basket by making its own, still unnamed dedicated artificial intelligence chip in the hopes of differentiating its phones from its competitors.

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Sony and Microsoft cloud gaming deal struck in shock to gamer universe

Sony and Microsoft cloud gaming deal struck in shock to gamer universe

Microsoft and Sony are pretty fierce competitors in the gaming space, so the mere suggestion that they'd partner for anything gaming related is certainly a strange one. Yet here we are, with both companies announcing just that today. Sony and Microsoft have revealed their intention to "collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions," though this partnership is still very clearly in its early stages.

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Google Translatotron translates and imitates user’s own voice

Google Translatotron translates and imitates user’s own voice

We might be on the verge of reaching uncanny valley when it comes to real-time translation of the spoken word. It's already amazing how systems, particularly Google's, are now able to translate what we say on the fly but almost all of those speak in their own obviously synthesized voices. What would you feel if you heard yourself speaking another language you barely know? That's the magical and almost unsettling future that Google Translate might offer thanks to Translatotron.

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Nike Fit app uses AI to determine your exact shoe size

Nike Fit app uses AI to determine your exact shoe size

Buying shoes is often shown on TV and movies as a very addicting and enjoyable activity. Reality is that picking the right size, especially for someone else, can be a stressful ordeal. Shoe sizes and measurements are anything but standard. Fortunately, Nike, one of the biggest names in the shoe industry has decided to use that special AI and machine learning sauces to make that process a little less tedious.

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Duplex on the Web lets you make car and hotel reservations in Chrome

Duplex on the Web lets you make car and hotel reservations in Chrome

Google's Duplex AI is awesome in both meanings of the word. Its ability to hold a phone conversation to reserve you a seat in a restaurant is somewhat unnerving but also the stuff of the future. Not everyone, however, needs to book a table all of the time and now Google is preparing to expand Duplex to do more. All it needs is a little help from Chrome on Android to reserve cars or even make purchases.

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Google’s Project Euphonia uses AI to boost impaired speech recognition

Google’s Project Euphonia uses AI to boost impaired speech recognition

Google has demonstrated Project Euphonia, an effort under its AI for Social Good program that utilizes artificial intelligence to improve speech recognition technology. Google partnered with the ALS Residence Initiative and ALS Therapy Development Institute non-profit organizations to improve its technology using voice recordings of people who have the neuro-degenerative condition ALS.

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Fitter, happier, more productive: 3 ways Microsoft is fighting digital overload

Fitter, happier, more productive: 3 ways Microsoft is fighting digital overload

Less stress, more focus. Sitting in front of a computer - or pulling out your smartphone to check a notification - is rarely a route to low blood pressure, but Microsoft is previewing three ways artificial intelligence and software improvements could address digital health and boost efficiency at Build 2019 today.

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Microsoft reveals AI tech for virtual agents worth talking to

Microsoft reveals AI tech for virtual agents worth talking to

Chatting with Cortana and other virtual agents looks set to get a lot more useful, with Microsoft announcing a new breed of intelligent agent at Build 2019. The software behemoth showed off its latest conversational interface at the annual developer event, debuting a completely fresh way of training - and interacting with - assistant technologies.

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Sorry poets: Google Poemportraits shows no one’s job is safe from AI

Sorry poets: Google Poemportraits shows no one’s job is safe from AI

The usefulness and capability of machine learning and artificial intelligence when it comes to technological advancement is already clear to many of us, but what about when it comes to creating art? That's one question Google is setting out to answer with Poemportraits, which is creating one big collective poem through a collaboration between humans and AI.

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Walmart’s AI-powered smart grocery store is now open to the public

Walmart’s AI-powered smart grocery store is now open to the public

Walmart has opened the doors to its AI-powered smart grocery store located in Levittown, New York. The destination has been named the Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL), and it will be used to test 'new, innovative ideas,' according to the company. The smart Walmart destination features more than 30,000 items across 50,000 square feet of retail store.

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Pixel 3 Photobooth uses AI to automatically take selfies

Pixel 3 Photobooth uses AI to automatically take selfies

Despite their popularity, taking selfies is hard work. You have to position the phone right. You have to position your head or heads right. And then, when all that's done, you have to reach for the shutter button without moving your hand too much. Thanks to the Pixel 3 Camera app's new Photobooth mode, however, you can stop worrying about 2 out of 3 of those and let that magical AI take the selfie if and when you're ready with the perfect expression or kiss.

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