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What Microsoft and Google Are Not Telling You About Their A.I.

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In September of 2018, iFlytek, a Chinese technology company and world leader in A.I. -- particularly in voice recognition software -- was accused of disguising human translation as machine translation during a tech conference in Shanghai. The whistleblower was an interpreter, Bell Wang, who was doing live translation at the conference. He noticed that iFlytek was using his translations as live subtitles on a screen next to the company's brand logo. This gave the appearance that the translated output was produced by their A.I. system, rather than by Wang. The company was also broadcasting the translations live online using a computer-synthesized voice, instead of the original human interpreters' voices.


Lenovo leads $10M investment in 6-legged robot maker Vincross

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Vincross, the company behind the six-legged robot Hexa, said on Tuesday that it's picked up $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Lenovo Capital, the startup fund managed by Lenovo Group. Returning investor GGV Capital and newcomer Seekdource Capital also participated. The company declined to disclose its latest valuation but said the proceeds will go towards research and development as well as new product lines. Neuroscience and artificial intelligence researcher Tianqi Sun started Vincross in Beijing back in 2016 when he raised $220,000 for Hexa on Kickstarter. At the time the insectile, programmable robot had separated itself from the horde of humanoids on the market by billing itself as the first robot that can climb stairs, making it suitable for firefighting and other rescue tasks.


Machine Learning Is Contributing to the Reproducibility Crisis in Science

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Machine learning systems and the use of big data sets has accelerated the reproducibility crisis in science, Genevera Allen says. Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data are contributing to the reproducibility crisis in science by producing results that are misleading and often wrong. Genevera Allen of Rice University warns scientists that if they don't improve their techniques they will be wasting both time and money. A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyze data that has already been collected. Allen says the answers they come up with are likely to be inaccurate or wrong because the software is identifying patterns that exist only in that data set and not the real world.


AI will be a game change but is business prepared?

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Artificial Intelligence is the next key game changer for business, but Irish companies are not as prepared for AI as global business, a new survey has revealed. Almost half of Irish chief executives believe AI will have a bigger impact on the world than the internet revolution, yet half of them are planning AI initiatives in their companies, compared to 77% of chief executives globally. This was one of the key findings of PwC's 2019 Irish CEO survey. "If you look at the global survey, a lot of that awareness or that belief that AI will significantly change how we do business is coming from the US," Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner with PwC Ireland, explained. "They are probably just getting an earlier line of sight of the impact of AI, but I think Irish CEOs are certainly waking up to it. Almost two thirds of CEOs believe that it will significantly change how they do business in the next five years, but yet only half of them have plans in place to address this, so there is a bit of a gap there," Mr O'Rourke said.


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Apple working on foldable iPhone, patent suggests

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Apple is working on a foldable phone of its own, new patents reveal, as just about every major handset company launches bendy products. A future iPhone could be hinged in the middle, according to the patents, allowing it to be folded up small and then opened again to allow the screen to be larger. The handset is just one of a range of bendy phones being worked on by companies. While Samsung's "Galaxy X" is the most famous – and has been shown off in the most detail – just about every major company is working on its own foldable handset. Apple is not thought to be releasing a rival model any time soon, and the new iPhones it is set to release in September will keep the same form factor as the existing line-up.


Scientists have discovered our brains communicate in a brand new way

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The human brain is capable of communicating in a way scientists previously thought was impossible. Brain cells can create an electrical field that triggers nearby neurons to pass on a message without any physical or chemical connections. Slow and mysterious waves produced by the brain, which have long been known to exist but whose function has been a long-standing mystery, are responsible. The discovery is so unusual the scientific journal that made the findings public demanded that the experiments were repeated before they were willing to publish. 'It was a jaw-dropping moment, for us and for every scientist we told about this so far, said Dominique Duran, a professor at the Case School of Engineering in Cleveland, Ohio.


RVR is a Sphero robot for budding tinkerers

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Sphero's been amusing us with its collection of robotic balls, like its adorable BB-8, for eight years. But lately the company has been getting away from the toy aspect of its products and embracing its educational potential. It's had an app that can be used to program many of its current bots for a while now, but that's only for budding coders -- what do kids interested in hardware have to tinker with? Indeed, Sphero is about to release its first robot specifically made to be physically modded, called the RVR. RVR -- that's pronounced "Rover" -- is a big change for Sphero.


DARPA Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

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The Pentagon's research office is exploring how artificial intelligence can improve technologies that link troops' brains and bodies to military systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently began recruiting teams to research how AI tools could augment and enhance "next-generation neurotechnology." Through the program, officials ultimately aim to build AI into neural interfaces, a technology that lets people control, feel and interact with remote machines as though they were a part of their own body. Impossible as they may sound, neural interfaces have already been used to allow people to control prosthetic limbs, translate thoughts into text, and telepathically fly drones. Through the Intelligent Neural Interfaces program, DARPA will explore how AI can make these systems more durable, efficient and effective.


The future of content is autonomous London Business News Londonlovesbusiness.com

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SDL a global leader in content creation, translation and delivery, today calls on brands to rethink current content strategies, and prepare for a digital future where content supply chains are autonomous, machine-first and human optimized, for greater impact with worldwide audiences, across any language and device. Companies are struggling to handle the growing volume and velocity of content required to engage with global audiences. And it's expected to get worse: 93% say the content they produce will increase in the next two years. SDL's Enabling the Future of Content report addresses these challenges, offering insights on how companies can move towards an autonomous content supply chain of the future, capable of delivering any type of content to global audiences. Peggy Chen, CMO, SDL said, "Engaging with customers globally requires content, and lots of it.