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Google DeepMind recently commenced a new collaboration with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). DeepMind is working with Moorfields Eye Hospital in east London. The goal is to create a machine learning system that will be able use digital eye scans in order to recognize sight-threatening conditions. Moorfields Eye Hospital DeepMind researchers will use millions of anonymous eye scans to train an algorithm to better spot the early signs of eye conditions. Professor Peng Tee Khaw, the head of Moorfields’ Ophthalmology Research Centre, remarked, “These scans are incredibly detailed,... Read more...
It’s been said that strapping human pilots into supersonic aircraft will soon become a thing of the past. Between the use of drones and advanced AI that can autonomously fly aircraft without having to deal with G-limits or fatigue, why would the military even bother risking putting human pilots at risk? Well, the folks on the side of Skynet have some more ammunition thanks to ALPHA, which was developed by University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate and Psibernetix President and CEO Nick Ernest and David Carroll, programming lead at Psibernetix. ALPHA is a thoroughly modern genetic-fuzzy system.... Read more...
If you've ever wanted to know what the offspring of Wall-E and Eve would look like, the answer has just been birthed thanks to the help of Anki. If you’re familiar with Anki’s Overdrive — which is a modern take on slot car racing — then you know that the company has a penchant for designing intelligent, robotic gadgets that appeal to both kids and adults. The Cozmo is no different, bringing with it a Pixar-inspired design and the ability to interact intelligently with its handler. Capable of fitting in the palm of your hand, Cozmo looks somewhat like a miniature forklift, or as Anki calls it, a... Read more...
We talk about self-driving cars and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) on an regular basis here at HotHardware. At this stage in the game, self-driving cars are in fact a reality and currently roaming streets in and around Silicon Valley. These are, of course, prototype vehicles that still have a human driver behind the wheel just in case an unforeseen hazard presents itself that would otherwise stymie the AI that normally drives the vehicle. While the AI present in today’s experimental self-driving cars can navigate city streets, change lanes, avoid accidents and are for the most part fairly... Read more...
Intel Xeon Phi Processor DieIt’s been nearly two years since we first heard about Intel’s next generation Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” processors, which are geared towards the High Performance Computing (HPC) segment. The processors are a big part of Intel’s Scalable System Framework (SSF) and are built on using general-purpose x86 architecture using open standards. Intel says that this offers customers greater flexibility with respect to programming languages and tools for software development — basically anything that can run on traditional Xeon processors is available to the Xeon Phi family. Today,... Read more...
When it comes to the burgeoning arena of conversational intelligence, Microsoft could use a helping hand. That help is coming in the form of an acquisition of messaging app developer Wand Labs. Following Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn on Monday, this marks Microsoft’s second major acquisition (this one at an undisclosed price) this week. “Wand Labs’ technology and talent will strengthen our position in the emerging era of conversational intelligence, where we bring together the power of human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Microsoft’s David Ku. “It builds on and... Read more...
Android creator Andy Rubin has several tricks up his sleeve. Rubin's company Playground is currently tinkering with quantum computing and smartphone AI, and he believes that this combination could create a conscious intelligence that would underpin all of technology. Rubin and his team of roughly fifteen engineers, who hold experience in everything from computer science to mechanical engineering, are currently working with about fifteen other companies to release new and innovative products. Playground enjoys “hatching” new companies within the company and using its vast resources. One... Read more...
When Jeopardy game show champion Ken Jennings made light of the beating he took at the hand of IBM's Watson supercomputer, by noting "I for one welcome our new computer overlords," not many at the time took Ken's musing for much more than a light-hearted pat on the back for IBM's big data analytics and AI ambassador. Since then, a lot has changed and advances in artificial intelligence and deep learning machines are beginning to do amazing things, from autonomous vehicles to near-human language comprehension, to AI assistants that blow Siri clean out of the water. And with big, powerful companies... Read more...
Google continues to make advances in all of its artificial intelligence endeavors, and the most recent fruits of its labors comes from Project Magenta. Magenta comes to use from the Google Brain team and was tasked with actually creating music using a trained neural network. Using the open-source machine learning platform TensorFlow as a basis, the Magenta team was able to turn the table on the tools that have previously been used to decipher human content in order for the machine to have its own “voice”. “We believe that the models that have worked so well in speech recognition, translation and... Read more...
Facebook just unveiled DeepText, a deep learning-based engine that can understand with near-human accuracy the textual content of several thousands posts per second, spanning more than 20 languages. The idea is that understanding the various ways text is used on Facebook can help the company improve people's experiences with its products. One of the goals of DeepText is to understand more languages more quickly. Facebook thinks that AI systems such as Parsey McParsface are simply far too time-consuming and do not properly understand or translate slang. DeepText reduced the reliance on language-dependent... Read more...
Apple supplier Foxconn replaced 60,000 human workers with robot workers in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. This makeover was motivated by both rising labor costs and the 2014 explosion in Kunshan that killed 146 people. Although Kunshan is one-seventh the size of neighboring Shanghai, it was the first mainland city in China to achieve $4,000 USD per capita income. Forbes rated Jiangsu as the Chinese county with the best economic performance seven years in a row. At the end of 2014, Kunshan had a population of 2.5 million people, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers. The 2014 explosion and overall reduced... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gearing up for a massive leap in capabilities in the coming years as companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla and countless others invest millions (if not billions) of dollars into developing customer-facing products. Dag Kittlaus, one of the brilliant minds behind the original Siri AI assistant (before Apple bought the company), has publicly unveiled Viv which looks to far outshine its predecessor. Rather than the limited number of search categories that AI virtual assistants like Siri are capable of responding to (ask Siri a question that she doesn’t understand... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is sort of the holy grail of computing, and while we may never reproduce the human brain or it's capabilities in their entirety in electronic form, the world's brightest minds are now capable of creating rather convincing systems that are beginning to learn more sophisticated concepts and even learn on their own. IBM is proving that with its constantly improving Watson cognitive computing technology, which one day might have us struggling to perceive the line between artificial and organic intelligence. You might be surprised at the progress that's been made. In the early... Read more...
Microsoft shocked us all earlier this week when it released its Tay chatbot into the world of social media. Tay, which is patterned after a typical millennial female between the age of 18 and 24, seemed innocent enough, signing on to Twitter with the following greeting:hellooooooo w🌎rld!!!— TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 23, 2016 However, it didn’t take long for nefarious Twitter users to poison the well by exploiting Tay’s penchant for repeating statements fed to it. This “parrot” mentality is the reason why Tay went off message, calling President Barack Obama a monkey, embracing neo-Nazi rhetoric,... Read more...
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