Machine Learning

High-tech threads sense how and when the wearer moves

High-tech threads sense how and when the wearer moves

Tufts University engineers have developed a flexible thread-based sensor that can measure neck movement and provide data on direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Researchers say the breakthrough has the potential to be used as a thin tattoo-like patch that could measure athletic performance, monitor worker or driver fatigue, assist with physical therapy, enhance VR games, and improve computer-generated imagery for cinematographers. The thread-based sensors can be woven directly into textiles.

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Bluebot robots demo surreal “Blueswarm” like a school of fish

Bluebot robots demo surreal “Blueswarm” like a school of fish

A swarm robotic fish donned the cover of Science Robotics this week courtesy of researchers from Harvard University. Florian Berlinger, Melvin Gauchi, and Radhika Nagpal delivered a paper on "Implicit coordination for 3D underwater collective behaviors in a fish-inspired robot swarm." These little robots are very, very cute, too.

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DeepMind MuZero AI can master games without knowing the rules

DeepMind MuZero AI can master games without knowing the rules

The holy grail of AI has always been to enable computers to learn the way humans do. The most powerful AIs today, however, still rely on having certain known rules, like rules for a game of chess or Go. Human learning, however, is often messy in inferential, learning the rules of life as we go. DeepMind has long been trying to create such AIs using games as their environment and test suite. Google's sister company focusing on AI research has just revealed its latest achievement in MuZero, an AI that can master a game without learning the rules beforehand.

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DeepMind AI MuZero can learn AND master Chess, Go, Atari

DeepMind AI MuZero can learn AND master Chess, Go, Atari

Today the machine learning algorithm MuZero was detailed in a feature research paper in Nature. MuZero expands on the abilities of systems like AlphaGo, AlphaGo Zero, and AlphaZero. Each new algorithm allowed a smart machine to become better at mastering games, starting with Go, then Chess and Shogi, now Atari!

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Google’s Blob Opera experiment lets anyone create dramatic music

Google’s Blob Opera experiment lets anyone create dramatic music

If you've dreamed about creating your own opera masterpiece, Google has your back. The company has introduced a new experiment under its Arts & Culture non-profit initiative called 'Blob Opera.' The name sounds like nonsense until you learn exactly what Blob Opera is -- a tool featuring colorful blobs that, you know, sing opera music.

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NVIDIA Research AI can learn new things with fewer training data

NVIDIA Research AI can learn new things with fewer training data

AI and machine learning have become hot topics in tech and even mainstream news these days but most take for granted the work these computers do behind the scenes. Their amazing feats require poring through tens of thousands of related data at a speed only computers are capable of. That, in turn, implies that there are tens of thousands of data for the AI to learn, which may not always be the case. NVIDIA's Research arm is now boasting of a milestone in its Generative Adversarial Network or GAN that allows an AI to learn even when presented with a significantly smaller data set.

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Samsung NEON artificial humans could be on Galaxy phones soon

Samsung NEON artificial humans could be on Galaxy phones soon

AI and machine learning have become the buzzwords of today's tech world and news but, save for a few exceptions, people envision them as disembodied voices like Siri or even impersonal bits and bytes that silent work miracle behind computer screens. At CES 2020 earlier this year, Samsung and its subsidiary Star Labs showed off AI that was both relatable but also eerily too human. As if it wasn't enough to have them standing at arms' length on wall-mounted displays, it seems that Samsung is toying with the idea of bringing NEON to phones soon.

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Google Verse by Verse tool helps the public create poems like pros

Google Verse by Verse tool helps the public create poems like pros

Google has another experimental tool that anyone can access and it's called 'Verse by Verse.' The new tool enables anyone to generate poems in the style of famous poets with the help of artificial intelligence. Verse by Verse involves input from both human and machine to make the final poem, one that may be less than sensical depending on how heavily you rely on the AI's suggestions.

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YouTube’s new AI experiment automatically adds chapters to videos

YouTube’s new AI experiment automatically adds chapters to videos

The days of having to suffer through an overly long and cringe-worthy YouTube intro are nearly behind us. YouTube has announced a new test that is using machine learning to automatically apply chapters to videos, removing the burden from creators while helping viewers quickly navigate through the content. In addition, YouTube has detailed another experiment involving timestamps.

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Google TensorFlow ML framework gets an Apple M1-optimized version

Google TensorFlow ML framework gets an Apple M1-optimized version

As more and more new late 2020 MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros land in users' hands, don't be surprised to see the pile-up of news and reports about their impressive performance. That has always been Apple's assurance anyway for those uncertain about the switch to a new Apple Silicon. Much of the company's messaging has revolved around the usual culprits of office work and video editing but now it is trying to appeal to a particular class of users, specifically developers need to do some AI and machine learning on their M1-powered Macs.

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Machine learning helps translate lost languages

Machine learning helps translate lost languages

Researchers at MIT have created a new system that uses machine learning to help linguists decipher languages that have been lost to time. Research suggests that most languages that have ever existed are no longer spoken, with dozens of dead languages considered to be undeciphered. Linguists don't know enough about the grammar, vocabulary, and syntax to understand texts left behind in these lost languages.

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Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

At some point I think we all realized, grudgingly, that things weren't going back to normal any time soon. Plenty of things have been vying for "theme of 2020" but COVID-19 and social distancing have probably had the biggest impact on our day to day lives. For all that we've been told, repeatedly, over the past few years that machine learning is going to Change The World, can it make navigating a pandemic any easier?

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