Low Code Platforms The Next Building Blocks For AI Strategy


As the industry moves towards no-code artificial intelligence model training platforms, AI is being positioned as a tool for the masses. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to find that the industry bellwethers are releasing no-code or low-code platforms to build custom machine learning models that can be used with ease and security. Joining the big tech giants is China's internet major Baidu that launched an AI platform designed to make building custom ML models easier and it rules out the need for algorithmic programming. Known as EZDL, the service platform enables developers to build custom ML models with a drag-and-drop interface, Yongkang Xie, tech lead of Baidu EZDL, said in a company statement. He further emphasised developers can build deep learning models which are specific to their business needs only in four steps.

'Could scientists turn thoughts into speech? Hope for paralyzed patients to 'talk' again

Daily Mail

Scientists are getting closer and closer to being able to translate the thoughts of patients who have lost their speech into words. Technology has made leaps and bounds to bridge the rift that forms between mind and body when one (or both) are damaged by disease. Amputees can now be fit with futuristic mind-controlled body limbs; bionic eyes give sight to the sightless, cochlear implants allow the deaf to hear. Restoring speech, however, presents unique challenges and has mostly remained in the realm of science fiction and the (mostly) pseudoscience of telepathy. Ambitious scientists scattered across the world are on the brink of changing that with implants that act as'brain-computer interfaces' that may soon be able to broadcast the voices inside a speechless patients' heads.

How smart companies use voice and bots to get and keep more customers


AI voice assistants are more capable than ever of helping consumers shop smart. That means your marketing efforts will have to shift priorities in a major way to capture their attention. To hear about actual voice chat use cases, how to leverage voice and bots right now and more, don't miss this VB Live event! Ding dong, it soon may be time to start thinking of google as near-dead in the water. The day is coming where marketers will have to redirect the time, energy, and laser focus on search engine optimization, and the millions of dollars spent on buying keywords and relevant content, to voice interfaces.

The many interfaces of computing

MIT News

The new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will incorporate the modern tools of computing into disciplines across the Institute. "The college will equip students to be as fluent in computing and AI [artificial intelligence] as they are in their own disciplines -- and ready to use these digital tools wisely and humanely to help make a better world," says MIT President Rafael Reif. As often happens, it appears MIT students are already there. We recently spoke with six undergraduate students who are participating in the Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (SuperUROP), and found them already thinking deeply about how new computational technologies can be put to use in fields outside of computer science. These students are working on a huge range of problems that share a common theme: Solving them will provide tangible benefits to society.

Samsung is developing a system that might one day allow users to control their TVs with their brains

Daily Mail

Samsung is developing a TV system that might one day allow users to flick channels and adjust the volume using their brains. The so-called Project Ponthius is part of a cooperation between the South Korean electronics giant and the Center of Neuroprosthetics of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The aim of the project is to give people with severe physical disabilities, like quadriplegia, a chance to enjoy their favorite shows without the help of others. Samsung is developing a TV set that might one day allow users to flick channels and adjust the volume using their brains. The system uses a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) to connect the viewer with the TV set.

A.I. teaches Minecraft players about architecture - Futurity


You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Researchers have developed a Minecraft modification that uses artificial intelligence to help players improve their in-game architecture skills. Minecraft is a popular 3D video game where players build and navigate their own digital environments. The modification will tell players whether their buildings fit into certain architectural styles and offer ideas for how the structures could be improved. "One of the things that's important to learn when you're a kid and throughout life is creativity, abstraction--how to envision what you want and then create it," says senior author Ross Knepper, assistant professor of computer science at Cornell University.

These are the practical uses for artificial intelligence in business


Schneider Electric Chief Digital Officer Herve Coureil sat down with TechRepulic's Dan Patterson and talked about practical uses for AI in business. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. Dan Patterson: This may sound like an elementary question. How are we seeing not just business use AI now? I think we can all kind of point to some examples, but give me the next 18 to 36 months and help us understand, should companies, should enterprise companies, build, buy, or innovate?

Machine learning with Python: Essential hacks and tricks


It's never been easier to get started with machine learning. In addition to structured massive open online courses (MOOCs), there are a huge number of incredible, free resources available around the web. Here are a few that have helped me. Familiarity and moderate expertise in at least one high-level programming language is useful for beginners in machine learning. Unless you are a Ph.D. researcher working on a purely theoretical proof of some complex algorithm, you are expected to mostly use the existing machine learning algorithms and apply them in solving novel problems.

Anki revamps the Cozmo app with a facelift and easier access to games


After giving us a glimpse at the house of the future with home robot Vector, Anki is refocusing on Cozmo, its adorable robot companion. Nearing 2 years old and still going strong, this toy robot still has quite the magnetic personality and ecosystem to support it. Now, its companion app is getting a facelift that focuses on letting you do what you want, when you want, with Cozmo. It's a relatively small update, but should improve the experience in major ways. Anki is now emphasizing what you can actually do with Cozmo over just taking care of him.

New tool streamlines the creation of moving pictures


The tool is designed to animate similar elements within an image, such as balloons or raindrops, said Nora Willett, a graduate student in Princeton's Department of Computer Science and the lead author of a paper presenting the research. To do so, the user manually selects a subset of the repeating objects, then draws motion lines and specifies the frequency and velocity at which the objects should move. "The main challenge in this system was to design an interface that allows the person and the computer to work together to create a plausible animation," said co-author Adam Finkelstein, a Princeton professor of computer science. "The person provides clues about what aspects of the scene they would like to animate, and the computer removes much of the difficulty and tedium that would be required to create the animation completely by hand." The new tool builds on the existing capabilities of the Autodesk SketchBook Motion animation app.