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Google Duplex arrives in Australia, Canada, and the UK

Google’s AI phone assistant Duplex is now available in Australia, Canada. Duplex was previously only available in the US and New Zealand. But VentureBeat spotted that a support page for the product now includes phone numbers for calls from Duplex in the three new countries. The system uses AI to mimic a human voice that calls businesses to make restaurant reservations, book appointments, and find out opening hours. Google first unveiled Duplex at the company’s annual I/O developer conference in ...
Tags: Google, Startups, UK, US, Artificial Intelligence, New Zealand, Voice, VentureBeat, Australia Canada, Neural, Google Duplex, Plugged, Australia Canada Duplex

AI predicts where coronavirus cases will spike next

An AI has predicted which areas of the UK will suffer spikes in coronavirus cases next by analyzing social media posts about COVID-19. These posts suggest that outbreaks will soon hit Manchester, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, Leeds, Northamptonshire, and Luton. The system was created by Dataminr, a risk detection tech firm with a track record of detecting where the virus will spread to next. It previously predicted outbreaks in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, and Kent, between 7-13 days before these are...
Tags: Startups, UK, London, US, Artificial Intelligence, Luton, Dataminr, Neural, Coronavirus, Hertfordshire Essex

These AIs think they can translate your dog’s barks

We’re all suffering under lockdown — even our dogs. Although most can still enjoy regular walkies, the pooches are picking up on the reduced social interaction outside. And many of them are missing their friends from puppy school and playdates. If you’re worried about what’s going on inside your dog‘s mind, a new AI system will tell you — just by listening to it bark. The feature will soon be added to Furbo, an “interactive smart dog camera” that lets you have a video chat with your mutt, toss i...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Furbo, Neural, Plugged

Why we like a good robot story

Jim and Kerry Kelly live in a small town in the rural Midwest. Their sons, Ben, six, and Ryan, twelve, attend the local public school. Their school district is always short staffed. The closest town is 40 miles away and the pay for teachers is abysmal.This year, the district’s staffing has hit a critical low: Class size will have to be huge, and there’s limited money for aides who might help with the teaching load, which will further discourage teacher applications. The school board considers ac...
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Will product designers survive the AI revolution?

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. “Our intelligence is what makes us human, and AI is an extension of that quality.” ― Yann LeCun The human species has performed incredible feats of ingenuity. We have created beautiful sculptures from a single block of marble, written enchanting sonnets that have stood for centuries and landed a craft on the face of a distant rock orbiting our planet. It is ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Design & Dev, Yann LeCun, Syndication, Neural

The Pandemic Feeds Tech Companies’ Power

Our online habits are changing, likely for good. This could make tech companies even more muscular.
Tags: News, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, Kara, Facebook Inc, Swisher, Computers and the Internet, Inc, Merriam-Webster Inc, Videophones and Videoconferencing, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

AI predicts results of English Premier League matches canceled by coronavirus

AI has finally answered the question plaguing every soccer fan’s mind: Where would my team have finished in the league if coronavirus hadn’t wrecked the season? Boffins from soccer stats firm Opta produced their final English Premier League table by analyzing four years of historic results to predict the likely outcome of each match. And in a huge shock in the title race, Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the trophy by a single point! Only joking! The Reds were comfortably crowned champions — ...
Tags: Startups, UK, Artificial Intelligence, Liverpool, Manchester City, Reds, Opta, Neural

A.I. Is Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean’s Worth of Data

Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet’s largest bodies of water.
Tags: News, Global Warming, Artificial Intelligence, ANN, Water Pollution, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Allen, Sheila, Endangered and Extinct Species, Oceans and Seas, Hemami, Ocean 's Worth of Data

This Online Tool Lets You Generate Your Own AI Art

A number of breakthroughs in the past few years have given artificial intelligence newfound creative abilities, with implications ranging from an internet underbelly of deepfakes to a burgeoning AI-generated art scene. But because of the complexity of the neural networks involved and the sometimes-arduous coding and training process, such capabilities can also be hard for...
Tags: General, Advertising, Artificial Intelligence

More reporting links Clearview AI to Trump-aligned racists, neo-Nazis, and alt-right trolls

A Huffington Post investigation out today lays out even more evidence of facial surveillance tech company Clearview AI's ties to the alt-right. Clearview AI has alarmed privacy experts, and has hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found. My latest investigation is about Clearview AI, a secretive facial recognition company. Lots of privacy concerns. Even scarier: Clearview has ties to the alt-right and even had far-right extremists working for it until I reached out t...
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Someone trained an AI on BDSM literature so it could remix the King James Bible

