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Silicon Valley Heads to Europe, Nervous About New Rules

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have journeyed to Brussels as the European Union drafts regulation for A.I. and the digital economy.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, Research, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, European Commission, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Apple Inc, Vestager, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Margrethe


Is tech socialism really on the rise?

Greg Epstein Contributor Share on Twitter Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of The New York Times bestselling book "Good Without God." Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts to build inclusive, inspiring and ethical communities for the nonreligious and allies, Greg was also named “one of the top faith and moral leaders...
Tags: Column, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Disability, Harvard, United States, New York Times, Salesforce, New York Times Magazine, Bernie Sanders, Americans with Disabilities Act, Marc Benioff, Justin Kan


Extensive US Intellectual Property theft by Chinese being investigated by FBI

Extensive US Intellectual Property theft by Chinese being investigated by FBI Intellectual theft is a huge problem in the US and the largest perpetrator is the Chinese government.   They target military sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors, universities, businesses, financial entities, medical...
Tags: Security, Updates, Cloud, Business, Technology, News, Internet, Government, China, US, Sem, Malware, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Cybercrime, Artificial Intelligence


AI interviewer asks Billie Eilish the weirdest questions

Billie Eilish has fielded countless interview questions during her meteoric rise to fame, but this week was the first time that they’ve been asked by a bot. Fresh from sweeping the boards at the 2020 Grammy Awards , the 18-year-old songstress sat down with the AI interviewer in a video for Vogue — and the bot proved a more original interlocutor than many of its human rivals. Its abstract questions provoked some surprising insights into the singer’s mind. Viewers learnt that Eilish used to dream ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Vogue, Joe, Jamba Juice, Billie Eilish, Eilish, Neural


Scientist trains AI to write messages of love on candy hearts

A scientist has marked Valentine’s Day by teaching a neural network to compose romantic messages for candy hearts. Janelle Shane, who in her day job creates computer-controlled holograms for studying the brain, collected genuine messages printed on the heart-shaped sweets to use as training data. She then fed them to a neural network so that it could learn the patterns behind the words. The messages it produced ranged from the endearing “LOVE BUN” to the frankly insulting “MY HAG”. people someti...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Shane, Neural, Janelle Shane


Nvidia’s Q4 financials look to brighter skies with strong quarterly revenue growth

Major artificial intelligence and graphics chipmaker Nvidia reported its 2020Q4 financials today (the company’s fiscal quarter ends on January 26th, 2020). The company announced revenues of $3.11 billion for the quarter, a jump of 41% from the year ago quarter and a small bump from the third quarter. Even more importantly, the company’s gross margin improved remarkably year-over-year, moving from 54.7% to 64.9%. The company reported a net income of $950 million for the quarter. After-hours trade...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Hardware, Finance, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Semiconductors, Yahoo Finance, Mellanox, China South Korea, Graphcore, NVIDIA Intel, Cerebras, Nuvia, Next-generation silicon


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


US senators propose facial recognition ban (but not for police)

US senators have introduced a bill that would temporarily restrict the use of facial recognition technology — but their proposals fall short of a total ban. The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act would place a moratorium on federal government use of facial recognition technology (FRT) until Congress passes legislation regulating how it’s used. It would also prevent state and local governments from spending federal funds on FRT. However, the bill would still allow police to use the techno...
Tags: Security, Startups, Congress, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Why Jeff Bezos might run for president to spite Elon Musk and Donald Trump

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is suing Donald Trump over the Pentagon’s decision to award a lucrative military artificial intelligence and cloud services contract to Microsoft instead of his company. Normally these kinds of lawsuits are yawn-inducing, but this case has some interesting caveats. And, if you’ll let me set the stage first, I’ll explain why I’m convinced the court case will lead to a successful presidential campaign for Jeff Bezos in 2024. ICYMI: Amazon prepares to strike back after Microso...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Elon Musk, Politics, Microsoft, Opinion, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Neural


Oh great, the EU has ditched its facial recognition ban

The European Union is backing away from its plan to introduce a temporary ban on facial recognition technology — instead delegating decisions on the software to its member states. In a previous draft of a paper on AI, the European Commission had proposed introducing a five-year moratorium on the technology. But in a new draft seen by the Financial Times, that suggestion has been dropped. “The early draft floated the idea of a full ban, which is very popular among civil rights campaigners worried...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, European Commission, Financial Times, Neural


European founders look to new markets, aim for profitability

To get a better sense of what lies ahead for the European startup ecosystem, we spoke to several investors and entrepreneurs in the region about their impressions and lessons learned from 2019, along with their predictions for 2020. We asked for blunt responses — and we weren’t disappointed. These responses have been edited for clarity and length. Kenny Ewan, founder/CEO, Wefarm (London) I’ve often been faced with questions around how we can generate revenue in markets like Africa. There has hi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Uber, Europe, London, Africa, Tech, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Run, Revolut, Natural Language Processing, Financial Technology, Monzo


