Machine Learning

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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NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

NEON leaked: Samsung’s artificial human revealed in part

Samsung Core R3 and the system called NEON Artificial Human from STAR Labs were revealed today in brief thanks to some newly-public USPTO documents. This comes days before the otherwise-official reveal from the folks that've been teasing the system - Samsung's experimental technology group STAR Labs. Now we see what mysteries they've successfully concealed over the last several months at least.

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What is NEON? Samsung STAR labs tease mystery for 2020

What is NEON? Samsung STAR labs tease mystery for 2020

The group called STAR Labs (Samsung Technology & Advanced Research Labs) teased a product called NEON this week. They've suggested that they'll be revealing the details on this mysterious product at CES 2020 - that's just a few short weeks away. We've gleaned just a little bit of information on what NEON could be based on the connections in the company that are already public.

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Apple buys AI camera tech that could put iPhone back on top

Apple buys AI camera tech that could put iPhone back on top

Apple has quietly acquired a camera tech startup that could make for crisper, more accurate photos and videos from future iPhones, according to reports. Spectral Edge is a UK startup spun out of machine learning research at the University of East Anglia, cooking up image processing smarts that could have relevance not only on Apple's smartphone but its displays and even future tech around autonomous cars.

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Snapchat Cameo will let you deepfake your way into starring roles

Snapchat Cameo will let you deepfake your way into starring roles

Machine learning and AI have definitely made some impact in today's society but none more so than their potential for abuse. Never mind chatbots, deepfakes are the new media darling when it comes to demonstrating how such technology could be used to spread misinformation. Perhaps trying to defuse the tension, Snapchat will soon be offering a new feature that uses that very same machine learning principles to put users' faces on other people's heads to make a cameo that is far too obviously fake to deceive anyone.

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Alphabet’s X wants to make robots that can learn to do mundane tasks

Alphabet’s X wants to make robots that can learn to do mundane tasks

There has been a lot of attention paid on AI and robotics these days but the majority of those focus on either very specialized tasks or, on the other extreme, theoretical algorithms. The robots of today are still a far cry from the robots of fiction that exist not just to build cars or drive them but also to help humans in their everyday lives. To that end, Google's sibling company X has started an Everyday Robot Project to design, build, and train robots that can learn to do the messy stuff that comes as second nature to humans.

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Google Play Store needs more than AI to make app recommendations useful

Google Play Store needs more than AI to make app recommendations useful

Despite trying to paint an image of being a serious, enterprise-friendly corporation, Google is still pretty much the stereotypical geek among the tech giants. It just loves to solve its problems with machine learning and AI, which is understandable given the amount of data it has to wrestle with. But while there are things that can be efficiently solved with advanced machine learning, some things, like recommending apps for users to install and use from Google Play Store, need a bit of human touch.

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Sony bets on artificial intelligence with new Sony AI global division

Sony bets on artificial intelligence with new Sony AI global division

Sony is launching a new global division focused on artificial intelligence, with Sony AI hoping to figure out new ways to apply machine intelligence across gaming, photography, and more. The new organization will have offices across the globe, Sony confirmed today, and build on the company's existing research into how AI can be applied into everyday life.

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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Hyundai machine learning Smart Cruise Control debuts

Hyundai machine learning Smart Cruise Control debuts

Hyundai has announced a world's first technology that it called Machine Learning based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML). SCC-ML is a technology that is meant to incorporate the driver's patterns into the self-driving behavior to create a custom experience for the driver. Hyundai says that the tech is an industry first and plans to implement the technology in the future.

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Google Lens now gives you style tips as Google Shopping gets a fancy redesign

Google Lens now gives you style tips as Google Shopping gets a fancy redesign

Today, Google Shopping is getting an overhaul while Google Lens is receiving some new functionality. This redesign of Google Shopping is a pretty big one, as it aims to put information and product listings from "thousands of stores" in one place. The idea is to allow consumers to quickly compare item prices across stores - both online and brick and mortar retail locations - so they can find what they want without overpaying.

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Google Assistant can now speak German and Japanese

Google Assistant can now speak German and Japanese

AI-powered voice assistants are quite useful, especially for hands-free use and control of smart assistant. The catch to all that is, because it's voice-driven, it's even more at the mercy of spoken language, which is admittedly harder to get right when it comes to speech recognition. Complicating matters is that the voices that give feedback might not be to everyone's taste or language for that matter. That's why Google is now rolling out nine new voices, seven of which are not even in English.

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