Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

A board game like "Go" might not look complicated on the surface to the untrained eye, which could lead the uninformed to believe that it wouldn't be all that difficult for a computer to best a human player in a head-to-head match. We've seen many examples in the past where that hasn't been the case (IBM's Watson is a good start), and it's because despite their simple nature, the number of solutions/moves at any given time is sometimes astronomical. Last month, we wrote about Google's DeepMind and its challenge of going up against the world's best Go player, Ke Jie. Fast-forward to now, and... Read more...
Stop and think for a moment how much of the Internet is powered by Google. Many of you reading this have at least one Gmail account, if not several, and for many people Google is the go-to search engine. It is pretty amazing when you think about it, and even more so when you consider the underlying hardware and technologies involve. One of those bits includes Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), a mighty chip that just became even mightier. These custom ASICs that Google built help power the company's machine learning efforts. Services such as Street View and Inbox Smart Reply lean heavily on... Read more...
Amazon's latest Alexa update is one that could prove extremely useful to those who want to keep in contact with friends and family through various Echo devices, coming to us in the form of Alexa Calling & Messaging. The premise is simple: you can use your Echo device to send and receive messages to anyone who also owns an Alexa device. While the feature appears to function quite well, there are some caveats and warnings that have popped up surrounding it. In a Medium post, Elise Oras says that Alexa Calling has a "major privacy" flaw, and after reading, you might just agree. For the sake of... Read more...
Toyota is tapping NVIDIA to deliver the necessary artificial intelligence hardware that will power the automaker's autonomous driving systems. In doing so, Toyota joins a growing and impressive list of automotive partners that have teamed up with NVIDIA to push the autonomous vehicle category forward, a category that Toyota has spent more than two decades researching and developing. The Japanese automaker will use NVIDIA's Drive PX computer platform to power advanced autonomous driving systems that will be introduced in future vehicles. It is a joint collaboration in which engineering teams from... Read more...
NVIDIA's push into deep learning and artificial intelligence markets is is paying off in a big way. As a result of its ongoing investments into data center GPUs, the company was able to rake in $1.94 billion in revenue during the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 48 percent from $1.3 billion in same quarter a year ago. After paying the bills, NVIDIA was left with a profit of $507 million, up a whopping 144 percent from last year. "The AI revolution is moving fast and continuing to accelerate," said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's GPU deep learning platform... Read more...
We are starting to sense a recurring theme from NVIDIA at the annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Last year at GTC NVIDIA unveiled its DGX-1, the world's first deep learning supercomputer. Featuring Tesla P100 GPUs based on its Pascal architecture, the DGX-1 made clear NVIDIA's commitment to deep learning and artificial intelligence. Building on top of that, NVIDIA announced at this year's GTC plans to train 100,000 developers through its Deep Learning Institute in 2017. That is a tenfold increase over the number of developers it trained last year. The reason NVIDIA is making such a big commitment... Read more...
Amazon's voice activated digital assistant known as Alexa has matured fast since it was first introduced, gaining thousands of new skills and forming strategic partnerships with the likes of Domino's Pizza and Uber. Now Amazon is offering up the same underlying technology that powers Alexa to developers so they can build conversational bots, or chatbots, that understand natural language. The service is called Amazon Lex. It allows developers to easily build conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. What developers get with Amazon Lex are the advanced deep learning functionalities... Read more...
We have been talking about benefits of machine-learning investments for quite some time. There's simply an incredible amount of potential and opportunities that can come from these learning machines - especially where the medical field is concerned. IBM's Watson might have been one of the first major computers to be used in this way, but the number of dedicated learning machines out there continues to grow by the day. The human body (and the systems of any living thing, in general) is seriously complex. Doctors can do their best to diagnose issues, but as a mere mortal, there's just no guarantee... Read more...
Samsung has already begun taking preorders for its forthcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets, both of which will be available at the end of the next week. On paper, the company's new flagships bring the boom. However, one of its most hyped features, its Bixby AI voice assistant (Samsung's own version of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now) will not be fully functional at launch. More specifically, it seems as though you won't be able to bark commands at Bixby, not initially anyway. Samsung has been telling media outlets that Bixby Voice will not roll out until "later this spring." In the meantime,... Read more...
It takes some serious hardware to do the things that Facebook is able to do. In an effort to stay ahead of the technological curve, the social networking site announced today at the 2017 Open Compute Project (OCP) summit in Santa Clara a next-generation GPU server called Big Basin. It's the successor to the Big Sur GPU server announced in 2015 and it will help Facebook to continue leveraging artificial intelligence to power service like speech and text translations, photo classifiers, and real-time video classification. Big Basin was built in collaboration with Quanta Clout Technology (QCT), Facebook's... Read more...
it is clear that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg feels a social responsibility to make the world a better place and improve people's lives. That is evident through Facebook's philanthropy efforts, including the social network's goal of bringing Internet access to remote regions of the worlds, though there are other ways Facebook wants to leave a positive mark on the world as well. For example, Facebook today is introducing new tools that provide support to people who might be suicidal.Facebook already has some tools and services in place, though it is adding new ones, along with making available... Read more...
Watch out world, machines are beating flesh and blood opponents in a variety of different contests. There was Watson, a smarty pants question answering system developed by IBM that took on and defeated the world's best Jeopardy opponents. Then Google's DeepMind division built an artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo that became the world's top Go player. And now there's an AI that seemingly has no equal in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. game. The AI team was led by Vlad Firoiu at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Using deep learning algorithms, the teamed honed the AI's skills... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to design your own software application but then remembered that you're not a seasoned developer? If so, prepare to get excited about the future of software development: a future where half of the application is developed for you. Now, we might be jumping to conclusions on that one, but that is the dream. Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge jointly produced a system called "DeepCoder", which as the name suggests leverages deep-learning (and AI) to help enhance the coding process. It sounds outlandish, but the promise in time is to actually give inexperienced... Read more...
You don't need to look very far to see examples of how machine- and deep-learning could enrich our lives. You might be surprised, given how often we hear about deep-learning nowadays, that most companies have only been utilizing the technology to a notable degree for the past couple of years - including Amazon. Despite that, we've seen some amazing things accomplished in a relatively short time. With Amazon specifically, we've seen the company sell the fruits of its deep-learning labor to those who need reliable predictive services, use it to improve its product reviews sections, and of course,... Read more...
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