DeepMind researchers propose rebuilding AI industry on a base of anticolonialism

DeepMind researchers argue that anticolonial theory should be part of the AI development process to avoid perpetuating algorithmic oppression. | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

Facebook reveals holographic optics for thin and light VR headsets

The company behind Oculus is moving closer to mixed reality glasses that can be worn all day, though there are still visual challenges yet to be overcome. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

PC shipments grew 3-11% in Q2 2020 despite coronavirus

PC shipments in Q2 2020 grew, according to Gartner and IDC. In fact, Gartner estimates PC shipments were up 2.8% and IDC estimates they were up 11.2%. | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Sony invests $250M in Fortnite maker Epic Games

Sony has invested $250 million for a minority stake in Fortnite maker Epic Games, the companies announced today. Epic's games will stay cross-platform. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Kernel raises $53M to bring neuroscience insights to businesses

Kernel raised $53 million to develop a new generation of brain tech that allows companies to leverage insights from the latest neuroscience. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Facebook trains a single Speech Rec model for 51 different languages

Facebook researchers developed a language model they say can recognize words in 51 different languages, including 'low-resource' languages like Persian. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

How May Mobility’s autonomous shuttle ambitions backfired

May Mobility, an apparent success story in the self-driving industry, suffered from overambition and technological limitations that cratered its business. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Amazon launches AI-powered code review service CodeGuru in general availability

Amazon announced the general availability of CodeGuru, an AI-powered code review service that was first revealed at AWS re:Invent 2019 last year. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

MIT takes down Tiny Images data set due to racist and offensive content

The 80 Million Tiny Images data set was taken offline following an audit that found images labelled with racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive words. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Waymo and Uber propose AI techniques to improve self-driving systems

At CVPR 2020, Waymo and Uber researchers presented new techniques to improve the reliability -- and safety -- of their self-driving systems. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Voodle, the One-Minute Video App for Business

Short, mobile device-friendly videos are all the rage -- and now they could be the solution to tedious corporate conference calls. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Sightbit deploys AI on beaches to help lifeguards spot distressed swimmers

Sightbit is deploying "AI lifeguards" at beaches to spot rip currents and swimmers in distress, starting with a pilot at a beach in its native Israel. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Intel’s Sample Factory speeds up reinforcement learning training on a single PC

Sample Factory, a new tool from Intel, promises to dramatically speed up reinforcement learning on off-the-shelf hardware. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

A deep learning pioneer’s teachable moment on AI bias

Facebook chief AI scientist Yann LeCun got into a debate with Google AI ethics colead Timnit Gebru about bias, and there are lessons to draw from the event. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Microsoft is permanently closing all physical retail stores

Microsoft will permanently close its retail stores and put its resources into online channels after closing the outlets in late March due to COVID-19. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Researchers use simulation to teach drones to catch objects

AI2 and University of Washington researchers trained a drone agent to catch objects ranging from a basetball to a loaf of bread in a simulator. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

FB claims wav2vec 2.0 tops ASR performance with 10 minutes of labeled data

In a new paper, Facebook researchers detail wav2vec 2.0, which ostensibly achieves state-of-the-art speech recognition performance. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Appen: 75% of employees believe AI is critical to their business

In a survey conducted by AI data services company Appen, 75% of employees said they considered AI critical to their business. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Facebook Acquires Lone Echo VR Game Maker Ready at Dawn

Facebook has acquired Ready At Dawn Studios, the maker of the Lone Echo series of virtual reality gams as well as console games like The Order: 1888. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

NYC passes Act requiring police department to reveal surveillance technologies

New York City Council today passed the POST Act -- a law requiring the NYPD to disclose all surveillance technologies in active use. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Boston Dynamics starts selling its Spot robot – for $74,500

Boston Dynamics has opened commercial sales of Spot, its quadruped robot priced at $74,500, to businesses in the U.S. It ships in six to eight weeks. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Apple faces European antitrust investigations into App Store and Apple Pay

The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into Apple's rules that force developers to use the company's in-app payment technology. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Researchers train drones to perform flips, rolls, and loops with AI

In a preprint paper, researchers propose a technique for training autonomous drones to perform flips, rolls, and other challenging acrobatics. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Epic Games seeking to sell stake for $750M at $17B valuation

