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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

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
Doctor examines virtual brain

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

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
Man is mightily annoyed at having his face scanned

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

NXP becomes N-nixed-P, Apple snubs Qualcomm modems for Intel chips

Qualcomm has abandoned its long-planned, long-stalled $44bn acquisition of Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors – and in its place, Qualy today announced a $30bn share buyback. That was part one of Qualcomm's double-whammy Wednesday. Here's the second-half: Qualcomm's chief financial officer George Davis said on a conference …
Internet of Things

Google unwraps its gateway drug: Edge TPU chips for IoT AI code

Google has designed a low-power version of its homegrown AI math accelerator, dubbed it the Edge TPU, and promised to ship it to developers by October. Announced at Google Next 2018 today, the ASIC is a cutdown edition of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) family of in-house-designed coprocessors. TPUs are used internally at …
Chris Williams, 25 Jul 2018
Networks city concept. Phtoo by shutterstsock

Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

Analysis What exactly is the Internet of Things? According to Gartner and IDC, it's a network of endpoints capable of interacting with each other and the world via IP connectivity. Consultant McKinsey & Company defines IoT as sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects, from roadways to pacemakers, that churn out huge amounts of …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2018
Security of IoT

If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

Can we overcome the SOHOpeless security of the Internet of Things at the home and small business level? An Internet-Draft from Ericsson engineer Mohit Sethi suggests so. Sethi's ambitious proposal isn't destined for the hall of internet standards. Instead, it sets out a possible way to get IoT gadgets connected securely to the …
AI boss and human slaves

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

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
Qualcomm's QTM052 antenna module

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

Pic Qualcomm is getting ready to ship one of the relatively boring bits of the 5G puzzle – well, perhaps boring for you, but fascinating for electronics geeks: a compact transceiver/antenna combo that fits inside phones to provide 5G millimetre-wave communications. Mm-wave transmissions are a crucial part of ultrafast next- …
Abandoned houses and ruined city

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

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

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

There was a lull after the 3D printer sales storm in 2017 as shipments of personal/desktop boxes declined in the first quarter of this year for the first time, according to distributor stats. There were 3 per cent fewer units of the desktop variety flung into distribution globally in the three months than was the case in Q1 …
Paul Kunert, 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

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

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
Humiliation banishment ostracism

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
Grab The Controls

Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost. Microsoft is keen to get a foothold in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. In 2015 it released a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 aimed at IoT devices, …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018
surprised people look at unseen object

Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

Lovers of big screens in boardrooms, rejoice! The first of Microsoft's Ginormonitors (aka Windows Collaboration Displays) has arrived at Redmond's partner shindig in Las Vegas. The device, made by UK-based manufacturer Avocor, is the first in Microsoft's range of big screens aimed at users unwilling, or unable, to fork out for …
Richard Speed, 18 Jul 2018

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
robot pours itself a beer

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
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle cuts ribbon on distributed ledger service

Oracle confirmed a bunch of firms in financial services - traditionally a conservative sector - were among the first to test its blockchain platform that today was made generally available to all and sundry. The service, trailed at last year’s gabfest Oracle Open World, aims to provide a resilient, scalable and secure …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2018

IoT search engine ZoomEye 'dumbs down' Dahua DVR hijackings by spewing passwords

Login passwords for tens of thousands of Dahua digital video recorder devices have been cached by ZoomEye, an IoT search engine, and published on the web so that even the dumbest hacker could crack unpatched kit. "A new low has been achieved in the ease of hacking IoT devices," said Ankit Anubhav, principal researcher at …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2018

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

Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos

Microsoft has urged US Congress to regulate the American government's use of facial-recognition technology provided by, er, Microsoft and others. This plea comes just weeks after the Windows giant came under heavy fire for offering facial-recognition services to Uncle Sam's controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2018
magic leap

AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

Augmented reality unicorn Magic Leap has finally revealed the specifications of its upcoming AR headset, and promises it will be available this summer. It also put out another video demonstrating the system at work, showing how developers will be able to place moving content so it appears to exist in the real world. Having …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jul 2018

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

AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

Machine learning algorithms can help scientists predict chemical toxicity to a similar degree of accuracy as animal testing, according to a paper published this week in Toxicological Sciences. A whopping €3bn (over $3.5bn) is spent every year to study how the negative impacts of chemicals on animals like rats, rabbits or …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jul 2018
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Get ready for a golden autumn of AI, machine learning... learning

If you’re heading to the beach this summer, make sure you grab an early bird ticket for MCubed now - they might not be around when you get back. MCubed hits London between October 15 and 17, with almost 40 conference sessions and four optional deep dive workshops taking you through the fundamentals of machine learning, …
Team Register, 12 Jul 2018

For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

Fujitsu has launched a fast-track blockchain consultancy service for companies to see whether their distributed ledger plans are pie in the sky or might actually be of some commercial benefit. The Japanese giant claims its scheme, in which concept prices start at €9,900, will propose to customers a minimum viable product in …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018

I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

The US Department of Defense is exploring whether or not it's worth using artificially intelligent software to suggest levels of classification for information – and control who gets access to it. A sneak peek into the military's formal request for ideas on the matter, filed back in May, and the recent responses from tech …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Jul 2018

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