Semiconductors & Electronics


MIT Scientists Design Artificial Synapse to Power Brain-Like Computer Chips

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A new era of computing just got closer, as researchers have created the design and run the first ever practical test for an artificial synapse that could let computers replicate some of the brain's most powerful and intricate functions. While computers might seem more powerful than our brains, we can actually deal with a much wider range of possible signals than the "on" and "off" of binary, thanks to the synapses that handle the connections between neurons. Replicating that capability in a computer requires artificial synapses that can reliably send all those subtly different signals. As they describe in Monday's issue of the journal Nature Materials, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have performed what they call the first ever practical test of such an artificial synapse, unleashing what's known as neuromorphic computing. While the tests only happened in computer simulations, the tests were promising.


The 2 Best Stock Ideas I Took Away From CES 2018

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As you might expect from the headline, I'm about to give you a couple of stock ideas from that crazy annual tech extravaganza in Las Vegas known as the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. And from a tech show that has tilted in recent years toward self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and virtual/augmented reality -- my stock ideas are better suited for the more aggressive "Rule Breakers" part of your portfolio. With that, here are two companies I think are especially suited for long-term investors wanting exposure to what will surely be some of the biggest tech trends of the coming years. Yes, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) was the best performer in the S&P 500 in 2016 (up 224%), and the stock gained another 81% in 2017. But the company's long-term potential remains enormous.


Samsung Bixby, LG Deep ThinQ AI Coming To Third-Party Devices

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Following in the footsteps of Amazon, South Korean companies Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are now planning to open their artificial intelligence platforms to third-party manufacturers. This move is expected to not only help them business-wise, but it could also make Bixby and Deep ThinQ ubiquitous. On Monday, South Korean news site Etnews reported that Samsung and LG are to open their AI platforms to outside developers that are interested in incorporating Bixby and Deep ThinQ into their upcoming devices. This is seen as Samsung and LG's way of catching up with what Amazon did to its Alexa platform. There is no definite date yet on when can third-party developers have access to Samsung and LG's AI platforms.


Qualcomm smart Home Hub platform will fill your house with Google Assistants

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Qualcomm is about to go in big with the burgeoning smart home scene. As well as its'Smart Audio Platform' CES announcement, which will help to push smart voice assistant technology into an even wider array of speakers, it's also looking to become a smart home hub gatekeeper in its own right. The Home Hub platform from Qualcomm will allow manufacturers to easily integrate the Google Assistant inside any smart device of their choosing. While one new Qualcomm system-on-a-chip focusses on appliances such as ovens and fridges, the second chipset is centered around the new wave of Google Assistant-powered devices that also feature a screen. As well as speakers like the Lenovo Smart Display pictured above, these will also include anything with a display, from thermostats to security systems.


UCD Announces €4 million Artificial Intelligence Research Project with Samsung

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The Insight Centre for Data Analytics in UCD has announced a new colloborative research project with Samsung Electronics estimated to be worth approximately €4 million. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, DCU, and other partner institutions. The €75 million Research Centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a wide range of industry partners. The research project is set to centre around artificial intelligence (AI). AI systems, such as recommender systems, play an important role in today's information rich world and in many aspects of our lives.


Intel mixes drones with AI to transform Ferrari's racing experience

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You're sitting in the bleachers and the roar of powerful engines starts rising in the distance; seconds later the pack of Ferrari race cars speed past and you crane your neck around trying to see what position your favourite driver is in. That's the typical experience of car racing fans today, but if a partnership between Intel Corp. and Ferrari Motor Sports is a success, it might be much different tomorrow. A new system that involves artificial intelligence and a fleet of drones shooting video was showcased by Intel at CES 2018 booth this year. Not only could it change the fan experience for auto racing, it's also providing Ferrari drivers more insight into their performance. Intel CEO announced the three-year partnership on stage during his keynote.


Don't be fooled: AI-powered tech still needs to prove its intelligence

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If you were to wander through the halls at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) this year, chances are that one of the phrases you will have heard most often is artificial intelligence (AI). AI is, it appears, this year's IoT or Cloud. The hot buzzword that every company wants to associate itself with. The term has been plastered on marketing material for hundreds of disparate gadgets: Samsung's massive 8K TVs apparently use AI to upscale lower resolution images for the big screen. Sony has created a new version of the Aibo robot dog, which this time promises more artificial intelligence.


Robot Strippers Are Here

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It's 2018 and robots are already driving cars, writing symphonies, and even penning news stories like this one. Now, apparently, our silicon friends are going to start stripping for us, too. According to the New York Post, a Las Vegas strip club will feature a pair of android dancers on the poles in honor of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show this week. The robot strippers are more of a publicity stunt than an actual attempt to be titillating, since they have the heads of security cameras and look like bad Banksy graffiti come to life. But the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club apparently figures it'll be a fun way to bring in some folks from CES this year.


Where Major Chip Companies Are Investing In AI, AR/VR, And IoT

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We dug into the private market bets made by major computer chip companies, including GPU makers. Our analysis encompasses the venture arms of NVIDIA, Intel, Samsung, AMD, and more. Recent developments in the semiconductor industry have been sending mixed signals. Stories about Moore's Law slowing have grown common, but analysts affirm that the latest crop of chips (specifically Intel's newest 10-nanometer technology) prove Moore's Law is still alive and well. Meanwhile, the vast application of graphics hardware in AI has propelled GPU (graphics processing unit) maker NVIDIA into tech juggernaut status: the company's shares were the best-performing stock over the past year.


Galaxy S9 To Feature Face ID? Samsung AI Gets Facial Recognition Technology

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Samsung Electronics has revealed that its Internet of Things or IoT platform now has facial recognition technology. Does this mean the South Korea tech giant could be incorporating a Face ID-like feature to its upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship? On Thursday, South Korean online news outlet Etnews learned that Samsung's IoT platform, called "ARTIK," has absorbed a technology that will allow its to recognize faces based on machine learning. This means Samsung products that support its IoT platform could also be capable of recognizing users through facial recognition. Samsung has also said that the machine learning of ARTIK can recognize faces with the help of Microsoft's "MS-Celeb-1M," a large scale real world face image dataset that already contains images of 1 million people.