Artificial Intelligence

Miso Robotics’ Flippy flips burgers, loves its job

Miso Robotics’ Flippy flips burgers, loves its job

Spongebob's days as a fry cook will soon be over. Somewhat. But while Spongebob is a fictional character, the robot that will be flipping burgers and putting them on buns definitely isn't. It's called Flippy and it's nothing but a smaller and more dexterous version of a stereotypical robotic arm. But unlike those industrial machines designed more for power, Miso Robotics designed Flippy to be fast, precise, and smart. All for the purpose of having it flip burgers and then, when properly fried, place them on buns.

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Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google has detailed new ways it is using artificial intelligence to improve enterprise products, and the most exciting among those details is its new Video Intelligence API. With this new technology, which is currently in a Private Beta according to Google, developers are able to search for specific objects within videos, a feature that could prove useful for surveillance videos, among other things.

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This AI turns your cat sketches into trippy cat photos

This AI turns your cat sketches into trippy cat photos

A new Tensorflow port of pix2pix is able to take your crude cat sketches and transform them into photo-realistic cat abominations — that is, photos that look like cats at first, but upon closer inspection are instead trippy piecemeal simulated versions of real cats. The system is also able to generate fairly realistic building facades, shoes, and bags using both preexisting sketches and ones you create yourself.

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Elon Musk says humans may need to merge with AI to stay useful

Elon Musk says humans may need to merge with AI to stay useful

Elon Musk has had quite a bit to say about artificial intelligence over past years, and he’s not done yet. Speaking today at the World Government Summit held in Dubai, Musk said that humans must learn to merge with machines in the future to address some big potential issues surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence. Among other things, the proliferation of machine intelligence that outpaces human intelligence may result in a ‘usefulness problem,’ not to mention concerns about whether humans will remain in control in the future.

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Apple joins Partnership on AI to explore “ethical” artificial intelligence

Apple joins Partnership on AI to explore “ethical” artificial intelligence

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI, adding its name - and its opinions - to the collaboration on artificial intelligence. Named as a founding member today, Apple joins companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook among the Partnership's ranks. Launched back in September 2016, the Partnership on AI was established in an attempt to better understand, and explain, artificial intelligence and the growing role it plays in today's technology.

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Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

HTC's announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC's spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when it comes to actually assisting us humans to get things done, they're not that smart yet and need more than a little nudging to work. If these assistants are to be the way we interact with our devices, our homes, and our digital selves, they need to be able to do a bit more, and soon. Here are some things these virtual secretaries and butlers need to be able to do in order to really make a significant impact in our modern lived. Not all of them even require substantial advancements in artificial intelligence.

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Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Siri's great, no doubt, but she's not for everyone. Maybe you're looking for a particular feature Siri doesn't offer, or you're just looking for something different in general. Regardless, iPhone and iPad users have many smart personal assistant apps to choose from, some designed with a particular slant, others offering a wide array of assistance features. Here are five popular options, Siri aside.

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Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Thanks to Siri and, more recently, Amazon Alexa, most people are familiar with AI-powered personal assistants, yet few utilize them. That's unfortunate, as AI personal assistants can perform many actions that save you time, including getting quotes for rides, sending messages, checking the weather and your email, making lists, and scheduling tasks. If you'd like to experience this yourself but you don't have an iPhone and aren't in the market for an Echo, try out one (or all) of these AI assistant apps for Android.

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Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA strike partnership to make an AI-powered car

Mercedes-Benz and NVIDIA have announced a new partnership that will result in the two companies working together to launch an artificial intelligence-powered vehicle. The duo revealed the partnership at CES 2017, though NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the collaboration between the two started three years ago. “At this point it is very clear that AI is going to be the future of computing,” Jen-Hsun explained. “This is an endeavor that we started three years ago that we will put on the road next year – unbelievable.”

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Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Honda NeuV concept has an AI assistant with an “emotion engine”

Along with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, artificial intelligence has become one of the biggest obsessions in the technology industry in recent years. Even car makers are getting into the game as well, offloading some of the control, and even some of the responsibility, to computer-driven agents. Honda's latest concept vehicle, the NeuV, is perhaps the embodiment of how far car makers are willing to go in mixing AI and cars. In addition to be a self-driving electric vehicle, the NeuV has a smart assistant that can "read" your emotions and even earn you money on the sides.

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Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

Like many car companies, Nissan's focus at CES 2017 this year is autonomous driving technology. Nissan Chariman and CEO Carlos Ghosn took the stage at the trade show this evening to announce a new driverless system called Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). SAM will be one component of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility system, but it will likely be the most noteworthy one as well.

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Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

My idea of a talking car is Knight Rider's KITT making snarky rejoinders to David Hasselhoff, but Toyota has more loving discourse in mind with its latest Concept-i. Revealed today at CES 2017, the new vehicle prototype aims to usher in autonomous driving with the aid of the driver-vehicle relationship. That involves an artificial intelligence (AI) called Yui and a whole lot of LEDs.

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