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The robots of CES are a joke

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The robots of the future are, well, still figuring things out.

That was the overwhelming takeaway from CES, the world’s largest tech convention, held this past week in Las Vegas. From a laundry-folding bot that couldn’t fold laundry, to an AI-powered helper that refused to help, to an in-home mechanical maid that kept dropping stuff, the dream of robotic friends making our lives easier is clearly a long way off. 

But apparently no one bothered to communicate that fact to the exhibitors and companies showcasing their latest contributions to the technology-fueled utopian delusion that is CES. Both corporate behemoth and niche manufacturer alike demoed a series of robots that, while (for the most part) slickly packaged, failed to deliver on their core promise — whatever it happened to be.  Read more…

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Samsung really wants you to start talking to your fridge

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Samsung is still finding ways to pack more features into perhaps the least exciting thing in your house: your refrigerator.

The tech giant announced today at CES a brand new version of its smart refrigerator that now includes voice controls, AKG speakers, and smart home integrations. 

The new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator has many of the same options as the original 2016 model, but adds a bunch of entertainment and smart home controls. Now, you can use the fridge to operate smart home products using Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. Read more…

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Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

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It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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How to build your own robot for $50

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SunFounder’s newest robotics learning kit, the SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit, lets you do build and program your own robots and will basically make all your childhood dreams come true. No biggie. 

The kit, which goes by the name of Sloth, is compatible with both the included SunFounder Nano board or an Arduino board if you’ve already been tinkering around with one of those. Learn robotics programming as you make Sloth use its two legs to walk, kick, or even dance. It’s equipped with an HC-SR04 ultrasonic landing module, so Sloth can even detect and avoid obstacles. And yes, the kit comes with absolutely all the tools you need, so you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Read more…

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Website uses neural networks to enlarge small images, and the results are pretty magical

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You know how in CSI, the cops always try to “enhance” a shot to zoom in and read (non-existent) details in photos? It’s amusing to the rest of us, but perhaps one day won’t be all that impossible, with artificial intelligence.

Researchers have been adopting neural networks and machine learning technologies to help computers fill in missing detail in photos.

Some consumer-ready websites are already making some of this magic accessible to you and me.

One of these is called Let’s Enhance, which was recently launched with an easy drag-and-drop interface. Read more…

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Most people worry robots will replace human jobs, just not their own

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Robots may be driving cars, appealing tickets, and working construction, but they don’t have a whole lot of popular support.

That’s according to a new Pew Research study Wednesday that found around twice as many people were worried rather than enthusiastic about the prospect of more automation and artificial intelligence. Around a third of people surveyed welcomed these potential job killers, while 72 percent had a dimmer view.

This makes sense; most people work jobs that could one day be displaced by robots, according to various studies. And while some experts argue that more technology could create more jobs than it kills, it’s understandable to be wary of any economic sea change. Read more…

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Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

 This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurrent unit without any batching. Microsoft has been pouring resources into FPGAs for a while now, deploying large clusters of the field-programmable… Read More

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Your next Spotify suggestion could come from Facebook Messenger

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Facebook Messenger uses an AI assistant called ‘M’ to suggest Uber rides and remind you to pay a friend back. But M now has a new task — to suggest what music you should listen to on Spotify

M will step in with the suggestions when you mention related phrases in your conversations. Just type “play music” or “listen to music” or another variety of that. M will catch on and display “Find Music.”

The bot is even smart enough to ask if you want to listen to an artist just with the mention of their name. You don’t even have to type out anything about playing their songs for “Listen to Big Gigantic” prompt to come up. Read more…

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