Qualcomm opens its mobile chip deep learning framework to all


Mobile chip maker Qualcomm wants to enable deep learning-based software development on all kinds of devices, which is why it created the Neural Processing Engine (NPE) for its Snapdragon-series mobile processors. The NPE software development kit is now available to all via the Qualcomm Developer Network, which marks the first public release of the SDK, and opens up a lot of potential for AI computing on a range of devices, including mobile phones, in-car platforms and more. Qualcomm's NPE works with the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processor platforms, and supports a range of common deep learning frameworks including Tensorflow and Caffe2. As more tech companies look for ways to shift AI-based computing functions from remote servers to local platforms in order to improve reliability and reduce requirements in terms of network connectivity, this could be a huge asset for Qualcomm, and a big help in maintaining relevance for whatever comes after mobile in terms of dominant tech trends.

A Guide to the 10 Next Hot Jobs in Digital Marketing, and for Several Years to Come


Chief experience officer Category: Executive management Fast fact: By 2020, 40 percent of chief digital officers will report to CXOs, according to IDC. Bot developer Category: Cross-enterprise technology Fast fact: Bots or virtual assistants will command 20 percent of user interactions with smartphones by 2019, according to Gartner. Skills needed: Undergraduate degree in computer science; knowledge of linguistics, interactive language arts, programming, design, engineering, natural language processing and ethics. The emerging world of mixed reality (MR) is best served by individuals who are passionate about emerging technologies and curious about mediums beyond virtual or augmented reality, says Di Dang, senior UX designer of mixed reality at digital agency POP.

Apple commercial reminds us why Siri needs The Rock more than The Rock needs Siri


I gotta give it up to Apple for pairing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with Siri -- yes, the iPhone's digital assistant -- for its latest TV commercial. This fall, Siri turns six, and while Apple has expanded the digital assistant's features over the years -- it now supports 21 languages, can control smart home devices, is built into macOS and Apple TV, etc. Bixby's spectacular failure at launch is good evidence that despite Siri's seemingly stunted evolution, taking things slow may not be the worst strategy. Make no mistake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Siri's mini film is a huge publicity stunt -- a reminder that, hey, Siri is still a thing and it does more now.

Microsoft touts new HoloLens chip as breakthrough in AI

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Not even Microsoft has been able to tackle one of the biggest challenges preventing tech companies from bringing seamless artificial intelligence experiences to phones and augmented reality goggles without wrecking the user experience - until now. The pre-production version was released in 2016 and targeted to U.S. developers for $3000 The company says the addition of the extra processor to its current chip design is the answer for improving the AI experience on its HoloLens mixed reality goggles and that it's the first chip of its kind designed for mobile. Harry Shum, Microsoft's executive vice president of Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, announced the second version of the chip, known as the Holographic Processing Unit, or HPU, during a keynote speech at CVPR 2017. The company says the addition of the extra processor to its current chip design is the answer for improving the AI experience on its HoloLens mixed reality goggles and that it's the first chip of its kind designed for mobile.

Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order


Automation companies such as Kuka AG KU2 -0.04%, Dematic Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. unit Intelligrated, as well as startups like RightHand Robotics Inc. and IAM Robotics LLC are working on automating picking. Hudson's Bay is testing RightHand's robots in a distribution center in Scarborough, Ontario. Swisslog, a subsidiary of Kuka, sells picking robots that can be integrated into the company's other warehouse automation systems or purchased separately.

The future of enterprise chatbots


Wanting to know more, I sought out Murray Newlands, founder of enterprise chatbot platform Chattypeople and a leading expert in the chatbot field. Ramos: What kind of costs can enterprise chatbots save for big companies? Cisco launched a partnership with Gupshup last year that connects chatbot developer capabilities with Cisco's cloud-based messaging services, Cisco Spark. And Amazon launched Amazon Lex, which gives developers the capabilities to build voice-powered bots using the AI that powers Alexa.

AI for security: Microsoft Security Risk Detection makes debut - Next at Microsoft


The Microsoft Security Risk Detection service is unique in that it uses artificial intelligence to ask a series of "what if" questions to try to root out what might trigger a crash and signal a security concern. Heasman said DocuSign used Microsoft Security Risk Detection to look for bugs and vulnerabilities in software it had bought or licensed and wanted to incorporate into its particularly software involved with handling documents uploaded to the platform, which could contain malicious content. Roots in Microsoft's own security testing Microsoft itself has been using a key component of Microsoft Security Risk Detection, called SAGE, since the mid-2000s, starting with versions of Windows, Office and other products. Developers can sign up to learn more about the Windows version or Linux preview on the Microsoft Security Risk Detection website.

Legal Deal Pulls Money to Teach Tribal Kids Native Language

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This Thursday, July 20, 2017 photo, shows a plaque at the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, Arizona, where the former Phoenix Indian School for Native American Children used to sit. The plot of land was traded between the federal government and a private developer who was supposed to make yearslong payments to an education fund for native children. But the developer stopped making payments in 2012, and now the government has come to an agreement with the developer that allows it to skirt much of what it owes to the education fund.

Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development with Launch of Movidius Neural Compute Stick Intel Newsroom


Today, Intel launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, the world's first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor. Whether it is training artificial neural networks on the Intel Nervana cloud, optimizing for emerging workloads such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and automated driving with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, or taking AI to the edge with Movidius vision processing unit (VPU) technology, Intel offers a comprehensive AI portfolio of tools, training and deployment options for the next generation of AI-powered products and services. "The Myriad 2 VPU housed inside the Movidius Neural Compute Stick provides powerful, yet efficient performance – more than 100 gigaflops of performance within a 1W power envelope – to run real-time deep neural networks directly from the device," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager of Movidius, an Intel company.

The future of translation is part human, part machine


Greece and Rome were, like many areas of the ancient world, multilingual, and so needed both translators and interpreters. My own thesis into English to Welsh translation – due to be published later this year – shows that a translator working to correct the output from machine translation makes for higher productivity and quicker translation. Well over 350,000 people speak Welsh every day, while local authorities across the UK are also translating into numerous other languages. Today, machine translation can create rough drafts of relatively simple language, and research shows that correcting this draft is usually more efficient than translation from scratch by a human.