Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick brings AI brains to USB port

Intel lets you stick an #AI brain into your USB port

  • Intel’s $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick lets you plug some computing brains into your laptop’s USB port.
  • The device, geared for tinkerers and programmers, can crank out 100 billion mathematical calculations per second while consuming a paltry 1 watt of power.
  • That’s the kind of thing that can be handy if you’re trying to work out computer vision in your drone or help your cleaning robot tell the difference between a cat and a coffee table.
  • Intel announced the device at the conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition on Thursday.
  • Artificial intelligence — and more specifically a brain-like approach called neural networks to machine-learning technology — is sweeping the industry as a new way to do everything from recognize speech to identify what ingredients are in your lunch.

The $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick is tuned for tinkerers and engineers who want to give neural network technology a whirl.
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Fortune 500: Adobe CEO Hints at Artificial Intelligence on Photoshop

  • Foggy bottom: When Narayen became CEO, “you could see there were some dark clouds on the horizon,” he says.
  • Adobe switched to a subscription model, opening the door to a new way to deliver software in which customers could more easily receive updates and new features.
  • Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.Courtesy of Adobe Finding Wall Street: Investors were concerned Adobe was spending too much on data centers, but Narayen convinced them it would pay off.
  • Double Duty: Adobe’s board elected Narayen as its chairman this year on top of his CEO duties.
  • Narayen is quick to mention Adobe couldn’t be successful without his staff’s hard work.

As Adobe arrives on the Fortune 500 for the first time, CEO Shantanu Narayen shares how the cloud and AI lead it to a sunnier future.
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This interactive map uses machine learning to arrange visually similar fonts

This interactive map uses machine learning to arrange visually similar fonts

  • Typography enthusiasts likely already know how to identify fonts by name, but it’s always useful to explore visually similar fonts when you feel like changing up your options.
  • Design consultant firm IDEO’s Font Map helps you do exactly that, with an interactive tool that lets you browse through fonts by clicking on them and seeing ones nearby that look similar, or by specifically searching for fonts by name.
  • IDEO software designer Kevin Ho built the map using a machine learning algorithm that can sort fonts by visual characteristics, like weight, serif or san-serif, and cursive or non-cursive.
  • “Designers need an easier way to discover alternative fonts with the same aesthetic — so I decided to see if a machine learning algorithm could sort fonts by visual characteristics, and enabling designers to explore type in a new way,” he wrote in a blog post.
  • Services that compare and suggest visually similar fonts already exist, like Identifont and the blog Typewolf, but IDEO’s tool makes it easy to quickly browse and at the very least, appreciate all the options out there that help make the web more beautiful.

Typography enthusiasts likely already know how to identify fonts by name, but it’s always useful to explore visually similar fonts when you feel like changing up your options. Design consultant…
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Artificial Intelligence Is Changing How We Shop Online

How #AI is changing the way we do our shopping online:

  • These deep learning algorithms have been used in the autonomous driving industry for quite some time, and only now is it beginning to branch out into other industries, such as online shopping.
  • One company that offers machine learning solutions for e-commerce businesses and others is Adobe Marketing Cloud as they recognize the need to make use of AI as early as possible.
  • Andrew Zhai is an engineer working on the visual search side of things at Pinterest, and he said, “For shopping specifically, improvements to online discovery means new ways to find products you’re interested in but may not have the words for.
  • Etsy is also keen to jump onboard with deep learning technology, and just last fall purchased Blackbird Technologies to integrate the firm image recognition and natural language processing into its search function.
  • Some of Adobe’s marketing tools also use deep learning techniques and are used to predict their customer’s shopping behaviors and patterns.

There’s no doubt about it that our future is one that involves artificial intelligence (AI) in a big way. While some companies are faster than others at
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The source code behind PhD APIs

Are you developing with the latest technology? Take a peek at deep learning source codes:

  • Get sample code for implementing deep learning and natural language processing APIs
  • The code transforms a tedious manual content workflow into a more automated, cost-efficient process.
  • As the API economy enters its second decade, many organizations, from startups to Fortune 500, are recognizing the transformational power of APIs and creating game-changing applications.
  • We partnered with ProgrammableWeb to put together a use case to provide the source code and thinking behind NewsMedia Inc.’s (a fictitious company) implementation of deep learning and natural language processing APIs available on Watson Developer Cloud .
  • Savvy developers know where the APIs are and how to put them to use in a way that enables iterative and agile application development.

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@IBMWatson: “Are you developing with the latest technology? Take a peek at deep learning source codes:”


As the API economy enters its second decade, many organizations, from startups to Fortune 500, are recognizing the transformational power of APIs and creating game-changing applications. Developers now draw from a nearly infinite palette of internal and public APIs in an effort to outsource almost all of their application functionality.


The source code behind PhD APIs