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Waymo is readying a ride-hailing service that could directly compete with Uber

Waymo is preparing to launch a ride-hailing service akin to Uber’s, but with driverless cars.<p>The self-driving carmaker spun out of Google was approved on Jan. 24 to operate as a transportation network company (TNC) in Arizona, the state department of transportation told Quartz. Waymo applied for …

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Malaysia’s capital will adopt ‘smart city’ platform from Alibaba

Alibaba’s cloud computing business is to deploy its big data services package for cities in Kuala Lumpur to help Malaysia’s government with the running of its capital city and potentially other parts of the country in the future.<p>“City Brain,” an Alibaba Cloud service that uses big data and …

Smart Cities

Facebook is planning to spend €10 million expanding its artificial intelligence centre in Paris

The AI lab in Paris was opened in 2015, but now Facebook said it's investing money in expanding the centre.<p>Over five years, Facebook plans to double the number of researchers to 60, and to increase funding of local PhD candidates to 40 candidates.<p>The Financial Times also reported that Facebook will …

Google's New Text-to-Speech AI Is so Good We Bet You Can't Tell It From a Real Human

See if you hear a difference between Tacotron 2 and human speech.<p>Can you tell the difference between AI-generated computer speech and a real, live human being? Maybe you've always thought you could. Maybe you're fond of Alexa and Siri but believe you would never confuse either of them with an …

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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

GARPENBERG, Sweden — From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job here at the New Boliden mine.<p>He’s fine with it.<p>Sweden’s famously generous social welfare system makes this a place …

Employment

Kia and Hyundai cars will include AI assistants starting in 2019

Vehicles made by Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia will include built-in virtual assistants with AI-powered smarts beginning in 2019 (via Engadget). The plan to build smart assistants into vehicles will make use of tech created by SoundHound, the music identification company that has recently been …

Google Assistant

Google announces new Tokyo office to double presence in Japan, opening 2019

Google today announced that it plans to double the size of its team in Japan with a new office in Shibuya, Tokyo scheduled to open in 2019.<p>Today, I’m excited to announce the next phase of our long term investment and presence in Japan: a new office in Shibuya, Tokyo…Doubling our presence in Japan …

Nvidia CEO: “No more than 4 years to have fully autonomous cars on the road”

The CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, today boldly announced fully autonomous vehicles will be on the road in “no more than four years.” This may shock some, but there’s an ever-expanding list of companies in agreement. At this point, anyone who doesn’t see driverless cars as imminent is in denial.<p>This …

Andrew Ng will help you change the world with AI if you know calculus and Python

If the next era of human progress is built using AI, who gets to engineer it? Who will have the coding skills to use the software for creating AI products, or even more importantly, the skills to write that software?<p>In an attempt to make the answer to those questions “anyone who wants to,” Andrew …

Machine Learning

Press Association wins Google grant to run news service written by computers

News agency gets €706,000 to use AI for creation of up to 30,000 local stories a month in partnership with Urbs Media<p>Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human journalists and funded by a Google grant.<p>The Press Association has …

Google’s AI powerhouse DeepMind is opening its first international lab in Canada

Although it was bought by Google in 2014, AI firm DeepMind has always been true to its British roots — expanding its offices in London, working closely with UK institutions like the NHS, and even teaching in the country’s universities. Now, though, the company is opening its “first ever …

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 …

Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container …

Startups

Israel to build quantum communications tech lab

Hebrew University wants to lead the way in the development of quantum-based uncrackable communication systems.<p>Israel's Hebrew University is the site …

Peer Review

One of Europe's most influential investors gave a brutal example of how AI could wipe out white-collar jobs

Fred Destin, former general partner at Accel and currently raising his own seed fund, predicted that automation will wipe out up to 70% of white-collar roles, pointing to legal and insurance firms in particular.<p>"The next wave will destroy white-collar jobs at speed and at scale," he said, speaking …

