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IBM launches cloud tool to detect AI bias and explain automated decisions

IBM has launched a software service that scans AI systems as they work in order to detect bias and provide explanations for the automated decisions being made — a degree of transparency that may be necessary for compliance purposes not just a company’s own due diligence.<p>The new trust and …

Customer Service

Programmable 'skins' turn any household object into a robot

Put it on a stuffed animal and bring your nightmares to life.<p>When you think of a robot, a certain image probably comes to mind. Maybe it's on wheels, maybe it's a dog, but it's probably a sizeable electronic machine built specifically for a purpose. But what if you could create a flexible robot …

Robotics

Human Intelligence and the Future of AI - MIT Technology Review

Josh Tenenbaum is a professor of computational cognitive science in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, a principal investigator …

Artificial Intelligence

New physics AI could be the key to a quantum computing revolution

Quantum computing is one of the most exciting technologies there is, but its basis in quantum physics makes it a pain in the ass to understand and even harder to do anything with. A recent breakthrough in physics research, however, might change all of that and start a computing revolution.<p>It …

Quantum Computing

2D design still has a place in a world with 3D AR and VR

One of the earliest use cases in both AR and VR was using these new mediums as a canvas for different creations. From Google’s Tilt Brush to paint in 3D space in VR to their “Just a Line” app to draw in 3D space using their AR framework, ARCore. Magic Leap also launched its highly anticipated mixed …

Technology

Will your carry-on fit in that overhead bin? Kayak’s new AR tool can tell you

It’s the air traveler’s walk of shame — pushing through all the passengers boarding the plane in that narrow aisle to gate check the carry-on that …

Tech Trends

Shopify offers iOS 12's AR features to its 600,000 stores

The ecommerce platform is taking advantage of Apple's AR Quick Look features.<p>iOS 12 made a lot of strides in terms of augmented reality, thanks to the addition of features like AR Quick Look. This allows users to place 3D objects using AR, and now ecommerce platform Shopify is taking advantage of …

iOS

Google AI Tool Identifies a Tumor's Mutations From an Image

When I was in high school in the early 2000s, I spent a week of my summer vacation shadowing a pathologist at the local hospital. Every day in his …

Mutations

4 sobering predictions about the future of jobs in an automated world

Artificial intelligence and automation will create more jobs than they replace, according to a new report entitled “The Future of Jobs” from the World Economic Forum (WEF). But the transition will likely be tough for some workers, the group warns.<p>“Our analysis finds that increased demand for new …

World Economic Forum

CareerBuilder is the latest to jump on the AR bandwagon

There's also a dash of AI resume building, because it's 2018.<p>How do you spice up a job-finding app when many of them effectively do the same thing? By adding a few buzzword-laden features, apparently. CareerBuilder has launched a revamped iOS app (Android is coming in the "months ahead") where the …

iOS Apps

Artificial intelligence discovers dozens of mysterious cosmic signals

One of astronomy’s controversial mysteries is now being investigated by artificial intelligence.<p>A team of researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a …

Artificial Intelligence

Adobe looks to AI to lift customer experience business

For years, marketers have been trying to optimize the online shopping experience to better understand their customers and deliver more customized interactions that ultimately drive more sales. Artificial intelligence was supposed to accelerate that, and today Adobe announced enhancements to Adobe …

Tech Trends

Sphero’s new robot has a programmable LED display and infrared sensors

Sphero has announced another rolling ball robot called the Sphero Bolt. The Sphero Bolt follows in the company’s ethos of having a commitment to education-based products, but it comes with some upgrades that give it more capabilities than the original Sphero and Sphero Spark+.<p>The biggest and most …

PSVR mystery adventure ‘Déraciné’ arrives November 6th

FromSoftware's next game looks far less grim than its 'Dark Souls'-style mainstays.<p>These days, FromSoftware is known for its grim <i>Dark Souls</i> and <i>Bloodborne</i> action games, and the upcoming <i>Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice</i> isn't disabusing us of that notion. But before the latter hits stands next March, the …

Dark Souls

AI guru Fei Fei Li set to leave Google this year

A Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) student newspaper yesterday reported that the dean of the school’s computer science department, Andrew Moore, was leaving the school for an unknown opportunity. As it turns out, it’s actually one he knows quite well: He’s returning to his former job as head of …

