Futuristic & RADIAnt Win ATEC 2017 Developer Challenge

Innovative teams at this year’s ATEC Developer Challenge showed how state-of-the-technologies such as augmented reality and big data analytics can expand the functionalities of digital payment platforms far beyond simple money transfers. Held October 11-12 in San Francisco, the Challenge featured teams of top university students, experienced developers, startup founders, serial Hackathon winners and other […]

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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication networks can help fuel smart cities

[A version of this post appears on the O’Reilly Radar.] The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast: Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz on the importance of building the ground control center of the future. In this episode of the Data Show, I spoke with Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and CTO of Nexar. We first met when he was leading Yahoo! technical […]

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Alibaba Pumps US$15 Billion into Quantum Computing & AI

Alibaba Group announced its new DAMO Academy for fundamental and disruptive technology research at Alibaba Cloud’s Computing Conference 2017 in Hangzhou. The company will invest US$15 billion into the project, featuring a dozen top-notch international scientists working in quantum computing, machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, fintech, IoT, hardware, and more. […]

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Petuum Closes $93 Million in Series B Funding Led by SoftBank

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 10, 2017 – Petuum, Inc., a machine learning (ML) infrastructure platform, has closed $93 million in Series B funding led by a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”), with participation from previous investor Advantech Capital. Petuum has raised a total of $108 million, making it one of the best-funded early-stage AI startups. Despite all the hype about machine […]

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Six Disruptive AI Platforms for Law

An intelligent revolution of the legal industry has begun. This March The New York Times reported on Luis Salazar, a partner of a small Miami law firm, who discovered bankruptcy cases similar to his client’s by using an online AI legal database. The system also provided a summary and two-page explanatory memo, which to Salazar’s […]

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AI Abuzz over CycleGan Face Swapping Video

Don’t be surprised if tomorrow’s YouTube Stars are not real, because advanced deep learning models may soon make virtual talking heads indistinguishable from today’s flesh-and-blood hosts. YouTuber “TJWei” recently uploaded a “Face-off” video on YouTube. The four-minute split-screen clip sees two figures speaking and emoting simultaneously. Both look human, but one is an entity generated […]

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Advanced Vision Algorithm Helps Robots Learn to See in 3D

Abstract Researchers from Brown University and Duke University introduced a new object representation that allows the robots to identify three-dimensional objects with partially obscured geometry. They claimed that this method, called the Bayesian Eigenobjects (BEOs), was the first technique which could perform joint classification, pose estimation, and 3D geometric completion. In addition, BEOs outperformed extremely […]

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Good AI Lab Energizes Biotech With AI

Biological data is the key to discovering treatments for incurable diseases. But finding a cure hidden in a mountain of data can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Unless you have a supercomputer. Enter Silicon Valley-based Good AI lab, which aims to crowdsource the world’s unused FLOPS in order to provide medical […]

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Google AI Assistant Smartest in Human IQ Tests

They may live in our smartphones, but just how “smart” are Siri, Cortana, and other digital voice assistants? Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences used human IQ tests to find out. The results of their study were published this September and ranked the 2016 edition of Google’s generically-named “Assistant” at the head of the […]

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This Cloud Has a Smart Lining

Each time you ask Amazon’s Alexa to book a meeting or call mom, your request is sent to Amazon Web Services for processing. Alexa’s intelligence actually lives in Amazon’s cloud. AI-powered cloud platforms can embed intelligence into services and help businesses benefit from AI’s many applications. Amazon Web Service is the biggest cloud provider, enriched […]

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