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Inside Google’s plan to stalk your social media accounts
Google, once again, is excited about social media. But not in the ways you might think; this isn’t about another in a failed string of chat apps, or the knockout success that never was in Google Plus.
Autonomous drones could herd birds away from airports
Bird strikes on aircraft may be rare, but not so rare that airports shouldn't take precautions against them. But keeping birds away is a difficult proposition: how do you control the behavior of
Google researchers develop AI for better facial recognition and object detection on smartphones
Google researchers developed a system that automatically tests and chooses highly optimized on-device machine learning models.
Programmer trains artificial intelligence to draw faces from text descriptions
Animesh Karnewar wanted to know how characters described in books would appear in reality, so he turned to artificial intelligence to see if it could render these fictional people. He used machine
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Scale, whose army of humans annotate raw data to train self-driving and other AI systems, nabs $18M
The artificial intelligence revolution is underway in the world of technology, but as it turns out, some of the most faithful foot soldiers are still humans. A startup called Scale, which works with a
The U.S. Defense Department is readying for the battle against deepfakes
The U.S. Defense Department is already preparing itself for the fight against deepfakes, fake audio and video created by artificial intelligence that burst into the mainstream last year thanks to
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Chinese AI startup Tianrang raises a $26M funding round, launches new project to apply ML to cities
Chinese AI startup Tianrang has raised a $26 million (RMB180 million) funding round from China’s Gaorong Capital and co-lead CMB International Capital. Other investors included Ziniu Fund and Chinese
Scale raises $18 million to label data from autonomous car companies like Lyft and Embark
San Francisco-based startup Scale has raised $18 million for its system that labels autonomous car data quickly and accurately.
Firefox Test Pilot introduces smart ‘Advance’ extension to help you explore the web
Mozilla’s Firefox web browser announced today a new experimental extension called Advance that uses machine learning to help users more contextually and intuitively surf the web. This extension is
OpenAI Bots Crush the Best Human Dota 2 Players in the World
OpenAI challenged five of the world's best pro Dota 2 players, and the AI won handily. The post OpenAI Bots Crush the Best Human Dota 2 Players in the World appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics raises $40 million
In Don Burnette and Paz Eshel’s view, trucking is the killer app for self-driving technology. It’s what led Burnette to leave the Google self-driving project and co-found Otto in early 2016, along
AI learns how to dribble a basketball
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and DeepMotion used AI to teach a digital avatar how to dribble a basketball.
Researchers teach an AI how to dribble
While this animated fellow looks like something out of NBA 2K18, it’s really an AI that’s learning how to dribble in real time. The AI starts out fumbling the ball a bit and by cycle 95 it is able to
Tokyo will use facial recognition for security during the 2020 Olympics
Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to use facial recognition technology to increase security around all venues.
Here’s Twitter’s position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) — hint: It’s a fudge
The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans
Royal Caribbean uses AI to create personalized vacation music videos
Last November, Royal Caribbean International said it would turn its fleet of 25 cruise ships into high-tech playgrounds. Today, it is adding to that with the release of SoundSeeker, a tool that uses
AI is Vodafone’s go-to for better customer retention (VB Live)
VB LIVE: "AI-powered analytics can change the customer retention game," says Aditi Mohanty, Vodafone's digital marketing manager. "There's so much data that we have from consumers interacting with
Japan’s Freee raises $60M to grow its cloud accounting business
Japan-based accounting software company Freee, one of the country’s most-prominent startups, has raised a $60 million Series E funding round as it bids to expand its services into other areas of
India’s Uber rival Ola is headed to Europe with ride-hailing launch in the UK
The UK is getting a new alternative to Uber after India-based ride-hailing company Ola announced plans to expand to the country, which will become its first market in Europe. Ola was founded in 2010
Android Pie is here: what you need to know about Android 9
The latest Android dessert is here! Google is now serving us what we’ve been calling Android P the past year. It’s not Android Pineapple, Android Peppermint Pocky, Pancake, Popsicle, or Peanut Butter.