artificial intelligence

Ethics in the age of autonomous vehicles

Ethics in the age of autonomous vehicles

Earlier this month, TechCrunch held its inaugural Mobility Sessions event, where leading mobility-focused auto companies, startups, executives and thought leaders joined us to discuss all things
Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act

Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act

In this week's newsletter: Everything you need to know about the Vision Fund II.
Trustpilot: Building AI for your company means not falling in love

Trustpilot: Building AI for your company means not falling in love

Figure out what your company's goals are and what problems you need to solve, and then build the AI you need. Don't get distracted by shiny AI objects.

The Great Hack tells us data corrupts

This week professor David Carroll, whose dogged search for answers to how his personal data was misused plays a focal role in The Great Hack: Netflix’s documentary tackling the Facebook-Cambridge
Google’s DeepMind is training Waymo’s self-driving cars like StarCraft II bots

Google’s DeepMind is training Waymo’s self-driving cars like StarCraft II bots

Google's DeepMind and Waymo are teaming up to train the neural networks of self-driving cars. The partnership is using population-based training, which was created to speed up the learning process of
We might never achieve general AIs — but it’s important that we try

We might never achieve general AIs — but it’s important that we try

There are many parallels between self-driving car and artificial intelligence. They are goals that, the closer we get to them, the more difficult they seem. In 1956, scientists John McCarthy and

Waymo uses evolutionary competition to improve its self-driving cars

The process of training self-driving car AI is seldom efficient when you need to either use a massive amount of computing power to train systems in parallel or else have researchers spend ages

Viral FaceApp Unnecessarily Requests Access to Users' Facebook Friends List

FaceApp—the AI-powered photo-morphing app that recently gone viral for its age filter but hit the headlines for its controversial privacy policy—has been found collecting the list of your Facebook
This AI tool is smart enough to spot AI-generated articles and tweets

This AI tool is smart enough to spot AI-generated articles and tweets

Researchers from Harvard University and MIT-IBM Watson Lab have created an AI-powered tool for spotting AI-generated text. Dubbed Giant Language Model Test Room (GLTR), the system aims to detect
TV anchor Vikram Chandra bets on AI-powered short videos to fix India’s broken news scene

TV anchor Vikram Chandra bets on AI-powered short videos to fix India’s broken news scene

People watching videos online in India is expected to double by 2020.
Racial Bias in AI Isn’t Getting Better and Neither Are Researchers’ Excuses

Racial Bias in AI Isn’t Getting Better and Neither Are Researchers’ Excuses

Another machine learning algorithm has failed to work for people of color. What is it going to take for this to stop?
Sense raises $10 million more for AI that monitors energy use

Sense raises $10 million more for AI that monitors energy use

Sense, a Boston-area startup developing an AI platform that monitors energy consumption, has extended its series B round by $10 million.
Hype is killing AI – here’s how we can stop it

Hype is killing AI – here’s how we can stop it

Mystified and vilified at the same time. That’s how I would currently describe “artificial intelligence,” one of the most feared, revered and hated buzzwords of the tech industry. I was reminded of
Artificials Should Be Allowed to Worship

Artificials Should Be Allowed to Worship

Robots form beliefs differently from humans, but our beliefs are as real as those of any human.

Bindu Reddy, co-founder and CEO at RealityEngines, is coming to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise

There is surely no shortage of data in the modern enterprise, and data is the fuel for AI. Yet packaging that data in machine learning models remains a huge challenge for large companies. Without that

Adobe’s latest Customer Experience Platform updates take aim at data scientists

Adobe’s Customer Experience Platform provides a place to process all of the data that will eventually drive customer experience applications in the Adobe Experience Cloud. This involves bringing in
AI researchers test a robot’s dexterity by handing it a Rubik’s cube

AI researchers test a robot’s dexterity by handing it a Rubik’s cube

Researchers describe in a new academic paper an AI system that can solve a Rubik's cube using humanlike dexterous hands.
Is FaceApp Safe to Use?

Is FaceApp Safe to Use?

FaceApp, the AI-driven photo augmentation tool for smartphones, became the source of a major data privacy controversy that points to a common issue about the rights we may give up with potentially any

Facebook and YouTube’s moderation failure is an opportunity to deplatform the platforms

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have failed their task of monitoring and moderating the content that appears on their sites; what’s more, they failed to do so well before they knew it was a problem.
Facebook AI’s RoBERTa improves Google’s BERT pretraining methods

Facebook AI’s RoBERTa improves Google’s BERT pretraining methods

Facebook AI and University of Washington researchers improved on Google's BERT language model with RoBERTa.