Machine Learning

Google’s new ML Kit SDK keeps all machine learning on the device

Google’s new ML Kit SDK keeps all machine learning on the device

Smartphones today have become so powerful that sometimes even mid-range handsets can support some fancy machine learning and AI applications. Most of those, however, still rely on cloud-hosted neural networks, machine learning models, and processing, which has both privacy and efficiency drawbacks. Contrary to what most would expect, Google has been moving to offload much of that machine learning activity from the cloud to the device and its latest machine learning development tool is its latest step in that direction.

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Amazon Distance Assistant is an AI secret weapon against COVID-19

Amazon Distance Assistant is an AI secret weapon against COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic came a new need to stay socially distant from other people. Self-isolating certainly helps in that regard, but Amazon kept its doors open during the pandemic, meaning its employees couldn't isolate themselves from the rest of the world. Instead, Amazon developed an AI that allowed employees to see if they were practicing social distancing at-a-glance.

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MIT “brain-on-a-chip” could make AI more portable

MIT “brain-on-a-chip” could make AI more portable

We have made quite a lot of progress in artificial intelligence in the past years, partly thanks to the rising popularity of consumer products powered by machine learning and neural networks. We are still, however, far from the dream or nightmare of sentient androids because AI as we know it is heavily dependent on software that must run on powerful hardware the size of large cabinets. MIT engineers, however, have come upon a new design that could make artificial brains fit in more portable devices or, in the future, structures the size of human heads.

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Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

A startup company called Inductiv was acquired by Apple to improve the abilities and functionality of their voice assistant system Siri. Inductiv worked with artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically identify and correct errors in raw data. Engineers have begun working with Apple, according to one report, to improve Siri's speed and accuracy.

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Sony’s AI image sensor bakes camera smarts right into the chip

Sony’s AI image sensor bakes camera smarts right into the chip

Sony's camera sensors are already inside many of the high-end smartphones, but its new AI image sensor promises to make things even smarter - and high-end features cheaper, too. The Sony IMX500 not only includes a 12.3-megapixel CMOS capable of 4K resolution video, but a dedicated AI processor that can do machine learning and more.

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Coughvid app uses AI to detect COVID-19 from coughing sounds

Coughvid app uses AI to detect COVID-19 from coughing sounds

The COVID-10 pandemic has had many countries and health workers scrambling due to a lack of resources, both in terms of equipment but also in terms of health workers. In addition to the limited availability of testing kits, people conducting tests are already stretched thin as it is that many governments are offloading the screening of potential testing candidates to third-parties. Screening sites like Alphabet's Verily have risen up to the occasion but one research team is testing a simple AI-based app to do what a doctor usually does at first: listening to your cough.

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Intel made experimental chips that can smell

Intel made experimental chips that can smell

Companies are trying to train AI to do all sorts of things, but a team at Intel has been attempting to train AI to something unorthorodox for a computer: smell. Researchers from Intel Labs and Cornell University have announced that Intel's neuromorphic research chip, dubbed Loihi, is able to "learn and recognize hazardous chemicals," through algorithms that mimic the brain's olfactory system.

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Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

The folks at X, a moonshot company builder, from the folks at Alphabet (who also run Google), made a group called Tidal. This group is different from that of the Tidal you might know from music streaming services - this one's all about fish. It's about tracking fish, working with machine perception to identify how fish are feeding!

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Gmail adopts deep learning to scan and block malicious attachments

Gmail adopts deep learning to scan and block malicious attachments

Thanks to its ubiquity via Google's other services, Gmail accounts have become prime targets for malicious or even illegal activities. It isn't just spam or phishing scams either, as emails can also include files that, when downloaded and opened, could compromise users' devices and files. That's why Google is ramping up its efforts to block these attachments from even reaching your Gmail inbox in the first place and it's doing it with a little help from Google's favorite machine learning special sauce.

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Steam Labs Experiment 008 recommends what you should play next

Steam Labs Experiment 008 recommends what you should play next

If you are any sort of gamer, chances are you have amassed more games than you can ever play within a given amount of time. In addition to actually remembering which games you own, you also have the seemingly insurmountable task of deciding which one to play next. When you're organic brain can't decide for you, maybe an artificial one can help, which is where Steam's latest experiment called "Play Next" can come in handy to suggest which games you should, well, play next.

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Android to translate spoken words in real-time in the near future

Android to translate spoken words in real-time in the near future

Gone are the days when translation systems are a source of laughter-induced stomach aches. While there are still some rough corners, advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning have significantly improved translations to an almost eerily terrifying degree. Google is unsurprisingly at the head of the pack and it has just demonstrated how Google Translate on Android might, in the not so distant future, translate what you say on the fly.

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Google ‘nowcast’ AI can accurately predict the weather in minutes

Google ‘nowcast’ AI can accurately predict the weather in minutes

Researchers with Google have published a research paper detailing the machine learning technology behind their newly developed 'nowcast' capabilities. The tech works to predict the weather for the immediate future -- as soon as a single hour in the future, according to the study -- so that people know what to expect and how to arrange their plans. Google claims this technology can make accurate predictions in only minutes.

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