machine learning

Yet another Google AI leader has defected to Apple

Enlarge / AI researcher Samy Bengio (left) poses with his brother Yoshua Bengio (right) for a photo tied to a report from cloud-platform company Paperspace on the future of AI. Paperspace Apple has hired Samy Bengio, a prominent AI researcher who previously worked at Google. Bengio will lead “a new AI research unit” within Apple, …

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Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

Facebook Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information. Instead of relying on heavily supervised AI learning, Facebook is now using weak supervision …

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Netflix explains how it uses AI to sell you on a show

Alin Surdu on Unsplash If Netflix’s decisions on marketing its hundreds of original shows seem highly calculated… that’s probably because they were. Netflix has outlined how it uses AI to market shows and predict their success in ways that conventional box office numbers and Nielsen ratings likely couldn’t match. Effectively, it comes down to finding …

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Intel enters the laptop discrete GPU market with Xe Max

Enlarge / This is Intel’s DG1 chipset, the heart of the Xe Max GPU. Intel This weekend, Intel released preliminary information on its newest laptop part—the Xe Max discrete GPU, which functions alongside and in tandem with Tiger Lake’s integrated Iris Xe GPU. We first heard about Xe Max at Acer’s Next 2020 launch event, where it …

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Smart fabric can recognize the food you put on the table

Tatjana WAGNER via Getty Images Wouldn’t it be helpful if a food tracking or recipe app could determine what you’re eating just by detecting what’s on your table? You might get your wish. Researchers at Microsoft and multiple universities have developed Capacitivo, a smart fabric system that can detect food, drinks, and other objects based …

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Google’s ‘Search On’ event will reveal new AI-powered features on Thursday

Google If you’re not done with presentations after Apple’s iPhone 12 launch earlier, set some time aside on Thursday afternoon to find out what’s new in search. Google just sent out invites for a live stream event on October 15th at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET where “you’ll hear about the latest ways …

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Alphabet’s Mineral moonshot wants to help farmers with robotic plant buggies

Alphabet / Mineral In 2018, Alphabet’s X lab said it was in the process of exploring how it could use artificial intelligence to improve farming. On Monday, X announced that its “computational agriculture” project is called Mineral. The Mineral team has spent the last several years “developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based …

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Cornell’s VibroSense makes appliances ‘smart’ by tracking their vibrations

Choreograph via Getty Images We’ve all been there at some point: you forget to go to the dryer when it completes a cycle, letting your clothes sit and collect wrinkles. That’s just one example of inefficient home appliance use, and it’s probably one that most people would like to avoid if they could. A new …

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Google Magenta’s Lo-Fi Player is an AI-based virtual music studio

Google Magenta / MIT Tech Review Lo-Fi Player, a new project out of Google Magenta, wants to help people play around with music creation — no experience necessary. Lo-Fi Player is a pixelated, 2D virtual room that runs in a web browser. It lets you mix lo-fi hip hop tracks by clicking on different objects …

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Google Sheets will soon suggest formulas as you type

Google Spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets can be powerful tools if you’re a wizard with formulas, but learning all the ins-and-outs of those apps can be time-consuming. If you only use Sheets sparingly, Google is adding two features that will save you some time the next time you need to work on …

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