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AI is cool and all – but doctors and patients don't really need it

The American Medical Association does not believe that using AI is essential in healthcare and will benefit all patients, according to a new report. It published its first policy recommendations on ‘augmented intelligence’ in time for its Annual Meeting in June. “As technology continues to advance and evolve, we have a unique …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Jun 2018
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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

A team of scientists at Universität Bonn in Germany has developed not-at-all-creepy software able to predict the future. A few minutes of it, at least. However, before heading out for a lottery ticket, potential users should be aware that the software is currently at its best when predicting what a chef might be about to do or …
Richard Speed, 14 Jun 2018
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Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here

An audit of the Royal Free NHS Trust and Google DeepMind's controversial app to detect kidney disease has deemed its current use of confidential data from real patients lawful – going so far as to suggest findings from other watchdogs were misplaced. The audit of the Streams app – which uses a fixed algorithm to help detect …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Jun 2018

AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

VID AI systems can track the movements of people hidden behind walls by inspecting radio waves reflected off their bodies, according to a new study. The model dubbed “RF-Pose” starts off by transmitting low power radio signals that can penetrate through walls using a wireless Wi-Fi device. These waves bounce back when reflected …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jun 2018
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Google goes peacenik, chip wizardry and AI gets into art and drugs

Roundup While we've already covered a lot of AI stories this week a few slipped under the radar so, as is traditional, here's the roundup of some news you may have missed. Google turns peacenik: Under fire for helping the US military use AI to better bomb people, Google has not only stepped away from that particular Pentagon contract …
Katyanna Quach, 09 Jun 2018
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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

Video A drone surveillance system capable of highlighting “violent individuals” in a crowd in real time has been built by eggheads. The artificially intelligent technology uses a video camera on a hovering quadcopter to study the body movements of everyone in view. It then raises an alert when it identifies aggressive actions, such …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Jun 2018
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Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

Video Machine-learning experts have built a neural network that can manipulate facial movements in videos to create fake footage – in which people appear to say something they never actually said. It could be used to create convincing yet faked announcements and confessions seemingly uttered by the rich and powerful as well as the …
Katyanna Quach, 04 Jun 2018

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of all the important announcements in AI this week. Google has succumbed to pressure and won't be renewing its contract with the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, there's a public massive data dump for useful for training self-driving cars and some hatred for AI stock photos. Google to pull …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Jun 2018
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Fake NIPS slip site scandalizes AI world

A cheeky website is pretending to take attendee registrations and hotel bookings for folks heading to the upcoming Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Montreal, Canada, at the end of this year. Thousands of AI researchers and previous attendees received an email from the official NIPS team warning of the …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Jun 2018
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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

Neural networks – the algorithms that many people think of when they hear the words machine learning – aren't very good at explaining what they do. They are black boxes. At one end you feed in training data such as a set of cat pictures and a set of non-cat pictures, the neural net crunches the data to produce a statistical …
Danny Bradbury, 01 Jun 2018
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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

Researchers in Japan have tried to build an artificially intelligent system to make people laugh – but, surprise, surprise, the jokes it told were terrible. The “Neural Joking Machine” (NJM) was created by computer scientists from Tokyo Denki University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Jun 2018

Artificial intelligence... or advanced imitation? How DeepMind used YouTube vids to train game-beating Atari bot

Video DeepMind has taught artificially intelligent programs to play classic Atari computer games by making them watch YouTube videos. Typically, for this sort of research, you'd use a technique called reinforcement learning. This is a popular approach in machine learning that trains bots to perform a specific task, such as playing …
Katyanna Quach, 31 May 2018

If you have cash to burn, racks to fill, problems to brute-force, Nvidia has an HGX-2 for you

GTC Taiwan Nvidia chose its GPU Technology Conference in Taiwan today to unveil the HGX-2: its latest stack of high-end kit to run artificially intelligent software in data centers and the cloud. CEO Jensen Huang is particularly enthusiastic about it all because with general-purpose processors running into physical walls, server and …
Katyanna Quach, 30 May 2018

Overhyping AI doctors, language translation goes open source, and new jobs on the cards

Roundup Here’s a quick roundup to keep you updated on what’s been happening in AI, beyond what we've already covered, for your long weekend. It includes news of Samsung and Qualcomm setting up new AI research teams, why human radiologists are still better than machines and support for Amazon’s Keras-MXNet backend. Hold your horses AI …
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2018

IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources. The axe, we're told, is largely falling on IBMers within companies the IT goliath has taken over in the past few years to augment Watson's credentials in the health industry. These include medical …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2018

Intel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019

AI Dev Con Intel announced a range of machine learning software tools and hinted at new chips on Wednesday, including its first commercial AI ASIC, the NNP-L1000, launching in 2019. Naveen Rao, head of AI at Intel, kickstarted Chipzilla’s first AI developer conference, AIDevCon, in San Francisco. Rao was CEO and co-founder of Nervana, a …
Katyanna Quach, 23 May 2018

Machine learning for dummies: You needn't go back to uni to use it

Artificial intelligence and its sub-domains look set to be the next major growth area for software developers, programmers, hackers and just about anyone who has anything to do with software. There doesn't appear to be an area of life that it doesn't touch – self-driving cars, tagging porn stars on Pornhub, healthcare, …
Andrew Cobley, 23 May 2018

Can you handle the tooth? AI helps dentists design fake gnashers

Artificially intelligent software has found the next industry to potentially, as the kids say, disrupt – dentistry. A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Glidewell Dental Lab have built a generative adversarial network (GAN) to automatically generate new designs of dental crowns. GANs have been …
Katyanna Quach, 22 May 2018
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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

