Artificial Intelligence

This AI turns simple sketches into Van Gogh paintings

This AI turns simple sketches into Van Gogh paintings

Cambridge Consultants has demonstrated an artificial intelligence system that takes simple sketches and transforms them into artwork that look like something created by Vincent Van Gogh or other famous painters. The system, which is nicknamed Vincent for obvious reasons, serves as a deep-learning demonstration for the company, which recently showcased the AI's abilities on video.

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Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

The Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has an embedded touchscreen display that'll tell you when to stand up or sit down. This desk is also a standing desk - as you might have guessed - that's motorized for ease in rising. It's the touchscreen, though, that I've found strangest - as it's embedded at an angle, aimed at the user in the center.

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Huawei promotes Mate 10 “real AI phone” by mocking Face ID

Huawei promotes Mate 10 “real AI phone” by mocking Face ID

Face ID is perhaps the most contentious iPhone X feature next to the notch and amojis. The public demo’s seeming failure, which Apple has tried to explain away, seems to only add to the skepticism of Apple’s Touch ID replacement. Smelling blood, Huawei lost no time in trying to take a swipe at Apple. But it’s only able to do so because it believes it has the “real AI phone”, and it’s inviting the world to see it next month when it unveils the Huawei Mate 10.

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Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept previews 2040’s shared self-driving EV

Jaguar has already shown us what it believes the steering wheel of the future will look like - now, with the Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept, it's showing us the rest. Revealed today, at the automaker's inaugural Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, UK, the FUTURE-TYPE Concept is a vision of what mobility might look like come 2040. Then, JLR suggests, actually owning a vehicle yourself will be unlikely.

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Google Street View employs AI to read street, business signs

Google Street View employs AI to read street, business signs

Google Street View is all grown up. For the first time in nearly eight years, its cameras are finally getting an upgrade. But more than just producing clearer and crisper images, the higher quality images from the more powerful hardware have another purpose. In line with Google’s favorite obsession, Google Street View is putting machine learning and artificial intelligence to work, using these high res images to detect, process, and, if necessary, translate street names and business signs, making it even easier to index the whole, physical world and put them in Google’s hands.

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Samsung debuts AI-powered washing machine at IFA 2017

Samsung debuts AI-powered washing machine at IFA 2017

If the appearance of voice assistant Alexa on new devices wasn't your thing, and the slew of new gadgets and phones didn't get your attention, then the big trend of IFA 2017 was which products can successfully integrate artificial intelligence. This year Samsung decided to go with the washing machine, moving beyond their previous WiFi-enabled home appliances, and introducing the WW8800M with AI and QuickDrive technology.

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Facebook taps AI to fix crooked 360-degree panoramic photos

Facebook taps AI to fix crooked 360-degree panoramic photos

Taking a panoramic photo with your phone is easy, but taking a high-quality 360-degree panorama with your phone isn't. The process typically involves opening an app and slowly rotating the phone in a circle while holding the handset steady. Though these apps provide a straight line and on-screen guidance to encourage users to maintain a proper horizon, most people fail to do that. The results are tilted, crooked panoramas that make VR viewing less than comfortable.

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Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Researchers with Berkeley have detailed a new technology that can take a flat image and transform it into a 3D model. While that alone isn't new, the technology detailed in a new paper is notable because it can create high-quality 3D models from a single image, making it a viable foundation for potentially turning any single image into a detailed and usable three-dimensional model.

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Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft has introduced additional details about Project Brainwave, a deep-learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence. This isn't the first time we're hearing about Project Brainwave, but we do get more details this time around. Microsoft detailed Project Brainwave recently at Hot Chips 2017, explaining that this project 'achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models.'

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Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

For the guy who once operated the mighty levers of Android as a whole, you might suspect a smartphone startup like Essential would be small fry for Andy Rubin. The ex-Googler and current head of product incubator Playground didn't intend to get into hardware development, at least not himself. His focus at Playground has been artificial intelligence, though not the sort that you'd find running Wikipedia searches and pulling down weather forecasts in Amazon's Echo or Google's Home.

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Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google has snapped up the former head of Tesla's Autopilot, with Chris Lattner joining the Google Brain deep learning artificial intelligence project. Lattner was, until recently, leading Tesla's work on semi-autonomous and autonomous driving, having been recruited in January of this year. The electric car company has been one of the most ambitious in its public commitments to making driverless cars practical, with founder and CEO Elon Musk promising that Tesla vehicles being built today will be, with the right software and legal framework, capable of full Level 5 autonomy in the coming years.

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2. At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

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