Artificial Intelligence

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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White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

The White House has announced plans to develop a new committee on artificial intelligence, a move underscoring its focus on AI technology and the ways it can improve lives. The Trump administration has vowed to remove "regulatory barriers" that could get in the way of innovation, as well as prioritize funding for the initiative.

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Google’s AI-powered future is convenient, wonderful, and scary

Google’s AI-powered future is convenient, wonderful, and scary

Google wants to make the world a better place by making it smarter and, perhaps by extension, making us lazier. All throughout its I/O 2018 presentation, AI, machine learning, and neural networks take center stage to relieve our brains of most of the cognitive workload and thereby free us to do and enjoy the more important things in life. There is, however, no such thing as a free lunch and everything comes at a price. And the price we'll eventually have to pay for Google's wonderful future is our privacy. At least some of it or maybe even all of it.

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Video game maps made by AI: More DOOM!

Video game maps made by AI: More DOOM!

This week three researchers might've changed the course of history in the video game industry. They've used a pair of Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to study DOOM levels - DOOM, the original DOOM, the first-person shooter. With artificial intelligence, these researchers went about creating new DOOM levels without the assistance of humans.

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Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is a cool piece of technology as it is, but beginning next week, it's going to become a lot more accessible. No longer hidden away inside Google Photos and Assistant, Lens will soon be coming to Android camera app on a sizable number of devices. While we'd expect it to be added to the camera app on Google's own Pixel lineup, the full range of manufacturers supporting this roll out may surprise you.

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Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P is almost certainly the biggest reason why many people are interested in today's Google I/O keynote, and it turns out the next version of Android will give a lot of focus to a common pain point for many Android users: battery life. Google will once again be leveraging its work in AI (we're noticing a trend this year) in a new Android P feature called Adaptive Battery.

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Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News is a handy little tool, and lately, it's been given a lot of attention over at Google HQ. It's about to get even more, as a new makeover for Google News was announced a Google I/O 2018 today. After a brief introduction by CEO Sundar Pichai today, Trystan Upstill took the stage to discuss the new Google News, which leverages Google's work in AI to offer a deeper perspective on the stories of the moment.

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Watch Google Assistant call a restaurant for you

Watch Google Assistant call a restaurant for you

The Google Assistant will soon be able to make phone calls on your behalf. That's what Google CEO Sundar Pichai showed onstage today at Google IO 2018. The call itself wasn't live, right on stage, but the call was apparently 100% real. It didn't go as smoothly as was originally intended - but the Google Assistant kept up with the conversation just fine.

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Google Assistant adds professionally recorded voices and follow-up queries

Google Assistant adds professionally recorded voices and follow-up queries

Google I/O 2018 has officially begun, and as expected, the company is talking quite a bit about what it's doing to improve its efforts in the artificial intelligence space. Of course, Google Assistant is a big part of the company's AI initiatives, but here in 2018, it might be starting to sound a bit too familiar. That won't be an issue for much longer, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the Assistant will soon be getting six new voices.

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