Artificial Intelligence

Finally there’s a chat bot for calling 911

Finally there’s a chat bot for calling 911

We are now living in the age of chat bots. Whether they be tied to apps like Slack or Facebook Messenger, chat bots have eliminated the need for users to take car of annoying, time-consuming tasks, such as translating photos, requesting a ride home, ordering tacos, and even posting offensive tweets. And now we can add calling 911 to the list.

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Viv, from Siri’s makers, aims to be a better conversationalist

Viv, from Siri’s makers, aims to be a better conversationalist

Siri may be known for her (possibly even his) sometimes amusing, sometimes cheeky responses, but when it comes doing useful things, she/he/it turns out to be a less capable conversation partner. Sure, she can do some things but only if you ask Siri the right way. And even then, she/he/it can only carry a dialogue only so far, refusing to continue listening even when you're not yet done talking. And at times all that she does is bring up a web search result. These are the limitations that Viv, an up and coming personal assistant, is promised to overcome. And its creators are no other than Siri's creators as well.

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An AI for everything as Qualcomm opens Snapdragon Zeroth

An AI for everything as Qualcomm opens Snapdragon Zeroth

Qualcomm has a vested interest in smarter mobile devices: it wants to power even more of them with its own Snapdragon chips. To that end, today sees the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine an SDK for the Snapdragon 820 chipset that promises a simpler path to deep-learning software and artificial intelligence on phones, tablets, wearables, and even in cars.

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AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

Computer AI has long been defeating humans in the game of chess, and earlier this year Google's AlphaGo became the first to beat a world champion in the ancient Chinese board game Go, but now it's time to settle the score in a game that really matters: a classic FPS. That's what a group of AI researchers hope to see, with a new challenge inviting computers to face-off in Doom, but playing as humans would.

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Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft’s CaptionBot AI wants to understand your photos

Microsoft's plan to make artificial intelligence so helpful, we can't help but welcome it into our lives, continues today with the launch of CaptionBot. Following in the footsteps of Fetch! and Translator, CaptionBot sets itself a fairly straightforward challenge on the face of things, but behind the scenes it's really not as easy as you might think.

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Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been getting a lot of media attention lately, from Google's AlphaGo to Microsoft and Facebook's photo recognition for the blind. But being able to analyze and learn from cold hard facts is one thing. Being able to derive something creative out of it is a whole different ballpark. But that's exactly what Microsoft and some partners accomplished when they let a computer "paint" an entirely new original piece of art just after analyzing Rembrandt's existing corpus.

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NVIDIA dives deep into AI with DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputer

NVIDIA dives deep into AI with DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputer

The past few weeks have been very busy and fortunate for artificial intelligence. Last month saw the triumph of AlphaGo, from Google's DeepMind AI arm, against a human Go champion. Microsoft and Facebook both just revealed new projects and features that utilized neural network and AI for the benefit of people with impaired vision. Following up on its reveal of the Drive PX 2 autonomous race car, NVIDIA is announcing a more serious AI pursuit, the DGX-1 Deep Learning supercomputer that promises a throughput equivalent to 250 regular servers.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 is the AI brain of Roborace autonomous race cars

The autonomous race cars set to compete in the Roborace Championship will have NVIDIA’s Drive PX 2 as their artificial intelligence brains, the company has announced. This is the first global autonomous competition of its kind, and it’ll be pitting software against software rather than human driver against human driver. A total of ten teams will be competing, each of them having a pair of autonomous race cars running Drive PX 2.

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Facebook’s AI helps the blind see photos in feeds

Facebook’s AI helps the blind see photos in feeds

Last week at BUILD 2016, Microsoft revealed a Seeing AI project that combines decades of research in computer vision, neural networks, and artificial intelligence to help the blind identify anything using only one single app. Not to be outdone, Facebook is also announcing a similar thrust aimed at people with severe visual impairments. Dubbed Automatic Alternate Text, the feature uses those same computing technologies and theories to identify contents of a photo in a Facebook post, allowing screen readers to describe them as if they were text, and giving visually impaired people a better idea of the picture in their head.

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Chinese AI engineers want to challenge Google’s AlphaGo bot

Chinese AI engineers want to challenge Google’s AlphaGo bot

Earlier this month, headlines were made around the world when Google's artificial intelligence, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to beat the current world champion in four out of five matches of the ancient board game Go. Now the bot may have to face an opponent of its own type: a group of Chinese computer engineers have announced that they plan to challenge Google, pitting AlphaGo against their own AI program.

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Microsoft Seeing AI is a swiss army knife app for the blind

Microsoft Seeing AI is a swiss army knife app for the blind

We might all marvel at the advancements in computer vision and artificial intelligence, but most of the applications we applaud involve us seeing their results or even their targets. A group of researchers inside Microsoft are working on an implementation of these technologies not just to let computers see but to also let humans see, specifically those that have lost their normal vision. Called Seeing AI, the research project is an attempt to combine years, even decades, of computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence research into an all-in-one app for the visually impaired.

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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