Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft just bought the key to making Cortana far smarter

Microsoft just bought the key to making Cortana far smarter

Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, an artificial intelligence startup which could help Cortana hold more natural dialog with users. The California company has focused its efforts on so-called "conversational AI," moving beyond the more basic back-and-forth currently supported by the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa.

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NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have come a long way and have become buzzwords in many tech products today. Impressive as they are, however, their methods of learning are still mostly, well, artificial. NVIDIA researchers are developing a new way to train AI for industrial robots that almost closely mimics the way we ourselves learn. And that's by watching how another, more experienced human perform a task and then trying to repeat it.

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New Google Duplex details keep sneaking out

New Google Duplex details keep sneaking out

Google's Duplex, the controversial AI that promises to make appointments on behalf of the phone-averse, will make its artificial identity clear first, according to leaked details of a demo given to employees this week. Part of Google's splashy I/O 2018 opening keynote last week, Duplex first wowed and then worried many with its human-impersonating talents.

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Bixby 2.0 coming to Galaxy Note 9, smart appliances

Bixby 2.0 coming to Galaxy Note 9, smart appliances

Every tech company is jumping on AI and machine learning these days and it's no surprise that Samsung is as well. And in typical Samsung fashion, it has decided to strike off on its own with its (acquired) SmartThings IoT platform and its own Bixby assistant. Unfazed by the lukewarm, almost negative, reception of the latter, Samsung is forging ahead with an improved Bixby experience, Bixby 2.0, coming soon to a Samsung flagship and Samsung smart home appliance near you.

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Google is suspiciously quiet about its incredible Duplex AI demo

Google is suspiciously quiet about its incredible Duplex AI demo

Google's most controversial demo of I/O 2018, its Duplex AI that apparently made reservations on behalf of the phone-averse, now faces questions as to just how real the showcase was. The technology, which used artificial intelligence to hold a conversation with employees at both a restaurant and a hair salon, prompted concern from some, for failing to disclose that it wasn't a real person.

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AI-powered Google News available now on iPhone, iPad

AI-powered Google News available now on iPhone, iPad

If there were still any doubt that Google is head over heels in love with AI and machine learning, one need only look at last week's Google I/O. Everything has a smidgen or truckload of AI tacked on top. That is true for even something that may seem as mundane as news. Retiring its much-ignored Newsstand app and service, Google launched its new News app whose selection of stories are largely driven by two things: AI and what data Google has on you. And now that same Google News is available on iOS, ready to take on Apple News with some artificial smarts.

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The future of smartphone cameras is AI

The future of smartphone cameras is AI

Even before Google demonstrated its frighteningly believable and controversial Duplex AI, artificial intelligence and machine learning was already a big topic on smartphones. But with very few exceptions AI on smartphones have so far been limited to one common use case: photography. You might be tired of hearing about it every new phone launch event but, sooner than later, it's going to cease being just a buzzword. Pretty soon, "camera AI" will be something that all but the cheapest entry-level smartphone will have as a basic feature. Just like dual cameras.

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Why Google One is Google’s Amazon Prime

Why Google One is Google’s Amazon Prime

Google introduced Google One this morning as a new brand for consumer storage - but it's more than that. Before Google One users simply pay a monthly fee for Google storage space that works with Drive, Photos, and Gmail. In the very near future, Google One will be to Google what Amazon Prime is to Amazon. But they won't do battle directly. Not at first.

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Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google’s AI drone project is causing staff to quit

Google employees are quitting the company in protest of Project Maven, the artificial intelligence collaboration with the US Department of Defense. Promising to speed up the analysis of drone footage by assessing images for photos or objects, Maven has prompted serious controversy within the search giant among those who disagree with AI being potentially involved in warfare.

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Google is replacing the OS with Search and AI: here’s how

Google is replacing the OS with Search and AI: here’s how

When you speak about operating system or OS, people with s bit of tech knowledge will probably think of Windows, macOS (or OS X), Android, iOS, and maybe even Linux. For the rest of the world's computer-using population, an "OS" is simply the thing that launches their apps and shows them their documents and photos and takes them to the Internet. It seems that Google, with particular attention to the latter, of course, is trying to move towards that simpler notion of an OS. And it is doing so by replacing everything with a search bar and an always listening AI.

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Google Clips’ AI is learning to be a better photographer

Google Clips’ AI is learning to be a better photographer

Google Clips, the AI-enhanced camera that promises to capture moments you'd miss with your smartphone, is getting a brain upgrade. A new update for the hands-free camera promises to make it smarter at spotting the sort of activities users probably want to have records of, like hugs and dancing.

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Google Duplex will disclose it’s a bot, doesn’t know how yet

Google Duplex will disclose it’s a bot, doesn’t know how yet

Google's I/O 2018 conference kicked off with a lot of talk and demos of AI and machine learning. It painted a future of wonderful convenience but left audiences and readers wondering about the ramifications of an AI-powered world. This dichotomy, confusion, and fear was perhaps best shown in the demonstration of Duplex, an AI that sounded so human that it could book a restaurant reservation without the human on other side being the wiser. And thus the AI disclosure debates were born.

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