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Why government websites suck so much, according to Obama’s White House webmaster

Our interactions with government websites are often memorable for all the wrong reasons. Whether you’re trying to change your official address or applying for a local permit, you’re likely to see conflicting information, have to pinch-and-zoom a non-responsive design, or need a law degree to …

Autonomous Cars

Mercedes-Benz cars get Amazon Echo and Google Home control

All 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz vehicles can now be controlled with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant on Google Home, the carmaker announced today.<p>To use Alexa or Google Assistant with a Mercedes-Benz car, owners must activate and create a subscription for Mbrace, Mercedes’ in-vehicle tech for …

Amazon's new touchscreen Echo is weird, but it shows how far Amazon will go to conquer tech

Like the original-model Amazon Echo and its offshoots, the Echo Show is primarily controlled by voice, letting you ask simple questions and check your schedule. Its killer feature is voice and video chatting, though that feature will be limited to calling other Alexa devices at launch.<p>At first …

Smart Homes

Nvidia unveils massive AI processing chip Tesla V100

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled an ambitious new processor for artificial intelligence applications, the Tesla V100.<p>The new chip has 21 billion transistors, and it is an order of magnitude more powerful than the 15-billion transistor Pascal-based processor that Nvidia announced a year ago. It is …

Artificial intelligence could build new drugs faster than any human team

Artificial intelligence algorithms are being taught to generate art, human voices, and even fiction stories all on their own—why not give them a shot at building new ways to treat disease?<p>Atomwise, a San Francisco-based startup and Y Combinator alum, has built a system it calls AtomNet (pdf), which …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Assistant wants to rule your Whirlpool kitchen

Whirlpool's adding Google Home support to more than 20 large appliances in 2017.<p>If you're interested in controlling your Whirlpool appliances with voice commands, you're no longer limited to Alexa. The large appliance manufacturer today announced upcoming support for Google Assistant, the Google …

Smart Homes

Google Home voice control now talks to GE appliances

The Google Home speaker and its voice Assistant now play nice with GE smart appliances.<p>Google Home's widening circle of voice control now covers GE smart appliances. Thanks to a new partnership announced Wednesday between GE and the search giant, owners of the connected speaker system can verbally …

Smart Homes

Samsung's self-driving cars are hitting the streets

The race to produce a self-driving car just got a little more crowded.<p>Samsung Electronics Co. is taking its autonomous vehicle program out of the …

Can AI detect fake news?

Traditional media is in trouble. They are no longer the only source of news and information. Internet and social media have become the main platform for news sharing. Pew Research Center Reports indicate that 62 percent of Americans get their news from social media. The rise of social media also …

Docker LinuxKit: Secure Linux containers for Windows, macOS, and clouds

Docker introduces lightweight Linux containers for other platforms.<p>At Dockercon in Austin, Texas, Docker CEO Solomon Hydes said, Docker "is a bunch …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

Self Control

Here's why access to new regions could boost self-driving cars

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Regulatory developments in two regions of the US could pave the way for broader access to self-driving cars.<p>The Texas Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that …

Autonomous Cars

Google Assistant can now turn you into a wannabe bird whisperer

About 25 new actions have landed on Google Home for Google Assistant, including an action that lets you listen to the sounds of hundreds of bird songs and one that mimics the person in your office who says innocuous, buzzword-laden things in meetings.<p>More than 175 actions have been made available …

AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

Artificial Intelligence

Uber says it's not 'hiding anything' in Waymo case

A judge says Waymo hasn't presented a smoking gun in the self-driving car lawsuit, but he hasn't ruled out an injunction against Uber.<p>Uber can breathe easy for the time being.<p>The ride-hailing company wasn't forced to halt its self-driving car program on Wednesday. Time ran out during a hearing in …

