Artificial Intelligence

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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Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda’s bringing a robot army to CES (but they want to love you)

Honda isn't bringing cars to CES 2018, it's got a small army of cheerful robots instead. Dubbed the Honda 3E Robotics Concept, the quartet of bots built around "Empower, Experience, Empathy" aren't so much focused on traditional practicality, but instead want to give physical embodiment to a more helpful artificial intelligence (AI).

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Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon AWS DeepLens camera brings local deep learning to the smart home

Amazon made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing a product that seems to go toe-to-toe in many ways with Google Clips. Say hello to the AWS DeepLens camera, a new camera that's designed with deep learning AI in mind. That's similar to what Google is trying to do with Clips, but while that camera is aimed at consumers, the DeepLens camera is targeted toward developers.

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Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Bokeh effect, a.k.a. portrait mode, is one of the quickly rising fads in smartphone photography. Making a subject pop might be easier with dual cameras or some Google algorithm magic in the case of the Pixel 2 phones. but selecting that subject manually in an image is actually a chore. Even Photoshop’s automatic smart selection tool is no match for complicated scenes. So what could Adobe do to make life easier for its users? Why, use machine learning and artificial intelligence, of course!

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Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It is even more difficult when learning by yourself, even with the latest apps and methods. Language teaching app Duolingo admitted as much when it finally launched support for just a subset of the language. But learning is one thing, practicing with an actual native speaker is another. Since the latter isn’t exactly convenient or always available, Microsoft Research has decided to leverage the hottest new trend to make it a bit easier: using an AI-powered chatbot.

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Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Samsung has just teased the existence of an AI-centric software for its flagship smartphones called the Samsung Galaxy AI UX. This may be a rebranding of the company's UI, and it is expected to be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone. This underscores the company's strong focus on Bixby and the overall vision it has for the use of its AI in a full ecosystem of products.

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Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe Scan taps AI to find documents in your phone’s camera roll

Adobe has bestowed new features onto its Scan app, using machine learning to find documents that exist in photos on the user's phone. These documents could be pics of business cards and receipts, for example, taking the work out of manually choosing those images and scanning them into proper documents. The app can then transform the content in the photos into PDF files.

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Domino’s Pizza Checker finally finds a good use for AI

Domino’s Pizza Checker finally finds a good use for AI

Domino's plans to use artificial intelligence to check the quality of the pizzas cooked by its stores, it has revealed. This system is called, appropriately enough, the Pizza Checker, and it involves a physical device that will be rolled out in some of its stores around the world. The customer can receive a photo of their pizza from the quality checker.

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