Artificial Intelligence

Google deep learning audio-visual model can pinpoint one voice in many

Google deep learning audio-visual model can pinpoint one voice in many

Google says that people are very good at separating out other voices and hearing the one we are looking at, this is called the cocktail party effect. Machines not so much. Google wants to make computers better at hearing the voice that we want to hear and has developed a new deep learning audio-visual model for isolating single speech signal from a mixture of sounds.

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What can Google Lens do? 10 things, for now

What can Google Lens do? 10 things, for now

As of today, Google Lens can identify, translate, or otherwise work with Text, Barcodes, Landmarks, Books, and Media. It can also identify popular dog breeds and cat breeds - so you can finally figure out what your mutt is. Or if you have an especially strange-looking dog, you can find out what your dog MIGHT be. Today we're going to run down the latest list of things Google Lens can do.

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Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Self-driving cars is a hot topic these days, eclipsed only by the recent Facebook drama. And because of the deaths involved, it has become an emotional one as well. While the incidents should encourage the industry to take stock of its technology, it shouldn’t cause development and research to come to a grinding halt. Especially when the side hustlers at Microsoft Garage have developed a way to safely teach these autonomous driving AIs. And they’re doing so with the age-old idea of simulations.

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Smartphone AI is still useless: here’s how it can improve

Smartphone AI is still useless: here’s how it can improve

LG has formally announced the name, not the phone itself, of its next flagship, the LG G7 ThinQ. That ThinQ part of its name puts an emphasis on the company’s AI thrust. It’s not the first to tout AI capabilities inside their phones. In fact, it has lately become something like a badge of honor, alongside the notch. But these new AI capabilities in our smartphones, whether via AI assistants or otherwise, are still far from being useful. OEMs seem to be obsessed with just one, at most two, aspects of AI, often neglecting the aspects where we need a better brain even more.

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Huawei and Prisma just gave the P20 Pro’s AI brain a job

Huawei and Prisma just gave the P20 Pro’s AI brain a job

Huawei is working with Prisma Labs on a new generation of camera effects, tapping into the neural network engine the phone-maker included with its latest handsets. The deal will see the so-called NPU, or Neural Processing Unit, that's part of the newest Kirin 970 chip gain fresh talents when it comes to image editing.

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This AlterEgo wearable can hear your silent speech

This AlterEgo wearable can hear your silent speech

A wearable that can track silent speech could make secret conversations with an Alexa-style AI possible, removing one of the big hurdles voice control still faces in mobile devices. The handiwork of researchers at the MIT Fluid Interfaces group, AlterEgo isn't mind reading but it could easily be mistaken as that, at least if you're watching someone use the headset.

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Furious staff demand Google denounce war AI

Furious staff demand Google denounce war AI

More than 3,000 Google employees are demanding the company axe its collaboration with the US Department of Defense on a military AI. Dubbed Project Maven, the controversial artificial intelligence surveillance engine uses Google's machine learning system to spot objects in drone footage.

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Microsoft XiaoIce AI does more natural “full duplex” conversations

Microsoft XiaoIce AI does more natural “full duplex” conversations

AI-powered assistants and chatbots may be smart about the things they know (which they Google for) or can control (by sending hubs to do the work). They are, however, not so smart when holding a conversation. Talking to one is more like a Q&A interrogation rather than talking to someone really smart. Microsoft’s XiaoIce, however, might be able to fool you. Microsoft’s researchers and engineers are proudly boasting how the chatbot has reached the next level of intelligence by gaining full duplex capabilities.

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Apple nabs Google AI chief to lead its own machine learning effort

Apple nabs Google AI chief to lead its own machine learning effort

Apple has a new lead for its artificial intelligence efforts: Google's now-former head of AI and Search John Giannandrea. The company confirmed the news today, which comes one day after The Information reported that Giannandrea had stepped down from his position at Google. Yesterday, Google confirmed that Giannandrea had made the decision to leave the company, but the reasons -- at the time -- were unclear.

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Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft has made some of its artificial intelligence courses available to the public, expanding them beyond their initial employee-only availability. Called the Microsoft Professional Program in AI, the courses enable anyone with an interest to learn about artificial intelligence, starting with the basics and working up to crucial skills. The program has a total of 10 courses that cover 10 skills over dozens of hours.

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Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google has revealed that it's going to be putting its data science technology to use during the season's biggest sporting event: the NCAA Final Four games. The Google Cloud division will be using AI and machine learning to calculate the teams' performances, however the twist is that the tech will be crunching its numbers based on the first half of the game as it's played, generating predictions during halftime.

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Alphabet X exploring AI and drones to improve farming

Alphabet X exploring AI and drones to improve farming

Alphabet's "moonshot factory" X is tackling the world's food problems. X head Astro Teller recently revealed details about the effort at MIT Technology Review's EmTech Digital event, where he explained that machine learning is being explored as a potential boon to farming, essentially bringing an AI twist to agriculture. The project is still in its early stages, though.

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