Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

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Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. CEO Satya Nadella announced the new “AI for Accessibility” effort as he kicked off Microsoft’s annual conference for software developers. The Build conference in Seattle is meant to foster enthusiasm for the company’s latest ventures in… Read more »

Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

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    Google has unveiled artificial intelligence software that books appointments over the phone on behalf of users by conducting voice-based conversations on their behalf. Chief executive Sundar Pichai said that Google Duplex would launch as an “experiment” over the coming weeks. The facility was unveiled at the firm’s annual IO developers conference. Experts have… Read more »

Canadian airlines get on board with artificial intelligence quest

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Canada’s two largest airlines say artificial intelligence can be a game-changer for aviation by helping to boost revenues, pare costs and provide passengers with a more personalized travel experience. Air Canada and WestJet are joining airlines around the world by spending undisclosed amounts of money on AI in an effort to harness technology that promises revolutionary advantages… Read more »

Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance

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MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of technology firms. The financial industry has jumped on the bandwagon. To cite just a few examples, “heads of machine-learning” can be found at PwC, a consultancy and… Read more »

Technology reveals fear and other emotions

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The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings.  The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver.  The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said.  The professor believes… Read more »

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

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As with the human brain, the neural networks that power artificial intelligence systems are not easy to understand.  DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI firm famous for teaching an AI system to play Go, is attempting to work out how such systems make decisions.  By knowing how AI works, it hopes to build smarter systems. But researchers acknowledged that… Read more »

The life of an Uber test driver

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A test driver was behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle when it struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday night.  Autonomous car companies have test drivers on board so they can take over in case of emergencies.  But that safeguard wasn’t enough to prevent the death 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Tempe police say… Read more »

Inside the Alexa Prize

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Amazon has challenged 15 teams of some of the world’s best computer science graduate students to build “a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.” If any team succeeds, its members will snare academic glory and the promise of brilliant future careers. (Consider that some of the… Read more »

Amazon plans to open six more cashierless Go stores

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Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported. The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month. Source: Seattle Times Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/ Discussion 1) Why is Amazon doing this? 2) What could… Read more »