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SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son aims to stay at the helm of his company longer than originally planned to focus on the burgeoning business field of artificial intelligence, but is now under increased scrutiny over his longer-term strategy after the surprise departure of his successor. Son faces a number of challenges, including turning around U.S. mobile network provider Sprint Corp., a SoftBank group company.
Artificial intelligence is still surrounded by an aura of mystery, and it would be tough to find a better illustration than the story in the news last week about a British grandmother who includes "please" and "thank you" in all her Google searches. "Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you," read the search request from May Ashworth that ultimately went viral when her grandson tweeted it on Twitter.
Tado debuted a small improvement to its smart A/C control device, offering customers the option to use Amazon's Alexa digital assistant to control Tado-connected air conditioners. To use it, all you'll need do is add the Alexa Tado skill in your Amazon account.
Artificial intelligence can spot your face in a crowd of thousands with near-perfect accuracy, surpassing the ability of humans to do the same - but when confronted with a larger set of images, it's not quite up to par. In the MegaFace Challenge launched by the University of Washington, researchers are working to improve the capabilities of facial recognition algorithms at the million person scale.
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Instagram, the photo- and video-sharing app, announced the introduction of automatic translation, to be rolled out over the coming month. In keeping with other social media giants, Instagram has decided to offer automatic translation, which the photo- and video-sharing service says it will roll out over the coming month.
Would you like a version of yourself to live on after death? A radical new concept called "augmented eternity" could make that fantasy a reality, creating a posthumous impression of our knowledge, opinions and even parts of our personality in digital form.
Robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other cognitive technologies will replace about 7 percent of U.S. jobs by 2025 with office and administrative staff taking the biggest hit, according to a Forrester Research forecast. AI and the Future of Business Machine learning, task automation and robotics are already widely used in business.
Norah Sullivan has worked on projects involving youth job-skills training and entrepreneurship for the Multilateral Investment Fund, with a recent focus on supporting tech-driven solutions to social problems. She has a master's degree in Latin American studies from The George Washington University.
A self-driving car carrying a family of four on a rural two-lane highway spots a bouncing ball ahead. As the vehicle approaches a child runs out to retrieve the ball.
Can computers make art? That's one of the questions animating the field of computational creativity, which seeks to design artificial intelligence that can replicate human creativity.
FOR the past few months, a factory in China has been spitting out a new kind of smartphone. Inside each is an antenna that was 3D-printed directly onto the plastic housing.
Researchers at MIT say they have developed a new algorithm that can predict with surprising accuracy what will happen next in a video. Most people have occasionally experienced an awkward hug/handshake combination where one person goes in for a hug while the other extends a hand to shake.
Google says it wants to bring "precision" to the debate about safety and artificial intelligence (AI), which has often veered into discussions about smarter machines stealing jobs or even rising up and destroying humanity. Scientists from Google's deep-learning research unit, Google Brain, the Elon Musk-backed OpenAI, and Stanford and Berkeley universities, have teamed up to explore five safety problems that could arise as AI is applied to general systems for the home, office, and industry.
NEW YORK--Siri evaded my question for what took Apple's voice assistant so long to get onto the Mac. "Who, me?
Detroit tells the story of several humanoid robots and is set entirely in the Motor City. Like Cage's Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy, Detroit is a narrative-based, choose-your-own-adventure game where the decisions you make in the story have huge ripple effects.
After several months of beefing up the Watson Health Unit, IBM on Wednesday announced it has recruited 16 other entities involved in the health care sector to from a new Watson Health medical imaging collaborative. The global collaborative aims to advance cognitive imaging in a range of medical specialties, from eye care to the treatment of heart and brain disease.
It sounds like the premise of a science fiction movie, but researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are teaching computers to see into the future. They've created an algorithm that can forecast hugs, kisses, and high-fives -- before they even happen.
When we see two people meet, we can often predict what happens next: a handshake, a hug, or maybe even a kiss. Our ability to anticipate actions is thanks to intuitions born out of a lifetime of experiences.
