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OpenAI Five bots demolish Dota 2 human champs

OpenAI Five bots demolish Dota 2 human champs

Cue the conspiracy theories and AI fears. AI-powered bots, this time from AI research organization OpenAI, has just proven their skill at a human-made game. This time, however, it isn't for a peaceful and almost mechanical game of Go. OpenAI's bots bested five of the world's best human players of Dota 2, a.k.a. Defense of the Ancients, a game that requires some rather strategic and out of the box thinking in order to demolish the enemy's base. Which, of course, some could interpret as something that Skynet will eventually learn as well.

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Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 aims to upend digital intelligence

Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 aims to upend digital intelligence

Qualcomm is looking to distill some of the magic of the cloud and its Snapdragon processors into an AI processor, and Microsoft and Facebook are already onboard with the new Cloud AI 100. A custom-made chip designed to bring cloud-style AI processing to the data center, the new accelerator promises applications from mixed reality, to gaming, to personalization.

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Google Assistant gets the voice of a Legend today

Google Assistant gets the voice of a Legend today

Last year, Google started teasing a number of celebrity cameos it was working on for Google Assistant. One of the celebrities lending their voice to the project was John Legend, and even though Google at the time said his voice would be available at some point in 2018, it seems that particular roll out was delayed. Google is fixing that today, by sending Legend's cameo live for all Google Assistant users in the US.

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MIT researchers try and teach machines to reason about what they see

MIT researchers try and teach machines to reason about what they see

Humans can use reasoning without having to think about it. An example would be telling a child to describe a pink elephant. The child would be able to do so despite never seeing a pink elephant. Computers aren't so good at this sort of reasoning because they learn from data. MIT scientists are trying to give machines the ability to reason about what they see.

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Google Duplex starts rolling out to other Android phones in the US

Google Duplex starts rolling out to other Android phones in the US

Android users should probably be used to the fact that they don't get the cool features equally. Never mind market our country restrictions, there are some features that are reserved for this or that OEM phone. Google isn't an exception and there are quite a few services and features it has reserved for its own Pixel phones. If making restaurant reservations by voice is your thing, you might be happy to know that Google Duplex might soon be on your non-Pixel phone, too. Provided you're in the US, that is.

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New AI system is ‘very accurate’ at predicting premature deaths

New AI system is ‘very accurate’ at predicting premature deaths

Researchers with the University of Nottingham have developed an artificial intelligence system that accurately predicted premature death in study participants. According to an announcement from the university, this system offered better performance than predictions made based on an approach developed by human experts, ultimately proving 'very accurate' in its assessments.

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Intel’s AI cop will tackle toxic gamers

Intel’s AI cop will tackle toxic gamers

Most of us have probably experienced toxicity in one form or another while gaming online, and it's a problem that doesn't seem to be getting any better. In-game toxicity is bad enough in games where you have to pay to play, but in free to play games, the number of unsavory folks one encounters can seem to quickly grow out of control. Most developers, of course, implement in-game reporting systems and teams of people to dole out punishments for toxicity, but now Intel is looking at ways that AI can help.

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Google Doodle Bach tribute is its first ever AI experience

Google Doodle Bach tribute is its first ever AI experience

Ever dreamed of creating a musical masterpiece that would be remembered for centuries but don't even know how to play an instrument? While not everyone can be like the famed Johann Sebastian Bach, we thankfully now have technology that can turn even the most random of notes into a melody that may be worthy of an orchestra performance. At least if you use Google's upcoming Doodle tribute to Bach, which not only marks the musician's 334th birthday but is also its first ever AI-powered interactive experience.

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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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