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Trudeau touts Canada's AI credentials at MIT tech gathering

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Canadian computer scientists helped pioneer the field of artificial intelligence before it was a buzzword, and now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to capitalize on their intellectual lead.<p>"We've been investing massively in AI," Trudeau told a conference of tech …

Artificial Intelligence

Check Out The First 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4' Screenshots Right Here

Below are the first official screenshots released for <i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,</i> as well as links to all the various announcements from today’s big reveal event.<p>The game looks quite pretty, though this franchise isn’t exactly known for its stunning visuals.<p>In any case, here are a whole bunch of …

Call of Duty

Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Software

How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?

Thinking about artificial intelligence can help clarify what makes us human—for better and for worse.<p>Precisely how and when will our curiosity kill us? I bet you’re curious. A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.I. …

Artificial Intelligence

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Exclusive: Google's Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet

The conversation seems mundane. At least, at first.<p>In a building called the Partnerplex on Google's sprawling campus in Mountain View, California, I've been invited to hear a 51-second phone recording of someone making a dinner reservation.<p>Person 1: <i>Good evening.</i><br>Person 2: <i>Hello?</i><br>Person 1: <i>Hello.</i><br>Person …

James Martin

Alibaba's fourth quarter cloud revenue puts it on $2.8 billion annual run rate

The company's cloud revenue is accelerating as it dominates infrastructure as a service in China.<p>Special Feature<p>SaaS had a major impact on the way …

Alibaba Group

Banks selling technology assets to vendors and investors: the new win/win set-up in capital markets technology

Banks selling technology assets to vendors and investors: the new win/win set-up in capital markets technology<b>Few banks today develop truly</b> …

Selling

Scaleway launches updated cloud servers for $2.40 per month

French cloud hosting company Scaleway announced new servers for its cloud offering. While the company’s offering was already quite cheap, Scaleway is going one step further with prices starting at €1.99 per month (around $2.40 per month).<p>For this price, you get an x86 server with 1 core, 1GB of …

Cloud Computing

Chinese authorities nab fugitive in a crowd of 50k thanks to facial recognition AI

A Chinese fugitive was arrested after an AI-powered facial recognition system alerted authorities to his presence in a crowd of 60,000 people attending a pop concert. Welcome to the age of robot snitches.<p>Wanted for “economic crimes,” the 31 year-old man was reportedly surprised when police …

10 Startups That Reached a $1 Billion Valuation in Practically No Time

There are 135 private companies in the U.S. worth $1 billion or more.<p>In the startup world, the odds of a company achieving a valuation of $1 billion or more is considered so slim, it's named after a mythical beast -- the unicorn.<p>In the entire US, there are just 135 private companies that are valued …

Venture Capital

Artificial Intelligence Business Value $1.2 Trillion This Year: Gartner

The global business value of artificial intelligence will reach $1.2 trillion this year, an increase of 70% from last year, according to a new …

Ransomware infects Ukraine energy ministry website

<b>Hackers have used ransomware to take the website of Ukraine's energy ministry offline and encrypt its files.</b><p>The website currently contains a message written in English, demanding a ransom of 0.1 bitcoin - worth $927.86 (£664.98) by today's exchange rate.<p>Ukranian cyber-police spokeswoman Yulia …

Cybersecurity

Seven Affordable Ways To Incorporate Machine Learning And AI Into Your Business

From chatbots and automation to smart office gadgets, artificial intelligence (AI) technology has become increasingly prominent in the workplace. As smaller businesses see their larger competitors taking advantage of AI and machine learning, they’ve realized they need to jump on the bandwagon to …

Artificial Intelligence

Hulu discounts its HBO add-on just in time for Westworld

Hulu is now offering a discount on its HBO add-on, timed with <i>Westworld’s</i> season 2 premiere this month. Now, instead of paying an extra $14.99 a month, Hulu subscribers can add HBO to their plan for only $4.99 a month. The discount lasts for six months. After that, users will have to pay the full …

