For many years, Apple has shown the world the processor while important can take a backseat to the software integration when it comes to performance. In iPhone performance tests, Apple consistently outperforms Samsung who relies on the Android OS to interface between the apps and CPU. In the early days of WebRTC – it was maddening to developers that Apple's FaceTime was much better at transmitting quality video than their applications because they were at the mercy of the OS. Chome's speed advantage helped it dethrone the browser king. None of this is lost on Intel.
For the business leader or entrepreneur, every day can seem like a battle. Phone calls, text messages, setting appointments, taking notes of conversations, attending meetings. Even prioritizing your email inbox seems like a daunting task. Wouldn't it be great if you could have a personal assistant who would take care of all that for you? Well, that is the promise of Artificial Intelligence Apps.
Google says it has made it possible for a smartphone to interpret and "read aloud" sign language. The tech firm has not made an app of its own but has published algorithms which it hopes developers will use to make their own apps. Until now, this type of software has only worked on PCs. Campaigners from the hearing-impaired community have welcomed the move, but say the tech might struggle to fully grasp some conversations. In an AI blog, Google research engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang said the intention of the freely published technology was to serve as "the basis for sign language understanding".
A Californian-based start-up has unveiled what it says is the world's largest computer chip. The Wafer Scale Engine, designed by Cerebras Systems, is slightly bigger than a standard iPad. The firm says a single chip can drive complex artificial intelligence (AI) systems in everything from driverless cars to surveillance software. However, one expert suggested that the innovation would prove impractical to install in many data centres. Computer chips have generally become smaller and faster over the years.
Robots continue to be used in a variety of ways for useful and creative purposes. In this podcast, hosts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer interview Adam Cantor and Erika Angle from Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE). They share how underwater robots are helping control the invasive lion fish population, some of the technical challenges they encountered developing an underwater robot, and how they were able to transfer technology and knowledge from industry (particularly iRobot) to help make this robot a reality. This podcast was recorded live in person at the Amazon re:Mars event. For those of our listeners that were not able to attend this event was June 3-7, 2019.
Artificial intelligence is a powerful technology with capabilities that are open to use by state and non-state actors. In this conversation Azeem Azhar, De Kai, and Joanna Bryson discuss how governance should adapt as our institutions are challenged by unintended consequences of the technology and its creators.
The company hopes doing so will let any developer deliver captions for long-form conversations. The source code is available now on GitHub. Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time captions. Unlike Android's upcoming Live Caption feature, Live Transcribe is a full-screen experience, uses your smartphone's microphone (or an external microphone), and relies on the Google Cloud Speech API.
Who wouldn't like to get more done in less time? That's the idea behind Siri Shortcuts, a popular Apple app for iPhone and iPad, and built into the upcoming iOS 13 operating system, out in beta release now with a full upgrade due this fall soon after new iPhones hit in September. As the name suggests, Siri Shortcuts link the voice-controlled personal assistant you already know with time-saving shortcuts for tasks you want to perform. By simply asking for it – or tapping the screen if you're not in a place to freely use your voice – your iPhone or iPad can quickly heed your request. In other words, Siri Shortcuts – previously known as Workflow – fuses small actions to yield big results.