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How to record vocals for music and spoken word
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. There are different schools of thought when it comes to
US mobile bank MoneyLion raises $100 million at ‘near unicorn’ valuation
There’s a new fintech startup in the U.S. that is inching closer to the unicorn status. New York City-headquartered MoneyLion, which provides customers both financial advice and access to loans and
This Website Uses AI to Transform Any Picture into a 15th-Century Portrait
With the internet buzzing about the viral FaceApp, which uses AI to predict how anyone will look in 30 years, there’s another service that will transform you into a work of art. If you’ve ever dreamed
The AI Renaissance portrait generator isn't great at painting people of color
Surprise! Artificial intelligence-generated portraits based off artwork from 15th century Europe... kind of suck at depicting people of color. Because we're apparently always ready to hand over our
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Microsoft sinks $1B into OpenAI to build ‘supercomputer AI’ for Azure
Microsoft has invested $1 billion in Elon Musk-founded (Musk has since departed) artificial intelligence company OpenAI in an effort build supercomputer AI technologies for its Azure cloud services.
Bosch and Daimler obtain regulatory approval for level 4 self-parking system
Bosch and Daimler claim that their fully autonomous parking system at the Mercedes-Benz Museum is the first to pass regulatory muster in Germany.
Qomplx raises $78.6 million for analytics-as-a-service platform
Reston, Virginia-based data analytics-as-a-service provider Qomplx has raised $78.6 million.
India’s Haptik acqui-hires Los Angeles startup Convrg in international expansion push
Mumbai-based Haptik, which operates a conversational AI platform, has already won several high-profile clients in India. Now the five-year-old firm, with newly found significant capital in the bank,
Freedom Robotics raises $6.6M to take the hassle out of founding a robotics startup
After years — decades even — of promises, the robotics industry is finally beginning to realize its potential. Nowhere is this phenomenon clearer than in the world of warehouse automation. Freedom
Amazon’s Skill Flow Builder simplifies story-based game development for Alexa
Amazon's new Skill Flow Builder tool comprises a wealth of tools designed to simplify narrative game development for Alexa-enabled devices.
The Hidden Costs of Automated Thinking
Answers without theory, found and deployed in different areas, can complicate one another in unpredictable ways, Jonathan Zittrain writes.
Lyft releases open source data set for autonomous vehicle development
Lyft has released an open source data set for autonomous vehicle development, following the example set by Waymo and others.
Google updates its speech tech for contact centers
Last July, Google announced its Contact Center AI product for helping businesses get more value out of their contact centers. Contact Center AI uses a mix of Google’s machine learning-powered tools to
Known for its electric scooters, Gogoro moves toward its future as a mobility platform
Since the launch of its first electric scooter in 2015, Gogoro co-founder and CEO Horace Luke has frequently been asked when the startup is going to expand beyond Taiwan. In its home country, Gogoro’s
Facebook researchers propose an AI assistant for Minecraft
Facebook researchers propose in a paper building an intelligent assistant for Minecraft, which they argue is an ideal training ground for NLU agents.
Alphabet’s Loon balloons developed clever strategies to pass 1M hours flying in Earth’s stratosphere
Alphabet’s Loon subsidiary, which aims to blanket the Earth in high-speed broadband internet connectivity, has passed the 1 million-hour mark in terms of total time spent in Earth’s stratosphere
Agolo attracts Microsoft and Google funding with AI-powered summarization tools
As the ways we consume content multiply and change, media creators are hard pressed to adapt their methods to take advantage. Short-form audio and video news is one growing but labor-intensive niche —
Buy a demo table at TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019
Early-stage enterprise startup founders listen up. That sound you hear is opportunity knocking. Answer the call, open the door and join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September 5 in San Francisco.
Why US public schools’ creepy use of surveillance AI should frighten you
Public schools across the US continue to spend millions implementing AI-powered surveillance solutions alleged to prevent or mitigate violence. The only problem: most of them don’t work. US schools
Facebook empowers OpenStreetMap community with AI-enhanced tools
If we're going to map the world, we're not going to do it with ever-greater volumes of elbow grease. There's just too much work to do. AI and computer vision are helpful assistants in this task,