Autonomous Cars

A second life for open-world games as self-driving car training software

A lot of top-tier video games enjoy lengthy long-tail lives with remasters and re-releases on different platforms, but the effort put into some games could pay dividends in a whole new way, as companies training things like autonomous cars, delivery drones and other robots are looking to rich, …

Autonomous Cars

The Artificial Intelligence Race Is On to Help Take Down Violent Videos

Companies from Singapore to Finland are racing to improve artificial intelligence so software can automatically spot and block videos of grisly …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Home's new recipe feature is surprisingly useful

The smart speaker breaks down recipes into individual steps and proceeds at the pace you choose.<p>Google Home's latest update earns the always-listening, internet-connected smart speaker a place on your countertop.<p>Last week, Google added a feature to its Google Assistant that lets you send recipes to …

Smart Homes

Google Assistant is coming to Audi, Volvo

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Google unveiled a new Android OS for automakers on Monday that will feature much deeper integration than its current car OS, Android Auto, according to Bloomberg.<p>The …

Google Assistant

Amazon unveils Echo Look, a selfie camera to help you choose what to wear

Hands-free, voice-powered smart selfie camera takes photos and videos on command while its virtual assistant Alexa gives fashion advice<p>Amazon has unveiled the Echo Look, a new voice-controlled selfie camera pitched as the ultimate bedroom companion that allows AI assistant Alexa to give you fashion …

Mobile Photography

Why Waymo’s self-driving car test in Phoenix is such a big milestone

Artificial intelligence is not the savior of mankind.<p>All of the intelligence we program into an interface — a speaker like Amazon Echo, the chatbot you use at work, or a car that drives on its own — has to be tested in the real world by actual human beings, and until those tests are perfected, it …

A look at Mcity, a test site for self-driving cars (pictures)

It'll occupy 88 acres, which isn't the size of Seoul or anything, but it's still pretty darn substantial.<p>Testing self-driving cars in public is all well and good, but if you want to create a series of repeatable situations for learning purposes, you're better of doing it somewhere devoted to that …

Autonomous Cars

AMD debuts a VR experience around big India movie release

<i>Baahubali</i> is one of India’s biggest films, and it is getting a sequel, <i>Baahubali 2: The Conclusion</i>, which is one of the most technologically sophisticated films ever made. It is the world’s first “trillion pixel film,” and it is getting a virtual reality experience that is debuting this week at the …

Intel opens Autonomous Driving Garage, touts 5G and big data

Intel opened its Autonomous Driving Garage in San Jose intended for self-driving car development, emphasizing the big part data and fast connections will play.<p>Intel, a company known for PC processors, sets its sites on the next frontier, opening a new facility at its San Jose innovation center …

Autonomous Cars

Google Home gets an I/O action (again) and a poetry reader

The selection of voice apps available for Google Home has grown larger in recent weeks, and now includes a Google I/O action, a guess-the-startup-founder game show, and a service that features favorite poems as read by actors and actresses.<p>Voice apps on Google Assistant are called actions. …

Analyzing 10 years of startup news with Machine Learning

This is the final part in a series where we use machine learning and natural language processing to analyze articles published in tech news sites in …

Mark Zuckerberg

Jaunt One is a virtual reality camera designed for pros

Jaunt has carved out a name for itself as a maker of virtual reality films. Now it is launching the Jaunt One VR camera designed for professional VR creators. It will be available as a direct-to-consumer sale through a network of resellers.<p>The move puts the company into competition with rivals such …

Neural network invents its own disarmingly cute pick-up lines

Pick-up lines so rarely seem like a good idea, but if you really can't meet new people without sidling up to them at a bar with a prepackaged line, at least you've got a new excuse if one of them bombs — "a robot wrote it." Research scientist Janelle Shane has trained a neural network framework to …

Neural Networks

Google's Home Speaker Just Made Phone Calls A Bit Easier

Google’s Internet-connected speaker just got a bit more powerful.<p>The search giant said Wednesday that Google Home, which debuted last year, would now …

Android News