Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

One of the challenges that exists for self-driving cars is being able to anticipate the unseen, such as a child running out from behind a tree and into the road. But what if there were cameras mounted to the car that could somehow see hidden objects? Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a clever algorithm that allows cameras to detect people and objects hidden behind corners. The implication of this technology extends beyond autonomous vehicles and into a wide range of fields, including emergency... Read more...
Every Star Trek fan in the world has been waiting for a real-life Holodeck to emerge. NVIDIA has gone and built one and is now inviting designers and developers to test it out. Well, sort of. NVIDIA unveiled an intelligent virtual reality platform that is capable of delivering photorealistic visuals and real-world physics, all simulated in a VR environment. Called Holodec, NVIDIA is essentially offering developers the necessary tools to build and immerse themselves into a virtual design lab. "NVIDIA Holodeck empowers designers to bring peers, partners and customers along the design journey to explore... Read more...
Do you remember the movie The Circle with Tom Hanks and and Emma Watson? It was not all that great, though the message of user privacy is one that could serve as a cautionary tale to consumers. Tesla founder Elon Musk is certainly aware of what is at stake, and he took to Twitter to voice concern over Google's new AI-based camera, Google Clips. Image Source: Google In response to an article link on the new camera, Musk responded, "This doesn't even *seem* innocent." Musk has made his reservations about the potential downsides of artificial intelligence well known, and when you mix in privacy concerns,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the debut of its 8th gen Core series, and also its brand-new top-end Core X chips, Intel just announced Loihi. With this new chip, Intel is going all-in on artificial intelligence (AI) and self-learning. It also drops a term you may have heard recently: neuromorphic computing; in effect, neural systems simulation. In his blog post, Intel's Corporate VP and Managing Director of Intel Labs Dr. Michael Mayberry lays down a couple of great examples of how AI could benefit our lives in the future. Picture, for example, stoplight-mounted cameras being tied to an AI backend that adjusted... Read more...
Researchers are doing some wonderful things with machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies—gaining a better understanding of weather patterns, creating safer and more efficient transportation, predicting heart attacks, and even helping save a princess. Not just any princess, mind you, but Princess Peach. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing have harnessed these awesome technologies to give AI a better understanding of how video games work, and they used Super Mario Bros. to do it.Granting, teaching an AI to watch a video game and learn... Read more...
It turns out there is a very real downside to the many digital assistants that were designed to make our day-to-day lives easier. Researchers at Zhejiang University discovered it is possible to flex control over Siri, Alexa, and others using a technique called DolphinAttack. By translating voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are inaudible to the human ear, a hacker could instruct someone's smartphone or other device with a digital assistant to perform any number of tasks, such as visiting a malicious website. Apple and Amazon are the not the only companies affected by this. The vulnerability... Read more...
Chinese phone and chip designer Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence (AI) smartphone chipset, the Kirin 970. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of the processor's native AI capabilities, Huawei claims it can give the competition a run for their money, including top-shelf mobile chipsets such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's custom A11 SoC that will power upcoming iPhone 8 devices, and Samsung's Exynos family. "The Kirin 970 is faster, better and more secure than anything else available [in the market]. This is the latest technology and it is... Read more...
If you already find yourself glued to Apple's Siri assistant, then you may be glad to learn that it's only going to become an even bigger part of your life going forward. That is, as long as assumptions are correct with regards to the latest shuffling around of executive responsibilities at Apple. Since 2012, Apple's Senior VP of software and services Eddy Cue has been overlooking Siri. Cue has a long history with Apple, and much success to gloat about. He's played an important role in securing streaming deals with content companies, and if that's not enough of a job in itself, he also oversees... Read more...
A couple of decades ago, the idea of autonomous killing machines being an actual problem seemed like a thing of science-fiction. 1984's The Terminator has captivated audiences since its release, with its portrayal of what things could look like if robots take over. Today, you can't avoid a Skynet reference when someone talks about artificial intelligence gone wrong. The world has changed a lot since the release of The Terminator (and even Terminator 2), and if we're not in the time where this kind of thing could actually be a reality, it's coming soon. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been... Read more...
We've talked lots on the site about how AI is going to change our future, and how we should proceed with caution in some regards. We've seen some pretty serious uses for AI, and some a little less important. Today, we learn of a use that might not be too important, but still shows us how far along AI has come, and what's in store for the future. At Valve's enormous The International Dota 2 tournament, world-class player Dendi was brought out on stage for an epic 1v1. We're not sure if he knew in advance what he was going to be up against, but the crowd definitely didn't. As a PC was strolled out... Read more...
Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank, has jumped into the conversation of artificial intelligence and whether it is something we as humans should fear. His take on the matter is more in line that of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla who threw shade at Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg after he said that fearing AI is "pretty irresponsible." There are two main sides to the debate. Zuckerberg represents the the side that sees AI as being critical in making the world a better place.Image Source: Flickr (Keith Allison) "I have pretty strong opinions on this ... I think... Read more...
Two of the most influential people in technology are Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk One created the world's largest social networking site and the other is spearheading the movement into autonomous vehicles. Where these two diverge is when it comes to artificial intelligence, a part of technology that is crucial to both of their respective interests. However, AI is also turning into a point of contention between Musk and Zuckerberg, and that contention has now spilled over into Twitter. Let's back up a moment. Just a few short years ago, Musk equated AI to some dark hellish ritual in which there... Read more...
Remember that feeling you would get when trick-or-treating at Halloween and scoring a full-size candy bar from a generous neighbor? It was like hitting the mother load or finding gold at the end of the rainbow. As you get older, it takes more than a Snickers to get excited, but we imagine that same feeling emanated from a group of researchers who were surprised with a free Telsa V100 GPU accelerator from NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. For several years now NVIDIA has been making a push into deep learning and artificial intelligence. The company's latest effort involved gathering elite deep learning researchers... Read more...
It seems as though Google is constantly changing the way it delivers news to users, and that's because it is. And like many technology companies, Google is invested in machine learning technology with sophisticated algorithms to better anticipate what is most interesting to you. Taking things a step further, Google has tweaked its feed, which it introduced last December to its Google app, to not only display information based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what's trending in your specific area and around the world. Short and to the point, Google says the more you use its app,... Read more...
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