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Can AI Replace Writers?

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"I would say everyone has read at least once an algorithmically produced article," said Robert Weissgraeber, CTO and Managing Director of AX Semantics. In many cases, readers don't see a difference between human- and bot-authored copy, Weissgraeber told Built In. His company, AX Semantics, is one of several -- including Narrative Science and Automated Insights -- exploring natural language generation, or automated writing. The technology can be used to generate product descriptions, quarterly earnings reports, fantasy football recaps and journalism. The Washington Post, for instance, has developed an AI-enabled bot, Heliograf, that helps generate election and sports coverage.


Google to reopen offices in July after coronavirus lockdowns

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Google will start reopening its offices from July, after coronavirus lockdowns sent all of its staff home. But the plans will be very phased at the beginning, with only a small number of staff allowed in on a rotating basis, according to its chief executive. In an email sent to staff, Google boss Sundar Pichai said city-based offices will begin to open to some members of staff from July 6. He said phased reopening will allow Google staff to return on a "limited, rotating basis", for example, one day every two weeks, with offices reaching around 10% occupancy. The technology giant began urging staff to work from home in March as the coronavirus outbreak spread around the world.


Google pledges to no longer build AIs for the fossil fuel industry

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Google has pledged to no longer build AIs for the fossil fuel industry as it further distances itself from controversial developments. A report from Greenpeace earlier this month exposed Google as being one of the top three developers of AI tools for the fossil fuel industry. Greenpeace found AI technologies boost production levels by as much as five percent. In an interview with CUBE's John Furrier, the leader of Google's CTO office, Will Grannis, said that Google will "no longer develop artificial intelligence (AI) software and tools for oil and gas drilling operations." The pledge from Google Cloud is welcome, but it must be taken in a wider context.


Google's federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

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In a blog post today, Google laid out the concept of federated analytics, a practice of applying data science methods to the analysis of raw data that's stored locally on edge devices. As the tech giant explains, it works by running local computations over a device's data and making only the aggregated results -- not the data from the particular device -- available to authorized engineers. While federated analytics is closely related to federated learning, an AI technique that trains an algorithm across multiple devices holding local samples, it only supports basic data science needs. It's "federated learning lite" -- federated analytics enables companies to analyze user behaviors in a privacy-preserving and secure way, which could lead to better products. Google for its part uses federated techniques to power Gboard's word suggestions and Android Messages' Smart Reply feature.


Google adds 1440p streaming resolution for Stadia on Chrome

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Google has rolled out a 1440p streaming resolution for Stadia on Chrome so players with high-res monitors can display sub-4K images better than 1080p. They'll still have to meet all the requirements needed to play in 4K to enjoy the new feature, though, including a Stadia Pro subscription, a network speed of at least 35Mbps, a 4K TV with Chromecast Ultra or a Windows PC/Chromebook with VP9 hardware decoding and a 4K monitor. The tech giant has announced the new resolution in a post on the Stadia Community Blog, along with the service's latest and upcoming games. Jotun: Valhalla Edition, an action-exploration game based on Norse mythology, and Sundered: Eldritch Edition, a hand-drawn platformer, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store for $15 and $20, respectively. The Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath story expansion that gives you access to three new fighters -- Sheeva, Fujin and Robocop -- is now also available on Stadia for $40.


Why the AI revolution now? Because of 6 key factors.

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About: Data-Driven Science (DDS) provides training for people building a career in Artificial Intelligence (AI). In recent years, AI has been taking off and became a topic that is frequently making it into the news. But why is that actually? AI research has started in the mid-twentieth century when mathematician Alan Turing asked the question "Can Machines Think?" in a famous paper in 1950. However, it's been not until the 21st century that Artificial Intelligence has shaped real-world applications that are impacting billions of people and most industries across the globe.


Google: The Next Big Fintech Vendor

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A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum ... [ ] (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. In an article titled Amazon's Impending Invasion Of Banking, I wrote: "Amazon has no incentive to cut banks out of the lending or deposit business. Amazon can make more money by providing technology services to help financial institutions underwrite, process, and service loans. Banks will gladly pay for this, because Amazon will do it for a lower cost that what banks incur to do it today." My argument then, as it is now, is that Amazon is poised to be a vendor--not a competitor--to financial institutions.


Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling - A Spring For Women In Artificial Intelligence

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Fei-Fei Li speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at ... [ ] NeueHouse Hollywood on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over and the economy reopens, many students will resume work on their careers. But for many young people, their priorities are going to shift. After seeing the pain and suffering caused by a single invisible enemy, some will naturally prioritize biomedical research over other easier and more lucrative trades, like law and finance. And some will choose to pursue possibly the most impactful area, which lies on the borderline of computer science and biomedicine - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for drug discovery.


How artificial intelligence is transforming the future of digital marketing

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Digital marketing relies on leveraging insights from the copious amounts of data that gets created every time a customer interacts with a digital asset. In 2020, we anticipate a significant uptick in the mainstreaming of AI and machine learning use cases in digital marketing across several areas. In the past year, online search has had several AI and machine learning developments. Google is leading the pack with exciting applications in information retrieval. For example, Google's BERT technology can process a word in the context of all the other terms in a sentence, rather than one-by-one in order.


Artificial Intelligence : Best Human Practices and Uses SaveDelete

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Artificial Intelligence …. world's tech giants from Amazon to Alibaba, are in a race to become the world's leaders. The companies are AI trailblazers, embracing AI to next-level products and services. Here are some of the best examples of how these companies are using artificial intelligence in practice. Alphabet, Google's parent company and Waymo, self-driving technology division, started as a project at Google. Waymo wishes to bring self-driving technology to the world, today, to move people around and reduce accidents and crashes.