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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.<p>Undergoing final tests …

Farming

AI-Powered Bank Accounts Of Tomorrow Are Solving The Biggest Problem With Your Finances -- You

In Canada, millions of people are handing over control of their money.<p>Not to an expensive financial adviser or bank manager, but to the Royal Bank of Canada’s artificial assistant NOMI, which moves money around and makes decisions when to save on their behalf.<p>The idea of a machine making financial …

Artificial Intelligence

The World’s Dominant Crypto-Mining Company Wants to Own AI

Even by the standards of Bitcoin, things are crazy in China. As the boom in cryptocurrencies has become the biggest speculative bubble in recorded …

Cryptocurrency

Nvidia is training robots to learn from watching humans

Nvidia has developed a method to train robots to carry out actions by first observing human activity. In initial applications, robots learned to pick up and move colored boxes and a toy car in a lab environment, using a Baxter robot.<p>Learnings from such research will be used to retrain robots and …

Robotics

Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines to bolster its conversational AI offerings — like Cortana, the Azure Bot Service, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. Semantic Machines works in areas like speech synthesis, deep learning, and natural language processing.<p>VentureBeat …

Artificial Intelligence

The Autonomous-Car Company That’s Selling Safety First

Intel-owned Mobileye says it can leapfrog Alphabet and Uber on the path to driverless ubiquity.<p>On Sunday, March 18, a 49-year-old woman named Elaine …

Autonomous Cars

New Amazon Channels Data Shows Why Apple Wants to Copy It

Amazon has quietly become a major player in the subscription video sales business: Amazon Channels, the company’s platform for reselling subscription …

Televisions

PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal

PayPal is taking its biggest bet yet on point-of-sale transactions, small businesses and markets outside of the U.S. as it looks to raise its game against Square, Stripe and others in the world of payments: The company has confirmed that it is buying iZettle — the Stockholm-based payments provider …

FinTech

Here are the ways AI is helping to improve accessibility

Today marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a celebration of inclusion and digital access for people with disabilities. Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a gaming controller designed to accommodate a range of special needs, and Apple announced …

Machine Learning

Amazon’s Alexa can now learn your voice automatically

Amazon today announced that AI assistant Alexa will now automatically begin work to recognize a user’s voice when they say “Alexa, play music.” Automatic voice identification that occurs when saying this phrase will serve up personalized selections from Amazon Music. Automated voice ID can be …

Smart Homes

Kroger Makes Bold Push to Boost Online Shopping

Cincinnati supermarket chain increases investment in U.K.’s Ocado, plans to license tech to run warehouses and make online deliveries<p>Kroger Co. has struck a deal with a British grocer known for its use of warehouse robots, as the biggest U.S. grocery chain aims to supercharge its online delivery …

eCommerce

Specialized chips are threatening to take over cryptocurrencies, and they look unstoppable - MIT Technology Review

If cryptocurrencies’ greatest common asset is their decentralized nature—the inability of any one person, corporation, or united group to control a …

Bitcoin

In Virtual Reality, How Much Body Do You Need?

How connected are your body and your consciousness?<p>When Michiteru Kitazaki, a professor of engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan, recently posed this question in an email, he evoked an idea from Japanese culture known as tamashii, or the soul without a body.<p>Will it soon be …

Virtual Reality

The world’s first quantum software superstore—or so it hopes—is here - MIT Technology Review

In quantum computing, it’s not just the computers themselves that are hard to build. They also need sophisticated quantum algorithms—specialized …

Quantum Physics

Yes, HTC is working on a ‘blockchain phone’

A few weeks ahead of its latest flagship announcement, HTC just revealed another piece of hardware. While the Taiwanese company has consolidated much of its mobile offerings in recent years, it announced today at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in New York that its upcoming Exodus handset …

Blockchain

Germany’s data-driven FlixBus launches in the U.S. to make bus travel cool again

Almost five years after launching in Germany, FlixBus is about to make its biggest leap, strategically and geographically, by launching its data-driven bus service in the United States.<p>The company announced today that it has begun serving a series of routes in the southwestern part of the country, …

Transportation

Twitter is now using ‘behavioral signals’ to mute trolls in conversations and search

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Twitter Inc on Tuesday revised its strategy for fighting abusive internet “trolls,” saying it would use behavioral signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets.<p>San Francisco-based Twitter, known for freewheeling discussions since it …

Jack Dorsey

Transparency

Manufacturers See Blockchain Tracking 3-D-Printed Parts Through Supply Chains

A distributed online ledger could help firms identify parts down to the machine that made them<p>By<p>Steven Norton<p>Steven Norton<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@steven_norton<p>steven.norton@wsj.com<p>NEW YORK — Just as blockchain technology can help trace food from farm to table, so too might it help …

Blockchain

SoftBank's Son Eyes Another $100 Billion for Fund 2.0, Sources Say

Masayoshi Son, the founder and chief executive officer of SoftBank Group Corp., is already thinking about his next $100 billion venture -- a version …

Venture Capital

China’s Didi Gets Approval to Test Autonomous Cars in California

Company becomes latest to explore advanced driving technology in the U.S. as safety concerns remain in the spotlight<p>China’s ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing Technology Co. has been approved to launch live trials of autonomous vehicles on roads in California, becoming the latest company to explore …

Autonomous Cars

The Future of Fake News in India: 1,000 WhatsApp Messages a Day

In election season, campaigners are using the messaging service more to target voters, but its opaque nature makes it hard to hunt down sources of false content<p>For Gurupad Kolli, a 40-year-old lawyer who lives in a remote Indian village, the torrent of WhatsApp messages surging to his phone a few …

Voting

Waymo Filings Give New Details on Its Driverless Taxis

California's DMV has also received an application from the startup JingChi to test fully autonomous vehicles Image: WaymoWaymo CEO John Krafcik …

Waymo

Tomorrow’s Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots

When people think of the automotive Factory of the Future, the first word that comes to mind is automation. They think of the “lights-out” factory that General Motors Chief Executive Roger Smith fantasized about in 1982 and Elon Musk talks about building today—plants so dominated by robots and …

Robotics

It’s time to embrace China’s mixed reality market

2016 was a rocky year for the VR/AR industry worldwide as consumer adoption failed to live up to what turned out to be inflated forecasts. China, in particular, seemed to go through a rude awakening with 90 percent of its hardware startups going bust. Yet while we in the West have in general …

Augmented Reality

World’s ‘first’ commercial 5G network launches in Qatar

If the “race to 5G” can be “won” by the first carrier to launch limited 5G cellular services within a country, Qatar’s Ooredoo may have earned a gold medal today. The carrier says that it has just launched 5G Supernet, “the first commercially available 5G network in the world,” and is promising …

Qatar Airways

Google’s DeepMind is using neural nets to explore dopamine’s role in learning

Deep learning algorithms can outperform humans in a number of areas, from classifying images and reading lips to making predictions about the future. But despite their superhuman levels of proficiency, they’re disadvantaged in the rate at which they learn. Some of the best machine learning …

Machine Learning

Say hello to Google One

Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price of its 2 TB plan from $19.99/month to $9.99/month (and dropping the $9.99/month 1 TB plan). It’s also rebranding these storage plans (but not Google Drive itself) as …

Google

Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2

Do you remember the Surface Hub? Chances are you forgot it even existed. And yet, Microsoft just announced a second version of the Surface Hub. The company hasn’t shared any specifications or price, but it won’t be available before 2019 — selected customers will test the Surface Hub 2 starting this …

Windows 10

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

Google is trying to stay ahead of the ethical and philosophical pitfalls of its new Duplex platform<p>Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a …

Artificial Intelligence