Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

A popular meme that has been making the rounds is the 10-year challenge in which people on social media (and primarily Facebook) post side-by-side pictures of themselves, one from a decade ago and a recent photo, to see how they have aged. Some have hypothesized that Facebook started the meme as a sneaky way of feeding data into an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, though the social media giant has outright denied the allegation. "The 10-year challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own, without our involvement. It's evidence of the fun people have on Facebook, and that's it,"... Read more...
Memes are a big part of the web, especially on social media, and they serve different purposes. Humor is the primary reason memes exist, obviously, but they can also be used to make political statements and to share satirical thoughts. Could they also be used to harvest user data, though? That is a question that has been raised in response to the 10-year profile picture challenge that has gone viral on Facebook. You have probably seen this one already—the 'challenge' is to post your first profile picture alongside your most recent one to compare how much you have changed over the years. Oftentimes,... Read more...
We tend to associate NVIDIA with graphics cards, and more specifically, the graphics processing units (GPUs) that go inside them, but the company has a much broader focus. For example, NVIDIA is heavily invested in artificial intelligence technologies. As part of that, NVIDIA recently opened up a robotics lab in Seattle near the University of Washington campus to research and develop the next generation of artificially intelligent robots. NVIDIA opened the lab in November with 14 researchers and expects to triple that number by midyear, which also factors in visiting faculty and interns. Dieter... Read more...
One of the hottest trends in technology right now is artificial intelligence. It's not a new tech, by any means, but it's being applied to numerous different product and service segments, everything from self-driving cars and healthcare, to smartphones and graphics cards. As a matter of national security, US officials may decide to place certain restrictions in AI exports. The US Commerce Department included AI in a list of technologies that could be saddled with new export rules, if approved. As an added wrinkle, the US and China are engaged in a trade war that could potentially see these rules... Read more...
It's said that seeing is believing, but can you always believe what you see? That's a question that will come up more and more as companies like NVIDIA push the envelope with graphics rendering and, interestingly enough, artificial intelligence. As it relates to that, in addition to launching a new Titan RTX graphics card today, NVIDIA also announced a new deep learning-based model for generating 3D environments based on real-world data. A team of NVIDIA researchers led by Bryan Catanzaro, Vice President of Applied Deep Learning at NVIDIA, used a conditional generative neural network as a starting... Read more...
Without any fanfare, Apple has gone out and acquired Silk Labs, a machine learning company that provides on-device artificial intelligence for businesses. Apple kept the acquisition quiet, and actually bought the small start-up based in San Mateo, California earlier this year without any fanfare or even a press release. As a company, Silk Labs isn't as widely known as Apple, though it has an interesting history. It was founded by three engineers who previously worked at Mozilla developing Firefox OS. Specifically, former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, former Mozilla platform engineer Chris Jones, and... Read more...
Samsung on Wednesday rolled out a new flagship Exynos 9 series 9820 system-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices. Likely destined for the Galaxy S10, the Exynos 9820 brings together eight processor cores bolstered by a neural processing unit (NPU), making it equipped for on-device artificial intelligence applications. Sporting an enhanced architecture design, the Exynos 9820 features a tri-cluster architecture consisting of two fourth generation custom CPU cores for "ultimate processing power," a pair of ARM Cortex-A75 cores for "optimal performance," and four Cortex-A55 cores for "greater efficiency."... Read more...
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, right? Andy Rubin and his company, Essential, are taking that advice to heart after the company's first generation Essential Phone failed to disrupt the smartphone market. Essential is not finished building mobile devices. The company's next phone will take another stab at disrupting the competitive landscape, this time by leaning heavily on artificial intelligence. AI seems to be the go-to technology these days. Google's recently introduced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, for example, leverage AI to help combat against spam calls. And practically every smartphone... Read more...
Is there anything more annoying than receiving a junk call? Well sure—mosquitoes come to mind, and being hit with a higher than expected tax bill is a major bummer. Still, spam calls rank right up there among life's many annoyances, and the situation only seems to be getting worse. Google aims to help, however, as it's built some anti-call spam technologies into its newly released Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets. What's interesting about Google's approach to identifying and blocking unwanted calls is that it's leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to fight this ongoing battle. "Starting out... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, Samsung said it was investing $22 billion into several breakthrough technologies over the course of the next three years, including research efforts into artificial intelligence (AI). We're now seeing where some of that money is going—Samsung announced it is building a new AI research center in New York City "to strengthen its AI capabilities." This will bring the number of AI research facilities Samsung owns to half a dozen, with five other facilities already operating in Korea, the US, the UK, Canada, and Russia. The one that is being erected in New York City will... Read more...
A funny thing happened earlier this week. SpaceX founder Elon Musk went on Joe Rogan's podcast, drank a little whisky and puffed on a blunt rolled with weed and tobacco, and the Internet went bananas. Shares of Tesla, the electric vehicle company Musk co-founded and currently serves as CEO, fell afterwards. Musk smoking weed made plenty of headlines, but that wasn't the most interesting part of the podcast. What grabbed our attention was when Musk teased an imminent Neuralink announcement, along with his thoughts on fusing human brains with a "high-bandwidth" interface, effectively merging us with... Read more...
Scientists and researchers have found all sorts of ways to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies—everything from predicting when a person will die based on brain scans to beating up on seasoned Dota 2 veterans in a livestream on Twitch. Aligning a little more closely with the latter category, Google is using AI to turn selfiles into personal stickers as part of its Gboard update. Gboard, in case you are not familiar, is an amped up version of the Google Keyboard. "Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard—speed and reliability, Glide Typing,... Read more...
Samsung is betting big on artificial intelligence and 5G technologies to drive future growth (among a few other technology segments). Exactly how big are we walking? Well, the South Korean electronic giant announced plans to invest 25 trillion South Korean won (around $22.3 billion in US currency) over the next three years in AI, 5G, automotive component, and biopharmaceutical technologies. The company said it "expects innovations powered by AI technology will drive the industry’s transformation, while the next-generation 5G telecommunications technology will create new opportunities in autonomous... Read more...
Researchers and scientists are doing some wonderful things with artificial intelligence (AI), from saving lives in healthcare to improving cybersecurity. AI also being used to beat up on professional gamers. A team of machine learning AI bots known as OpenAI Five once again had its way with professional Dota 2 players, this time on a full five-on-five match livestreamed on Twitch. OpenAI Five is a team of five neural networks developed by OpenAI, an AI research lab founded by Elon Musk. While not quite the Skynet that Musk fears is a real possibility, OpenAI Five is adept at Dota 2, a game that... Read more...
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