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The Future Is Now: Machines Track Your Data to Learn How You Think

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When quizzed about the problem-solving that Google uses ML to enhance, Pande said that Google's large pool of user data allows them to provide answers to text, voice, speech and translation-related issues posed by users. ML applications currently in the works can also read text and detect the tone of what is being written. For instance, they can figure out if a user is congratulating someone or complaining about something, and act accordingly. Recently, Google has given us a real-world example of ML put to work, with products like Suggested Sharing, and Photo Books that utilise it to select the best of your photos and make a photo album for you.


Uber's next CEO faces 3 steep challenges

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As the ride-hailing start-up gets set to replace co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick, who resigned late Tuesday after a group of investor firms pushed him to quit, it's on the hunt for a change agent who can revamp a company that's riddled with uncertainty and still hasn't passed one of the biggest tests of a start-up -- its IPO. They include names that were reported in past weeks as Uber searched for a chief operations officer to partner with Kalanick at the helm. A Fox Business report citing unnamed sources mentioned two potential COO candidates, Thomas Staggs, the former Walt Disney COO, and Karenann Terrell, former chief information officer of Walmart. But perhaps the biggest hurdle facing any new chief executive isn't Uber's cultural problems or its legal issues, which range from a federal investigation into its Greyball technology that fooled regulators to an ongoing lawsuit brought by Google's self-driving car company Waymo over allegedly stolen trade secrets.


Got a face-recognition algorithm? Uncle Sam wants to review it

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The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm." asks a posting on challenge.gov The goal of the Face Recognition Prize Challenge is to improve core face recognition accuracy and expand the breadth of capture conditions and environments suitable for successful face recognition. The government noted that there has been "enormous research" done in the field, and it wants "to know whether this rich vein of research has produced advancements in face recognition accuracy." The most accurate algorithms submitted to the government for the contest are eligible to split a pot of $50,000, according to the contest rules.


Can a fancy new video feature make Match cool again?

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In fact, in their most recent Singles in America survey, Match found that 72% of singles think "someone's voice makes a person attractive." While video has fast taken over the rest of the internet, dating apps have been slow to come on board. Match also has an existing infrastructure for moderating a massive amount of user-generated content, so throwing video into the mix will not be back-breaking amount of work. Somewhere around 60 percent of users have opted into it since its debut in January, and Ginsberg has similarly high expectations for Stories.


AI reveals global clothing preferences by data-mining Instagram photos

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For example, the algorithm learned to recognize whether people were wearing a jacket, a scarf, a necktie, glasses, a hat, and so on. The clustering algorithm found some 400 different visual themes, such as people wearing white T-shirts and glasses, or wearing red V-neck tops or black dresses, or not wearing tops at all! They also found a sudden increase in popularity of yellow shirts in Colombia and Brazil during the June/July 2014 football World Cup--both countries' football teams wear yellow. As Matzen and co conclude: "The combination of big data, machine learning, computer vision, and automated analysis algorithms would make for a very powerful analysis tool more broadly in visual discovery of fashion and many other areas."


Yes, for AI, it really is all about the data

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While science fiction often portrays AI as robots with humanlike characteristics, AI can encompass anything from Google's search algorithms to IBM's Watson to autonomous weapons. The big data infrastructure, the deep learning models, and everything else exist to serve the data, not the other way around. AI provides the large-scale analytics needed to extract meaning and benefit from big data, while big data provides the knowledge needed for AI to continue to learn and evolve. Its investments in AI and big data infrastructure are essentially a means to get you to share more data, and then analyze it to sell ads against it.


AI (Deep Learning) explained simply

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Machine learning (ML), a subset of AI, make machines learn from experience, from examples of the real world: the more the data, the more it learns. In ML instead we only feed data samples of the problem to solve: lots of spam and no spam emails, cancer and no cancer photos etc., all first sorted, polished, and labeled by humans. MLs looking at screenshots of web pages or apps, can write code producing similar pages or apps. ML trained to win at poker game learned to bluff, handling missing and potentially fake, misleading information.


Artificial Intelligence can clear up the harmful Facebook contents

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Google, YouTube and many such companies have already introduced a system where the harmful contents can be removed from the webpage. Facebook has ramped up use of artificial intelligence such as image matching and language understanding to identify and remove content quickly, Monika Bickert, Facebook's director of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, counter-terrorism policy manager. Although many methods were previously launched, nothing can be as successful as Artificial Intelligence and that of Machine Language. Facebook uses artificial intelligence for image matching that allows the company to see if a photo or video being uploaded matches a known photo or video from groups it has defined as terrorist, such as Islamic State, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, the company said in the blog post.


Tinder and Delta want to help you pretend to be a world traveler on your dating profile

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If you are too busy or strapped for cash to actually go abroad, but you still want to look like a seasoned traveler, Delta and Tinder have a fix for you. Apparently if your profile photo makes you look like a world traveler, you're more likely to get that coveted swipe right on Tinder. There is now a wall featuring nine different scenes of popular destinations around the world, conveniently located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. So happy we finally got to go to London -what a quick trip thanks to @delta's #deltadatingwall - just an hour overseas (over the Hudson sea that is) #nyc #brooklyn #williamsburg #tinder #london This wall is cute purely as art, but it's pretty clear if you look at the photos for more than two seconds that the image behind them is painted on brick.


Microsoft Pix update lets your turn your images into art

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Microsoft has rolled out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app Pix that lets you turn your iPhone images into art. Microsoft has rolled out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app Pix that lets you turn your iPhone images into art. Microsoft has rolled out an update to its AI-powered photo editing app Pix that lets you turn your iPhone images into art. The feature works by using an artificial intelligence approach called deep neural networks, which can be used to train massive datasets.