Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Only the greatest people in the world are able to always wake up with a smile on their faces and fire in their spirit. The rest of us, we mostly struggle with our darkest demons, no matter how early or how late we wake up. That is why there are countless alarm apps that try to wake you up in a unique, sometimes even creepy, ways. Microsoft now has one as well. But the Mimicker Alarm for Android is even more unique because you'll need to convince its AI that you really are already awake. At least before you throw the phone out in frustration.

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Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

This morning it became apparent that Apple had acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. This startup works with emotion KPIs, meaning they're in the business of watching your face and body to decide how you feel. With that information, Emotient aims to detect attention, engagement, and sentiment. Implications from their public presentation of business suggests that they've been aiming their business at advertisers - as well as other odd product creators on mobile platforms.

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Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

Zuckerberg’s 2016 goal: make Iron Man’s Jarvis a reality

At the start of every year, almost everyone makes a commitment to do something or stop doing something in order to make a difference in their lives or those of others. And by "almost everyone", we also mean tech company CEOs. For Mark Zuckerberg, 2016 won't simply be a year for learning a new language or reading more books. He already did those the previous year. This year he's taking on something more ambitious: a smart home AI that is practically Jarvis from Iron Man made flesh. Or digital, in this case.

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Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft AI Xiaoice gets job as Chinese TV weather host

Microsoft has revealed that its Xiaoice machine learning software, which has gained prominence in China as a chat-bot on local messaging services like WeChat, Line, and the Weibo social network, has made the leap to becoming the first artificial intelligence to appear as a host on live TV. Chinese network Dragon TV have given Xiaoice (which is said to translate to "Little Bing") a job as a trainee weather host on its "Morning News" program.

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OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

OpenAI nonprofit seeks to improve humanity with artificial intelligence

A new nonprofit research center called OpenAI has been announced, and it aims to improve humanity through the advent of artificial intelligence. Despite his concerns about such technology, one of the investors behind the center is Elon Musk; Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Jessica Livingston and others join him in committing what will eventually be $1 billion or more to the project. According to Musk, all those on board have “made a substantial commitment.”

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Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google is throwing open the computer vision system that powers Google Photos to third-party developers, helping them to filter out obscene images, spot faces and landmarks, and more. The new Cloud Vision API is what allows Google Photos to sift through all your pictures and collect all those with dogs in the frame, with well-known landmarks, or even particular facial emotions.

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Wikipedia deploys AI to fight spam and troll edits

Wikipedia deploys AI to fight spam and troll edits

Wikipedia has revealed that it recently began using artificial intelligence (AI) in order detect and eliminate article edits that contain spam or false information from trolls. The goal of the AI, dubbed Objective Revision Evaluation Service, or ORES, is to not only make life easier for Wikipedia veterans who volunteer hours of their time to eliminate bogus updates, but also attract and encourage new contributors.

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Twitter bot uses ‘forgery algorithm’ to turn selfies into art

Twitter bot uses ‘forgery algorithm’ to turn selfies into art

You probably saw the trippy pictures produced by Google’s neural networks this past summer, and maybe you even created a few yourself. There’s a new and similar tool out there, but it comes in the form an art forger. The Twitter bot, called "The Deep Forger", will take your selfie or whatever image you provide and transform it into a work of art based on a style of its choosing.

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Toyota creating new R&D company for Artificial Intelligence

Toyota creating new R&D company for Artificial Intelligence

This week the folks at Toyota Motor Corporation announced their intent to create a new company called "Toyota Research Institute, Inc." centered on Artificial Intelligence. This company would mainly be a research and development entity, and will have its headquarters located in in Silicon Valley near Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. This will be one of two locations where the R&D company will be located, a second coming to Cambridge, Massachusetts near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook has detailed an ongoing effort with its artificial intelligence that enables its software to describe photographs to blind users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a link to the video describing the technology on his own Facebook account yesterday, briefly discussing the feature and Facebook’s work. He said the video inspired him, and that, “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you.”

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Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

Apple hires Nvidia’s AI director for possible work on autonomous car

The rumors and speculation around Apple's involvement in developing a car continue to rise and subside, just like the ocean's tide. While there's been mentions about an Apple car being all-electric, this latest piece of news suggests autonomous driving features. It has been discovered that Apple has hired Jonathan Cohen, persuading him to leave his position at Nvidia as director of deep learning, or artificial intelligence (AI). Recode spotted the change of employer on Cohen's LinkedIn page.

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Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Microsoft Research tech autocompletes animation, not text

Autocomplete. That seemingly magical yet sometimes also illogical feature that has saved our fingers and our brains from some of the more tedious parts of typing out a long exposition on a small screen. It has become part and parcel of our smartphone-centric modern lives but some researchers are trying put a whole new spin on the concept. Instead of trying to guess what you will type next, Microsoft Research has an autocomplete system that tries to predict how a hand-drawn image will be animated.

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