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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Comment When Samsung's veep of artificial intelligence strategy, the enigmatic Ji Soo Yi, demonstrated Bixby 2.0 at the chaebol's Galaxy event yesterday, he had to prompt the audience for applause. "You can clap," he urged the attendees after stunned silence met another new feature. This earned instant derision on Twitter, but let's …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2018
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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

Finding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help? That's the pitch coming from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which wants to make life easier for penetration testers trying to infiltrate clients' networks and facilities using social engineering and targeted hackery …
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America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

Analysis America's largest manufacturer of body cameras – and the biggest supplier to police forces across the United States – says today's facial recognition technology is not safe for making serious decisions. Speaking during its second-quarter earnings call with investors this week, the CEO of Axon, Rick Smith, answered a question …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Aug 2018
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Oomm-tsss, oomm-tsss, Oomm-tsss, oomm-tsss... it's an AI beatbox

Vid AI can now beatbox for you for hours on end using your voice, if you're into that kind of thing. Nao Tokui – a visiting associate professor at Kyushu University in California and a CEO of Qosmo, an AI and music startup – has developed a neural-network-based system that collects about 20 seconds of any sound to produce a custom …
Katyanna Quach, 09 Aug 2018
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Reckon you deserve a Wikipedia entry? Try getting this bot's notice

Boffin-loving bots are penning potential new Wikipedia pages to recognize the work of notable scientists who are missing from the online encyclopedia. Any human with an internet connection can submit new Wikipedia entries, or edit existing ones. Heck, even AI software can tweak and update the encyclopedia's pages – they even …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Aug 2018
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You've heard of Michael 'Air' Jordan – well, get ready for 'AI-R' Jordan

Skynet is getting closer. Ish. Artificially intelligent software has now picked up a devastating new skill after observing humans. It can now, er, dribble a basketball. Boomshakalaka! A pair of brainiacs – Jessica Hodgins at Carnegie Mellon University in the US and Libin Liu at DeepMotion, a Silicon Valley startup creating …
Katyanna Quach, 08 Aug 2018

Hard to imagine Google, Facebook building AI without (checks notes) Dell EMC's Data Science Provisioning Portal

Hoping to take advantage of the alleged any-minute-now boom in artificially intelligent software for enterprises and service providers, Dell EMC has announced a pair of "AI Ready Solutions." The new kit – poised to power all that machine-learning code everyone and their dog has been talking up – consists of a pair of rack- …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018
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Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020

Automated facial recognition systems from Japanese biz NEC will be used on staffers and athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The technology – which is not without its detractors in the UK – was demonstrated at a media event in the city today. It will require athletes, staff, volunteers and the press to submit their …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Aug 2018
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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

Artificial intelligent software has been trained to detect and flag up clickbait headlines. And here at El Reg we say thank God Larry Wall for that. What the internet needs right now is software to highlight and expunge dodgy article titles about space alien immigrants, faked moon landings, and the like. Machine-learning …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Aug 2018
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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

OpenAI’s machine learning bots have beaten another team of semi-professionals in Dota 2, in their second public match in the traditional five-versus-five settings. You can watch the action on Twitch – complete with commenters typing in SKYNET! every few seconds – here, or find a summary of the results, here. The human team – …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Aug 2018
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AI on Raspberry Pi, Waymo touts robo-rides to Arizonians, and more

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of all the mini announcements happening in the world of AI. Raspberry Pi now supports TensorFlow, so you can start your own machine learning projects on the tiny computer. Waymo is beginning to wedge its way into the public transport system in Arizona. AI on Raspberry Pi: The latest version of …
Katyanna Quach, 04 Aug 2018
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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

Poll People are more likely to comply with a robot's impassioned pleas to keep it switched on when the droid has previously been impersonal, than when it's been overly friendly. You might think folks would be less willing to pull the plug on a happy chatty bot begging to stay powered up, but you'd be wrong, much to the relief of us …
Katyanna Quach, 03 Aug 2018
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AI, caramba: NetApp pits scaly A800 ONTAP beast against Pure's AIRI fairy

The clash of the million-dollar AI titans resumes. NetApp has designed an ONTAP AI architecture based on its topline A800 flash array and Nvidia DGX-1 to try to win fat-pocketed customers away from Pure and Nvidia's AIRI AI system-in-a-box. If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A hyperconverged …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2018
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Missed out on MCubed early bird tickets? Here's good news…

We’ve extended our early bird ticket offer for MCubed, so whether you’ve just come back from hols or are about to get off, you can still save big on our AI and machine learning extravaganza. So, if you want to get to grip with the key theories and tools behind machine learning and AI, see how your peers have put them into …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2018
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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

Pedants, imagine how much more relaxed your life would be if artificial intelligence automatically corrected grammar mistake's in online forum and social network posts. Never again would you explode with frustration and anger over misplaced apostrophe's, commas full stop's and exclamation! marks! The faults could be fixed up …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Aug 2018
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This is your four-minute warning: Boffins train ImageNet-based AI classifier in just 240s

Faster is always better in AI, although it comes at a price. As researchers strive to train their neural networks at breakneck speeds, the accuracy of their software falls. Thus, teaching machine-learning code at high speed, with the resulting network able to make precise and correct decisions, is a vital goal. To that end, a …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Aug 2018
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Last chance to grab MCubed early bird tickets

Events Our early bird ticket offer for Minds Mastering Machines expires this evening, so act now if you want to enjoy three days of conference and workshops highlighting how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence. With two superb keynote speakers, 36 conference sessions, and four optional deep …
Team Register, 31 Jul 2018
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Relax, Amazon workers – OpenAI-trained robo hand isn't much use (well, not right now)

