Artificial Intelligence

Shortwave from Google Area 120 to serve podcasts in tidbits

Shortwave from Google Area 120 to serve podcasts in tidbits

The podcasting market is experiencing a renaissance, in part due to how easy it is to make podcasts these days and how YouTube has made dreams of popularity come true for once small-time creators. But that rebirth has also caused an explosion of podcasts that have ironically made it more difficult to enjoy those audio content. How do you pick the best ones and, even after that, how do you find enough time to listen to them all? You don’t. Instead, you let Shortwave, the podcast experiment from Google’s Area 120 labs, do the picking and cutting for you.

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BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is a smarter Alexa for the car

BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant is a smarter Alexa for the car

BMW plans to add an Intelligent Personal Assistant to its future cars, allowing drivers to interact with the infotainment system by saying "Hey BMW" to the dashboard. The AI aims to simplify the way drivers access and control the increasingly complex features modern cars offer, using natural language rather than demanding owners memorize a long list of specific commands.

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Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Harvard, Google AI predicts earthquake aftershocks up to a year later

Google and researchers with Harvard University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence model capable of predicting aftershocks that may happen up to a year after the earthquake took place. The AI was trained using a database containing info on more than 118 big earthquakes, that helping researchers predict where an aftershock is likely to happen.

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Samsung 8K QLED TV revealed: Lands October with AI upscaling

Samsung 8K QLED TV revealed: Lands October with AI upscaling

Samsung has revealed its first 8K QLED TV, bringing the 85-inch super-set to IFA 2018 ahead of its launch in US stores in October. Arguably more important, though, the 85Q900FN QLED TV also debuts Samsung's new AI 8K Upscaling, to fill the gap before such content is widely available.

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Livio AI hearing aid has built-in activity tracking and wireless accessories

Livio AI hearing aid has built-in activity tracking and wireless accessories

Starkey Hearing has unveiled the world's first hearing aid featuring artificial intelligence and built-in activity tracking. Called Livio AI, the model assists individuals with hearing loss while also offering some of the same features found on existing wearable technology. Among other things, the hearing aid provides direct access to Amazon Alexa when used with one of its accessories.

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AI-generated “painted” portrait will be auctioned as art by Christie’s

AI-generated “painted” portrait will be auctioned as art by Christie’s

What appears at first glance to be a painted portrait of a man is, its creators say, the work of an artificial intelligence trained on artwork. The "painting" will be sold as art by the auction house Christie's, making it the first work created by an AI algorithm that is sold by the auction house. The issue has raised questions over what can be considered art.

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Voicera EVA AI mimics human attention to highlight important points

Voicera EVA AI mimics human attention to highlight important points

The popularity of voice-controlled smart assistants has substantially pushed forward the fields of speech recognition and natural language processing (NLP). This, in turn, has improved other products that make use of such technologies, like transcription engines used in meetings and interviews. But it’s one thing to simply to accurately transcribe spoken sometimes barely understandable words into text and another to extract and highlight important points in a meeting involving multiple people. Voicera’s in-meeting assistant EVA can do both and it’s no surprise that its secret sauce is artificial intelligence. Specifically, the Progressive Attention AI that the company is now making available to the public.

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Visor for Overwatch gives real-time performance feedback during matches

Visor for Overwatch gives real-time performance feedback during matches

Perhaps more than ever, competitive multiplayer games are very popular at the moment. For some players, these competitive games aren't merely casual endeavors, as they strive to get better at the game with every match they play. A new AI-based utility called Visor might be able to help with that, as it looks to give real-time feedback during matches, thereby helping gamers improve their play on the spot.

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Uber uses AI to determine if a ride is personal or for work

Uber uses AI to determine if a ride is personal or for work

Uber is tapping AI to help determine whether a customer is taking a trip for business or pleasure. This will be a convenience feature for riders who use Uber for both their working and recreational life, helping avoid mistakes that result in business trips being charged to personal credit cards, for example. The feature relies on machine learning.

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NVIDIA Quadro RTX bring Turing architecture real-time ray tracing

NVIDIA Quadro RTX bring Turing architecture real-time ray tracing

As technology evolves, so do users’ tastes and expectations. No longer are they satisfied with crude digital approximations of real-world objects and demand convincing and photorealistic renderings more than what current computing technology can provide. Unless they happen to have one of NVIDIA’s three new GPUs. Boasting to have brought technology that wasn’t expected until at least 2023, NVIDIA is announcing its newest Turing graphics architecture that mixes raw processing power and AI to provide real-time ray tracing capabilities.

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We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

Self-driving cars are the future. Almost every car maker, in one way or another, has embraced technology that can take over the wheel partially or completely. It has become not a question of “if” but of “when”. Some car makers are convinced that self-driving cars will be hitting the road in two years’ time. That, however, might be an extremely optimistic outlook that may miss out on how self-driving car tech just isn’t trustworthy yet, and it’s not for the reasons you might immediately think.

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This AI system takes on potholes and other road defects

This AI system takes on potholes and other road defects

Researchers with the University of Waterloo have developed a new system that uses artificial intelligence to deal with potholes and other road issues. Though robots aren't out fixing these damaged spots (yet), machine intelligence is helping humans identify the defects using images gathered by cameras mounted on vehicles. Rather than manually scanning roads for issues, cities can use the system to automatically find and flag these spots.

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