Artificial Intelligence

Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 promises 8x the power at a silly price

Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 promises 8x the power at a silly price

Intel has revealed its second-generation artificial intelligence USB stick, with the Neural Compute Stick 2 promising up to eight times the performance of its predecessor, despite the compact size. It's part of Intel's push to place its silicon the heart of AI, by making developing new machine learning and AI projects and applications far more straightforward.

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Voicera EVA meeting AI assistant gets a gender-neutral makeover

Voicera EVA meeting AI assistant gets a gender-neutral makeover

There is a growing number of smart virtual assistants in the digital world today and almost all of them have one thing in common. Most have female-sounding or even unambiguously female names. Some, like Google Assistant, have a non-human name but, while you can change the voice, its still defaults to female. Many have decried this perpetuation of gender roles in the tech industry and Voicera, the startup that’s making one of the most advanced in-meeting assistants in the market, is taking steps to break away from that culture.

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Google AI helps archive The New York Times’ vast photo collection

Google AI helps archive The New York Times’ vast photo collection

Google is working with The New York Times on a photo digitization project. The work involves Google Cloud Platform for storing the images, where the publication will be able to search through them. This is more than mere storage, however, also involving technology that helps provide insight into the content.

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Microsoft Word gets AI-powered to-do lists and collaboration feature

Microsoft Word gets AI-powered to-do lists and collaboration feature

Microsoft has revealed new Word features powered by artificial intelligence. The new tools make it simple to create to-do lists for catching back up on things that still need done, as well as a simplified ability to collaborate with other users. The features are arriving first for Mac beta users, but they'll eventually be launched on both Mac and Windows, as well as online.

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Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung isn't done with Bixby. The virtual assistant may not have reached the usefulness of Alexa or the Google Assistant, or the consumer awareness of Siri, but Samsung is betting that embracing third-party developers and expanding Bixby's availability will make the difference in the long-term.

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Alexa gets Calendar availability search and Routines integration

Alexa gets Calendar availability search and Routines integration

Amazon has rolled out new features for Alexa and Alexa for Business, enabling their users to find free time on their calendar and add their calendars as an action in Routines. As well, Amazon has launched its Reminders API for developers. With this, devs can help their customers get reminders for things like upcoming sports games and trips.

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Google AI Impact Challenge has $25m for good ideas

Google AI Impact Challenge has $25m for good ideas

Groups with Artificial Intelligence-centric ideas for the greater good of humanity might want to check out Google's newest initiative. Google unveiled their "Google AI Impact Challenge" this week at an event called "Google AI for Social Good." At this event, the Google AI Impact Challenge was revealed with an up-to $25 million dollar award for grantees that'll allow these creators to "help transform the best ideas into action."

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IBM trained an AI to help humans create new fragrances

IBM trained an AI to help humans create new fragrances

IBM has trained an AI to help humans develop new fragrances for perfumes and other products. The system is called Philyra, and it involves machine learning algorithms that find new combinations of scents to produce novel fragrances. According to IBM, its AI can comb through existing combinations to spot "whitespaces" in which entirely new formulas can be formed.

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AI-generated portrait ‘painting’ sells for $432,500 at auction

AI-generated portrait ‘painting’ sells for $432,500 at auction

Auction house Christie's has sold its first AI-created "painting," a portrait of a fictional man created by an algorithm. The portrait sold for nearly half a million dollars, raising questions over what is considered art. The image is "signed" by the artist with a cursive script featuring the algorithm used to generate the piece.

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MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

MIT AI learns to spot breast cancer risk factor like an expert

A newly developed deep-learning system is capable of identifying a breast cancer risk factor in mammograms with the same level of accuracy as expert radiologists, according to MIT. The university teamed with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop what they call an automated model that is able to analyze mammograms and make assessments of the tissue that was captured.

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Pixel 3 AI mostly happens on the device only

Pixel 3 AI mostly happens on the device only

Our smartphones have become a lot smarter, mostly thanks to the inclusion of artificial intelligence or AI in their software features. This AI trend, however, started back when even our powerful handhelds didn't have enough juice to perform all the processing and learning required to make these AI work. To some extent, they still aren't, at least on the learning part. Google, however, thinks the time and hardware is right to make most of the AI happen right on the Pixel 3, keeping data private and prevent it from leaking to the cloud and elsewhere.

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Stephen Hawking’s final warnings: AI, superhumans, asteroids

Stephen Hawking’s final warnings: AI, superhumans, asteroids

Stephen Hawking is undeniably one of the greatest minds in recent history and his passing left a gaping hole in the academic and scientific communities. He didn't leave the world bereft, however, and even left a corpus of essays and articles for us to munch on for months, even years to come. Some of those, however, are less uplifting than others. The late great physicist has left warnings on the dangers that the human civilization faces in the near future, including everyone's favorite scapegoat, AI.

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