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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...
Google is rolling out a couple of new products aimed at helping customers build and deploy intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) devices at scale. One of those products is the Edge TPU (tensor processing unit), a tiny hardware chip designed to muscle through machine learning tasks in IoT gadgets, and the other is Cloud IoT Edge, a software stack that extends Google's Cloud AI to gateways and connected devices. Used together, Google's two new products enable customers to build and train machine learning models in the cloud, then run those models on the Cloud IoT Edge device through the power of the... Read more...
Most word processing programs will go through your work and at least perform a spellcheck, looking for misspelled words that you do not want appearing on your final document. Others look for mistakes in grammar. Google is implementing the latter into Docs as part of a sweeping G Suite update, and what is interesting about Google's implementation is that it uses machine learning to identify grammatical errors. "It can be tricky at times to catch things like spelling and grammatical errors that inadvertently change the meaning of a sentence. That’s why we’re introducing grammar suggestions... Read more...
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...
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