Machine Learning

Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Way back in 2015, Facebook launched a new AI assistant it named simply Facebook M. Much like Alexa or Google Assistant, Facebook users could ask it questions, place orders for products, and have it make recommendations, but unlike those, Facebook made sure that M was not only trained by humans, but also supervised by them to continue teaching it on an ongoing basis. It seemed like a fairly promising platform, but in the years since it was first introduced, we haven't heard much about it.

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Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

Samsung The Wall 146-inch TV, 8K AI tech take viewing to the next level

You’ll probably want to remodel your living room to make room for Samsung’s latest, greatest, and biggest TV. At CES 2018, the consumer electronics giant revealed two rather big advancements in its TV line up. And by big, we mean that literally in many ways. “The Wall” is pretty much literally a wall-sized TV spanning 146 inches diagonally and is still marketed as “modular”, while Samsung’s new AI-powered upscaling technology promises to enlarge content of any resolution to near-perfect 8K quality.

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Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

It's the start of the new year so, naturally, it's time to dust off those crystal balls and magic 8-balls. And while we're no Nostradamus, we can still do a bit of intelligent guessing on what will happen next based on what has come to pass. And if 2017 is any indication, it looks like we're going to be in for a rather fun and, at the same time, rough 2018 in Android land. Here are some of the new things that could come our way this year, in no particular order.

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LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

LG ThinQ brand consolidates its AI tech and products

AI is the big thing this year and for the foreseeable future. You’re starting to see it in cars, phones, and, of course, home appliances. Some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics market, some of which also happen to be the biggest names in the smartphone market, are jumping aboard the train. That includes Samsung, Sony, and, now, LG. The Korean OEM has just announced a new brand that should also sound old. Dropping “Smart” and “Deep” prefixes, the new LG ThinQ brand embraces anything and everything it can get its hands on that’s related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

Artificial intelligence has been used to write poems, generate rap, transform doodles into proper artwork and create realistic photos from nothing. How about writing actual stories, though? That's just what Botnik Studios' own creation did, using what it learned from the official Harry Potter books to create its own chapter based on them. These pages are noncanonical, of course, but assuming you don't mind apocryphal works, it's worth giving a read.

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Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off the table in the first place. At a machine learning conference called NIPS, Apple director of AI research Ruslan Salakhutdinov revealed some of the projects Apple has going internally. Curiously, almost all of them can be connected to systems needed for a self-driving car.

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NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

Last year, NVIDIA revived the TITAN X, dubbed the new TITAN X, to reclaim the crown from the GTX 1080. Early this year, it announced the TITAN Xp, dubbed its most powerful desktop GPU for Macs. So what follows it? Not the TITAN Xo or even TITAN Y. Yes, its the new TITAN V, which NVIDIA boasts if 9 times more powerful than its predecessor. And, naturally, that makes it the perfect fit for research and machine learning.

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Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google Cardboard, the previous VR platform, might be dead, but Google is finding other ways to put cardboard in people’s hands. Last May, it introduced its AIY DIY AI Voice kit that leveraged the power of the Raspberry Pi to help you make your own Google Assistant in a cardboard box. Now it is making another RPi-based DIY kit, this time focusing on computer vision and on-device machine learning instead. Introducing the AIY Vision Kit, your Google Lens in a box.

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Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Bokeh effect, a.k.a. portrait mode, is one of the quickly rising fads in smartphone photography. Making a subject pop might be easier with dual cameras or some Google algorithm magic in the case of the Pixel 2 phones. but selecting that subject manually in an image is actually a chore. Even Photoshop’s automatic smart selection tool is no match for complicated scenes. So what could Adobe do to make life easier for its users? Why, use machine learning and artificial intelligence, of course!

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Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Microsoft Learn Chinese app uses an AI conversation partner

Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It is even more difficult when learning by yourself, even with the latest apps and methods. Language teaching app Duolingo admitted as much when it finally launched support for just a subset of the language. But learning is one thing, practicing with an actual native speaker is another. Since the latter isn’t exactly convenient or always available, Microsoft Research has decided to leverage the hottest new trend to make it a bit easier: using an AI-powered chatbot.

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Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe Scribbler AI can create a realistic color image from a sketch

Adobe has detailed a research project in which it has developed an artificial intelligence capable of generating realistic colored images from a sketch. This isn't the first time we've seen an AI able to generate realistic images, but they generally lack an element of control that lets the user dictate the final results. Adobe's Scribbler is different.

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Box taps machine learning to pull data from videos, images and audio

Box taps machine learning to pull data from videos, images and audio

Box has announced its new 'Box Skills,' a framework that taps machine learning to power new features that extract data from multimedia files. With these Skills, the system is able to automatically do things like extract text from images, create a text transcript from an audio file, and recognize faces within video files, among other things.

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