Artificial Intelligence

Intel buys AI startup Nervana Systems for deep learning chips

Intel buys AI startup Nervana Systems for deep learning chips

Intel has bought an artificial intelligence startup, Nervana Systems, aiming to bake the company's machine learning expertise into future processors. Nervana, founded in 2014, specialized in software and hardware for deep learning, borrowing neuroscience concepts to give computers more intuitive - and easily programmed - ways to deal with data.

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Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Artificial Intelligence will be a primary focus for a new team-up between auto brand Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank. Artificial Intelligence for vehicles - AI that makes vehicles able to read emotions and react to its driver intelligently. This announcement comes not long after release of a deal which would have SoftBank acquire chipmaker ARM. The collaboration between SoftBank and Honda is not an acquisition, but a brand team-up.

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Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Putting a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge artificial intelligence in charge of your thermostat might not seem an obvious use, but it's helping Google make big savings on its electricity use. The AI in question is DeepMind, which Google acquired back in 2014 for an estimated $600m+, with one of the learning computer's new roles being management of its data centers.

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Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

What started out as a rather simple, open-ended sandbox and survival game has turned into something more than what creater Markus "Notch" Persson probably imagined. Although Minecraft remains a virtual world where people can let their creativity run wild, it has also become a tool that can be used for the common good. In addition to using Minecraft for educational purposes, Microsoft has also turned it into a research tool. Project Malmo, formerly called Project AIX, uses Minecraft's open world for artificial intelligence research and is now available as open source for everyone to use.

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Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Anki’s Cozmo introduced as a consumer-level robot with personality

Artificial intelligence and robotics are two things that permeate modern-day life, whether it's the Curiosity rover scouring the surface of Mars or Watson dominating at a game of Jeopardy. For the most part, however, these robotic applications have been left to the professional spaces, be it the military, manufacturing, or science in general. But what about consumer applications? Overdrive developer Anki is asking that very question today with the introduction of its new, consumer-focused robot that goes by the name of Cozmo.

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Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

The creator of Android and former Google exec may have left the company, but that doesn't mean he has parted ways with the same dreams that he and the search giant shared and developed over time. When asked "what's next?" for the computing world, Rubin answered that it will be about masses of data and training artificial intelligence. And this will be facilitated by a switch to quantum computing as the next computing platform that will eventually replace the supercomputers that run the world's servers and computing backbone.

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AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

A startup called AVA dreams of a future where you snap a picture of your meal and an artificial intelligence system analyzes it to determine how many calories it contains. The company has such a system, which is currently in a private beta, and it doesn’t involve any apps. Rather, users take an image of their meal using their phone’s camera, then they text that photo to AVA, where the system automatically analyzes it for nutritional details.

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Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

The thought of a true artificial intelligence scares many people out there because an AI able to think might not have the same goals and desire to protect life that most humans have. We can look to movies like the "The Terminator" for a worst-case scenario of what could happen with an AI run amuck. While a Terminator scenario might not happen, something along the lines of what happens in the TV show "Person of Interest" could be a more likely result of an out of control AI. Google's AI team thinks they have a solution to prevent an AI from going rogue.

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Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google has a new project called Magenta, and it is aiming to teach machines how to create art -- including things like music, of which we've been graced with the first sample of its musical talents. It's a short piece and appears to contain only four notes (with some human-added drums and other instruments added in after a while), but it's not bad for being the work of algorithms.

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Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Today, artificial intelligence is seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it represents a bright future of possibilities the likes of Star Trek have painted on television for years. On the other hand, it also summons fears of robotic overlords hell bent on eradicating inefficient humans. But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans of mundane and repetitive tasks. Snips, a young Paris-based startup, believes in that kind of AI vision, and it is starting somewhat from the ground up with an iOS app that focuses on the first, and most important, foundation of artificial intelligence: memory.

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Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

How do humans make an artificial intelligence system better at conversations? One method-in-testing is a project in which a Google AI was force-fed 2,865 romance books, about 1,500 fantasy books, and more. The work was done by researchers with Google Brain, and involved feeding a total of 11,000 unpublished books to the neural network, then testing whether it could take a couple sentences from the book and create its own corresponding phrases. The results sound like cryptic, dark poems.

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This Viv bot just put Siri and Google Now on notice

This Viv bot just put Siri and Google Now on notice

Watch out, Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, because there's a new virtual assistant in town and Viv wants to eat your lunch (after probably ordering it first, too). Dubbed "The Global Brain", Viv is actually the handiwork of some of Siri's creators prior to the technology being acquired by Apple, and as an astonishing demonstration today indicates, they've not been idle in the meantime.

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