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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 NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google NSynth Super puts Magenta AI into open-source synthesizer

Google's Magenta AI has spawned an unexpected hardware device, the NSynth Super synthesizer that uses machine learning to create new sounds. Based on the Magenta research project, it's built using the NSynth neutral synthesizer that Google released last year, embodying the AI smarts in a tactile physical interface.

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Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

SlashGear was invited to join Starkey's Hearing Innovation Expo, prior to this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is always a time to show off the latest innovations, the latest products, and the latest technologies for consumers and opportunities for potential business partners as well. But technology isn’t just about self-driving cars, talking speakers, or even the latest smartphones and connected televisions. Technology is about making lives better for people, especially people who need to see better or, in the case of Starkey Hearing Technologies, hear better. Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief sat down with Achin Bhowmik, the company’s chief technology officer and executive VP of engineering, to learn where the current technology’s at and, more importantly, where hearing innovation is headed.

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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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Alice is Yandex’s own voice assistant, speaks excellent Russian

Alice is Yandex’s own voice assistant, speaks excellent Russian

It seems that AI voice assistants are the new chess pieces in mobile superiority so, naturally, Yandex is jumping in on the game. Regarded as the Google of Russia, and simultaneously the greatest threat to Google in Russia, Yandex has an equivalent to nearly every Google service and feature available. So it was really only a matter of time before it came out with its own Google Assistant counterpart. Meet Alice (not the Resident Evil Alice), the smart assistant that will perfectly understand you. If you speak Russian, that is.

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Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google just hired Tesla’s ex-Autopilot chief for its AI “Brain”

Google has snapped up the former head of Tesla's Autopilot, with Chris Lattner joining the Google Brain deep learning artificial intelligence project. Lattner was, until recently, leading Tesla's work on semi-autonomous and autonomous driving, having been recruited in January of this year. The electric car company has been one of the most ambitious in its public commitments to making driverless cars practical, with founder and CEO Elon Musk promising that Tesla vehicles being built today will be, with the right software and legal framework, capable of full Level 5 autonomy in the coming years.

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Facebook neural network translates with an AI brain

Facebook neural network translates with an AI brain

Reading your Facebook friends' statuses might typically make your blood boil these days, but at least the translations of foreign language posts are getting better. The social network says that it has retired its old translation system and replaced it with a shiny new neural machine system, which is much better at accounting for things like local slang and context. The result, Facebook claims, is smarter translation for all.

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Fake Obama lipsync has terrifying implications for video evidence

Fake Obama lipsync has terrifying implications for video evidence

"The camera never lies" may not have ever been especially true, but new research into lip-sync for computer-generated mouths could one day leave all videos suspect. The research, by a group at the University of Washington, details how by training a neural network it can be used to generate a computer-controlled mouth to map onto a chunk of real footage. In their example, presented at SIGGRAPH 2017, a section from one of President Obama's speeches was used to create a totally new video of him apparently speaking it.

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This could make creating convincing fake news videos too easy

This could make creating convincing fake news videos too easy

Fake news is a big and thorny subjects these days and there is no indication that it’s going away any time soon. In fact, it might get worse before it gets better. Countless people are already easily duped by legit-looking text and professionally photoshopped images. But what if they can be deceived by video as well? While the machine learning algorithms developed by University of Washington researchers have more lofty goals in mind, this “lip-syncing tech” could also be used to prank and mislead people in the future.

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Make a collaborative drawing with Google’s neural network

Make a collaborative drawing with Google’s neural network

Last April, Google's machine learning crew revealed AutoDraw, a fun little demo of all that neural network theory. In a nutshell, the web app tries to guess what your scribble looks like and identify it. Now Google's researchers are taking that idea one step further. Called Sketch-RNN, this "recurrent neural network" model does for doodles and drawing that autocomplete does for words and sentences, trying to predict how to best complete your indistinguishable scribble.

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Bionic hand sees, instinctively reaches for objects

Bionic hand sees, instinctively reaches for objects

Forget whatever fantasy you might have of artificial limbs. Reality is far more cruel than fiction. Although we do have hi-tech prosthetics today, operating them requires no small amount of effort and time. Even the act of reaching out for a stick can take more than just a few seconds because of the time it takes for our brains to interpret what our eyes see, transmit it to electrical signals, which in turn get interpreted by artificial limbs into movement. That is why biomedical engineers from Newcastle University are trying to cut down the time by giving the artificial arm its own eye and brain.

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The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer's much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.

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