Artificial Intelligence

Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Google Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without coding

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the buzzwords of today and everyone and anyone, especially businesses, want in. But while the results of using AI and ML seem magical, getting there is anything but. At the very least, you need to train a computer and build a model for a specific business case, which often requires not just engineers but also time to build up that model. Enter Google’s latest machine learning enterprise, Cloud AutoML, designed to make building such models as easy as dragging and dropping files.

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Microsoft AI reads documents, answers questions better than humans

Microsoft AI reads documents, answers questions better than humans

Some bemoan how present society has devalued reading skills and comprehension, which doesn’t bode well for human civilization as a whole. To add insult to injury, it seems that computers may soon become even better than humans at comprehending what they read. The Microsoft Research team in Asia have created an artificial intelligence that can not only read a document, it can even answer questions about said document, scoring higher than humans on that same test.

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Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google has updated its Arts and Culture app with some nifty new functionality. If you download the app (or apply the new update, assuming you already had the app installed), you can share a selfie and have the app attempt to find your fine art doppelgänger. Unsurprisingly, this new functionality has taken the internet by storm, receiving a lot of attention on social media over the weekend.

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Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

SlashGear was invited to join Starkey's Hearing Innovation Expo, prior to this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is always a time to show off the latest innovations, the latest products, and the latest technologies for consumers and opportunities for potential business partners as well. But technology isn’t just about self-driving cars, talking speakers, or even the latest smartphones and connected televisions. Technology is about making lives better for people, especially people who need to see better or, in the case of Starkey Hearing Technologies, hear better. Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief sat down with Achin Bhowmik, the company’s chief technology officer and executive VP of engineering, to learn where the current technology’s at and, more importantly, where hearing innovation is headed.

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Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Way back in 2015, Facebook launched a new AI assistant it named simply Facebook M. Much like Alexa or Google Assistant, Facebook users could ask it questions, place orders for products, and have it make recommendations, but unlike those, Facebook made sure that M was not only trained by humans, but also supervised by them to continue teaching it on an ongoing basis. It seemed like a fairly promising platform, but in the years since it was first introduced, we haven't heard much about it.

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LG DeepThinQ opens doors to LG ThinQ AI devices of all sorts

LG DeepThinQ opens doors to LG ThinQ AI devices of all sorts

LG suggested today that they'd "entered DeepThinQ mode" with a collection of AI-infused products and services. Not to be mistaken for Deep Thought, LG DeepThinQ is an AI development tool made for itself and partners. This brings LG's proprietary deep learning-based artificial intelligence technology to the forefront.

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VW’s Microbus EV will have an NVIDIA-powered AI co-pilot

VW’s Microbus EV will have an NVIDIA-powered AI co-pilot

Volkswagen's I.D. BUZZ will be smarter than the average Microbus, with the upcoming EV settling on NVIDIA's new DRIVE IX platform for its onboard AI. The electric bus proved an instant hit when VW unveiled it in concept form back in mid-2017, with the positive reaction prompting the automaker to quickly confirm it had been given the green-light for production.

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Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

Meet NVIDIA Xavier: A new brain for self-driving, AI, and AR cars

NVIDIA isn't letting up on its goal of being at the heart of as many driverless cars as possible and it's NVIDIA Xavier, its newest autonomous machine processor, it plans to do that with. Unveiled at CES 2018 today, Xavier is the world's most powerful System-on-Chip (SoC), so NVIDIA claims, and comes at the tail-end of $2bn in R&D by the company.

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Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

You’ll probably want to remodel your living room to make room for Samsung’s latest, greatest, and biggest TV. At CES 2018, the consumer electronics giant revealed two rather big advancements in its TV line up. And by big, we mean that literally in many ways. “The Wall” is pretty much literally a wall-sized TV spanning 146 inches diagonally and is still marketed as “modular”, while Samsung’s new AI-powered upscaling technology promises to enlarge content of any resolution to near-perfect 8K quality.

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2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

LG has announced some news that it'll be fleshing out during CES 2018: its upcoming OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant support via the maker's ThinQ AI platform. Though LG doesn't point toward Google Assistant specifically, instead saying that ThinQ will allow for "third-party AI services," it includes an image of one of its flat screen TVs with Google Assistant visible on the screen.

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Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

It's the start of the new year so, naturally, it's time to dust off those crystal balls and magic 8-balls. And while we're no Nostradamus, we can still do a bit of intelligent guessing on what will happen next based on what has come to pass. And if 2017 is any indication, it looks like we're going to be in for a rather fun and, at the same time, rough 2018 in Android land. Here are some of the new things that could come our way this year, in no particular order.

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There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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