Artificial Intelligence

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger pilots self-ordering AI kiosks with facial recognition

CaliBurger, a burger joint in California, is testing facial recognition technology as a way for customers to pull up favorite orders and accounts. The tech is only a pilot at this time, one being referred to as a "face-based loyalty program." The facial recognition is part of self-ordering kiosks with artificial intelligence running NEC's NeoFace software. You'll need to visit the company's Pasadena, California location to try it out, though.

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Hyundai made a smart car AI that might actually be useful

Hyundai made a smart car AI that might actually be useful

Talking to car voice recognition systems is typically about as productive as cursing at other drivers, but Hyundai aims to change that with its new Intelligent Personal Agent. The new virtual assistant promises to be Alexa for the dashboard, offering not only control over features but proactive information based on the individual driver. According to Hyundai, it could be included in new cars as soon as 2019.

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LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

AI is the big thing this year and for the foreseeable future. You’re starting to see it in cars, phones, and, of course, home appliances. Some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics market, some of which also happen to be the biggest names in the smartphone market, are jumping aboard the train. That includes Samsung, Sony, and, now, LG. The Korean OEM has just announced a new brand that should also sound old. Dropping “Smart” and “Deep” prefixes, the new LG ThinQ brand embraces anything and everything it can get its hands on that’s related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google's machine learning technology has discovered the existence of a new exoplanet that was missed by NASA the first time around. The exoplanet is located in the alien solar system now known to contain eight planets all revolving around same star, Kepler-90. This makes the Kepler-90 system tied with our own solar system, which also contains eight planets circling the same star. The newly discovered exoplanet is called Kepler-90i.

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Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results

Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results

Microsoft has taken the wraps off new artificial intelligence features for its search engine Bing, as well as Cortana and Office 365. The company unveiled the new abilities at an event in San Francisco today, explaining that AI has the ability to bring about the intelligent tools that consumers want. Whether it is asking for help or seeking answers, artificial intelligence -- and Microsoft's products that use it -- are here to help.

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Google artificial intelligence lab opened in China: AI experts wanted

Google artificial intelligence lab opened in China: AI experts wanted

Google has launched a new artificial intelligence lab in Beijing, and it is called the "AI China Center." This lab will be used by researchers to conduct "basic research," according to the announcement. The company is seeking experts in AI fields like natural language processing and deep learning; it has already hired some individuals and is planning to bring in more experts to expand upon its efforts.

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NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

This week the folks at NVIDIA and Komatsu have announced a partnership to bring AI "to create safer, more efficient construction sites." At GTC Japan this evening NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the NVIDIA Jetson AI platform would be at the center of this next-generation situation. Therein lies the brain of the heavy machinery of the future.

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An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

Artificial intelligence has been used to write poems, generate rap, transform doodles into proper artwork and create realistic photos from nothing. How about writing actual stories, though? That's just what Botnik Studios' own creation did, using what it learned from the official Harry Potter books to create its own chapter based on them. These pages are noncanonical, of course, but assuming you don't mind apocryphal works, it's worth giving a read.

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AlphaGo Teach returns the favor, teaches humans how to play

AlphaGo Teach returns the favor, teaches humans how to play

When Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI started beating world champions at one of the most ancient board games in history, there were some worries that players and fans of the game would begrudge the victory. Curiously, those players and fans were actually more receptive than outsiders, seeing AlphaGo’s wins as an opportunity to change the way Go has been played and thought of for centuries. Now the Google subsidiary is formalizing and gathering those lessons into a new AlphaGo Teach tool that tries to help humans play like the AI pro.

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Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off the table in the first place. At a machine learning conference called NIPS, Apple director of AI research Ruslan Salakhutdinov revealed some of the projects Apple has going internally. Curiously, almost all of them can be connected to systems needed for a self-driving car.

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Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla is working on a homegrown artificial intelligence platform that outspoken CEO Elon Musk promises could be "the best in the world" as it looks to commercialize fully autonomous driving. The automaker currently offers one of the most advanced driver-assistance systems on the market, which it has dubbed Autopilot. However, Musk has been clear that the goal is even further removing the human driver from the equation.

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