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Amazon Has Developed an AI Fashion Designer

MIT Technology Review

The effort points to ways in which Amazon and other companies could try to improve the tracking of trends in other areas of retail--making recommendations based on products popping up in social-media posts, for instance. For instance, one group of Amazon researchers based in Israel developed machine learning that, by analyzing just a few labels attached to images, can deduce whether a particular look can be considered stylish. An Amazon team at Lab126, a research center based in San Francisco, has developed an algorithm that learns about a particular style of fashion from images, and can then generate new items in similar styles from scratch--essentially, a simple AI fashion designer. The event included mostly academic researchers who are exploring ways for machines to understand fashion trends.


Emotion AI Will Personalize Interactions

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and affective computing are starting to make this possible. Devices enriched with AI, depth-sensing and neurolinguistic-programming technologies are starting to process, analyze and respond to human emotions. They use the technological approaches of natural-language processing and natural-language understanding, but they don't currently perceive human emotions. Artificial emotional intelligence ("emotion AI") will change that.


Facebook to launch 'Aloha' big screen video chat device

Daily Mail

The patent (pictured) is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone The patent is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone. It is not clear what this new device could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. It is not clear what the device described in the patent could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. In September Google'suspended' work on Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build modular smartphone with interchangeable components'Each module is associated with a different functionality', the patent read.


[P] Keras-surgeon: pruning Keras models in python made easy (pip-installable) • r/MachineLearning

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I've just released keras-surgeon, a network pruning library for Keras implemented in python. A few months ago I wanted to experiment with pruning neural network channels and discovered that there wasn't really a straightforward way to do that. Source code documentation (see readme): https://github.com/BenWhetton/keras-surgeon Features of this implementation: * It's very easy to use * It should work for any network architecture * The majority of Keras layers are fully supported * It supports other network surgery: deleting, inserting and replacing layers. I hope this will help more people experiment with network pruning!


Google and Walmart's Partnership Will Be a Real Test For Amazon

WIRED

With 76 percent market share of online retail, it's as if the 95-96 Chicago Bulls entered your local rec league. In Walmart, Google adds a retail behemoth to its Google Express service, an online shopping bazaar in need of an anchor. If a Walmart customer links an account with Google Express, Google will gain access to their purchase history–primarily online orders, but in some cases in-store shopping as well. EMarketer's Garcia pegs Alexa's market share at 75 percent, with Google Home taking the bulk of what's left.


Aussie AI-powered startup secures $16m to take its virtual data scientist global

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Sydney-based startup, Hyper Anna, has secured $16 million in funding to fuel a global rollout of'Anna', a virtual data scientist that taps into business intelligence and delivers real-time insights based on natural language requests. Hyper Anna co-founder and CEO, Natalie Nguyen, told CMO customers have largely been SSI and in the financial and insurance sectors, but said the product could easily apply to other sectors such as media and technology. Founded in February 2016, the vendor's AI agent, Anna, is a powerful virtual data scientist that interacts through natural language. According to Nguyen, the differentiation point is in the way Hyper Anna democratises data science by putting the power of data in the hands of anyone with a command of language.


Google and Walmart team up to take on Amazon's Echo

Daily Mail

Wal-Mart is teaming up with Alphabet Inc's Google to enter the nascent voice-shopping market, currently dominated by Amazon.com Google, which makes the Android software used to run most of the world's smartphones, will offer hundreds of thousands of Walmart items on its voice-controlled Google Assistant platform from late September, Walmart's head of e-commerce, Marc Lore, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. 'Starting in late September, we'll be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google Assistant - the largest number of items currently offered by a retailer through the platform,' he wrote. Wal-Mart is teaming up with Google and its Home smart speaker (pictured) to enter the voice-shopping market, currently dominated by Amazon.com, Amazon, whose voice-controlled aide Alexa allows users to shop from the retailer, has the lion's share of the U.S. voice-controlled device industry. Amazon, whose voice-controlled aide Alexa allows users to shop from the retailer, has the lion's share of the U.S. voice-controlled device industry, with its Echo devices accounting for 72.2 percent of the market in 2016, far ahead of the Google Home gadget's 22 percent, according to research firm eMarketer.


Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn get website to take down stolen nude photos

Los Angeles Times

Today in Entertainment: Taylor Swift has a new album, 'Reputation,' on the way; Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn get website to take down stolen nude photos Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn get website to take down stolen nude photos It's official: Taylor Swift has a new album, 'Reputation,' on the way Joker origin movie in development with'Hangover' director Todd Phillips Jerry Seinfeld's first Netflix stand-up special premieres in September Billy Joel wears Star of David badges, mocks fired Trump advisors at Madison Square Garden It's official: Taylor Swift has a new album, 'Reputation,' on the way Legal action taken by Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods succeeded late Tuesday in getting stolen nude photos removed from a celebrity-smut website. Theft and publication of the nude photos was "an outrageous violation of our clients' privacy rights and federal copyright law," Brettler said. One thing that might discourage would-be hackers, however, has come from the courts in previous cases involving nude photos stolen from celebrities: time behind bars. Christopher Chaney, the source of hundreds of celebrity nudes posted online in 2011, including images of Scarlett Johansson, was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in federal prison for wiretapping and computer hacking.


The Coming AI Tsunami in Vertical Industries

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Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of all industries. AI is touted as the next big frontier, and the logical next step after big data, with the promise of automatic data analysis and cognitive abilities. Providers must leverage AI to create new product lines or improve efficiencies in existing processes that will take them to the next step of innovation. We discuss what you need to know about solutions employing AI tools and on what you should focus your efforts.


Google and Walmart team up to take on a common enemy: Amazon

Mashable

Google and Walmart announced a partnership on Wednesday that will make items from the big-box retailer available through the search engine's Google Express shopping service. SEE ALSO: Amazon may not always have the best prices, but that doesn't stop people from shopping there anyway Probably the most significant part of the deal is that shoppers with Google Home devices can now order Walmart products through the tech giant's digital assistant, just as Amazon customers do with its own Echo gadgets. Meanwhile, Google's been worried about a growing number of shoppers starting their product searches on Amazon rather than its own site, allowing Amazon to sell ads around them and eat into Google's market. Yet Google's never had much luck challenging Amazon's online shopping dominance on its own.