Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

We have seen some interesting uses of smartphone cameras that extend beyond just taking photos. Pokemon Go, for example, became a huge hit and had people all over the world hunting virtual creatures with their smartphones. But one of the more useful scenarios just showed upon Amazon's mobile app. It's a part finder feature to help users find exactly the right type of screw or fastener for their project. Imagine that you are trying to repair a piece of furniture or other item that with screws, bolts, washers, and whatever else. Maybe you need a specific screw to finish the job, but the ones in your... Read more...
Like any industry, technology follows trends that pave a path into the future. As it stands right, the two biggest trends are artificial intelligence (AI) and, related to that, robotics. It's no surprise that Facebook is increasing its investments into those sectors, both by hiring a handful of top-level computer scientists and by building new facilities. This is all an extension of Facebook's AI Research (FAIR) division, which it created over four years ago to focus on advancing the science and technology of AI. It's a pretty flexible setup for participants—researchers have the freedom to... Read more...
It almost feels inevitable that once a technology company grows to a massive size, the pursuit of designing its own chips is likewise inevitable. Case in point: Facebook, which follows many other technology companies - such as Google - in building its own chips to accelerate its business. Starting m earlier this year, Facebook began hiring chip engineers, but the specifics of what the company is working on isn't entirely clear. Its latest hire, Shahriar Rabii, comes from Google, where he worked on the Pixel's Visual Core chip. He's now going to work under Andrew Bosworth, who's in charge of Facebook's... Read more...
We already know that advanced artificial intelligence platforms can beat humans in games like chess and even Jeopardy, but what happens when you pit AI schemes against one another? In some cases, Samsung comes out on top. Samsung Research is currently celebrating that fact after it ranked first in two of the world's top global AI machine reading comprehension competitions. One of those competitions was held by Microsoft. It's called the MAchine Reading COmprehension (MS MARCO) Competition, and Samsung Research took the top spot. It also showed the best performance in TrivaQA, competition hosted... Read more...
NVIDIA is on the cusp of releasing a new round of graphics cards, and there have been a lot of rumors and speculation as to what the company's next generation GPUs—codenamed Turing—will bring to the table. One possible feature we might see is the leveraging of artificial intelligence to render more realistic-looking hair in real-time. This already exists to some extent with NVIDIA's HairWorks technology, which is the culmination of over 8 years of research and development. Enabling HairWorks in supported games certainly highlights those strands of hair, but it can also introduce a stiff... Read more...
Researchers and computer scientists far and wide are leveraging artificial intelligence for all kinds of tasks, everything from weather prediction and automating dangerous tasks, to finding cures for diseases and solving complex social problems. Oh, and gaming. In fact, Google trained its DeepMind system to play Quake III, and apparently it's kicking some human butt. Why train an advanced AI system to play a computer game? There are actually practical applications, and they have nothing to do with winning an esports tournament or bragging rights. "Billions of people inhabit the planet, each with... Read more...
Seeing is believing, but you can't always trust your eyes, especially now that we are living in the digital age of photography. For better or worse, programs like Photoshop make it all too easy to manipulate an image. It's great for photographers who want to clean up their images, but can also be used for nefarious purposes. Can you ever really be sure that what you're looking at is the real deal? Probably not, though to help with that very task, Adobe is leveraging artificial intelligence to detect when a photo has been doctored. On the surface, that might not seem like a big deal. However, we... Read more...
Some of the top researchers in artificial intelligence received a special surprise from NVIDIA at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City, Utah yesterday. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang presented twenty randomly selected attendees with a limited edition Titan V CEO Edition graphics card, which isn't just unique because the box bears Jensen's signature, but also for the beefed up specs. Like the regular Titan V, the limited run CEO Edition is based on NVIDIA's Volta architecture. However, it comes with 32GB of HBM2 memory and 6MB of L2 cache, up from 12GB and 4.5MB, respectively,... Read more...
Photography is a tricky thing, and we're not even talking about principles like the rule-of-thirds or using Bokeh effects to spice up a snapshot. No, the real trick is dealing with that subject that has a tendency to close his or her eyes. In my neck of the woods, we call that subject "Tammy," and if it's a group photo, there's a 99.9 percent chance (rough estimate) she'll close her eyes right as the photo is taken. This leads to laughs and groans, followed by a retake, but what if there was another way? Facebook is working on that very thing. Over at Facebook Research, the dudes and dudettes in... Read more...
Lest there be any doubt to Google's mindset as a company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said that artificial intelligence is more important than electricity or fire.Google also recently rebranded its Google Research division 'Google AI' to better reflect its commitment to one of the biggest fields in technology at the moment. AI development has seemingly endless implications, and one that Google is particularly interested in applies to healthcare. Specifically, the company's Medical Brain team developed an algorithm that can assess health risks, including how likely a patient is to die. This... Read more...
Anyone who has lived through the 1980s knows how maddeningly difficult it is to solve a Rubik's Cube, and to accomplish the feat without peeling the stickers off and rearranging them. It's not just challenging for humans, either. Apparently the six-sided contraption presents a special kind of challenge to modern deep learning techniques that makes it more difficult than, say, learning to play chess or Go. That used to be the case, anyway. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have developed a new deep learning technique that can teach itself to solve the Rubik's Cube. What they... Read more...
Back in November of last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled the world's first deep learning enabled video camera for developers, called DeepLens. Now more than half a year later, Amazon is finally taking orders for DeepLens. The asking price is $249 with free two-day shipping for Prime members, and while DeepLens may not look like a $249 video camera, it has some special capabilities that belie its modest appearance. DeepLens is a fully programmable video camera designed to expand deep learning skills. This ability allows developers to run deep learning models locally on the camera itself... Read more...
You never know what you will see at Computex, whether it's the demonstration of a beastly 28-core/56-thread processor by Intel, or an ASUS ROG Gaming Phone with a 90Hz display, 512GB of storage, and ultrasonic storage. ASUS has been especially active this year, not just with a new phone, but also in laptops. One of the new machines the company unveiled is Project Precog, a dual-screen laptop aimed at artificial intelligence and machine learning tasks. Project Precog is currently in concept form, meaning it's not a shipping product and might never be. ASUS is testing the waters with the concept... Read more...
It has been a long time since NVIDIA was singularly focused on graphics chips. These days the company has its tentacles in multiple different markets, with an especially big interest in artificial intelligence. As part of that, NVIDIA is rolling out Isaac, a new platform designed to power the next generation of autonomous machines, injecting AI capabilities into robots for various different tasks. What kinds of tasks? Everything from manufacturing and logistics, to agriculture, construction, and much more. NVIDIA officially launched the platform at this year's Computex convention, noting that Issac... Read more...
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