Some shareholders of Fortnite maker Epic Games are selling their shares for $750 million, but the amount being raised will go to existing shareholders. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

FB AI TransCoder converts code from one programming language into another

VenueSafe helps businesses ensure compliance with capacity restrictions and contact tracing requirements outlined by Australian Government officials. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Google Meet noise cancellation is rolling out now – here’s how it works

Google Meet is getting AI-powered noise cancellation for Android, iOS, and the web. Here is how Google built its cloud denoiser and how it works. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

NYU study: Facebook's content moderation efforts are 'grossly inadequate'

In a scathing indictment of Facebook's content moderation practices, a new study says outsourcing is a key reason the company's efforts are failing. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Stanford lab envisions delivery drones that save energy by taking the bus

Stanford University researchers created a network for controlling 200 delivery drones using buses and trams to extend delivery range and reduce energy use. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

AI researchers say they created a better way to generate 3D photos

AI researers say they've created a novel way to generate realistic, impressive 3D photography that's better than Facebook 3D Photo. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Argo closes $2.6B round from VW at a $7.25B valuation

Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle startup that has a close relationship with Ford, closed a $2.6 billion funding round led by Volkswagen at a $7.25 valuation. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

OpenAI debuts gigantic GPT-3 language model with 175B parameters

OpenAI's GPT-3 language model can generate convincing news articles and achieve state-of-the-art results on a range of NLP tasks with few-shot learning. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Microsoft Research's VROOM combines life-sized AR avatars with robots

Microsoft Research developed VROOM, a system combining VR, AR, and telepresence robots to bring life-sized avatars to the workplace for online meetings. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is stepping down

Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz confirmed he has raised a new round of funding, and he also said that he will step down as the CEO. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Amazon's AI tool can plan collision-free paths for 1k warehouse robots

Amazon researchers describe a machine learning system that plans the movements and paths of up to 1,000 mobile warehouse robots. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Pentagon’s Joint AI Center Wants to Be Like Silicon Valley

The largest Joint AI Center contract to date was awarded this week. CTO Nand Mulchandani on AI at the Pentagon and why JAIC is mimicing Silicon Valley. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and people

With many ways to track the spread of coronavirus and the people who carry it, governments around the world are adopting their own mix of methods. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For work from home, technology’s convenience matters more than its power

At a time when working from home has forced employees to overlap their personal and work schedules, convenience has become a key currency for tech products. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Predictive models to calculate more accurate Covid-19 case fatality ratios

In a paper, researchers developed models that attempt to mitigate biases in coronavirus case fatality ratios for various countries. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

OpenAI’s supercomputer collaboration with Microsoft marks its biggest bet on AGI

OpenAI and Microsoft collaborated to build a supercomputer on Azure that's specifically designed to train large AI models. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

DeepMind researchers develop method to teach robots tasks like grasping

DeepMind researchers propose an efficient technique for training real-world robots to complete tasks like grasping and ball catching. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Apple releases final iOS 13.5 with coronavirus exposure alert support

Apple's latest iPhone OS release is now available to the general public with COVID-19-inspired features, along with Apple Watch, TV, iPad, and Mac updates. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Intel built a chip with a sense of smell

Intel designed a neuromorphic AI chip to learn faster on less training data than traditional artificial intelligence techniques. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Apple accuses U.S. of ‘false claims’ on Pensacola terror investigation

Apple responded to the Attorney General and FBI Director's accurations of failure to cooperate in a terror investigation, calling them out for false claims. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

EU robotics project gives maintenance workers a 'second pair of hands'

A five-year EU project to develop a collaborative humanoid that helps workers in industrial environments has now concluded. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Trump administration in talks with Intel and TSMC about building U.S. factories

The Trump administration is in talks with semiconductor companies Intel and TSMC about building chip factories in the United States. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Sidewalk Labs won’t be the last to play the coronavirus card

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs blames "unprecedented economic uncertainty" when killing its Toronto smart city project. Don't believe it. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Sony shows off research on next-gen finger-tracked VR controllers

A new video from Sony researchers shows off a new finger-tracked controller for virtual reality after previous patents hinted at its existence. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

DeepMind compares the way children and AI explore

In a preprint paper, DeepMind researchers propose a paradigm for comparing the exploration behaviors of children and AI models. | Continue reading | 2 months ago