Munich-based Magazino is developing perception-controlled, mobile robots which can tackle jobs like picking goods in warehouses. The German company says its robots can identify individual objects with their 2D and 3D cameras, and securely grasped them and collect them -- tasks that robots have often found difficult.
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Not satisfied with launching reusable rockets and designing electric supercars, Elon Musk is looking to create domestic robots to help people around the house. The billionaire entrepreneur won't be working through SpaceX or Tesla, but through another branch of his growing tech empire, collaborative artificial intelligence company Open AI.
Siri and Cortana are helpful with answering questions and searching the web, but fall short when it comes to recognizing and anticipating someone's needs. Now researches have unveiled a new application that could be deemed a true virtual assistant for your smartphone.
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High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has his sights set on building robots that can do housework, have conversations, and play games. In working on these different robotic abilities, Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, said he hopes to advance the artificial intelligence algorithms that will be needed to create them.
At the inaugural Applied AI conference, hosted by BootstrapLabs, a venture builder company with a global outlook based in the Bay Area, the discussion centered on the disruptive power of artificial intelligence and the impact it will have in the world. BootstrapLab believes that artificial intelligence will accelerate the pace of innovation in most industry verticals across the world.
It may look like a video game, but the new computer simulation developed by a team of researchers in Barcelona could one day train autonomous cars to be better drivers. Called 'Synthia,' the program creates a virtual city complete with pedestrians, traffic signs and other components of an urban environment, automatically annotated at the pixel-level.
Twitter has made no secret of its interest in machine learning in recent years, and on Monday the company put its money where its mouth is once again by purchasing London startup Magic Pony Technology, which has focused on visual processing. "Magic Pony's technology -- based on research by the team to create algorithms that can understand the features of imagery -- will be used to enhance our strength in live [streaming] and video and opens up a whole lot of exciting creative possibilities for Twitter," Twitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey wrote in a blog post announcing the news.
When introducing its monster 72-core Xeon Phi chip, Intel couldn't help but take a swipe at graphics processors for being sluggish for some tasks. Ironically, Xeon Phi is a byproduct of Larrabee, which was supposed to be Intel's first major GPU but was abandoned in 2009 after multiple delays.
Intelligent computers that can make decisions like humans may somedaybe on Hewlett Packard Enterprise's product roadmap. The company has been showing off a prototype computer designed to emulate the way the brain makes calculations.
Rolls-Royce has unveiled its first driverless vehicle, a concept car that promises to help its owner announce their importance to the world. The Vision Next 100 is an autonomous vehicle aimed at "the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world".
After Orlando, the LGBT community says what they want is simple The shuttle, which can fit 12 passengers, will be piloted in several cities at the end of this year. What do you get when you cross self-driving artificial intelligence, 3-D printing, and public transportation?
If you're worried about Facebook artificial intelligence being able to recognize every part of your life or gaining sentience, that future is a long time away. While the company's deep-learning lab has made great strides in facial recognition, its natural language systems are very much in their infancy, according to Yann Lecun, Facebook's director of AI research, who is charged with the task of making the fruits of machine learning more humanlike.
The U.N. and governing bodies around the globe are setting new goals for reducing carbon emissions, but that doesn't change the fact that a big portion of the world is still largely reliant on coal-generated power. Moreover, the firms running coal-fired plants aren't going to simply give up on their investments.
Ever since its beta launch two years ago, x.ai's "Amy Ingram" virtual assistant has been scheduling meetings through Google Calendar. Now, the bot -- along with her gender opposite, Andrew Ingram -- can work with Office 365 and Outlook.com, bringing the promise of automated scheduling to a vastly broader audience.
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Forgot to lock the doors, turn off the lights, or turn on a security camera? Talk to Siri on your Apple TV.
MIT researchers have developed a computer system that independently adds realistic sounds to silent videos. Although the technology is nascent, it's a step toward automating sound effects for movies.
Apple has announced that it is bringing its virtual assistant Siri to the next Mac operating system. It can be used to find information on its computers, carry out web searches and send messages to acquaintances.