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Is Elon Musk secretly working on a race of Dr. Whovian Cybermen? The magnate recently argued at the World Government Summit in Dubai that human beings would need to merge at least slightly with robots in order to keep up in an increasingly AI-dominated world. Musk fears that humans will become irrelevant if they do not incorporate the technology they have created into themselves. The World Government Summit was also Musk’s opportunity to launch Tesla in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Musk explained that while computers can communicate at "a trillion bits per second", humans can barely type with... Read more...
Things are definitely looking good over in NVIDIA land these days. Yesterday afternoon, the company announced its fiscal Q4 2017 and full-year fiscal 2017 earnings and the results were quite impressive. Revenue for the quarter shot up 55 percent to $2.17 billion compared to the same period a year ago. Likewise, full-year revenue rose 38 percent year-over-year to $6.91 billion.NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were reported at $1.13 compared to just $0.52 a year earlier, while the full-year metric was $3.06, representing an 83 percent increase. Nearly... Read more...
  Microsoft is wasting no time in putting it new Artificial Intelligence and Research Group to work. The company just announced that its Microsoft Cognitive Services now includes 25 tools that form the backbone for the Skype Translator and Cortana (among other Microsoft products). Two of those new APIs are Bing Speech and Content Moderator. Bing Speech is capable of not only translating speech into text, but it can also convert text to speech. Microsoft’s speech recognition technology uses acoustic and language models to tailor its services for a specific language, and to make it easier to... Read more...
If you’re a Raspberry Pi developer that is at all interested in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, we’ve got a treat in store for you. Google is looking to bring its AI and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi starting this year, but it wants your help and input to make it happen. Google has launched a survey that includes questions about how often developers spend working on software and hardware projects, and if they are interested in fields ranging from wearables to drones to IoT to robotics to 3D printing. It will use input gained from this survey to narrow its focus on... Read more...
It’s not very often that we get lengthy commentary from Gabe Newell, Valve’s reclusive CEO, but things definitely took a turn for the better yesterday when he took place in a reddit AMA session. As expected, Newell took questions on a number of topics near and dear to the hearts of gamers, including the mythical Half-Life 3 which may or may not ever see the light of day. Thankfully, things progressed much better than his last AMA session in 2015. Rather than force you to peruse through the entire AMA discussion thread to find salient comments made by Newell, we’ve compiled a thorough list here... Read more...
Artificial intelligence allows us to push the boundaries of human capabilities. AI can contribute to self-driving cars, aid in medical diagnosis, and respond to us when we ask a device about the weather. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, however, recently warned listeners at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich against hubris with regards to AI. Nadella was particularly concerned in his interview about replacing human beings with robots. He remarked, “The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, ‘let us replace you’. This year and the next... Read more...
In early January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to build his own Jarvis personal AI assistant as an homage to the AI “butler” of the same name in the Iron Man movies. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," said Zuckerberg at the time. "I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on." Nearly a year later, Zuckerberg is back... Read more...
It's clear that in the future, autonomous driving isn't just going to be a thing, it's going to be popular (well, probably). For obvious reasons, not everyone likes that idea, because AI-powered driving takes away an important aspect of driving: the driving, and the satisfaction that comes from it. Well, if you're in that camp, and you also happen to love beer, or perhaps crafting your own, your future is looking mighty bleak. Yes, even beer can't escape the grasp of automation. Last fall, we learned that NVIDIA GPUs were being employed to help create the perfect brew, and now, we learn of... Read more...
Don’t panic but Google’s AI may have accidentally (or not so accidentally), sort of, kind of, created its own secret language. This internal self-taught language has apparently been developed by the company's Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and not a human. How was the secret language created and discovered in the first place? Google announced their new Neural Machine Translation this past September. The Neural Machine Translation translates entire sentences instead of small pieces. It examines the broader context of the sentence in order to produce the more relevant translation. The result... Read more...
“Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you.” That is likely Microsoft’s mantra, as its research wizards have reached a milestone in speech recognition, with a word error rate (WER) of just 5.9 percent. That figure itself is down from last month, when Microsoft’s speech recognition system stood at 6.3 percent WER. “We’ve reached human parity,” said Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist. “This is an historic achievement.” But things are little bit better than that;Microsoft admits that’s speech recognition system actually “makes the same or fewer errors” than... Read more...
This just in! Unicorns just discovered in Yellowstone National Park! It probably goes without saying, but that little bit of news is pure fiction. Unfortunately, it is not entirely unlike something that may appear in your Facebook feed according to Intersect, which recently conducted an experiment that detected a number of fake news stories. Intersect logged every trending news stories across four different Facebook during business hours between August 31st and September 22nd, 2016. They were able to detect at least five fictional stories. They also noted that blog posts from sites like Medium... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a wondrous innovation or horrifying disaster. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook have formed their own Avengers-like partnership in order to establish best practices and standards for AI development and promote public understanding of this novel technology. The partnership will create a non-profit organization and invite other non-profits, academics, and specialists in ethics to form their board, the “Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society” or “Partnership on AI”. Each of the companies will contribute financial,... Read more...
We’ve stated on many occasions that Windows 10 is an excellent operating system, albeit one with a few rough edges that could be smoothed-out. However, Microsoft has angered some users over the past year or so, in its willingness to dance right up to the line of what customers feel is acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its new OS. Further, some feel the company crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. It looks as though Microsoft stands to garner more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title... Read more...
Amazon Alexa has been gaining new skills at a dizzying pace. Back in early June, Alexa had amassed 1,000 skills, and by the end of that month the number had already jumped to 1,400. Today, that number stands at over 3,000. That’s a remarkable feat for the humble, voice-activated speaker that first launched back in late 2014. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) has been around for roughly a year, and developers have wasted no time plugging their apps and services into Alexa and the Echo family of products. That was on display today with announcements of a dozen new Alexa skills... Read more...
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