IBM turns to artificial intelligence to solve poverty, hunger, and illiteracy

IBM is channeling its science and tech expertise into tackling some of the world's biggest problems.<p>On Wednesday, the tech giant announced the launch …

Artificial Intelligence

Blockstack's decentralized internet browser uses bitcoin tech

Blockchains used to be exclusively associated with bitcoins until other industries saw how useful the digital distributed ledger can be. Walmart used it to identify expired food that needed to be pulled from its shelves, and at least one shipping company used it to track cargo as it made its way …

Google’s home solar panel estimates launch in Germany

Google’s Project Sunroof, which estimates whether homes get enough sunlight to switch over to solar power, is launching in Germany today. It’s the first time Sunroof has expanded outside the US, where it finally reached all 50 states earlier this year after launching in 2015.<p>But as with its US …

Alibaba and AusPost team up to tackle food fraud with blockchain

Alibaba has enlisted the help of AusPost, Blackmores, and PwC to explore how blockchain technology can be used to halt the distribution of …

Khronos announces OpenXR initiative for virtual reality

Khronos, the group behind the OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs, has unveiled a name for its fledgling open standard virtual reality initiative at GDC 2017. Known as OpenXR, the working group is comprised of a selection of industry leaders, which are working on a royalty-free graphics standard for …

Superintelligent AI explains Softbank’s push to raise a $100BN Vision Fund

Anyone who’s seen Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son give a keynote speech will know he rarely sticks to the standard industry conference playbook.<p>And his turn on the stage at Mobile World Congress this morning was no different, with Son making like Eldon Tyrell and telling delegates about his personal …

Artificial Intelligence

Australia first to introduce a solar energy digital marketplace

Australia is famous for its crazy inhospitable environment, but with the introduction of new technology, Australians might actually be able to make money off the burning hot sun.<p>According to the Guardian, Australia will be the first country in the world to implement a network of “virtual” power …

Google releases TensorFlow 1.0 with new machine learning tools

At Google’s inaugural TensorFlow Dev Summit in Mountain View, California, today, Google announced the release of version 1.0 of its TensorFlow open source framework for deep learning, a trendy type of artificial intelligence. Google says the release is now production-ready by way of its application …

How Chinese Internet Giant Baidu Uses AI And Machine Learning

Baidu is currently considered to be pack leader amongst the Chinese internet giants as they race to develop and deploy machine and deep learning technology. Much like their US-based counterparts such as Google and Amazon, self-teaching, neural net technology is being integrated into both their core …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM's Watson-powered voice assistant is built for security pros

If it wasn't already clear that AI-powered voice assistants are ready for the workplace, it is now. IBM is not only launching Watson for Cybersecurity, a cognitive computing service that parses legions of security reports to extract relevant info, but is unveiling an experimental voice helper to go …

This two-legged robot hopes to one day deliver packages to your front door

Cassie is all legs and no torso.<p>A team of engineers from Oregon State University today unveiled a new walking robot called Cassie.<p>Bipedal robots aren’t easy to make. Footage of robots trying to walk and toppling over abound, but Cassie looks far more balanced.<p>Funded by a $1 million, 16-month grant …

Robotics

Google is helping H&M construct a custom dress based on your personal data

Google is teaming up with digital fashion house Ivyrevel, which is supported by H&M Group, in an attempt to make data fashionable. The two companies are working together on an Android app that’ll track wherever users go, the weather where they live, and whether they’re having casual or formal …

HoloLens is helping engineers visualize building blueprints

With its ability to give the real world a digital assist, mixed reality can be much more useful than the insular cocoon of VR. Microsoft is showing again how HoloLens can help designers via a collaboration with the University of Cambridge's construction IT lab. "We've never been able to bring 3D …

Light-based neural network could lead to super-fast AI

It's one thing to create computers that behave like brains, but it's something else to make them perform as well as brains. Conventional circuitry can only operate so quickly as part of a neural network, even if it's sometimes much more powerful than standard computers. However, Princeton …