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Nvidia is creating surveillance cameras with built-in face recognition. Uh, great?

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Nvidia has partnered with AI developer AnyVision to create facial recognition technology for “smart cities” around the world. The two companies will work to install automatic facial recognition into CCTV (closed-circuit television) surveillance cameras. 

AnyVision claims the technology enables cameras that can continuously scan for faces 24/7, automatically identifying and tracking individuals within a large crowd with 99% accuracy. Algorithms working with human monitors can then compare the faces identified against a database of known terrorists or criminals.

The company also says it’s committed to protecting the personal data that CCTV cameras collect.  Read more…

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Tech

Facebook appoints a new AI research head

 Facebook has a new executive coming on to unify its research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence. Former IBM exec Jérôme Pesenti will be taking the lead at Facebook’s AI research (FAIR) arm, Quartz reports. Yann LeCun, who previously held the lead role, will be shifting to a more research-focused role where he will continue to drive the scientific agenda of FAIR in his… Read More

Architecture

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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Business

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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Tech

Uber taps Nvidia for its self-driving vehicle fleet

 Uber has picked Nvidia as one of its key technology partners in its fleet of self-driving, specifically to provide the AI computing aspects of its autonomous software. The partnership is one that has been in development for a while now, including in its very first test Volvo XC90 SUVs, which followed the introduction of its program using modified Ford sedans. Uber has used Nvidia’s GPUs… Read More

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Google has planted its flag at CES

 Google’s here, and it’s planning something big. The company’s presence is impossible to miss as you drive down Paradise Road toward the Las Vegas Convention Center. Like much the rest of the show, the company’s parking lot booth is still under construction today, but the giant, black and white “Hey Google” sign is already hanging above it, visible from… Read More

Tech

Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View images

 In a sign that computers will be able to perform image analysis as fluently as text analysis, a group of Stanford-based researchers were able to make accurate predictions about neighborhood voting patterns based on millions of pictures collected from Google Street View, reports The New York Times. While other academic projects have used artificial intelligence to mine Google Street View for… Read More

Business

This genius scale doesn’t actually tell you how much you weigh

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A startup just released the least judgmental scale you’ve ever seen — and it’s powered by AI. 

The scale, called Shapa, looks like any normal scale, with one key difference: It doesn’t tell you how much you weigh. 

Hear me out on this. 

When you purchase a Shapa scale, you’ll pair it (via Bluetooth) with the Shapa app, available for Android, iOS, or Amazon Alexa. Every time you step on the scale, the app will record (but not show you) your weight. 

There are three things it shows you instead. First, a cute calendar indicates how many times you’ve stepped on (and forgotten to step on) your scale in the past week.  Read more…

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Business

AI-powered tool helps domestic violence survivors file restraining orders

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When a domestic violence survivor files the legal paperwork for a restraining order against an abuser, the process is often complicated, emotional, and time-intensive. 

While there’s no shortcut to make that experience less painful or nerve-wracking, Dorna Moini, a lawyer who’s represented numerous survivors pro-bono, wants to make it more efficient. That’s why she launched HelpSelf Legal, a fee-based site that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the process of filling restraining order paperwork.  

“It would be nice to have everyone have a lawyer to help them through the process,” says Moini, “but the reality is that there aren’t enough lawyers.”  Read more…

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Google opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

 Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google’s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman… Read More

Business

This intelligent voice assistant gets to know you over time

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San Francisco-based startup Fin wants to replace your digital assistant. The company has built an artificially intelligent app that functions on voice commands alone and learns your habits over time.

Fin is essentially a new iOS app that can accomplish all the tasks a human personal assistant would, according to the company. Upon request, the app can schedule plans with friends, pay your bills, search restaurants in your area, remind you of events on your calendar, and more. 

But what differentiates Fin from Alexa, Siri, and the other voice assistants you may already be using is its ability to learn your habits. “We have an internal principle: ‘AI’ means ‘Always Improving,'” wrote Andrew Kortina, Fin’s cofounder, in a blog postRead more…

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Design

Amazon made a camera to give its image recognition tech to developers

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Amazon wants to make it much easier for developers to use its image recognition capabilities.

Amazon Web Services just introduced a new $249 camera with computer vision and AI-smarts baked right in. Called DeepLens, the camera is intended for developers who want to learn to build applications that leverage Amazon’s artificial intelligence technology.

The camera is available for pre-order now and will ship next year, the company says.

It’s a boxy device that’s obviously designed with the AI tech in mind rather than looks or pure specs. The 4MP camera shoots 1080p HD video and is equipped with Wi-Fi, a micro SD slot, and 8 GB of memory.  Read more…

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Samsung picks up another AI firm to boost Bixby’s brains

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Samsung’s not giving up on Bixby, despite initial lukewarm responses to its AI assistant.

Bixby is the South Korean firm’s answer to other voice assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. But when it debuted, fans found it just wasn’t as smart as the competition.

To buff up Bixby’s brains, Samsung has now acquired Fluently, which makes an AI chatbot that can compose smart replies in English and Korean.

Fluently produced an app that plugged into messengers like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and offered natural-sounding contextual responses.  Read more…

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