Trump’s new budget pours billions into AI and quantum R&D

The US Office of Science and Technology today released more information about President Donald Trump‘s FY 2021 budget and, as it stands, it looks like the White House and Pentagon are finally getting serious about AI and quantum computing technology. The new budget contains billions of dollars earmarked for AI research and development (R&D) spread out over various government agencies. This includes a record $1 billion set aside for non-military AI research. The National Science Foundation has a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, White House, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, National Science Foundation, Neural, US Office of Science and Technology


Clearview AI’s false claims of accuracy increase the dangers of its face recognition software

Clearview AI’s calamitous press campaign had another mishap yesterday when the ACLU slammed its claims of being rated “100% accurate” in a test based on a method created by the civil rights group. The facial recognition company has been embroiled in a storm of controversy since The New York Times revealed that it was helping police match photos of suspects’ faces to images scraped from websites and social media platforms to aid in their investigations. Clearview says that it has amassed a databa...
Tags: Startups, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Aclu, The New York Times, ClearView, Neural, Clearview AI


The engineers behind Google’s Bookbot have launched a delivery robot startup

The engineers behind Google’s short-lived Bookbot — a robot created within the company’s Area 120 incubator for experimental products — have launched their own startup to bring the sidewalk delivery bot back to life. The secretive startup called Cartken was formed in fall 2019 after Google shuttered an internal program to develop a delivery robot — a move that was prompted by the tech giant’s decision to scale back efforts to compete with Amazon in shopping. Unlike Amazon, which acquired r...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, Linkedin, Tech, Walmart, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, X, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Google Shopping


NVIDIA VP Claire Delaunay will discuss empowering robotics startups at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

Robotics, AI and automation are the future of business. This much seemingly everyone can agree on. Finding the resources to implement these technologies, on the other hand, is a different question entirely. Resource strapped startups and even established companies with sufficient know-how may find it difficult to adapt to changing technologies. NVIDIA’s VP of Engineering Claire Delaunay will be returning to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI at U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to discuss the component giant...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Robotics, Robot, Isaac, U C Berkeley, Joshua Wilson, Delaunay, Scott Phoenix, Vicarious, Claire Delaunay


AI will never replace good old human creativity

The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent that described a food container. This was not because the invention was not novel or useful, but because it was created by artificial intelligence (AI). By law, inventors need to be actual people. This isn’t the first invention by AI – machines have produced innovations ranging from scientific papers and books to new materials and music. That said, being creative is clearly one of the most remarkable human traits. Withou...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, European Patent Office, Syndication


Why democratizing AI is absolutely crucial

Implicit biases are feelings and ideas subconsciously attributed to a group or culture based on learned associations and experiences. Everyone has them, but it can be dangerous when those biases are transferred to a powerful technology like AI.By keeping the development of artificial intelligence private, we are risking building systems that are intrinsically biased against certain groups. Governance and regulations are necessary to ensure that artificial intelligence remains as neutral as possi...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Government, Data, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai


’World’s strongest’ robotic hand can cut paper, hold eggs — and even play the piano

Researchers have unveiled a robotic hand that can serve drinks, pick up eggs, cut paper with scissors, and even play a few notes on the piano. The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) claims that the device offers the world’s strongest grasping force measured against its own weight. The hand is comprised of four fingers and 16 joints, which are all moved independently by 12 individual motors. This design intends to replicate the movements of human fingers. Sensors attached to the fing...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Robots, Neural, Korea Institute of Machinery Materials KIMM


This AI could reunite families after an earthquake

A new AI prototype could transform how earthquake aftermaths are managed, by predicting the safest routes that families can take to find their loved ones. The idea first emerged in the ImpactHub Istanbul, a social innovation centre in a city where a future earthquake is all but inevitable. The last time a devastating earthquake had struck Turkey was in 1999, around 150-200 kilometers from the capital. Official records put the death toll at 18,373 people.  Scientists believe that the next one wil...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Turkey, Artificial Intelligence, Istanbul, Neural


AI predicts Oscar winners — but betting sites do it better

You don’t normally need to be a fortune teller to predict the Oscar winners, but the Academy has sprung a few surprises in recent years. Last night, a team of data scientists tested whether their machine learning model could outsmart the bookmakers — with mixed results. The boffins behind the BigML machine learning platform made their predictions with a Deepnets model, an optimised implementation of the Deep Neural Networks supervised learning technique. They first identified the factors that we...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Academy, Neural


Students: Score $50 tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

Are you a student enthralled by robots and the AI that powers them? Do you live within striking distance of UC Berkeley? Ready to learn from the greatest minds and makers in the field? Then we want you at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 on March 3 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. We’re investing in the next generation of makers by making our day-long conference super-affordable. Buy your $50 student pass right here. If you’re not familiar with our Robotics/AI session, listen up. It’s a full day...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Technology, Articles, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Eric Migicovsky, Kelly Chen, Stuart Russell, Joshua Wilson, Scott Phoenix


