Artificial Intelligence

Lighthouse AI security camera takes on Nest

Lighthouse AI security camera takes on Nest

Google's Nest and Amazon aren't the only companies working on smart security cameras, with Lighthouse's AI-packing camera finally available to buy. Like the Essential Phone, it's another product out of Andy Rubin's Playground accelerator, aiming to take advantage of artificial intelligence to spot potential intruders while ignoring pets and changes in lighting.

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Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung is never one to make a U-turn on something new product or feature it has put out, no matter how useless or derided it may have become. It took years for it to finally sunset S Voice, for example, or slim down and rename TouchWiz. Of course, persistence may also pay off in giving something new and imperfect a chance to grow and potentially become better. Samsung is taking that chance with its AI assistant Bixby, which it will be pushing to anyone who buys a Smart TV or smart washing from the company this year.

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2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

LG might be sitting MWC 2018 in terms of announcing its 2018 flagship, but that doesn’t mean it will be coming to Barcelona empty-handed. Yes, it will be presenting a “refreshed” LG V30 called, not the V30s but the 2018 LG V30. And, yes, it will be featuring some AI functionality. Don’t worry, though, because LG happily hasn’t gone overboard the way its rival has. But the new smartphone AI features will be adding to the 2018 V30 and other phones will easily be compared to what Samsung’s Bixby has been promising to offer.

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Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Samsung's Bixby AI will be getting some new capabilities in the future, and rumor has it that real-time translates are among them. The assistant already offers translations of written text via Bixby Vision, but Samsung is gearing up to add real-time translation, sources claim. The AI may soon also be equipped with better recognition of landmarks and other notable destinations.

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Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google is no longer hoarding its artificial intelligence chips to itself, offering its Cloud TPUs for users wanting smarter processing in the cloud. Dubbed machine learning accelerators, the Cloud TPUs are custom hardware chipsets of Google's own creation, used for everything from recognizing the same people across a host of different photos, though to making safe driving inferences from autonomous car data.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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LG V30s with AI camera said to echo Apple strategy

LG V30s with AI camera said to echo Apple strategy

LG is reportedly cooking up a revamped version of its V30, the LG V30s, that promises to inject some artificial intelligence smarts into the Android phone's camera. An iterative tweak on the existing - and generally well-received V30 - the new smartphone is expected to make its debut at Mobile World Congress 2018, in just a few weeks time.

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Reddit bans “involuntary porn” made with artificial intelligence

Reddit bans “involuntary porn” made with artificial intelligence

Weeks ago, a disturbing subreddit called "deepfakes" featuring adult content edited using artificial intelligence went viral. The content seemingly featured popular actresses (and the occasional actor) in adult movies, though none of those celebrities had actually participated in the content and none had given their consent. The videos were edited using artificial intelligence, and now Reddit is squashing them.

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Google Flights prediction AI can beat airlines in announcing delays

Google Flights prediction AI can beat airlines in announcing delays

Google has introduced updates to its flight booking system, the most interesting among the updates being a flight delay prediction ability. Though Google Flights already includes delay notices, the new ability adds a prediction element so that travelers can be alerted to potential delays before the airline has announced them. Flights will also start showing the reasons why a flight is delayed.

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2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

Apple's new 2018 iPad will likely adopt the company's first Artificial Intelligence chip, part of the Cupertino firm's attempt to better distinguish its tablet in the face of rivals. The so-called Neural Engine is Apple's first dedicated AI chipset, and made its debut last year in the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Next, it's expected to colonize the iPad.

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Sotheby’s newly acquired AI suggests artwork based on buyers’ tastes

Sotheby’s newly acquired AI suggests artwork based on buyers’ tastes

Auction house Sotheby's has acquired image recognition and recommendation startup Thread Genius. With this technology, Sotheby's will be better positioned to serve customers by using AI to find and recommend artwork to potential customers based on their own preferences. The technology will be used in conjunction with the data the auction house gathers and stores.

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Ubisoft Sam is Alexa for gamers

Ubisoft Sam is Alexa for gamers

Though we should be accustomed to Ubisoft making strange reveals by now, that doesn't help make today's announcement feel any less out of the ordinary. Ubisoft has revealed Sam, a new AI Assistant that lives within the Ubisoft Club app. Like Google Assistant or Alexa, Sam is there to answer some of the questions you may have on a day-to-day basis, though his scope is fairly limited.

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