Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry

Why cute robots are important for the entire tech industry

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  • An entertainment-minded robot may seem more trivial on the surface, but Sofman argued that the success of Cozmo’s integration into the home could have big ripples throughout the tech industry.
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Anki CEO Boris Sofman talks about making a robot that can compete with pets on the latest Recode Decode.
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Tech giants acquired 34 AI startups in Q1 2017

#TechGiants acquired 34 #AI #startups in Q1 2017 

 #fintech #insurtech #VC

  • (Reuters) – A total of 34 artificial intelligence startups were acquired in the first quarter of this year, more than twice the amount of activity in the year-ago quarter, according to the research firm CB Insights.
  • Startups are looking to go deep on applications of artificial intelligence to specific fields, such as health and retail, industry observers say, rather than compete directly with established companies.
  • Artificial intelligence companies that do remain independent field a steady stream of suitors: Matthew Zeiler, chief executive of Clarifai, which specializes in image and video recognition, said he has been approached about a dozen times by prospective acquirers since starting the company in late 2013.
  • Clarifai’s pitch to customers such as consumer goods company Unilever and hotel search firm Trivago is bolstered by its narrow focus on artificial intelligence.
  • Startups rarely have the capital to compete, but a company with a specialized mission can win over recruits, said Vic Gundotra, chief executive of AliveCor, which makes an AI-driven portable heart monitor.

(Reuters) – A total of 34 artificial intelligence startups were acquired in the first quarter of this year, more than twice the amount of activity in the year-ago quarter, according to the research firm CB Insights.
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This dystopian device warns you when AI is trying to impersonate actual humans

This Dystopian Device Warns You When #AI Is Trying to Impersonate Actual Humans

  • The wearable prototype device is designed to identify synthetic speech and alert the user that the voice they’re listening doesn’t belong to a flesh-and-blood individual.
  • As artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic technology rapidly evolve, we’re facing an uncertain future where machines can seemingly do all sorts of things better than people can – from mastering games to working our jobs, and even making new, more powerful forms of AI.
  • A team at Australian creative technology agency DT trained its AI up on a database of synthetic voices, teaching the offline network to recognise artificial speech patterns.
  • If the AI detects an actual human voice (code green), all is fine:

    But if the system picks up on synthetic speech, it has a unique way of subtly letting the human know that they’re talking to a digital clone.

  • “We wanted the device to give the wearer a unique sensation that matched what they were experiencing when a synthetic voice is detected,” the team explains on DT’s R&D blog.

Meet the Anti-AI AI.
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Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision- IBM Research

In 5 years, hyperimaging and #AI will give us superhero vision:  #IBM5in5

  • A view of the invisible or vaguely visible physical phenomena all around us could help make road and traffic conditions clearer for drivers and self-driving cars.
  • For example, using millimeter wave imaging, a camera and other sensors, hyperimaging technology could help a car see through fog or rain, detect hazardous and hard-to-see road conditions such as black ice, or tell us if there is some object up ahead and its distance and size.
  • Cognitive computing technologies will reason about this data and recognize what might be a tipped over garbage can versus a deer crossing the road, or a pot hole that could result in a flat tire.

Our ability to see beyond visible light will reveal new insights to help us understand the world around us. This technology will be widely available throughout our daily lives, giving us the ability to perceive or see through objects and opaque environmental conditions anytime, anywhere.
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Lecture Collection

Natural Language Processing with #DeepLearning lecture videos, Manning & Socher (Stanford)

  • Natural language processing (NLP) deals with the key artificial intelligence technology of understanding complex human language communication.
  • This lecture series provides a thorough introduction to the cutting-edge research in deep learning applied to NLP, an approach that has recently obtained very high performance across many different NLP tasks including question answering and machine translation.

Natural language processing (NLP) deals with the key artificial intelligence technology of understanding complex human language communication. This lecture s…
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50 Companies Leading the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Here are 50 companies leading the AI revolution

  • We know that artificial intelligence will soon reshape our world.
  • But which companies will lead the way?
  • To help ­answer that question, research firm CB Insights recently selected the “AI 100,” a list of the 100 most promising artificial intelligence startups ­globally.
  • The private companies were chosen (from a pool of over 1,650 candidates) by CB Insights’ Mosaic algorithm, based on factors like financing history, investor quality, business category, and momentum.
  • A look at the 50 largest startups on the list, ranked by total funds raised, shows that investment in AI is surging worldwide.

A look at the most promising global startups working with artificial intelligence.
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Artificial Intelligence will Speak Its Own Language — Soon

Artificial Intelligence will Speak Its Own Language
 #AI

  • Artificial Intelligence will Speak Its Own Language — SoonGrounded language is a new step towards Artificial Intelligence revealed by OpenAI.The article is about a system that invents a language which is tied to perception of the world.
  • In sum, the post reveals possibilities that might be opened via researches related to an artificial language.
  • At least the language will be similar to a signal language typical for animals.
  • Further languages will be evolved into more complex technologies…This article was originally published on pionic.

The article is about a system that invents a language which is tied to perception of the world. In sum, the post reveals possibilities that might be opened via researches related to an artificial…
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AI can now predict whether or not humans will think your photo is awesome

#AI can now predict whether or not humans will think your photo is awesome

  • The Aesthetics tool, still in beta testing, allows users to upload a photo and get an auto-generated list of tags, as well as a percentage rate on the “chance that this image is awesome.”
  • According to developers, the neural network was trained to view an image much in the same way a human photo editor would, looking at factors such as color, sharpness, and subject.
  • As early users report, the system seems to be fairly good at recognizing factors like whether or not the image is sharp and if the composition is interesting, but it is certainly far from a pair of human eyes.
  • While the results of just how “awesome” a photo is may not be accurate for every image, the auto-tagging tool could prove useful, generating a list of keywords from object recognition as well as less concrete terms, like love, happiness, and teamwork.
  • Clicking on a keyword will bring up an Everypixel search for other images with that same tag, or users can copy and paste the list of keywords.

Can a computer judge art? A new neural network program will rank photos by their probability of being awesome.
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AI, automation & the economy: Jeff Sachs in conversation with Azeem Azhar by Exponential View

#Exponential view:
#AI #automation + the #economy
podcast w/ @JeffDSachs

  • In a wide ranging podcast we talk about how technology has improved the lives of countless humans.
  • What will we do with the inequalities that will be increasingly produced by the technology revolution?

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Cars are learning to hear like humans and self-diagnose problems

Hear that? Your #car just did - ! 🚗 #iot #ai

  • Just like humans identify whether or not there is a problem with the car by hearing odd sounds coming from the engine or by hearing creaking sounds, cars can identify as well.
  • Their software can give cars the ability to diagnose problems themselves by simply hearing anomalous sounds coming from the car and/or the environment.
  • They are testing the tech by providing it with many sounds that come from their cars.
  • This can be a huge boost as one of the important factors of customer dissatisfaction is odd noises coming from a car and not being able to locate the problem.
  • Other than diagnosing problems, this tech can also be used to help cars in perceiving their environment.

Intelligent machines are not only trying to learn and act like humans, they are beginning to sense their environment like them as well. Latest among them are cars that are getting a sense of hearing that would allow them to enhance their intelligence level by perceiving their environment like humans do.
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