Artificial Intelligence

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda isn't bringing cars to CES 2018, it's got a small army of cheerful robots instead. Dubbed the Honda 3E Robotics Concept, the quartet of bots built around "Empower, Experience, Empathy" aren't so much focused on traditional practicality, but instead want to give physical embodiment to a more helpful artificial intelligence (AI).

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Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing a product that seems to go toe-to-toe in many ways with Google Clips. Say hello to the AWS DeepLens camera, a new camera that's designed with deep learning AI in mind. That's similar to what Google is trying to do with Clips, but while that camera is aimed at consumers, the DeepLens camera is targeted toward developers.

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Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Bokeh effect, a.k.a. portrait mode, is one of the quickly rising fads in smartphone photography. Making a subject pop might be easier with dual cameras or some Google algorithm magic in the case of the Pixel 2 phones. but selecting that subject manually in an image is actually a chore. Even Photoshop’s automatic smart selection tool is no match for complicated scenes. So what could Adobe do to make life easier for its users? Why, use machine learning and artificial intelligence, of course!

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Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It is even more difficult when learning by yourself, even with the latest apps and methods. Language teaching app Duolingo admitted as much when it finally launched support for just a subset of the language. But learning is one thing, practicing with an actual native speaker is another. Since the latter isn’t exactly convenient or always available, Microsoft Research has decided to leverage the hottest new trend to make it a bit easier: using an AI-powered chatbot.

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Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Samsung has just teased the existence of an AI-centric software for its flagship smartphones called the Samsung Galaxy AI UX. This may be a rebranding of the company's UI, and it is expected to be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone. This underscores the company's strong focus on Bixby and the overall vision it has for the use of its AI in a full ecosystem of products.

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Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe has bestowed new features onto its Scan app, using machine learning to find documents that exist in photos on the user's phone. These documents could be pics of business cards and receipts, for example, taking the work out of manually choosing those images and scanning them into proper documents. The app can then transform the content in the photos into PDF files.

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Domino’s Pizza Checker finally finds a good use for AI

Domino’s Pizza Checker finally finds a good use for AI

Domino's plans to use artificial intelligence to check the quality of the pizzas cooked by its stores, it has revealed. This system is called, appropriately enough, the Pizza Checker, and it involves a physical device that will be rolled out in some of its stores around the world. The customer can receive a photo of their pizza from the quality checker.

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This free AI tool is like a real-life CSI image enhancer

This free AI tool is like a real-life CSI image enhancer

Criminal shows have long been mocked for their use of fantasy technology that could, among other things, enhance pixelated low-resolution images in a way that made them both higher resolution and very clear. While you can scale up an image using something like Photoshop, the quality isn't very good. A new AI-based tool is different, taking low-res images and upscaling them while maintaining quality.

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Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe has detailed a research project in which it has developed an artificial intelligence capable of generating realistic colored images from a sketch. This isn't the first time we've seen an AI able to generate realistic images, but they generally lack an element of control that lets the user dictate the final results. Adobe's Scribbler is different.

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Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Even though it got off to a fairly rocky start, Samsung's implementation of its Bixby AI seems to have leveled out a bit. Now that Samsung has Bixby up and running on its flagship phones around the world, it's looking to the future. The future is apparently bright for Bixby, as Samsung plans to have its AI assistant everywhere.

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Nude app uses AI to automatically hide your most sensitive images

Nude app uses AI to automatically hide your most sensitive images

It's a horror story for the modern world: you show someone an image on your phone, only for them to start browsing uninvited. You snatch your phone away, hoping they didn't stumble across one of the intimate photos that may be residing, fully exposed, on your handset. Artificial intelligence may be the solution to this problem, and it comes in the form of an app called Nude.

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Box taps machine learning to pull data from videos, images and audio

Box taps machine learning to pull data from videos, images and audio

Box has announced its new 'Box Skills,' a framework that taps machine learning to power new features that extract data from multimedia files. With these Skills, the system is able to automatically do things like extract text from images, create a text transcript from an audio file, and recognize faces within video files, among other things.

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