Technology

Researchers develop a method that reduces gender bias in AI datasets

Word embedding — a language modeling technique that maps words and phrases onto vectors of real numbers — is a foundational part of natural language processing. It’s how machine learning models “learn” the significance of contextual similarity and word proximity, and how they ultimately extract …

Machine Learning

Award-winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the …

New PlayStation VR bundles start you out with two games

Still haven't pulled the trigger on getting virtual reality for your PlayStation 4? This may be a good chance.<p>Sony announced two new PSVR bundles on Wednesday. Both bundles come with two VR games, giving you the opportunity to become even more immersed in VR.<p>We've seen other good deals on PSVR …

Virtual Reality

HTC Vive opens up its VR store to Oculus Rift users

A promising sign for cross-platform VR<p>HTC and Valve have opened the Vive virtual reality headset’s digital store to its biggest competitor. That means Oculus Rift users who play games on the Facebook-owned headset can now start buying and downloading games and apps from HTC’s Viveport store.<p>Oculus …

Virtual Reality

Uber rolls out safety features, like AI that can detect crashes

Uber on Wednesday introduced several new features that put safety in the front seat.<p>Among the tools announced at a New York press event was anonymization, which means drivers can no longer keep exact trip location information after dropping off riders.<p>The ride-hailing company also boasted new …

Artificial Intelligence

MIT's depression-detecting AI might be its scariest creation yet

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently developed a neural network that predicts, with a relatively high level of accuracy, the likelihood a person has a cognitive impairment. If you don’t mind speaking loosely, you could call it a depression detector.<p>It’s not, but …

Cognitive Impairment

Even more evidence suggesting that AR glasses are in Apple’s future

Late last week, Apple sent out invitations for its next special event, during which it will most likely unveil its new slate of iPhone models for …

Augmented Reality

Facebook is working on AI tools to fix photos ruined by blinking

It could open closed eyes with surprising accuracy.<p>Taking a good picture of a person is surprisingly difficult. Lots of mistakes can ruin the photo, from bad lighting to an unflattering pose. Nothing, however, so expertly kneecaps a portrait like a poorly-timed blink. Facebook Research, however, is …

Technology (India)

Hot new basketball app uses AI to improve your shooting

Basketball star Jeremy Lin didn’t make the NBA with the help of an iPhone or iPad.<p>But Lin could help the next generation raise their game thanks to an AI-powered iOS app he helped launch with a former Apple engineer.<p>The HomeCourt app debuted in July but already has been added to the training …

Technology

Box expands AI capabilities

The Box Skills Kit will be generally available later this year, while Box Skills now supports customer-trained AI models.<p>At its annual BoxWorks …

Machine Learning

Oculus offers another classroom VR option with new pilot program

The pilot will distribute Rift and Go headsets in Japan, Taiwan and Seattle.<p>Immersive virtual reality experiences can make learning a lot more fun for students and for anyone visiting places like museums. It'll take work to get to a point where they're widely used as a teaching tool, though, and …

Virtual Reality

Oculus is bringing its Rift and Go VR headsets to classrooms around the world

To better understand virtual reality’s role in education<p>Although virtual reality may be experiencing slow adoption in the consumer market, one area where it seems to have truly untapped potential is in the classroom where virtual worlds could help students visualize and learn about history, …

Virtual Reality

Inside the United Nations’ effort to regulate autonomous killer robots

Meet the UN diplomat heading up the coming ‘killer robot’ conference<p>Amandeep Gill has a difficult job, though he won’t admit it himself. As chair of the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings on lethal autonomous weapons, he has the task of shepherding 125 member states …

United Nations

Sony launches its robot dog Aibo, and it costs more than a MacBook Pro

Throw us a bone! Sony is bringing its robot dog to the United States, but it won't come cheap. The all-new Aibo, first unveiled at CES in January, …

Robotics

LG adds an exoskeleton to its line of CLOi robots

It's not a wearable robot, though.<p>Today, LG announced that it will reveal its first robotic exoskeleton at IFA 2018, which takes place in Berlin from August 31st to September 5th. The exoskeleton, called LG CLOi SuitBot, is designed to support a user's legs to allow for more limb strength<p>This robot …

Robotics