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Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

The current trend in computing has been to reduce the size of components for both space efficiency and manufacturing considerations. All of that while not sacrificing the processing power needed even for the most intensive computing use cases. For AI and machine learning, however, the power needed goes beyond what regular commercial processors can offer given that trend. That is why young company Cerebras has developed a new "AI-first" chip that throws that convention out the window with what is probably the largest chip ever built.

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Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

Google Assistant beats Siri and Alexa in IQ test, but they’re catching up

If you've put off getting a smart speaker and you're wondering which is the most effective, a new small study from Loup Ventures suggests Google Assistant is the best solution for getting the most correct answers. Though Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa all had similar abilities to understand questions, only Google Assistant answered more than 90-percent of the questions correctly.

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Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

There's probably little debate that AI-powered smart assistants have become very useful. They started out as good fun but without much utility and have sometimes even become the butt of jokes thanks to misheard commands. These days however, the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have become a normal part of modern tech life, with or without smart speakers involved. But for all their usefulness and help, these services may have made people less vigilant about what they say and do and, it turns out, those secret utterances might not be so secret at all.

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Humans will continue listening to some Cortana and Skype recordings

Humans will continue listening to some Cortana and Skype recordings

Last week, word surfaced that Microsoft, as with Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook before it, was using human contractors to listen to some Skype and Cortana audio clips. Though other big tech companies have paused these practices in light of consumer concerns, Microsoft has taken a different route, updating its privacy policy to explicitly state that people are listening.

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AI Portraits Ars transforms selfies into a piece of art

AI Portraits Ars transforms selfies into a piece of art

AI is utilized today in so many ways that it might be easier to list where it isn't. In the tech industry, one of the most common uses of AI and machine learning is in photography, like touching up photos or even heavily modifying them, like the controversial FaceApp. Hopefully less damning, a new MIT research project called AI Portraits Ars takes those same principles to render selfies and photos in a stylistically correct masterpiece from the classics, the Renaissance, or even contemporary art.

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Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

This morning one of the most important features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was confirmed. Or rather, the fact that we've predicted its existence and specificity in feature details was confirmed, as was pretty much expected. We're talking about the primary camera module, and the fact that it'll almost certainly be more than just comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

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Intel Pohoiki Beach crams 64 Loihi neuromorphic chips for AI and IoT

Intel Pohoiki Beach crams 64 Loihi neuromorphic chips for AI and IoT

Although Intel is often criticized for failing to scale its chips down to ARM's level of energy efficiency, it still has the edge when it comes to raw processing power when TDP is not much of an issue. That's especially applicable in research fields where the main concern is, to some extent, trying to make computers replicate how the human brain works. It's for that exact purpose that Intel has developed its Loihi "neuromorphic" research chip that it has now put on a specialized system to provide the processing needs of special applications ranging from research to AI to IoT.

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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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