Machine Learning

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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NVIDIA neural network reconstructs images with missing parts

NVIDIA neural network reconstructs images with missing parts

Advancements in machine learning and computer imaging are making impressive but impossible scenes in crime drama shows finally possible. Like the infamous "zoom in, enhance" CSI method. The latest achievement comes from NVIDIA, who has been aggressively pushing its silicon, like the Tesla V100 GPU as the processor of machine learning research. Unlike the aforementioned enhancing technique, this deep learning technique is instead able to fill in holes and missing parts in images with something else that looks deceptively part of the original.

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Alexa Rosie robot? The Jetsons aren’t far off

Alexa Rosie robot? The Jetsons aren’t far off

Amazon's next move in smart assistant domination may be a robot that moves around with its user. It doesn't hover, it doesn't wear an apron, and its name isn't Rosie - but it might as well be. Following along with the fire and flame theme Amazon's rolled with for years, this project's code-name is "Vesta." That's a Roman goddess of hearth, home, and family, most often represented as a sacred fire.

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Apple’s “Hey Siri” team just spilled what’s coming next

Apple’s “Hey Siri” team just spilled what’s coming next

Apple has pulled back the curtain on Siri, and specifically the "Hey Siri" voice trigger feature that, from iPhone 6 on, allowed the assistant to recognize only its owner. In a new article published on Apple's Machine Learning Journal, the Siri team details a paper it submitted to the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) which kicks off today.

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Semantic Experiences open new conversations with Google’s AI

Semantic Experiences open new conversations with Google’s AI

Google has launched a new website called Semantic Experiences that enables the public to interact with its natural language artificial intelligence. Semantic Experiences currently has two different interactive options, one called Talk to Books, the other called Semantris. While the latter is an amusing game, Talk to Books is notable as a useful tool that can help people find books.

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Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Microsoft Garage Project Road Runner trains self-driving cars

Self-driving cars is a hot topic these days, eclipsed only by the recent Facebook drama. And because of the deaths involved, it has become an emotional one as well. While the incidents should encourage the industry to take stock of its technology, it shouldn’t cause development and research to come to a grinding halt. Especially when the side hustlers at Microsoft Garage have developed a way to safely teach these autonomous driving AIs. And they’re doing so with the age-old idea of simulations.

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Smartphone AI is still useless: here’s how it can improve

Smartphone AI is still useless: here’s how it can improve

LG has formally announced the name, not the phone itself, of its next flagship, the LG G7 ThinQ. That ThinQ part of its name puts an emphasis on the company’s AI thrust. It’s not the first to tout AI capabilities inside their phones. In fact, it has lately become something like a badge of honor, alongside the notch. But these new AI capabilities in our smartphones, whether via AI assistants or otherwise, are still far from being useful. OEMs seem to be obsessed with just one, at most two, aspects of AI, often neglecting the aspects where we need a better brain even more.

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Huawei and Prisma just gave the P20 Pro’s AI brain a job

Huawei and Prisma just gave the P20 Pro’s AI brain a job

Huawei is working with Prisma Labs on a new generation of camera effects, tapping into the neural network engine the phone-maker included with its latest handsets. The deal will see the so-called NPU, or Neural Processing Unit, that's part of the newest Kirin 970 chip gain fresh talents when it comes to image editing.

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Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

Google has revealed that it's going to be putting its data science technology to use during the season's biggest sporting event: the NCAA Final Four games. The Google Cloud division will be using AI and machine learning to calculate the teams' performances, however the twist is that the tech will be crunching its numbers based on the first half of the game as it's played, generating predictions during halftime.

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Microsoft trained an AI to translate Chinese as well as humans

Microsoft trained an AI to translate Chinese as well as humans

An artificial intelligence that can translate Chinese to English as well as a human expert could have a huge impact on breaking down language barriers, experts at Microsoft say. The team, split between Microsoft Research's Asia and US facilities, has been working on machine translation using the same sort of techniques people use to learn languages themselves, only applied to AIs.

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