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Why Google believes machine learning is its future

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One of the most interesting demos at this week's Google I/O keynote featured a new version of Google's voice assistant that's due out later this year. A Google employee asked the Google Assistant to bring up her photos and then show her photos with animals. She tapped one and said, "Send it to Justin." The photo was dropped into the messaging app. From there, things got more impressive.



A Futuristic Reality: Harnessing The Power Of The Three Layers Of Machine Learning

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Google Assistant can draw on voice command, as seen here at the Google I/O conference in 2018, with the help of machine learning techniques. Artificial intelligence systems powered by machine learning have been creating headlines with applications as varied as making restaurant reservations by phone, sorting cucumbers, and distinguishing chihuahuas from muffins. Media buzz aside, many fast-growing startups are taking advantage of machine learning (ML) techniques like neural networks and support vector machines to learn from data, make predictions, improve products, and enhance business decisions. Unfortunately "machine learning theater" – companies pretending to use the technology to make theirs seem more sophisticated for a higher valuation – is also on the rise. Undeniably, ML is transforming businesses and industries, with some more likely to benefit than others.


Q&A: Travel startup paves way for industry consolidation (Includes interview)

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In May 2019 Google announced the consolidation of all its travel features. Google Maps, Trips, Hotels and Flights will combine to make one Google Travel, easing the process for vacation planning. Travel startup VacationRenter, which launched last year, pioneered this model for vacation rentals, based on an artificial intelligence driven platform. According to VacationRenter's newly appointed COO, ex-Googler Marco del Rosario, both Google Travel and VacationRenter are early adopters of a pivotal strategy for today's travel technology: consolidation. Digital Journal: How has the world of travel changed in recent years?


Reaching New Heights with Artificial Neural Networks

Communications of the ACM

Once treated by the field with skepticism (if not outright derision), the artificial neural networks that 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio spent their careers developing are today an integral component of everything from search to content filtering. Here, the three researchers share what they find exciting, and which challenges remain. There's so much more noise now about artificial intelligence than there was when you began your careers--some of it well-informed, some not. What do you wish people would stop asking you? GEOFFREY HINTON: "Is this just a bubble?"


Some Facebook users don't have the option to turn off facial recognition technology, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A consumer advocacy group has discovered that not all Facebook users have access to a privacy setting that lets them opt out of the site's facial recognition technology. Consumer Reports examined a set of Facebook accounts and found that a significant number didn't have the ability to toggle off Face Recognition, a feature that uses facial recognition technology to identify users in tagged photos. That's despite Facebook announcing almost two years ago that all users would be able to opt out of facial recognition entirely through the setting. A consumer advocacy group has discovered that not all Facebook users have access to a privacy setting that lets them opt out of the site's facial recognition technology Users can control whether they're part of Facebook's facial recognition technology by selecting'privacy shortcuts' in the righthand corner of their News Feed. From there, select'Control face recognition' under Privacy.


Google I/O 2019 Music and Machine Learning - Liwaiwai

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New technologies have fundamentally changed the way we make and experience music. Their new album explores Google AI's research project, Magenta, an open-source music-making package using machine learning models.



Microsoft Azure Developer: Creating and Integrating AI with Azure Services

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My name is Sahil Malik, and welcome to my course, Microsoft Azure Developer: Creating and Integrating AI with Azure Services. I have been talking for about 3 seconds, and in these 3 seconds YouTube has seen 15 hours of content uploaded, USPS has scanned thousands of handwritten addresses, and so many smartphones have taken pictures, cleverly adjusting contrast and brightness thanks to face recognition algorithms. The management of all this is thanks to AI in application around us. Think of how much data has your company produced in this time. Will it make you more productive?


Can AI Nudge Us to Make Better Choices?

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The behavioral revolution in economics was triggered by a simple, haunting question: what if people don't act rationally? In the online world, once expected to be a place of ready information and easy collaboration, lies and hate can spread faster than truth and kindness. For example, when predicting sales, employees often hide bad deals and selectively report the good ones. AI stands at the crossroads of the behavioral question, with the potential to make matters worse or to elicit better outcomes from us. The key to better outcomes is to boost AI's emotional quotient -- its EQ.