AI

  • Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

    Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

  • The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    The Future Of AI Will Be Stacked

    We are entering an exciting period for Artificial Intelligence. We’re seeing more consumer impacting developments and breakthroughs in AI technology than ever before. And as Nova Spivack recently argued, it’s reasonable to expect that major players like Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft, among others, will lead a fierce consolidation effort for the AI market over the next 5 years. Read More

  • Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision

    Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly-released app was Impala — an app for iOS and… Read More

  • A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish. We call it inevitable. The era of the assistant that began with Siri will eventually dominate the way people interact with mobile devices, computers, cars, wearables, appliances and every other piece of technology that requires complex human-machine interaction. We do not appear… Read More

  • Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

    Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

    Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team — one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in 2008. Read More

  • Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista Wants To Be Your Pocket Concierge

    Timista is an event-planning app that uses AI to power recommendations for things to do in London that can be realistically chained together, based on their proximity, timings and availability. Read More

  • The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    The Strange Promise Of Everyday AI

    In addition to the promise of flying cars and jetpacks, science fiction has taught us that we should have artificial intelligence by now. Sadly, the best we can do is a virtual 13-year-old that was able to fool a number of high-profile researchers (and Robert Llewellyn who played a robot on Red Dwarf) in the Turing Test. Where are our virtual assistants with superhuman powers of discernment? Read More

  • How Google Uses Machine Learning And Neural Networks To Optimize Data Centers

    How Google Uses Machine Learning And Neural Networks To Optimize Data Centers

    Google has released some new research about it efforts to maximize performance and minimize energy use at data centers through machine learning today. Long story short: Google is building superintelligent server farms that can learn from their past performance and improve themselves in the future. Google’s AI data centers are a 20 percent project – the result of an employee, Jim… Read More

  • X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

    X.ai Lands $2.1M To Build ‘Amy’, An AI-Powered Personal Assistant For Meetings

    From the sometimes disappointing but often great reality of Siri to the complicated potential of Samantha, the idea of virtual personal assistants helping us with our digital-fuelled lives has captured the public imagination. Today, another not-quite real female is entering the fray: Amy, a personal assistant that has been built to help you schedule meetings — summoned not through… Read More

  • AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

    AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

    An ambitious blend of fact and fiction, “Transcendence” is Hollywood’s latest dystopian-edged take on the implications of artificial intelligence. Here are some examples of where the film displays some chops in computer vision, intelligent systems and brain imaging. Read More