Do robots go to hell? An AI developer recently created a remix of the Holy Bible (King James version) by training a text generator on BDSM stories. The results were decidedly not safe for work. The new tome, dubbed “The Orange Erotic Bible,” comes in at a whopping 64,167 words – enough to call itself a full-fledged novel, though paltry compared to the Bible’s nearly 800K. It’s developer – so far we haven’t been able to identify the person(s) responsible – generated the book as part of an AI nove...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, James Bible, Neural

Facebook apologizes after AI blocks posts about DIY coronavirus masks

Facebook’s AI moderators claimed another innocent victim this week when an algorithm blocked content on DIY coronavirus masks. The system threatened to ban mask makers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California, The New York Times reports. These groups were set up to fill a gap in protective gear that has forced hospital staff to don ski goggles and Halloween masks as shields against infection. But their efforts were caught in the crossfire of Facebook‘s battle against coronavirus profiteers. “Th...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, California, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, United States, New York Times, Neural, Coronavirus, Pennsylvania Illinois

Researchers want your voice to train coronavirus-detecting AI

Researchers behind an AI app that detects coronavirus in your voice have asked for volunteers to help by uploading audio of them coughing, breathing, and talking. Scientists from Cambridge University will use the data to develop machine learning algorithms that analyze a voice for symptoms of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Sounds App joins a growing list of tools using voice analysis to diagnose the coronavirus. The method remains unproven, but the team believes the sounds made by COVD-19 patients are s...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge University, Neural, Coronavirus, COVD

This smart toilet offers advanced poop analysis and analprinting

An international team of researchers recently developed a fully automated sensor package that turns any regular toilet into the Tesla Model S of commodes. Designed to monitor your health, the system comes complete with nearly a dozen sensors that can do everything from perform an on-site specimen exam (it checks your poop and urine for things like consistency, color, and glucose and red blood cell count) to time your movements. And it even has built-in cameras and a fingerprint sensor for securi...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural

AI can’t predict a child’s future success, no matter how much data we give it

A trio of Princeton social scientists recently conducted a mass experiment with 160 research teams to see if any of them could predict how children’s lives would turn out. The participants were given fifteen years of data and were allowed to use any technique they wanted, from good old fashioned statistical analysis to modern-day artificial intelligence.  Nobody even came close. That’s because artificial intelligence – much like psychics and headless chickens – cannot predict the future. Sure, i...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Neural

MIT researchers use AI to turn the coronavirus into a haunting melody

An AI system that turns the coronavirus‘ structure into music could help scientists spot details about COVID-19 that a microscope would miss. The AI-generated tune is an audible representation of the coronavirus’ “spike” proteins, which spread the infection by poking out of the virus and binding to human cells. These spikes make the surface of the virus look like a crown — or “corona” in Latin. The spikes are formed of protein building blocks called amino acids. Researchers from the Massachusett...
Tags: Startups, Science, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Neural, Coronavirus

Why AI startups’ economics will likely improve over time

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. If you can recall February, we dug into the question of AI startup gross margins. Venture shop a16z had published an interesting blog on the subject, arguing that it may be the case that AI-focused startups will enjoy strong gross margins, but perhaps not as strong as those posted by SaaS companies. Modern software startups (SaaS companies) have some of the highest gross margins...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Venture Capital, Ai, Blumberg Capital, David Blumberg, A16z

AI reveals that mice’s faces express a range of emotions — just like humans

AI has revealed that mice have a range of facial expressions that show they feel — offering fresh clues about how emotional responses arise in human brains. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany made the discovery by recording the faces of lab mice when they were exposed to different stimuli, such as sweet flavors and electric shocks. The researchers then used machine learning algorithms to analyze how the rodents’ faces changed when they experienced different feeling...
Tags: Startups, Science, Germany, Artificial Intelligence, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Neural

Meet the sci-fi startup building computer chips with real biological neurons

It's building neural networks with a notable difference
Tags: News, Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Tech, A.I

R&D Roundup: Ultrasound/AI medical imaging, assistive exoskeletons and neural weather modeling

In the time of COVID-19, much of what transpires from the science world to the general public relates to the virus, and understandably so. But other domains, even within medical research, are still active — and as usual, there are tons of interesting (and heartening) stories out there that shouldn’t be lost in the furious activity of coronavirus coverage. This last week brought good news for several medical conditions as well as some innovations that could improve weather reporting and maybe sav...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cambodia, Columbia University, Satellite Imagery, Ultrasound, Deep Learning, Retina, Emerging-technologies, Ozone

Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot

As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That’s partly because it’s difficult to learn how to walk like a dog directly from a dog — but this research from Google’s AI labs make it considerably easier. The goal of this research, a collaboration with UC Berkeley, was to find a way to efficiently and automatically transfer “agile behaviors” like a light-footed trot or spin from their source (a good dog) to a quadrupedal robot....
Tags: Google, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomimetic, Google AI, Biomimesis

Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language. The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the technology used client databases with AI tools that deeply understand the specifics of products, services,...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Siri, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, Apple acquisition, Siri Apple, Voysis, Siri zwnj, Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis, Bloomberg Voysis, Turi VocalIQ Perceptio Emotient

Scientists are using AI to predict which coronavirus patients need ventilators

Computer scientists from the University of Copenhagen are using AI to calculate which coronavirus patients need ventilators and intensive care. The system will help doctors identify the symptoms that seriously ill patients have in common. Hospitals could use the insights provided by the AI to work how many patients will need a ventilator at specific times in the future, and plan their resources accordingly. “We are aware of certain things that increase risk, such as age, smoking, asthma and hear...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Neural, Frederiksberg Hospitals, Espen Solem

OctoML raises $15M to make optimizing ML models easier

OctoML, a startup founded by the team behind the Apache TVM machine learning compiler stack project, today announced it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by Amplify, with participation from Madrone Ventures, which led its $3.9 million seed round. The core idea behind OctoML and TVM is to use machine learning to optimize machine learning models so they can more efficiently run on different types of hardware. “There’s been quite a bit of progress in creating machine learning models,” ...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Facebook, Learning, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Intel, Computer, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Aws

The high-tech quest to detect COVID-19 via voice

A.I. researchers say it's possible. But will voice detection actually help?
Tags: Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Speech Recognition, Ai, Emerging Tech, COVID-19

Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an advisor at Boston Consulting Group, a digital fellow at IPsoft and a leading global AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist. More posts by this contributor The American AI Initiative: A good first step, of many Irakli Beridze Contributor ...
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You can now buy AWS’ $99 DeepComposer keyboard

AWS today announced that its DeepComposer keyboard is now available for purchase. And no, DeepComposer isn’t a mechanical keyboard for hackers but a small MIDI keyboard for working with the AWS DeepComposer service that uses AI to create songs based on your input. First announced at AWS re:Invent 2019, the keyboard created a bit of confusion, in part because Amazon’s announcement almost made it seem like a consumer product. DeepComposer, which also works without the actual hardware keyboard, ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Cloud, Web Hosting, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Aws, Amazon Web Services, Midi, Cloud Infrastructure, Apple Keyboard, DeepLens, Midi Keyboard

Flagship Pioneering raises $1.1 billion to spend on sustainability and health-focused biotech

Flagship Pioneering, the Boston-based biotech company incubator and holding company, said it has raised $1.1 billion for its Flagship Labs unit. Flagship, which raised $1 billion back in 2019 for growth stage investment vehicles, develops and operates startups that leverage biotechnology innovation to provide goods and services that improve human health and promote sustainable industries. “We’re honored to have the strong support of our existing Limited Partners, as well as the interest from a s...
Tags: TC, Boston, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare Industry, Biotechnology, Moderna Therapeutics, Limited Partners, Noubar Afeyan, Moderna, Kaleido Biosciences, Axcella Health, Flagship Labs, Integral Health Growth Companies, Ohana Biosciences Kintai Therapeutics

Activity-monitoring startup Zensors repurposes its tech to help coronavirus response

Computer vision techniques used for commercial purposes are turning out to be valuable tools for monitoring people’s behavior during the present pandemic. Zensors, a startup that uses machine learning to track things like restaurant occupancy, lines, and so on, is making its platform available for free to airports and other places desperate to take systematic measures against infection. The company, founded two years ago but covered by TechCrunch in 2016, was among the early adopters of computer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon, Jain, CMU, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Zensors, Anuraag Jain

How AI can determine which coronavirus patients require hospitalization

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, governments and hospitals are being overwhelmed with an influx of patients. Under such circumstances, one of the key challenges they must address is managing their resources and developing care and hospitalization strategies that can prioritize the riskiest patients. This is one area where artificial intelligence can help, experts at Jvion believe. The company, which specializes in clinical AI, is undertaking a data analys...
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