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facebooks ai unlocks the ability to search photos by whats in them

Initially used to improve the experience for visually impaired members of the Facebook community, the company’s Lumos computer vision platform is now …

Machine Learning

Convolutional Methods for Text

tl;dr<p>RNNS work great for text but convolutions can do it faster<br>• Any part of a sentence can influence the semantics of a word. For that reason we want …

Deep Learning

Drones and AI combine to combat poaching in southern Africa

Drones have the potential to play a big role in protecting endangered species, with a number of trials being conducted to investigate how small …

Wildlife

New Algorithm has Summarizing Documents Down to a Tee

Researchers at Salesforce have been busy developing an algorithm that proves just how well a computer can summarize documents. It’s a fantastic tool …

Machine Learning

Google Lens offers a clear view of the company’s future

Google Lens is both a return to form for the search giant and a tantalizing glimpse into what lies ahead. Google's early claim to fame was its ability to efficiently index the web and fetch search results quickly, bringing some much-needed organization to the chaotic early days of the internet. …

Google I/O

Google’s speech recognition technology now has a 4.9% word error rate

Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced that the company’s speech recognition technology has now achieved a 4.9 percent word error rate. Put another way, Google transcribes every 20th word incorrectly. That’s a big improvement from the 23 percent the company saw in 2013 and the 8 percent it shared …

Machine Learning

The war over artificial intelligence will be won with visual data

Major technology companies and new startups are at war over having the most valuable artificial intelligence and at the core of this war is having unique high quality visual data.<p>This battle will be won by owning the connected camera. The majority of the data our brains analyze is visual, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Picasso: A free open-source visualizer for CNNs – merantix – Medium

Picasso: A free open-source visualizer for Convolutional Neural Networks<p>Cloudy with a chance of tanks<p>While it’s easier than ever to define and train …

Deep Learning

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

One Smart Bot<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers have found a major problem with ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other Disney movies

To modern eyes, the classic trio of Disney princess films — released in 1937, 1950 and 1959 — can seem painfully retrograde. Why are characters so obsessed with Snow White’s looks? Why doesn’t Cinderella have any talents or hobbies? And why doesn’t Sleeping Beauty <i>do</i> anything besides get drugged and …

Walt Disney Company

Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

Jesse Engel is playing an instrument that’s somewhere between a clavichord and a Hammond organ—18th-century classical crossed with 20th-century …

The Largest Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender, Ever

from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age<p>Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing …

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Story Remix resembles Apple Clips and Google's Photo …

Microsoft

How to Set the Technical Direction for Your Team

<i>This post was originally posted on my blog</i><p>I've found that one of the keys to a productive and happy development team is when every member of the team …

The Strange Loop in Deep Learning

Douglas Hofstader in his book “I am a Strange Loop” coined this idea:<p>In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are …

[Update: APK Download] Google Allo can use your selfie to create a personalized sticker pack with machine learning

• Update 1: 2017/05/11 4:58pm PDT You can now download Allo 11 from APKMirror, but clearing the app's cache and force-closing may be required to see …

Google

The time has come to remove Facebook from your life

Delete your Facebook account. No, but really.<p>This is not the exhortation of an internet troll, but rather the earnest advice of someone who has peered deep into the blue and white abyss and found only varying degrees of despair.<p>Facebook is unlike any other social media offering in numerous …

Facebook

Here's a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future

The computers are watching.<p>Imagine if you lost your keys and instead of fishing around in the couch cushions, you could just pull out your phone and search for them. Just a quick, textual query with a quick response that they're on your desk, you doofus. This is not only possible; it's possible …

Privacy

The Beautiful Video Made When a Computer Predicts 100,000 Frames

Machine learning is an incredibly powerful thing. Damien Henry, a technical program manager at Google, took advantage of this, feeding a machine …

Machine Learning

Comparing Image Recognition APIs

In our article on image recognition, we looked at how machine learning and computer vision experts use convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to teach …

Machine Learning

XR is a new way to consider the reality continuum

How often do people sit back and think about the meaning and origin of words? Very rarely — at least in our day-to-day jobs as VCs.<p>For example, it recently dawned on us that the term “movies,” which we all take for granted, is actually a cute colloquial abbreviation of “moving pictures,” which is …

Mixed Reality

Climate change: The Arctic as it is known today is almost certainly gone

Climate changeThe Arctic as it is known today is almost certainly gone<p>On current trends, the Arctic will be ice-free in summer by 2040<p>print-edition …

Climate Change

Three Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Online Shopping

Shutterstock<p>If you want to get a lot of retailers nodding their heads, ask them this: “Are you pursuing a personalization strategy?” You’ll get a pretty resounding “yes!”. In fact, personalization already drives a lot of activity on eCommerce sites. It often influences the products or offers …

Online Life

Coming to the Multiplex: Movies Written by Machines

Maybe not this weekend, but a new film written by artificial intelligence shows promise for the technology.<p>If you’re looking for a good movie, I suggest that you try “It’s No Game.” If you’ve never heard of it, that’s okay. The film, just released this week, is a bit less than eight minutes long. …

Artificial Intelligence

Taming Recurrent Neural Networks for Better Summarization

<i>This is a blog post about our latest paper, Get To The Point: Summarization with Pointer-Generator Networks, to appear at ACL 2017. Code will be</i> …

Lyrebird, Remarkable Speech Synthesis Technology That Can Learn and Mimic Voices In Seconds

Lyrebird, a sound technology company in Montréal, Quebec Canada, has developed an eponymous revolutionary speech synthesis technology that can be …

Artificial Intelligence

The GAN Zoo

A list of all named GANs!<p>Every week, new papers on Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) are coming out and it’s hard to keep track of them all, not …

This Scarf Destroys Snapchat

Now you can fight an encroaching police state and monolith tech corporations — and look good while doing it!<p>Hyphen-Labs — a collective of women of …

Are we going from “Artificial Intelligence” to “Augmented Intelligence?”

Artificial Intelligence. I can’t think of a reference to the intellect that would feel more unauthentic and fake. It’s no wonder people turn to The Terminator or The Matrix to fathom what it’s all about. Fortunately, after 60 years of AI rumors fueled by academia and movies, we’re finally starting …