Artificial Intelligence

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon Rekognition deep learning AI can figure out what’s in your pics

Amazon has introduced its own deep learning artificial intelligence called Amazon Rekognition. This AI analyzes photos it is given and produces results related to them, detailing what is located in the photo as well as things related to the object. For example, it won’t just detect that a person is in the photo, but also their gender, facial expression, emotional state, what clothes they’re wearing, things they don’t have (like a beard), and more.

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Intel details major AI push: Nervana platform, Google alliance and more

Intel details major AI push: Nervana platform, Google alliance and more

Intel wants to see artificial intelligence technology grow, and it has announced a range of new efforts that will help achieve that growth. Says the company, it is ‘assembling the broadest set of technology options’ for boosting artificial intelligence abilities in all sorts of industries, including things like the auto industry (for self-driving cars), factories, and even fraud detection in the financial industry.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Galaxy S8 confirmed to feature Samsung’s own smart assistant

Confirming what most have already guessed at this point, Samsung shared that its next flagship, which will undoubtedly be called the Galaxy S8, will have an AI-powered digital assistant, but significantly different from Samsung’s obsolete and underpowered S Voice. This new assistant will be the fruit of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs, which was formed by the a co-creator of Apple’s Siri. But while that’s pretty much a given, the biggest question is how Samsung plans on differentiating itself from the increasingly competitive market.

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Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence startup, already developed a bot that could beat humans at the ancient Chinese game of Go, but now it's looking to master a much more modern game. The researchers have just announced a new partnership with game developer Blizzard that will see the pair develop a platform to teach AI how to play StarCraft II, the immensely popular real-time strategy (RTS) title.

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Omate Yumi is an Android, Amazon Alexa powered home robot

Omate Yumi is an Android, Amazon Alexa powered home robot

Omate made a name for itself back in the heyday of smartwatches, bucking the trend by putting a full Android OS inside the tiny wearable. Just recently, it made another pioneering effort by putting Amazon’s Alexa front and center, almost literally, of its Limited Edition of the Omate Rise smartwatch. Now with smartwatches believed to be in a slump, Omate is breaking out into new territory, combining everything it has learned so far. The result? An unexpected venture into the niche “family robot” market with Yumi, which puts a face and body to Alexa.

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MIT Nightmare Machine uses deep learning AI to create horror

MIT Nightmare Machine uses deep learning AI to create horror

Google used algorithms to create trippy, dreamy images, and now MIT has done something similar...only with a horror slant to keep in theme with Halloween. Called the Nightmare Machine, this deep learning algorithm takes an image and rewrites it to look as if it were plucked from a horror movie. The resulting images are dark, creepy, and in some cases somewhat gory looking and certainly disturbing.

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Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

In a world where artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in everyday life, there seems to be a bit of a push to give these AI companions a little personality. Whether it's acting awkward at the mention of a dirty word or delivering a quip when given a compliment, AI like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are already capable of engaging in something resembling a conversation, but Google is looking to take that one step further with Google Assistant.

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Duolingo now has chatbots to help you learn new languages

Duolingo now has chatbots to help you learn new languages

It’s common advice to new language learners to practice speaking with native speakers of that language. But not everyone might have the luxury of having such people around. In the absence of real humans, popular language learning platform Duolingo is offering the next best thing: chatbots. It is definitely an interesting, and perhaps more useful, twist to an increasingly popular trend that is putting chatty artificial intelligence “persons” inside almost any app that accepts typed or spoken input.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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Microsoft forms AI group with 5,000 engineers and computer scientists

Microsoft forms AI group with 5,000 engineers and computer scientists

Microsoft has announced the formation of a new group that will further its artificial intelligence goals. This group will involve more than 5,000 engineers and computer scientists, and it’ll include the company’s Microsoft Research, Information Platform Group, Cortana product group, Bing product group, and both the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. By having professionals from all of these groups and teams come together, Microsoft anticipates its rate of AI innovation will jump substantially.

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