Artificial Intelligence

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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Lenovo AI concept products try to make future life easier

Lenovo AI concept products try to make future life easier

Everyone’s doing AI these days, from Google to Apple, from smart speakers to smart cars. While different people and companies have different ideas about what artificial intelligence means in theory and in practice, almost all agree about using AI to build a better future. Lenovo, one of if not the leading PC makers in the world, is just as invested in this trend, or so it says. At its Tech World Innovation in Shanghai, it demonstrated just how serious it is with five AI powered products that you may or may not see in the near future.

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Samsung Bixby Voice US is here, but not for every Galaxy S8 user

Samsung Bixby Voice US is here, but not for every Galaxy S8 user

Even though we have a dedicated Bixby button on our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets, Samsung's take on the smart assistant launched in poor shape here in the US. Though some features have been functioning since the pair of phones released, the most important aspect of Bixby - along with the component that ties all the others together - has been missing. We're referring to Bixby voice, of course, which Samsung said should be available in the US sometime this spring.

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Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Microsoft AI beats Ms. Pac-Man with a perfect score

Is this the start of the AI takeover? Well, not really, not unless the world turned out to be one Ms. Pac-Man game. That's because Microsoft researchers from its recently acquired Maluuba deep learning startup have developed an AI that was not only able to beat that specific game but was also able to achieve the highest score possible. A score that no human was able to achieve without a cheat.

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Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Create your own hellish monsters with this sketch-based AI generator

Artificial intelligence trained with photos of real-life things eventually learn to generate simulations of things based on sketches, at least in the case of the pix2pix project. We've been keeping an eye on this project for a while, having previously noted its increasing abilities to generate buildings and even cats from crude sketches. Now the AI is back with some new training, and the resulting images are mostly terrifying.

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ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

Almost exactly a year ago, ARM Holdings announced the Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU that had their sights on empowering mobile and embedded devices to take on the computing trend of that time. Namely, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This year, the trends have shifted a bit and ARM is shifting appropriately as well. Launching the Cortex-A75, as well as the Cortex-A55 and Mali-G72 GPU, ARM aims to equip small-form computers with all the processing power they need to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to everything from smartphones to your car dashboard.

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Google’s AlphaGo AI to retire after beating world’s best player

Google’s AlphaGo AI to retire after beating world’s best player

Earlier this week in China, AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google's DeepMind division, defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in a three-part match. Now the company has revealed that the AI will be hanging up its gloves, so to speak. As the 3-0 win over Ke Jie marks "the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program," DeepMind co-founder and co-CEO Demis Hassabis says the bot will be retiring from competitive play.

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Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a machine learning startup based out of Paris. The music company made the announcement itself this week, explaining that Niland shares its 'passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time.' Spotify plans to use the company's technology and know-how to improves its own recommendation abilities, doing so with the power of artificial intelligence behind it.

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Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I'm already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google's most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real sharing hassles users experience every day. Indeed, as nudges to sharing goes, it's hard to see how Google Photos could now make it any easier without bypassing the human user altogether.

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Google Allo turns selfies into wacky stickers

Google Allo turns selfies into wacky stickers

Who says AI, machine learning, and computer vision has to be cold and boring to anyone except computer scientists? There has been an increasing number of studies and experiments that try to employ the fruits of these advanced studies to more approachable, sometimes whimsical, applications. And what can be more whimsical than turning your perfect selfie into a caricature of yourself. And that is exactly what Google Allo is now capable of doing, all on its own, without your help or your artistic input.

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