Artificial Intelligence

Siri is about to leave Alexa, Google Assistant in the dust

Siri is about to leave Alexa, Google Assistant in the dust

Although Siri has been the first popular and widely known voice-controlled smart assistant, it has been shoved to the sidelines by the rapid expansion of the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. At WWDC earlier this month, Apple showed it still had some fight left. It introduced Siri Shortcuts and, more than just catching up with third-party integration, it’s going to change the game that will hopefully make smart assistant even smarter. But probably not before it shames its rivals.

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Google Translate offline: Your phone is now smart enough (AI)

Google Translate offline: Your phone is now smart enough (AI)

Today Google Translate can be used offline with NMT for the first time ever. That's Neural Machine Translation - artificial intelligence - and until now it's only been available via the internet, as it was hosted by Google. Now Google's packaged this top-level set of smarts in software that's able to fit on your smartphone. Now you no longer need to have a web connection to get accurate translations of a variety of languages on your phone.

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Google Translate on-device AI update improves offline translations

Google Translate on-device AI update improves offline translations

Google has updated its translation service with better offline translations thanks to an infusion of artificial intelligence. The company announced the update to Google Translate today, explaining that it has brought its neural machine translation (NMT) technology to offline translations. With this update, the tech can now run on the mobile device.

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Uber patent details AI that can tell if riders are drunk or tired

Uber patent details AI that can tell if riders are drunk or tired

Uber has submitted an application to patent an artificial intelligence technology that identifies drunk passengers. The patent, which is dated June 7 with the US Patent and Trademark Office, is titled "Predicting User State Using Machine Learning," and it hints that such a system may be used to accommodate riders who are outside of their "normal behavior" state.

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Google AI ethics memo makes it clear military work will continue

Google AI ethics memo makes it clear military work will continue

As tipped earlier this week, Google has unveiled an artificial intelligence ethics memo following outcry over its involvement in Project Maven. In it, Google says that its principles "are not theoretical concepts," but rather "concrete standards" that'll "actively govern" its future AI work. Among other things, Google specifically details things it will not pursue as part of its AI efforts.

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Google Project Maven AI contract won’t be renewed in 2019: report

Google Project Maven AI contract won’t be renewed in 2019: report

Google won't continue working with the Department of Defense on its Project Maven once its existing contract runs out, at least according to a new report. The work, which involves providing artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage for the government, has been highly controversial and included many employees quitting in protest.

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Google Lens AI features landing on default camera apps

Google Lens AI features landing on default camera apps

Google is all about AI these days, much to the concern of some in the tech industry. But while the hotly debated Duplex call is, in away, the pinnacle of its AI ambitions, there are other places where Google is making AI shine. One of those, of course, is Google Lens and its ability to not just see but also "understand" the world around you. Now two of its newest features, Style Match and Smart Text Selection, are rolling out. And, even better, they're rolling out to default camera apps on Android phones.

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eMeet M2 conference speaker uses AI to make sure voices are heard

eMeet M2 conference speaker uses AI to make sure voices are heard

Given the fiasco the Amazon Echo is involved right now, it seems almost ill-timed to launch a new smart speaker. Amazon's problems, however, doesn't really mean that the idea of an AI-empowered speaker is fundamentally flawed. It just needs to be better executed. There are cases, however, when a limited application of AI can do wonders to make human lives easier. That's the idea that eMeet is trying sell with its new OfficeCore M2, what it bills to be the first AI-powered conference speaker in the market.

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OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

OsteoDetect AI tool finds wrist fractures, gets FDA approval

The FDA has approved a new artificial intelligence tool called OsteoDetect that helps doctors diagnose wrist fractures. The tool is a computer-aided detection and diagnosis software application that uses AI algorithms to help healthcare providers determine if a wrist fracture is present at a faster rate than traditional diagnostic technologies.

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Facebook builds AI watchdog chips to filter live video

Facebook builds AI watchdog chips to filter live video

Facebook is developing its own chips that can analyze and filter video content in real-time, paving the way for potentially replacing human moderators as streaming on the social network grows exponentially. The site has been criticized in recent years for allowing users to share controversial or offensive content, including footage of people being assaulted or committing suicide.

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Google Play Protect’s AI works but needs to get better fast

Google Play Protect’s AI works but needs to get better fast

Android has a bit of a conundrum when it comes to ensuring the security of apps. It's open ecosystem means it gathers thousands if not millions of apps, a staggering number that no human team can sufficiently monitor and curate. That is why Google has always advocated the use of AI and machine learning in screening apps, which it has formally branded as Google Play Protect. But while it has some good news to share about the efficacy of the system, those same numbers show that Google's AI needs to go to cram school ASAP.

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Siri at WWDC 2018: what it needs to be smarter

Siri at WWDC 2018: what it needs to be smarter

Apple's annual developers' conference is barely two weeks away and the Internet is already abuzz at what's expected to make a big splash there. Considering it will cover the whole breadth of Apple's products and services, it's not surprising that there's quite a lot to talk about. One thread that does seem to be more common than other is how much smarter Siri will magically become. But what does "smarter" really mean in this context and how will we be able to judge if Siri has finally caught up with its peers? Here are a few points to consider.

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