It’s already sorting your email and translating your voice searches, and machine learning will play a bigger role in Google’s services moving forward.Google’s parent company, Alphabet, reported its quarterly financial results Thursday, with revenue and profit both up from a year earlier. New Google CEO Sundar Pichai took part in his first earnings call, and in between discussing the numbers he revealed how important Google thinks machine learning is to its future.
Image: Georgia TechGeorgia Tech researcher Dr. Crystal Chao interacts with Simon, a social robot.
Samantha from “Her.” She was smart, feisty, and sometimes pensive. Sam was easy to talk to and brimming with personality.
The AI from Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie caught our attention not just because it had the knowledge base of a thousand IBM Watsons, but also because conversations with Samantha were like chats with a close friend.
Artificial intelligence, which has already made inroads into fields ranging from medicine to aerospace engineering, could end up on end-of-year shopping lists.
That’s because several toy companies – including industry leader Mattel – are planning to roll out an assortment of AI-enabled toys for kids as young as three.
The one toy that everyone has been talking about is Mattel’s Hello Barbie, which is powered by a proprietary platform that was developed by ToyTalk, a San Francisco-based AI company founded by two former Pixar employees. The doll, slated to hit shelves in November, will retail for $74.99 (about R1 000).
Honda said Wednesday it would put a commercialized self-driving car on the road by 2020, challenging rivals Toyota and Nissan which are also betting on the future of autonomous vehicles.
The announcement, ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show next week, comes as the auto giants step on the accelerator in a bid to race past overseas competitors on the next-generation technology.
Google has been testing self-driving cars in Silicon Valley, as have U.S.-based Tesla and General Motors, while Nissan has vowed to put an automated car on Japan’s highways as soon as 2016.
Google has taken a stake in a Chinese artificial intelligence startup which is aiming to develop smart wearable technologies.
The amount on investment in Mobvoi was not disclosed.
But the companies said that the firm, created by a former Google researcher, has now raised $75 million in equity financing.
With the flood of news on self-driving cars, drones, caring robots, and more, it isn’t always easy to keep up-to-date with the latest in the artificial intelligence universe. For the insiders’ view on what’s happening in AI, follow these 10 researchers, professors, institutions, and other great thinkers who offer human insight into the world of machines.
“I’d like a cheap rosé that’s not too sweet to go with a Caesar salad.”
Sounds simple enough, but understanding natural spoken language, picking out keywords and using them to identify specific wines is complicated. And VineSleuth is a small startup with only one full-time employee.
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Creating new drugs is expensive. On average, it takes $2.6bn (£1.7bn) and between ten and 15 years to get a drug from planning to pharmacist, according to some estimates. And that’s because current methods are so untargeted — for every 100 drugs that reach first stage clinical trials, only one goes on to become an actual treatment.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announces that he will invest $500 million to fund two teams of researchers pursuing breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Allen, who is 62 and has an estimated worth of $17 billion, has developed a plan and a research team to systematically attack gaps in artificial intelligence know-how. “We are starting with biology” he explains, “But first you have to figure out how you represent that knowledge in a software database. I wish I could say our understanding of the brain could inform that, but we’re probably a decade away from that. Our understanding of the brain is so elemental at this point that we don’t know how language works in the brain.”
An artificial intelligence system (AI) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken an IQ test designed for a young child.
The results, written up by MIT Review, revealed that its IQ was equivalent to that of a four-year-old.