Artificial Intelligence

F8 2018 day 2 puts new Facebook AI in the spotlight

F8 2018 day 2 puts new Facebook AI in the spotlight

Mark Zuckerberg may have spent much of the Facebook F8 2018 opening keynote on handling the social network's privacy fallout, but day two sees the tech - and AI and machine learning - come right to the fore. The second day keynote at the social site's annual developer event is, arguably, always more interesting from a geeky perspective.

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Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google is launching a Google Assistant Investment program, offering financial and technical support to companies wanting to build on its AI platform and in its cloud. Unveiled along with four initial recipients, the new program is part of Google's attempt to encourage more Assistant-powered hardware and Actions, and preferably lure people away from Alexa in the process.

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Google Clips just got a sizable discount

Google Clips just got a sizable discount

Google has quietly slashed the price of Google Clips, its smart camera that promises to use artificial intelligence to automatically capture the best possible photos. Released earlier this year, after its debut alongside the Pixel 2 in 2017, the camera was originally priced at $249.

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Ask Siri to define “mother” twice and you’re in for a shock

Ask Siri to define “mother” twice and you’re in for a shock

AI-powered voice assistants and their smart speaker abodes are hot items these days. But useful (or not) as they may be, they come with some inherent risks. Driven primarily by voice, there is no quick way for users to screen results and stop the assistants before they blurt out something private, sensitive, or inappropriate. Take, for example, Siri, who will gladly inform you of a definition of the word "mother" that you may not really care for or want to hear.

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Alexa is about to get much better at avoiding Skill overload

Alexa is about to get much better at avoiding Skill overload

Alexa is about to get better at handling more complicated, multi-step conversations, as well as acting more like a useful personal assistant. The new functionality was revealed by Amazon's director of applied science, Ruhi Sarikaya, who leads the Alexa Brain initiative trying to make AIs more natural to engage with.

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Xiaomi Mi 6X launched with camera AI features

Xiaomi Mi 6X launched with camera AI features

Besides notches, there are two dominant trends in smartphones these days: cameras and AI. And in some high-end smartphones, those two come together. Continuiny its marketing slogan of "same specs for half the price", Xiaomi launched the Mi 6X, a mid-range smartphone with a very tempting price tag. And, as you might expect, Xiaomi is positioning it to be the AI-empowered smartphone that anyone will be able to afford. Presuming you can actually buy one.

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Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

Huawei AI to get some emotional intelligence

AI assistants may be called "personal" but they definitely aren't personable. Never mind their obviously fake personalities, these intelligent chatbots are really intelligent in only the factual sense. Huawei, however wants AI assistants to grow beyond that to become something more relatable, more approachable, more human-like. In other words, it wants to make its AI have some EI, emotional intelligence, as well to help identify human emotions and, if needed, console their users. Considering what Huawei is going through, it might be in need of some of that emotional support itself.

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Microsoft Translator AI powers now work offline on mobile

Microsoft Translator AI powers now work offline on mobile

AI, especially on our smartphones, is great and all but they have one somewhat worrying requirement. It requires devices to be online in order to send data to remote servers for processing. While technically understandable, it's always an opportunity for data privacy and security problems. It also doesn't have to be that way, considering how powerful our smartphones have become. Taking that into consideration, Microsoft is proudly announcing that its new Translator app for Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices can now take advantage of AI-powered translations even when offline.

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New Google AIY Kits make starting a lot easier

New Google AIY Kits make starting a lot easier

There are two things that are big in tech these days. Aside from the notch, that is. Those are DIY projects and artificial intelligence. Being a fan of both, Google found a way to combine the two to help introduce kids and adults alike to the technology and, indirectly, to Google's ecosystem. Now Google's AIY Projects, short for "AI DIY", is getting an update that makes starting much easier by combining everything you need in one, easy to setup package.

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Semantic Experiences open new conversations with Google’s AI

Semantic Experiences open new conversations with Google’s AI

Google has launched a new website called Semantic Experiences that enables the public to interact with its natural language artificial intelligence. Semantic Experiences currently has two different interactive options, one called Talk to Books, the other called Semantris. While the latter is an amusing game, Talk to Books is notable as a useful tool that can help people find books.

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Google deep learning audio-visual model can pinpoint one voice in many

Google deep learning audio-visual model can pinpoint one voice in many

Google says that people are very good at separating out other voices and hearing the one we are looking at, this is called the cocktail party effect. Machines not so much. Google wants to make computers better at hearing the voice that we want to hear and has developed a new deep learning audio-visual model for isolating single speech signal from a mixture of sounds.

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What can Google Lens do? 10 things, for now

What can Google Lens do? 10 things, for now

As of today, Google Lens can identify, translate, or otherwise work with Text, Barcodes, Landmarks, Books, and Media. It can also identify popular dog breeds and cat breeds - so you can finally figure out what your mutt is. Or if you have an especially strange-looking dog, you can find out what your dog MIGHT be. Today we're going to run down the latest list of things Google Lens can do.

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