Artificial Intelligence

Facebook taps AI to fix crooked 360-degree panoramic photos

Facebook taps AI to fix crooked 360-degree panoramic photos

Taking a panoramic photo with your phone is easy, but taking a high-quality 360-degree panorama with your phone isn't. The process typically involves opening an app and slowly rotating the phone in a circle while holding the handset steady. Though these apps provide a straight line and on-screen guidance to encourage users to maintain a proper horizon, most people fail to do that. The results are tilted, crooked panoramas that make VR viewing less than comfortable.

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Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Neural network used to transform flat images into high-res 3D models

Researchers with Berkeley have detailed a new technology that can take a flat image and transform it into a 3D model. While that alone isn't new, the technology detailed in a new paper is notable because it can create high-quality 3D models from a single image, making it a viable foundation for potentially turning any single image into a detailed and usable three-dimensional model.

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Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s Project Brainwave brings real-time artificial intelligence

Microsoft has introduced additional details about Project Brainwave, a deep-learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence. This isn't the first time we're hearing about Project Brainwave, but we do get more details this time around. Microsoft detailed Project Brainwave recently at Hot Chips 2017, explaining that this project 'achieves a major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models.'

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Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

For the guy who once operated the mighty levers of Android as a whole, you might suspect a smartphone startup like Essential would be small fry for Andy Rubin. The ex-Googler and current head of product incubator Playground didn't intend to get into hardware development, at least not himself. His focus at Playground has been artificial intelligence, though not the sort that you'd find running Wikipedia searches and pulling down weather forecasts in Amazon's Echo or Google's Home.

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Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google has snapped up the former head of Tesla's Autopilot, with Chris Lattner joining the Google Brain deep learning artificial intelligence project. Lattner was, until recently, leading Tesla's work on semi-autonomous and autonomous driving, having been recruited in January of this year. The electric car company has been one of the most ambitious in its public commitments to making driverless cars practical, with founder and CEO Elon Musk promising that Tesla vehicles being built today will be, with the right software and legal framework, capable of full Level 5 autonomy in the coming years.

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2. At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

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AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

AI is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen next

It sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, but it is happening now: artificial intelligence is helping Chicago police predict where crimes will happen before they take place. The technology is being applied specifically to Chicago's dangerous South Side, where police are given predictions about crime locations via a computer algorithm and digital maps. The same technology is being tested in cities around the nation, including Tacoma, WA, Denver, CO, and Lincoln, NE.

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Facebook’s AIs made their own language, but researchers killed it

Facebook’s AIs made their own language, but researchers killed it

Facebook researchers discovered their artificial intelligences had created new languages that humans couldn't eavesdrop on, opting to block the clandestine chats rather than let them flourish. The decision was an unexpected side-effect of Facebook's ongoing FAIR project - Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research - which explores the potential of AIs to have more than basic conversations with humans. In the process, though, the AIs discovered there were more efficient ways to talk between themselves.

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Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

Billionaire AI battle: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg just can’t agree

It's not quite the "battle of the billionaires" we were hoping for - that would involve more lasers - but Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are sparring over artificial intelligence. The Facebook founder started the spat by criticizing naysayers on AI, and though he didn't mention Musk by name, the Tesla founder has become one of the most vocal advocates for caution on the topic. That, unsurprisingly, didn't go down so well.

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HoloLens V2 will have a custom-made AI coprocessor

HoloLens V2 will have a custom-made AI coprocessor

The AI invasion isn’t coming. It’s already hear. Forget Skynet, we already have Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, and, now, Bixby. But AI is found in more than those. It’s also present in Google Search, Office Lens, email, photos, and, soon, your head. No, we’re not talking about plugging your head to a computer, but something close. Microsoft researchers have just revealed how the next version of the HoloLens will include a custom-made, special-purpose chip whose processing power will be dedicated solely to, what else, AI.

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China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

Artificial intelligence is a hot industry with governments and private companies alike scrambling to stay ahead. Earlier today, China announced a plan to make itself one of the global leaders in AI technologies, something that would see the nation's core artificial intelligence industries exceeding the $22 billion valuation mark by the year 2020 and, assuming everything goes as planned, exceeding $59 billion by the year 2025.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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