Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

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...
If you're looking for yet another way to communicate with your friends and family from your mobile device, you now have Allo, a new and "smarter" messaging app from Google. It's available right off the bat for both Android and iOS devices (sorry, Windows Phone users!) and integrates a preview edition of of the Google Assistant, which you can use to have a conversation with Google. "Ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot,"... Read more...
Few would argue against calling Elon Musk a visionary. It's a requisite trait of most inventors, particularly those who are focused on future game changing technologies. Musk certainly has plenty of those in mind, from reinventing daily commutes with Tesla's Autopilot technology to Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system for longer trips. His interests are varied, but when it comes to envisioning the future, Musk has five specific areas he's identified as the most likely to affect humanity. The first and biggest one is artificial intelligence, especially when looking at the near-term future.... Read more...
It looks as though Facebook still has some work to do with its Trending topics feature that's supposed to promote popular and relevant news stories from around the web. That's how it works in theory, anyway. In practice, Facebook's algorithm has struggled to discern between real and fake news articles, a point that was underscored when it recently directed users to a hoax tabloid article surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Conspiracy theories abound on the events of 9/11. This particular piece by The Daily Star feeds into the most popular among them, claiming there exists video... Read more...
We've no doubt all listened to a PC "speak" to us at some point in our lives. Today, technologies are advanced enough to make it so that understanding this speech is not an issue, though we're sure many would prefer that solutions sounded less robotic, or so stitched-together.  Google's DeepMind works on developing incredibly smart computers, and one of its projects involves recreating human speech as naturally as possible. You might appreciate the fact that DeepMind has developed its WaveNet model, which improves upon existing solutions by roughly 50%. It still underperforms human speech... Read more...
We've been hearing about NVIDIA's NVLink for quite a while -- ever since the original announcement of Pascal -- but we've still not seen it put into broad use. That changes with NVIDIA's super-high-end Tesla P100, but it's still not shipping in huge quantities. What might come first is IBM's newest Linux-based servers, which also employ the use of NVLink for accelerated AI and deep-learning research. As you might suspect with the use of NVLink, IBM's latest Linux servers are GPU-focused, and because of that, IBM says that they can offer up to 80% better performance-per-dollar than solely x86-based... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company with an eye towards artificially intelligent machines, is in the process of acquiring Movidius, a fabless chipmaker that designs computer vision processors used in drones, self-driving cars, VR solutions, and other gadgets. Provided the deal goes through, Intel sees "massive potential" for the pairing. Movidius is the latest in a growing line of acquisitions that Intel hopes will bolster its efforts in various emerging technologies, particularly those related to the Internet of Things (IoT) category. With Movidius, Intel plans to mash together the... Read more...
NVIDIA has just announced that its first-ever DGX-1 deep-learning server has found a home, and it couldn't be more appropriate. That new home is with OpenAI, the world's largest non-profit artificial intelligence research agency, which is based in San Francisco. If the OpenAI name sounds familiar but you can't quite place why, it's probably because we've talked about it a couple of times before. With the help of fellow industry legends, Tesla's Elon Musk helped launch OpenAI last year with a major goal: to progress AI with the mindset that it will benefit all humankind. The integration of... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest producer of semiconductors, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nervana Systems, a deep learning startup founded in 2014 and headquartered in San Diego, California. The move buy the startup is in recognition of the growing role artificial intelligence will play in everyday technologies. "While artificial intelligence is often equated with great science fiction, it isn’t relegated to novels and movies. AI is all around us, from the commonplace (talk-to-text, photo tagging, fraud detection) to the cutting edge (precision medicine, injury prediction, autonomous... Read more...
We've long been promised that computers will be able to make us healthier, which of course includes being able to detect and fight cancers. Now, we see a real-life example of that happening, and thanks is owed to IBM's powerful Watson supercomputer. When a Japanese patient had some form of leukemia that doctors were unable to pinpoint, IBM's Watson was brought in to compare their genetic records to more than 20 million others against this patient's. Fortunately, doing so proved successful, as the patient's exact variant was found. Not only that, Watson's helped this patient receive treatment... Read more...
At its core, Minecraft is a game. It's designed to be fun, immersive, and challenging. But as we've seen in recent years, it can become a lot more than just a game, thanks in part to its extreme modularity. Especially with the introduction of the Redstone block, we've seen people create everything from calculators to conveyor belts to printers. With Minecraft, the sky really is the limit. So too is the potential of the game itself, it seems. Despite its modest graphics and extremely blocky nature, Microsoft sees great things coming from Minecraft. While some might just want to chop down a tree... Read more...
If you've ever tried contesting a parking ticket or some other traffic citation, you might have come away from the experience thinking the system is rigged and it's futile to argue your case. That's not actually true—you just have to know how to play the game, and if you live in the U.K. or New York, there's a chatbot that can help. Called DoNotPay, the chatbot is the creation of Joshua Browder, a 19-year-old who taught himself to code when he was just 12 years old. He was motivated to create DoNotPay by having racked up over two dozen parking tickets shortly after receiving his driver's license.... 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...
As time goes on and advances in technology lead to increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence systems, the prevailing thought is we'll one day bow to our robot overlords. It's the oft-cited Skynet scenario, which gets its roots in the Terminator series, and there are some brilliant minds such as Tesla founder Elon Musk and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking who think it's a very real threat. There are also those who think it's nothing more than science fiction. Count former Google CEO Eric Schmidt among them. Schmidt downplayed the Skynet scenario at the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm... Read more...
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