Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are two intertwined and fast-growing fields that are getting attention from some of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Google, and now Apple. The latter joins the fray after having published its first AI paper this month (it was submitted in November) that describes a technique on how to greatly improve computer vision and pattern recognition in machines. This is a pretty big deal, and not just because of the technology involved in the paper. Unlike many other companies involved in AI research and machine learning... 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...
It's clearer than ever that our future is going to include a lot of automation, and that even includes our passenger cars, trucks, and mass transit. Companies like Google, Tesla, and NVIDIA have been working hard to develop technologies that will allow people to drive without even having to pay attention to the road. Of course, with technologies that can put everyone's lives at risk, the government hasn't been hasty in allowing the autonomous transition to happen. Autonomous technology today is without question, impressive, but to persuade the governments to approve autonomous vehicles from littering... Read more...
Microsoft has been investing in artificial intelligence for over two decades now. Those investments have led to technologies such as Cortana, the digital assistant that helps navigate Windows, and Microsoft Translator, which uses the company's new intelligent language and speech recognition capability to translate between groups speaking in multiple languages in-person and in real-time. It's also led to Zo, Microsoft's new social chatbot. Zo uses conversational AI, which Microsoft says is comprised of two distinct sides—the task-completion side or productivity side and the emotional side. From... Read more...
"Hey, Cortana. Should I really eat that last piece of cheesecake in the fridge?" You might laugh now, but soon, that kind of question could become a reality, as Microsoft is looking to infuse as many of the forthcoming IoT devices with not just Windows 10, but its Cortana AI assistant, as well. At Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Shenzhen last week, the company detailed its Windows 10 IoT editions, of which there are three depending on the type of device in use. For serious equipment, like robotics, there's Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, while for things like POS... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is at the center of several evolving and next-generation products and services, everything from video games and smartphones (virtual digital assistants and messaging) to self-driving cars and web searchers. It has the attention of companies small and large, including NVIDIA and Microsoft, the two of which are partnering to push AI technologies more aggressively into the enterprise. What this essentially boils down to is pairing NVIDIA's DGX-1 supercomputer with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The idea is to "help companies join the AI revolution" and this partnership means... Read more...
Google's DeepMind has been working on some truly incredible things over the past couple of years. Just last week, we learned that DeepMind would be teaching itself how to play StarCraft II, which wouldn't be the first time it had a gaming focus. Before Google acquired DeepMind a couple of years ago, its AI was used to learn and conquer Atari games, and more recently, it taught itself how to beat an expert at Go. Since then, we've seen DeepMind used to enhance AI-speech generation, and even work to conquer blindness. Now it's going to teach itself how to identify objects in a virtual world. As we... Read more...
In case you haven't already picked up on it, helpful artificial intelligence is making a big play to become embedded in many of the devices that we use on a daily basis. With its top-end Pixel smartphone, Google has an AI assistant running throughout the entire OS. And we just recently learned that Samsung will apparently push the AI focus hard with its upcoming Galaxy S8. Now, we learn that Microsoft wants to up its AI game with Cortana. The goal with any solution like this is to not only provide specific information at your beck and call, but to be able to interact with that AI in the... Read more...
Google announced at BlizzCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, that it is collaborating with Blizzard Entertainment to use StarCraft II as a training platform for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research. As part of that partnership, Google will pit its DeepMind project against human players in StarCraft II and use the information obtained to tweak its AI algorithms. "DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be told how. Games are the perfect environment in which to do this,... Read more...
Rapid advances in artificial intelligence technologies is leading to some new and interesting use case scenarios that extend far beyond today's crop of digital assistants such as Siri and Cortana. Underscoring that point is a piece of software developed by computer scientists at University College London that accurately predicts the outcome in actual legal cases. The software uses an algorithm to analyze legal evidence and issues of morality to predict the outcome of trials, and is pretty accurate at it. In being fed data from 584 cases involving torture and degrading treatment, fair trials and... Read more...
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are two of the fastest growing fields right now, especially with companies putting so much time and effort into developing digital personal assistants. Count Apple among them. In a move that could have big implications for Siri, Apple went out and hired a well known AI researchers from Caregie Mellon University. Russ Salakhutdinov broke the news on Twitter saying he's excited to serve as Apple's new director of AI research. He also made a pitch for others with experience in the field to apply for a job on his team. Salakhutdinov and Apple are specifically... Read more...
A lot has been accomplished with Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary, and it looks like the progress train isn't about to slow down anytime soon. As a quick recap, this year alone we've seen DeepMind take down a Go player, get started on an AI kill switch, attempt to cure blindness, improve speech generation, and even slash a mammoth power bill. What's next? Completely self-contained learning. We wouldn't be shocked if you started having ideas of Skynet running through your head right now. With a new hybrid system called Differentiable Neural Computer (DNC), a neural network is... Read more...
Forget about an asteroid plowing into our planet or a plague wiping out the human species. Nope, none of that will be our demise. Nature doesn't need to intervene, as it did with dinosaurs, because it seems we're intent on passing the torch to machines, making ourselves obsolete in the process. Oh, it starts innocently enough—putting automated contraptions on assembly lines and in warehouses, and creating artificially intelligent applications. But do we have to bully our increasingly capable creations, and then teach them to play games like Doom? Apparently so. Let's talk about the latter for a... Read more...
When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer handed the reins to Satya Nadella, the company had not long before undergone a complete reorganization. Ballmer knew that Microsoft needed a new face with a fresh set of eyes at the helm, that it was time to let younger blood lead the company wherever it was destined. And where exactly is that? Fast forward to today and Nadella is steering Microsoft towards an interesting future in deep learning and artificial intelligence.Lest there be any doubt, Nadella said as much during a keynote at Microsoft's Ignite conference for IT professionals in Atlanta, GA. ... Read more...
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