Processor design house Arm has emitted a few more details about the AI brain it's trying to persuade chip makers to pack into their silicon. Pretty much everyone – from Intel and Qualcomm to IBM, Mediatek and Imagination – has some kind of dedicated neural-network accelerator among their blueprints, ready to slot into chips …
Chris Williams, 22 May 2018

Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins

Rise of the Machines The Ministry of Defence wants to compile a list of AI boffins with UK security clearance that can be hired to help build Britain's inevitable robotic military future. The ministry's latest publication on artificial intelligence and the armed forces, titled Human-Machine Teaming sets out its vision for what the Rise of the …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2018

Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

Microsoft's decided its Cortana speech assistant needs a bit of buffing to survive in a world where Google AI can book restaurants and a parrot can turn the lights off with Alexa*, so the company has acquired a conversational-AI startup called Semantic Machines. The company announced the purchase by saying its goal is …
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How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?

Roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change. Too lazy? Let AI write your emails …
Katyanna Quach, 19 May 2018

Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

A team of computer scientists have built the smallest completely autonomous nano-drone that can control itself without the need for a human guidance. Although computer vision has improved rapidly thanks to machine learning and AI, it remains difficult to deploy algorithms on devices like drones due to memory, bandwidth and …
Katyanna Quach, 16 May 2018
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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven. The open letter, which has nearly reached 300 signatures at the time of writing, was started by the International Committee for …
Katyanna Quach, 15 May 2018
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Latest from the coming AI robot apocalypse: we're going to be fine

Before you get back to constructing your underground chamber to protect humanity from the hordes of death-dealing AI robots, we have a more optimistic view of the future for you. Artificial intelligence won't lead to the demise of the human race but may in fact help us deal with the massive scaling up of communication that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 May 2018

Robo-callers, robo-cops, robo-runners, robo-car crashes, and more

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's AI news, beyond what we've already covered. Oh no, not another robo caller The internet has been flooded with people raising questions about Google Duplex, an AI system that can supposedly make customer service calls on behalf of its human user. CEO Sundar Pichai announced the new feature on …
Katyanna Quach, 12 May 2018

Don't try and beat AI, merge with it says chess champ Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov, a former Soviet world chess champion and one of the greatest players of all time, has changed his tune about AI since he was beaten by IBM’s Deep Blue. During a talk at the Train AI conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Kasparov traced the steps that convinced him about how humans and machines might one day …
Katyanna Quach, 10 May 2018

Artificial intelligence is good for at least one thing – making hardware important again

Red Hat Summit If you're cynical about artificial intelligence, here's one ray of sunshine for you: it's got engineers around the globe focusing on improving number-crunching and computing performance right down to the silicon level. Rather than throwing thousands upon thousands of generic boring servers at problems, now techies are doubling …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018

DeepMind: Get a load of our rat-like AI. 'Ere, look. It solves mazes and stuff

DeepMind researchers have developed a neural network loosely modeled on mammalian brains to craft an artificially intelligent program capable of navigating through mazes. The results were published in a paper in the journal Nature on Wednesday. DeepMind seems to think its work lifts the lid on how brains really work. We think …
Katyanna Quach, 10 May 2018

So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year

After several years of hype about autonomous vehicles – cars that can truly independently drive themselves – the big question has become: when will people other than beta testers get in them? And the answer, according to General Motors' chief technology officer Jon Lauckner is, incredibly, next year: 2019. That's when the …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2018

Smart software sniffs scummy Salmonella, scries strains' strength

A team of researchers have developed machine-learning software that can predict how dangerous a particular strain of Salmonella will be, according to a paper published in PLOS Genetics on Tuesday. Salmonella is a nasty type of bacteria shaped like tiny jelly beans, and it causes stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and …
Katyanna Quach, 09 May 2018

Meet TPU 3.0: Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI

Google IO The latest iteration of Google’s custom-designed number-crunching chip, version three of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), will dramatically cut the time needed to train machine learning systems, the Chocolate Factory has claimed. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the third version of the Google-crafted matrix math processor …
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2018

Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

Google IO Google today opened its annual I/O developer bash with details of how it’s going to lob machine-learning software at everything you do online and offline, and it truly means everything. CEO Sundar Pichai took to the stage in Silicon Valley to explain how artificial intelligence will make life easier, safer, and more fun for …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2018
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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

Roundup This week's AI roundup includes an alarming report from California's Department of Motor Vehicles about how shoddy autonomous cars still are, a Waymo self-driving car crash, and some news from Facebook's F8 conference and its new job posting. Uh oh, not another self-driving car crash It’s Waymo’s turn to be involved in a car …
Katyanna Quach, 05 May 2018

Hooray for MLPerf, another AI benchmark competition backed by Google, Baidu, etc

A new competition to set benchmarks to test the numerous hardware and software platforms used in AI has been backed by leading technology companies and universities. The new project MLPerf is measuring the speed of training and inference times for different machine learning tasks carried out in a variety of AI frameworks and …
Katyanna Quach, 02 May 2018

Hot stuff: Facebook AI gurus tout new Pytorch 1.0 framework for all

F8 Facebook announced Pytorch 1.0, an updated version of the popular AI framework Pytorch, that aims to make it easier for developers to use neural network systems in production. On the second day of its developer conference F8 in San Jose, California, CTO Mike Schroepfer, introduced Pytorch 1.0, and said it combines Pytorch, …
Katyanna Quach, 02 May 2018

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