Vid Human hands are surprisingly dexterous: they can knit clothes, stuff delivery packages with things, play the piano, and so on, albeit with practice. Yet if you're worried machines are going to take these pleasures away from us, be assured us mortals can, for now, pick up these skills faster than robots can, judging from the …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Jul 2018
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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

Roundup Hello, here's a short roundup of this week's news and announcements in AI, including worrying news for cancer sufferers, good news for human linguists and some new job opportunities. IBM Watson cancer fail: IBM Watson has made several “unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations” to cancer doctors using the technology, …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Jul 2018
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Smart Grids, robofish and chaos... get on top of machine learning and AI

Events If you’re wondering how your organisation can cut through the hype and actually benefit from AI and machine learning, you should join us at MCubed in London this October. And by grabbing one of our earlybird tickets before they expire next week, you’ll be boosting your bottom line as well as your brain. Our conference …
Team Register, 27 Jul 2018
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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

Updated Amazon’s online facial recognition system incorrectly matched pictures of US Congress members to mugshots of suspected criminals in a study by the American Civil Liberties Union. As a result, the ACLU, a nonprofit headquartered in New York, has called for Congress to ban cops and Feds from using any sort of computer-powered …
Katyanna Quach, 26 Jul 2018
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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

A campaign group has issued a legal challenge against the London Metropolitan Police's use of facial recognition technology. Big Brother Watch, which has been crowdfunding the costs of the case, yesterday requested permission from the High Court to proceed with the judicial review. The group's co-claimant in the case, …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jul 2018
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Google Cloud AutoML: Neural nets designed by neural nets? It may as well be AI hyped by AI

Analysis Google is thundering on with its mission to "democratize AI" with its Cloud AutoML platform – even though it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It was first introduced earlier this year, and was marketed as a tool for businesses that wanted to use machine learning but had little to no expertise with the technology. If you …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jul 2018
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A sure fire way to save cash and learn how to build AI: Early bird tix to our ML conference

If you want to get to grip with the key theories and tools behind machine learning and AI, and see how your peers have them into practice in real businesses, you should grab an early bird ticket for MCubed now. Our early bird ticket offer is due to expire in a week, and with it your chance to save hundreds of pounds tickets …
Team Register, 24 Jul 2018
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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

Neural networks are neat at spotting and reproducing patterns in images and text – yet they still struggle when spitting out audio. There are numerous examples of artificially intelligent software improvising fairly realistic images of people, buildings, and other objects, from training material. However, when it comes to …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jul 2018
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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

Comment Debate has raged for months over various internet giants' forays into providing next-generation technology for war. For example, in March, dissenters at Google went to the press about the web goliath's contract with the US military's Project Maven, which aims to fit drones with object-detecting AI among other things. This US …
Cori Crider, 23 Jul 2018
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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

Roundup Hello, welcome to this week's roundup in AI. The machines have been sending us spooky messages on Google Translate, Facebook is hiring more academics to start new labs and some prat decided to step on a self-driving car in California. AI sends us secret apocalyptic messages: What’s that Google? Jesus is going to return when …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jul 2018
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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

NSFW Artificially intelligent software is used more and more to automatically detect and ban nude images on social networks and similar sites. However, today's algorithms and models aren't perfect at clocking racy snaps, and a lot of content moderation still falls to humans. Enter an alternative solution: use AI to magically draw …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jul 2018
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What does AI and machine learning mean for finance, security, energy?

Events If you’re looking for practical advice on what machine learning and AI can do for businesses like yours, you should secure your place at MCubed, our three-day exploration of all of the above, in October. And you should act now, because our earlybird ticket offer is due to expire at the end of this month. We’ve got almost 40 …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2018
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Boffins mix AI and chemicals to create super-fast lab assistant

Machine learning can help robots perform chemistry experiments faster than fleshy boffins, according to research published in Nature. Researchers have been exploring how algorithms can predict the outcome of chemical reactions for a while, but this project goes one step further and actually uses a real robot to carry out some …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jul 2018
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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

Hundreds of organisations and thousands of techies, including Elon Musk, Demis Hassabis from Google's DeepMind, and the head of the Chocolate Factory's AI lab Jeff Dean have promised never to support the development of autonomous weapons. The pledge was organised by the Future of Life Institute, an outreach geroup focused on …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jul 2018
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Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

An engineer is suing Pinscreen, a startup that supposedly uses AI to generate cartoon avatars of people, claiming he was illegally fired and assaulted after confronting the CEO about its allegedly faked technology. In a court document filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, in the US, Iman Sadeghi, accused his former …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jul 2018
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AI can untangle the jumble of neurons packed in brain scans

Video AI can help neurologists automatically map the connections between different neurons in brain scans, a tedious task that can take hundreds and thousands of hours. In a paper published in Nature Methods, AI researchers from Google collaborated with scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology to inspect the brain of …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jul 2018
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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

Denmark-based brewing giant Carlsberg has reported good progress in its attempts to turn Microsoft's Azure AI into a robot beer sniffer. The project, which kicked off earlier this year, was aimed at cutting the time a beer spends in research and development by one-third, thus getting fresh brews into the hands of drinkers …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
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Montezuma's Revenge still too tough for AI, new Google Brain office, and other bits and bytes

Roundup Hello, here are some quick AI announcements from this week. A researcher reminds us to be wary of the hype around Montezuma's Revenge, there are some new framework updates from Google and Microsoft, and a new Google Brain office in Amsterdam. Montezuma’s Revenge isn’t solved yet: OpenAI and DeepMind researchers have boasted …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Jul 2018
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AI augments humans to lead them through the (protein) crystal maze

AI can help scientists spot tiny folding protein crystals, and thus one day potentially assist eggheads in designing new drugs, according to a paper published in PLOS One. To demonstrate this form of boffinry is possible, a large team of researchers from academia and industry, including bods at Duke University in the US and …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2018

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