Machine Learning

Amazon’s DeepLens AI camera is finally shipping

Amazon’s DeepLens AI camera is finally shipping

Amazon's DeepLens AI camera has begun shipping, offering developers a turnkey way to get started on deep learning, computer vision, and more, all packaged into a standalone gadget smaller than an Echo. Announced late last year, the AWS DeepLens camera is in reality a compact computer wearing a camera hat, and designed to be a gateway to using Amazon's various cloud services.

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Google Play Protect’s AI works but needs to get better fast

Google Play Protect’s AI works but needs to get better fast

Android has a bit of a conundrum when it comes to ensuring the security of apps. It's open ecosystem means it gathers thousands if not millions of apps, a staggering number that no human team can sufficiently monitor and curate. That is why Google has always advocated the use of AI and machine learning in screening apps, which it has formally branded as Google Play Protect. But while it has some good news to share about the efficacy of the system, those same numbers show that Google's AI needs to go to cram school ASAP.

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NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

NVIDIA-powered robot AI learns by watching humans

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have come a long way and have become buzzwords in many tech products today. Impressive as they are, however, their methods of learning are still mostly, well, artificial. NVIDIA researchers are developing a new way to train AI for industrial robots that almost closely mimics the way we ourselves learn. And that's by watching how another, more experienced human perform a task and then trying to repeat it.

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Google Clips’ AI is learning to be a better photographer

Google Clips’ AI is learning to be a better photographer

Google Clips, the AI-enhanced camera that promises to capture moments you'd miss with your smartphone, is getting a brain upgrade. A new update for the hands-free camera promises to make it smarter at spotting the sort of activities users probably want to have records of, like hugs and dancing.

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Google’s AI-powered future is convenient, wonderful, and scary

Google’s AI-powered future is convenient, wonderful, and scary

Google wants to make the world a better place by making it smarter and, perhaps by extension, making us lazier. All throughout its I/O 2018 presentation, AI, machine learning, and neural networks take center stage to relieve our brains of most of the cognitive workload and thereby free us to do and enjoy the more important things in life. There is, however, no such thing as a free lunch and everything comes at a price. And the price we'll eventually have to pay for Google's wonderful future is our privacy. At least some of it or maybe even all of it.

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Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is coming to Android’s camera app with a bunch of new features

Google Lens is a cool piece of technology as it is, but beginning next week, it's going to become a lot more accessible. No longer hidden away inside Google Photos and Assistant, Lens will soon be coming to Android camera app on a sizable number of devices. While we'd expect it to be added to the camera app on Google's own Pixel lineup, the full range of manufacturers supporting this roll out may surprise you.

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Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P is almost certainly the biggest reason why many people are interested in today's Google I/O keynote, and it turns out the next version of Android will give a lot of focus to a common pain point for many Android users: battery life. Google will once again be leveraging its work in AI (we're noticing a trend this year) in a new Android P feature called Adaptive Battery.

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Google Research becomes Google AI as machine learning obsession grows

Google Research becomes Google AI as machine learning obsession grows

A company as big as Google has the resources to focus on a lot of different endeavors, but for Google, AI is quickly becoming one of the biggest. In addition to things like Search and Android, we've seen AI become a big initiative over at Google in recent years. Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that Google has decided to re-brand its research arm as Google AI.

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Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Formally, Google I/O is the company annual event to connect with developers as well as partners spanning its entire platform and product range. It is also a time for Google to share its direction not just for specific products but for the company as a whole as well. So while the schedule and topics of talks are public, its grand vision, expressed in keynotes, is still under wraps. Given Google's focus these past months, however, we can pretty much predict what it will be delivering on stage in a few hours.

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Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

After bringing Where’s Waldo to Google Maps last month, Google is back with another fun time waster, this time based on AI and emoji. It's a scavenger hunt that can be played on any phone, and it uses machine learning to identify real world objects and match them with an emoji. To play, just head over to emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com using a phone's browser to play.

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Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google team to use machine learning on your fitness data

Fitbit and Google are teaming up on health, aiming to make it easier to combine individual exercise data with electronic medical records for a smarter take on fitness and chronic conditions. The deal will see Fitbit use Google's Cloud Healthcare API to funnel the everyday movement and workout data gathered by its wearables into owners' patient profiles.

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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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