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Intel is expanding its reach into the deep learning field today with the launch of the Neural Compute Stick (NCS), which as developed by its Movidius subsidiary. The Movidius NCS is aimed at democratizing deep learning and artificial intelligence, with Intel billing it as “the world’s first self-contained AI accelerator in a USB format.” The Movidius NCS is powered by the Myriad 2 vision processing unit (VPU), which promises 100 gigaflops of performance all while operating within a 1-watt power envelope. Given its low-power requirements, Intel is aiming the Movidius NCS at developers, research... Read more...
Many of us have had to heed the warning of, "Don't put words in my mouth" at some point over the course of our lives, but generally speaking, no one actually means it from in a literal sense. In time, though, thanks to deep learning and artificial intelligence, putting words in someone's mouth could become a legitimate reality. Complementing the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, researchers from University of Washington have worked their magic to put words into former President Barack Obama's mouth. At least in this case, the words said actually did come from Obama's mouth, but the footage... Read more...
NVIDIA is flexing its GPU muscle in the artificial intelligence and deep learning market thanks to a partnership with Chinese search giant Baidu. You can think of Baidu as the Chinese equivalent to Google’s dominance of the U.S. search and internet advertising market. Thanks to the partnership, NVIDIA is hoping to spread its hardware in three key areas. First off, NVIDIA’s next generation Volta-based GPU architecture to provide a robust deep learning platform for the Baidu Cloud. Used in combination with the its PaddlePaddle deep learning framework, Baidu will make use of Tesla Volta V100 and Tesla... Read more...
Microsoft Tay was a well-intentioned entry into the burgeoning field of AI chatbots. However, Tay ended up being a product of its environment, transforming seemingly overnight into a racist, hate-filled and sex-crazed chatbot that caused an embarrassing PR nightmare for Microsoft. The AI wunderkinds in Redmond, Washington hoped to right the wrongs of Tay with its new Zo chatbot, and for a time, it appeared that it was successfully avoiding parroting the offensive speech of its deceased sibling. However, as one publication has discovered, the seeds of hate run deep when it comes to Microsoft’s AI.... Read more...
There have been almost six hundred terrorist attacks in 2017 alone. Facebook just released an outline of its latest methods to combat this threat by increasingly employing artificial intelligence and other high-tech techniques. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, remarked in their latest blog post, “We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice. We want to be very clear how seriously we take this — keeping our community safe on Facebook is critical to our mission.”... Read more...
  For April Fool’s Day, Google turned its popular Maps navigation program into a playable version of Ms. Pac-Man, transforming your local city streets (or any collection of streets around the globe) into a ghost-chasing playground. While that was a nice break from the norm for the traditionally staid Maps application, Microsoft is taking a completely different approach with Ms. Pac-Man. It all starts with Maluuba, which is a deep learning startup that Microsoft acquired earlier this year. Using the company’s reinforcement learning algorithms, it was able to teach AI how to thoroughly master... Read more...
ARM has developed a new generation of mobile chips that will empower smartphones and tablets of tomorrow with machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, along with claimed significant increases in power efficiency and performance. The company's new Cortex-A75 CPU core for premium, high performance device requirements and Cortex-A55 processors for mobile power-efficient workload processing will also both be the first to feature ARM's DynamIQ technology, which gives design partners like Qualcomm more flexibility in how they pair CPU clusters. Prior to ARM's DynamIQ design, Qualcomm... Read more...
If you want an early look at what to expect with NVIDIA’s next generation of high performance GeForce graphics processors, code-named Volta, today at GTC 2017 the company's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just offered the first public unveiling of a product based on the next generation GPU architecture. NVIDIA just announced its new Tesla V100 accelerator that's designed for AI, machine learning, and HPC (High Performance Computing) applications. It's powered by Volta and it's looking like a mighty beast. At the heart of the Tesla V100 is NVIDIA's Volta GV100 GPU, which features a staggering... Read more...
Amazon and Google are duking it out in the smart home speaker market, the former with its Alexa-enabled Echo products and the latter with its Google Home device, but this is not a two-horse race. As the market grows, so does the competition. Harman Kardon has taken notice and is partnering with Microsoft to offer a smart speaker of its own, one that is powered by Cortana. According to a new teaser page on Harman Kardon's website, it will introduce its Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana sometime this fall. The voice-controller speaker will work similarly to the competition, allowing users to... Read more...
Back in early March, we were given an early glimpse at an upcoming Amazon camera courtesy of AFTVnews, which stumbled across a picture of the device sitting on Amazon’s servers. Two months later, that product was revealed to be the Echo Look camera. Today, a small image of what could be a touch-screen Amazon Echo device has emerged. Like the earlier Echo Look leak, the image of the device was found on Amazon’s servers, just waiting to be discovered. OK, maybe the image wasn't really all that small...  The new Echo device is reportedly codenamed “Knight” and will be revealed later this... Read more...
Your Tinder profile may be getting some unwelcome attention, since a machine learning platform recently uploaded facial data from roughly 40,000 Tinder profiles. The data is available on GitHub and has been uploaded under a CC0: Public Domain License. The data set “People of Tinder” was released with six downloadable zip file, four of which contained around 10,000 profile images apiece and two files with sample sets of 500 images per gender. Some users have scrapped multiple photos, so it is possible that there are less than 40,000 images. The profile pictures are from Tinder users around... Read more...
Does your Echo or Echo Dot sound a little too robotic for your tastes when responding to queries? If that’s the case, then Amazon is working diligently to make your digital assistant AI mastermind sound a bit more “human” with regards to its speech patterns. Until now, Alexa’s female voice, while helpful in an increasing number of ways thanks to thousands of skills, is rather monotone and speaks at a steady cadence. However, Amazon is infusing Alexa with the ability to whisper and even change the pitch of her voice. The changes come as additions to Alexa’s Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML).... Read more...
“Don't let the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead distract you from the fact that…” The Golden State Warriors had a record-setting run during the NBA regular season (2015 - 2016) and were even looking good throughout the playoffs. Heck, the Warriors had a 3 games to 1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers when it all fell apart. The Cavaliers would rally during the finals to win three straight, clutching the 2016 NBA championship title. Needless to say, the meme community was (and still is) unkind to Steph Curry and his crew for the embarrassment. Golden State has a lot to prove this year in the playoffs,... Read more...
It is time to take your stick figures to the next level, as you can now transform your scribbles into professional-level art. Google’s AutoDraw uses artificial intelligence to determine what the user is drawing and then offers to “improve” it. Users first scribble with their finger an image on their phone, tablet, or computer. AutoDraw then uses an algorithm to suggest a more polished, pre-designed image created by an artist. These artists include HAWRAF, Erin Butner, Julia Melograna, Pei Liew, Simone Noronha, Tori Hinn, and Selman Design, who have all submitted their own unique interpretations... Read more...
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