Google’s Meena is impressive, but AI chatbots are still “cheap imitations” of humans

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. This week, Google introduced Meena, a chatbot that can “chat about… anything.” Meena is the latest of many efforts by large tech companies trying to solve one of the toughest challenges of artificial intelligence: language. “Current open-domain chatbots have a critical flaw — they often don’t make sense. They sometimes say things that are inconsistent with wha...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Meena, Syndication


Reuters built a prototype for automated news videos using Deepfakes tech

The Reuters news company and an AI startup named Synthesia today unveiled a new project they’ve partnered on that uses Deepfakes-style technology to generate automated news reports in real time. Designed as a proof-of-concept, the system takes real-time scoring data from football matches and generates news reports complete with photographs and a script. Synthesia and Reuters then use a neural network similar to Deepfakes and prerecorded footage of a real news anchor to turn the script into a “li...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Reuters, Neural, Synthesia


NASA wants the auto industry to build its next Moon rover

NASA earlier this week released an official contract inquiry seeking help from the automobile industry in designing a new Moon rover. While this isn’t exactly out of character for NASA, we thought the timing was interesting. After all, if there’s one vehicle that screams “I belong on the Moon,” it’s Tesla‘s recently unveiled Cybertruck. In case you missed it, this meme-of-a-truck is actually a real thing that Tesla CEO Elon Musk forced a team of apparently talented engineers to design and make: ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Bartenders watch out: A robot server in Tokyo can make cocktails in one minute

A bar in Tokyo is tackling its problems finding new staff by employing an automated alternative: A robotic bartender that can pour a beer in 40 seconds and mix a cocktail in a minute. Customers at the Zeroken Robo Tavern in Ikebukuro train station first order their drinks at an automated kiosk, which prints a QR code receipt that they take to the robot. The machine then scans the code, which triggers its robotic arm to swing into action, mixing the drink and swiftly returning it to the customer....
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Neural, Zeroken Robo Tavern


Court orders moratorium on black box AI that detects welfare fraud amid human rights concerns

The Hague District Court in The Netherlands yesterday ordered the Dutch government to halt its use of a black box AI system designed to predict welfare fraud. The ruling was issued over privacy concerns and is being heralded as a civil rights victory by activists and privacy advocacy groups. The particular program, System Risk Indication (SyRI), uses government data to predict whether welfare recipients are “likely” to commit welfare fraud. In use for years, the Dutch government has asserted tha...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, United Nations, Neural, Hague District Court


7-Eleven is the next retailer to test cashierless stores

7-Eleven is the latest retailer to test the “cashierless” store concept, following Amazon’s big push into the market with its Amazon Go convenience stores that use technology, instead of people, to monitor stock levels, track purchases, and process payments. This week, 7-Eleven announced it’s piloting its own take on the cashierless concept with a 700-square-foot store at its corporate HQ in Irving, Texas, open only to company employees. The store stocks 7-Eleven’s most popular products, includi...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Artificial Intelligence, Retail, Stores, Ai, 7-eleven, Retailers, Giant Eagle, Eleven, Sam s Club, Irving Texas, Trigo


How Google used AI to supercharge Maps in 2019

Google Maps celebrated its 15th birthday today by announcing a new milestone: in the last year, the company mapped as many buildings as it did in the previous decade. The service reached this landmark through a two-step process. Firstly, staff worked with Google’s data operations team to manually trace common building outlines. They then trained machine learning models to recognize the edges and shapes of buildings. Another recent deployment of machine learning enabled Maps to recognize  handwri...
Tags: Google, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Google Maps, Neural


Deepnote raises $3.8M to build a better data science platform

Deepnote, a startup that offers data scientists an IDE-like collaborative online experience for building their machine learning models, today announced that it has raised a $3.8 million seed round led by Index Ventures and Accel, with participation from YC and Credo Ventures, as well as a number of angel investors, including OpenAI’s Greg Brockman, Figma’s Dylan Field, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, Daniel Gross and Lachy Groom . Built around standard Jupyter notebooks, Deepnote wants to provide ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Developer, Tech, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Mozilla, Machine Learning, Gpu, Accel, Credo Ventures, Data Scientist, Index Ventures, NLP


3 privacy issues to consider before bringing an Amazon Echo into your house

Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant have had widely publicized issues with privacy. Whether it is the amount of data they collect or the fact that they reportedly pay employees and, at times, external contractors from all over the world to listen to recordings to improve accuracy, the potential is there for sensitive personal information to be leaked through these devices. But the risks extend not just to our relationship with Amazon. Major privacy concerns are starting to emerge in the wa...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Syndication



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