Hacker Launches Public Mineable Blockchain Thought For 'AI Superhighway'

An artificial intelligence (AI) and Blockchain start-up with backing from Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania is developing a completely new way of utilizing and processing data by integrating AI and “smart logic” into every bit of data. The goal is to build what is described as an “AI …

Artificial Intelligence

Pagedraw UI builder turns your website design mockup into code automatically

For years, one of the holy grails of web design has been trying to automate turning front-end design into clean code. Early attempts included tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Pagedraw, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, has developed a tool to fulfill that vision in a modern …

Voicelabs launches Alpine to bring retailers to the voice shopping ecosystem

Voicelabs, a company that has been experimenting in the voice computing market for some time with initiatives in advertising and analytics, is now pivoting its business again – this time, to voice-enabled commerce. The company is today launching its latest product out of stealth: Alpine.AI, a …

This Chinese Tech Giant Wants To Disrupt Amazon Web Services With A Distributed Solution At 50% Off

The world’s most valuable hospitality company owns no hotel rooms. The world’s most valuable transportation company owns zero cars. And the world’s most valuable media company creates none of its own content.<p>Is it possible that some day soon the world’s most valuable cloud services company … might …

Cloud Computing

Zeroqode will usher us into a codeless future

Codeless development platforms are at once a blessing and a curse. If they’re complete enough to be powerful they are too difficult for beginners and if they’re simple enough for beginners they’re useless for serious work. Zeroqode, a one-stop-shop for codeless creation, aims to make the difficult …

UX Design

Hong Kong eyes blockbuster China tech IPO queue, led by Xiaomi

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong bankers are eyeing a slew of blockbuster IPOs from Chinese technology firms with a total market capitalization of some $500 billion over the next two years, in a sharp contrast to 2017 - the city's worst year for raising equity in a decade.<p>If bankers' expectations …

Hong Kong

Coding is fun: here's how to ignite the developer spark in children

Basic coding fundamentals are no longer optional for high school graduates who want to excel in the modern workforce. Every child won’t grow up to be a developer, but the ability to understand how computers and AI work is important in almost every industry – and becoming more so every year.<p>Luckily, …

Kids

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

LONDON — The amount of energy used by computers "mining" bitcoin so far this year is greater than the annual usage of almost 160 countries, according to new research.<p>Research by energy tariff comparison service PowerCompare.co.uk shows that the amount of energy expended mining bitcoin globally has …

Bitcoin

Amazon will pay developers with the most engaging Alexa skills

Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices.<p>Amazon appears to be the first of the major tech companies with AI assistants and third-party integrations — like …

Smart Homes

Mira’s Prism is a $99 headset vying to become the Google Daydream of augmented reality

The Mira Prism is a strange product, intended to fill a gap that may or may not actually exist: the mid-tier AR market. The brand new startup is positioning the headset as the Gear VR or Google Daydream of augmented reality. It’s a fair comparison, as far as cost and utility are concerned — the $99 …

Comma.ai launches an $88 universal car interface called Panda

George Hotz, aka geohot, is fidgeting in his living room, wearing dark shades and a giant comma on his t-shirt as he shows me his company’s latest product, an $88 universal car interface called Panda.<p>Hotz both lives and works in a residential San Francisco neighborhood with a team of 20-somethings …

Why algorithms will be at the core of our AI-powered future, and why you should care

Discussion of empathetic systems often centers on how machines will relate to humans, but how they relate to each other is of equal concern.<p>It’s highly unlikely that empathetic systems will all be produced by the same organisation, nor will they be coded by the same individual.<p>Consequently, just as …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitch lets users play the stock market with someone else's money

A new Twitch channel is letting an audience of thousands buy stocks with one man’s $50,000 — and they’re actually doing quite well.<p>StockStream claims to be “the world’s first cooperative multiplayer stock market game using real money.” It was created by Amazon engineer Mike Roberts, who said the …

Stock Markets

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence