Artificial Intelligence

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.

Continue Reading

ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

ADT’s Pulse security system gets a new Amazon Alexa skill

Of all of the new Alexa skills being announced at CES 2017, the one for ADT's Pulse security system is one of the most interesting. Pulse is a smart home focused security system from ADT, so it makes a lot of sense to see support for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot being added by way of an Alexa skill. The skill isn't available just yet, but ADT says it'll be start rolling out later this month.

Continue Reading

Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

As smart as smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa try to be, they seem to have problems with their short term memory. Ask them a question and they'll answer promptly. But ask them immediately about something related to that answer and they seem to have forgotten about it entirely. Unless they asked you first, that is. Google, however, has had the ability to take into account the context of these follow-up queries, and now Amazon has silently given Alexa that skill in the latest update to its Echo devices.

Continue Reading

Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped to feature a voice assistant called Bixby that's so advanced, it'll work in nearly every native app. "We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform." said Samsung Electronics’ Vice President Rhee In-jong. "The current Galaxy smartphones need separate applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or do) things directly without going through separate applications."

Continue Reading

Apple’s first ever AI paper is on how to train your AI

Apple’s first ever AI paper is on how to train your AI

Apple isn't exactly a company you'd immediately associate with artificial intelligence research, but of course it does some. After all, it has Siri and some intelligent object recognition in its camera apps. The reason why you don't hear much about it is that Apple has mostly been secretive about its AI R&D, which has been criticized by the AI community for years. That changed when, earlier this month, Apple promised to start publicly publishing its AI research, the first of which has just finally been revealed.

Continue Reading

White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

White House report examines AI and its expected economic effects

The era of AI-driven automation is coming, and it'll bring great benefits for some and big drawbacks for others. The White House is expecting major economic impacts as artificial intelligence and automation become more ubiquitous, and today, it's outlining something of a plan of attack. Specifically, the White House has listed what it believes will be five economic impacts of AI-based automation, and three strategies policymakers can implement to address them.

Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, sounds like Morgan Freeman

Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, sounds like Morgan Freeman

Just recently, Mark Zuckerberg went into some depth to explain how he made his personal AI project possible. Now he's showing off just what "Jarvis", or "Jeffrey" to his parents, can really do. More than just Cortana, Siri, or Alexa, Jarvis can truly anticipate what the user, in this case Mark, needs or wants or even feels, a truly emotional AI. And he/it does so in the smooth, suave voice of Morgan Freeman, which makes it feel like God is talking to you.

Continue Reading

AI needs to be more emotional

AI needs to be more emotional

Smart personal assistants are the new weapon of choice of tech giants, but, idyllic as they may sound, they are currently a misnomer. Smart? Arguably so. Personal? Not quite. These artificially intelligent assistants might be good at analyzing speech patterns, spoken commands, and connecting to Internet services, but they aren’t yet that capable yet when it comes to accurately predicting what we really want, let alone anticipating what we need. But most importantly, these AI lacks a critical element that would make these personal assistants truly relatable, but is also the most difficult human trait to reproduce: emotion.

Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

Mark Zuckerberg explains how he built his Jarvis AI system

At the beginning of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg set out to build an AI system for his home, likening such a system to Jarvis from the Iron Man movies and comic books. Now that we're just two weeks out from the end of the year, Zuckerberg has delivered another update on his system, announcing that it's been almost fully realized. In a lengthy Facebook note, Zuckerberg walks us through everything he needed to do and what his AI system is capable of after a year of work.

Continue Reading

This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

This Mercedes self-typing AI typewriter feels like real magic

As experiments with artificial intelligence go, making a magical typewriter that collaborates on fairy tales probably wouldn't be your first idea. That's just what Mercedes Benz have made, however, as part of a demonstration of the power of AI. The result is both very "Harry Potter" and very cool.

Continue Reading

Relonch hands-on: Subscription camera meets AI Photoshop whizz

Relonch hands-on: Subscription camera meets AI Photoshop whizz

For most people, their wedding day is the only time in life that they get the benefit of a professional photographer, but Relonch wants to change all that. Pairing their leather-wrapped, control-scarce 291 camera with the smarts of a virtual Photoshop pro in the cloud, the company's goal is to bring you out from behind the lens and back into the moment, only without sacrificing great pictures in the process. Question is, can that be worth a not-inconsiderable monthly subscription? I slung a blue suede camera around my neck for a week to find out.

Continue Reading

This AI wrote a Christmas song, and it’ll give you goosebumps

This AI wrote a Christmas song, and it’ll give you goosebumps

Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds, but it won’t be replacing humans any time soon, at least if a newly penned-by-AI Christmas jingle is anything to go by. The song starts out like any Christmas jingle, and you may even find yourself tapping your foot along...until the lyrics register and you wonder what kind of dystopian Christmas wonderland you've stumbled upon.

Continue Reading