AI

  • Aipoly Puts Machine Vision In The Hands Of The Visually Impaired

    Aipoly Puts Machine Vision In The Hands Of The Visually Impaired

    It’s 3.30am in the featureless Singularity University meeting room I’m peering into via Skype and I’ve just asked Marita Cheng to take a photo of the buttons on her co-founder, Alberto Rizzoli’s, shirt. It’s definitely one of the stranger requests I’ve made of tech founders, at any time of day, but the pair don’t bat an eyelid — and in half a… Read More

  • Machine Learning Used To Predict Fine Wine Price Moves

    Machine Learning Used To Predict Fine Wine Price Moves

    Curiosity about the limits of machine learning led former trader, UCL academic and startup founder, Dr Tristan Fletcher, to apply techniques more typically found in normal asset class trading to the alternative and, on the surface, more chaotic arena of fine wine pricing. Read More

  • The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization Crunch Network

    The Future Of Algorithmic Personalization

    Personalization algorithms influence what you’ve chosen yesterday, what you choose today and what you’ll be choosing tomorrow. Simultaneously, there seems to be something wrong with personalization. We are continuously bumping into obtrusive, uninteresting ads. Our digital personal assistant isn’t that personal at all. We’ve lost friends to the algorithmic abyss of the… Read More

  • Ex-Googlers Raise $6M For Connectifier, An AI Approach To Recruitment Search

    Ex-Googlers Raise $6M For Connectifier, An AI Approach To Recruitment Search

    Sites like LinkedIn and Monster.com have become online mainstays both for people looking for jobs and also companies looking to find the right people to fill a role. Now a new startup hopes to turn the recruitment process on its head through artificial intelligence and powerful search software that crawls across many sources at once to build up some 300 million online profiles to find the… Read More

  • Man Vs. Machine: How Humans Are Driving The Next Age Of Machine Learning Crunch Network

    Man Vs. Machine: How Humans Are Driving The Next Age Of Machine Learning

    If you’ve been following the buzz around artificial intelligence lately, you may have gotten the impression that machines will soon take over the world and destroy it. Hollywood is fueling the debate with the latest Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Columbia Pictures’ Ex Machina — two films about what bad can happen when machines go rogue and utilize big data to… Read More

  • Viv, Built By Siri’s Creators, Scores $12.5 Million For An AI Technology That Can Teach Itself

    Viv, Built By Siri’s Creators, Scores $12.5 Million For An AI Technology That Can Teach Itself

    The company behind Viv, a powerful form of AI built by Siri’s creators which is able to learn from the world to improve upon its capabilities, has just closed on $12.5 million in Series B funding, an SEC filing reveals. Multiple sources close to the matter also confirm the round, which was oversubscribed and values the company at north of nine figures. Read More

  • Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval Crunch Network

    Narrow AI: Automating The Future Of Information Retrieval

    With industry pundits including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others hotly debating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hollywood priming the public for the release of a slew of new movies — including Terminator 5 — that warn what can happen when software and hardware evolve to the point that they are capable of human feats of intelligence, it’s little wonder… Read More

  • Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn’t Go The Way Of Skynet

    Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn’t Go The Way Of Skynet

    Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has gone on record before proclaiming the potential risks of artificial intelligence, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The intrepid inventor and entrepreneur announced a donation of $10 million to help fund research to “keep AI beneficial” to humanity today. The funds go to the Future of Life Institute (FLI), an… Read More

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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” Crunch Network

    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

  • Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI

    Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI

    There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it’s the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it’s one of a select few that’s actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. Read More

  • Futureful, The Janus Friis-Backed AI Predictive Discovery Engine, Rebrands As Random

    Futureful, The Janus Friis-Backed AI Predictive Discovery Engine, Rebrands As Random

    Futureful, the AI predictive discovery engine backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis which we last covered back in August, has a new name and a new interface — evolving its proposition of serendipitous browsing to more clearly flag up the randomness angle. Read More