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Microsoft researchers are teaching AI to write stories about groups of photos

Microsoft researchers have come up with a novel way to have computers tell stories about what’s happening in multiple photographs using artificial intelligence (AI). Today the company is publishing an academic paper describing the technology, which could one day power services that are especially useful to the visually impaired, as well as the photos, captions, […]

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Artificial intelligence startup DigitalGenius raises $4M to make customer service agents superhuman

VB INSIGHT: DigitalGenius is announcing a Human+AI customer service platform today with a $4.1 million seed investment. The platform integrates with existing customer service software suites — like Salesforce, Zendesk, and Oracle — to automate the most repetitive parts of customer service through AI and machine learning-powered chat bots. The work to augment the process, while still keeping the human […]

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Facebook’s latest AI experiments: generating captions and recognizing faces in videos

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook demonstrated its latest artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts. Not surprisingly, they are about video. Video implies a whole bunch of individual images put together. So it logically flows from Facebook’s progress around object recognition and image caption generation using AI. “You can imagine us building […]

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Google launches TensorFlow 0.8 with support for distributed model training

Google today is announcing the release of version 0.8 of its TensorFlow open-source machine learning software. The release is significant because it supports the ability to train machine learning models on more than just a single machine. TensorFlow can be used for a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural […]

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Unlike Google Translate, Microsoft Translator for iOS now works offline

Microsoft today announced that its Microsoft Translator app for iOS devices can now translate text and images from one language to another even when you’re offline. The app already supported this functionality on Android, and the competing Google Translate for Android could work offline, too. But in this case, Microsoft has beat Google to the […]

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Amazon hires team behind deep learning startup Orbeus

Amazon has hired nearly all of the people who worked at Orbeus, a small startup with technology for identifying items and people in photos and videos using deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence. Orbeus built an app for iOS and Android that could instantly tag photos, called PhotoTime, as well as the underlying Rekognition […]

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Facebook adds spoken photo captions for iOS screen readers

Facebook today announced the launch of a feature called automatic alternative text. It’s a big step forward in accessibility, because it will allow people who use screen readers — software that provides spoken descriptions of what’s onscreen — to receive summaries of what’s contained in photos that people post on Facebook. Until this point, only […]

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Deep learning will be huge — and here’s who will dominate it

GUEST: Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming AI. Until deep learning was introduced, […]

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Google Translate could become more accurate soon thanks to deep learning

Google has smartened up several of its products with a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training neural networks on lots of data and then having them make predictions about new data. Google Maps, Google Photos, and Gmail, for example, have been enhanced with this type of technology. The next service that […]

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Watch Google’s AI take on Go board game champion Lee Sedol

Tonight YouTube will be live-streaming the first of a five-game match of the ancient Chinese board game Go between the AlphaGo artificial intelligence system from Google’s DeepMind AI research lab and Go superstar Lee Sedol. YouTube will be live-streaming the four subsequent matches over the next few days. The match is reminiscent of IBM’s Watson […]

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Yahoo open-sources CaffeOnSpark deep learning framework for Hadoop

Yahoo today is releasing some key artificial intelligence software (AI) under an open-source license. The company last year built a library called CaffeOnSpark to perform a popular type of AI called “deep learning” on the vast swaths of data kept in its Hadoop open-source file system for storing big data. Now it’s becoming available for […]

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Google open-sources TensorFlow Serving for deploying machine learning models

Google today announced that it has open-sourced TensorFlow Serving, a piece of software that makes it easy to deploy machine learning models that can make inferences about new data. The software, which is available on GitHub, works natively with Google’s previously open-sourced TensorFlow deep learning framework, but it can also support other tools. “TensorFlow Serving […]

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YouTube will livestream Google’s AI playing Go superstar Lee Sedol in March

Google will provide YouTube livestreams of its artificial intelligence (AI) software playing games of the ancient Chinese board game of Go against Lee Sedol, the highest ranked Go player in the world. Demis Hassabis, head of the Google DeepMind lab behind its AlphaGo AI system, announced the news today in a tweet. Match days: 9, […]

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Google’s AI beats a professional Go player, an industry first

Google has achieved something major in artificial intelligence (AI) research. A computer system it has built to play the ancient Chinese board game Go has managed to win a match against a professional Go player: the European champion Fan Hui. The research is documented in a paper in this week’s issue of the journal Nature. […]

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Facebook’s artificially intelligent Go player is getting smarter

Facebook today is demonstrating recent progress in its effort to have a computer program beat a human being in the ancient Chinese board game Go. In an academic paper that Facebook published online today, Facebook documents the advancements of its Darkforest Go players that draw on artificial intelligence (AI) in order to more effectively win […]

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Microsoft moves its CNTK deep learning toolkit from CodePlex to GitHub

Microsoft is announcing today that it’s moving the repository for its Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) open-source deep learning software from Microsoft’s CodePlex source code repository hosting site to GitHub, a popular site for hosting open-source projects. In addition to migrating the project, Microsoft is also dropping the Microsoft Research License that’s been on it since […]

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Google launches a deep learning course on Udacity

Google today announced that it’s bringing a deep learning course to massively open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity. Deep learning is an increasingly popular type of artificial intelligence. Generally speaking, it involves training artificial neural networks on lots of data — like pictures — and then getting them to make inferences about new data based […]

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Baidu open-sources its WARP-CTC artificial intelligence software

Chinese Web company Baidu is announcing today that it is releasing key artificial intelligence (AI) software under an open-source Apache license. The WARP-CTC C library and optional Torch bindings are now available on GitHub, by way of Baidu Research’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). The connectionist temporal classification (CTC) approach dates back to 2006, when […]

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Apple has reportedly acquired facial expression recognition startup Emotient

Apple has acquired Emotient, a startup with technology for recognizing emotions in people’s faces in video content, according to a report today. This is Apple’s latest in a series of recent acquisitions of companies well versed in artificial intelligence. In reporting the deal, the Wall Street Journal did not say how much Apple paid for […]

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Nvidia creates a deep-learning platform for self-driving cars

The self-driving car is a huge computational problem. It’s so tough that traditional computer vision techniques don’t work tackling it. So Nvidia has turned to an artificial intelligence technique, dubbed deep learning, to train brain-like computers that can learn how to identify hazards on a road and safely direct a self-driving car. The technology requires […]

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5 deep learning startups to follow in 2016

So much has happened this year in the world of deep learning, that trendy type of artificial intelligence that entails training artificial neural networks on large data sets and then getting them to make inferences about new data. There have been technical breakthroughs, acquisitions, funding deals, open source releases in the field, and even the […]

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Facebook says its object detection tech has improved by 60% in one year

Facebook is back again, boasting its gains in artificial intelligence. Today the company’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, is talking up improvements in Facebook’s capabilities when it comes to two types of image recognition. “Teaching computers to be able to detect and differentiate between objects — to train them to understand what the patterns in […]

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Microsoft releases Cortana-like speech to text technology to select developers

Microsoft today announced a new private preview of the Custom Recognition Intelligence Service (CRIS), a highly customizable tool that can give applications Siri-like speech-to-text functionality. Also today, Microsoft is opening up public previews for two sets of application programming interfaces (APIs) that offer developers technology that can understand who’s talking in audio recordings and what […]

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Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and others commit $1B to nonprofit artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI

Several technology luminaries are announcing today that they have committed $1 billion to fund a new nonprofit artificial intelligence research company called OpenAI. Y Combinator president Sam Altman, former Stripe chief technology officer Greg Brockman, Tesla and SpaceX cofounder Elon Musk, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, […]

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