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Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

AI and machine learning can be found in almost every consumer electronics product these days, whether directly or indirectly. Often, the goal is to make offload some of the decision-making duties away from human brains to silicon ones, automating certain tasks that almost seem magical in their small ways. Camera maker Canon seems to be banking on that capability of AI to sell the idea of the PowerShot PICK, a small robotic camera that can follow its subjects around and call the shots when it's time to take the perfect shot.

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Ford and Google team on Android in the dashboard and the cloud everywhere else

Ford and Google team on Android in the dashboard and the cloud everywhere else

Ford and Google have inked a deal on connected cars, with new models set to get Android-powered dashboards, while Team Upshift will be a new collaborative group to explore new ways to build, connect, and sell cars, SUVs, and trucks. Meanwhile, the Google Cloud will be Ford's preferred cloud provider - though not its only cloud provider - with implications for owners, dealers, and the automaker as it begins production of new models.

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Researchers built a new AI chess engine trained to play like a human

Researchers built a new AI chess engine trained to play like a human

The first time a computer beat a human chess master happened in 1997 when IBM Deep Blue defeated champion, Gary Kasparov. AI systems have advanced in their ability to play chess to the point where no human has beaten a computer at a tournament in the last 15 years. A team of researchers from Tisch University have developed an AI chess engine that doesn't seek to beat humans.

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Google Meet gets live transcription feature from Otter.ai

Google Meet gets live transcription feature from Otter.ai

Otter.ai, a transcription service that uses artificial intelligence rather than human transcribers, has arrived on Google Meet as an alternative to Google's own captions feature. Otter already offers its transcription tech on Zoom, the competing video conferencing software, in addition to its own mobile apps and website.

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Hybrid chip containing processors and memory runs AI on smart devices

Hybrid chip containing processors and memory runs AI on smart devices

A group of researchers from Stanford have developed a way to combine processors and memory on multiple hybrid chips to allow AI to run on battery-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets. The team believes that all manner of battery-power electronics would be smarter if they could run AI algorithms. The problem is efforts to build AI-capable chips for mobile devices have run up against something known as the "memory wall."

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Google AI classifies baking recipes and explains its predictions

Google AI classifies baking recipes and explains its predictions

One goal of AI researchers is to figure out how to make machine learning models more interpretable so researchers can understand why they make their predictions. Google says this is an improvement from taking the predictions of a deep neural network at face value without understanding what contributed to the model output. Researchers have shown how to build an explainable machine learning model able to analyze baking recipes.

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Report claims Google forced researchers to adopt a positive tone

Report claims Google forced researchers to adopt a positive tone

It's become more and more difficult over the years for the average American to trust some of the large technology companies out there like Facebook and Google. A new report has surfaced that claims Google moved during 2020 to tighten control over researchers working inside the company and the papers they publish. According to the report, Google launched a "sensitive topics" review, and in at least three cases, requested that authors adopt a positive tone in their research.

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DeepMind MuZero AI can master games without knowing the rules

DeepMind MuZero AI can master games without knowing the rules

The holy grail of AI has always been to enable computers to learn the way humans do. The most powerful AIs today, however, still rely on having certain known rules, like rules for a game of chess or Go. Human learning, however, is often messy in inferential, learning the rules of life as we go. DeepMind has long been trying to create such AIs using games as their environment and test suite. Google's sister company focusing on AI research has just revealed its latest achievement in MuZero, an AI that can master a game without learning the rules beforehand.

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DeepMind AI MuZero can learn AND master Chess, Go, Atari

DeepMind AI MuZero can learn AND master Chess, Go, Atari

Today the machine learning algorithm MuZero was detailed in a feature research paper in Nature. MuZero expands on the abilities of systems like AlphaGo, AlphaGo Zero, and AlphaZero. Each new algorithm allowed a smart machine to become better at mastering games, starting with Go, then Chess and Shogi, now Atari!

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An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

An Air Force AI controlled a U-2 spy plane for the first time

The United States military is investigating all sorts of uses of artificial intelligence, including controlling aircraft. On December 15, the United States Air Force allowed an artificial intelligence co-pilot to operate aboard a U-2 spy plane. The test was the first time in history that an AI flew aboard a military aircraft.

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Researchers create a device that can detect hand gestures

Researchers create a device that can detect hand gestures

Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a device that uses wearable sensors and artificial intelligence software to recognize what hand gesture a person intends to make. The sensors and AI are able to determine the hand gesture a person intends to make based on electrical signal patterns in the forearm. Researchers say the device paves the way for improved prosthetic control and interaction with electronic devices.

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Facebook exec says “We are at the center of what it means to be human”

Facebook exec says “We are at the center of what it means to be human”

An internal company-wide meeting at Facebook revealed some disturbing statements and projects from the social network this week. In addition to tone-deaf language, a Facebook product manager revealed a tool called "TL;DR" currently in development. It's been suggested that this AI tool will summarize long form articles "and spit out bullet points so people don't have to read the full piece."

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