Google’s AI company DeepMind is on a mission to rebrand its health initiative with a patient engagement forum held last month at their headquarters in King’s Cross and changes to their website that put a more patient-friendly face on the company. The changes come months after the enormous backlash DeepMind Health faced over Streams, an app DeepMind has developed to aid with early detection of Acute Kidney Infection (AKI). [Read more…]
Coolan was launched earlier this year by two former Facebook employees to make software which uses analytics and artificial intelligence to forecast server failure and avert data center outages. Amir Michael, co-founder of Coolan was formerly the manager of hardware design at Facebook. [Read more…]
Panocam has recently released its second version of a virtual reality (VR) camera, intended for professional video production. Panocam has dubbed it the HMC 3D 360 (HMC = head-mounted camera). Unlike commercial models, the HMC 3D 360 exploits the most up-to-date technology without budget restraints. On its website, Panocam boasts that they “have pushed the boundaries of immersive 3D 360 videos” with the latest camera. [Read more…]
Over 1,000 prominent artificial intelligence specialists (including engineers, computer scientists, futurists and academics) have signed an open letter calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control”, warning of the dangers of weapons that can “select and engage targets without human intervention”. The letter states that the deployment of such systems is theoretically within reach within years rather than decades, as previously supposed. [Read more…]
Deep Learning is a new area of Machine Learning research that aims to move Machine Learning closer to one of its original goals: Artificial Intelligence (AI). It allows computational models that are made up of numerous processing layers to learn representations of data with numerous levels of abstraction. The field has helped radically improve developments in visual object recognition, speech recognition, object detection and various other areas, including genomics and drug discovery. [Read more…]
Twitter recently tweeted about its acquisition of machine learning startup Whetlab. No immediate details were released about the motivation behind the move. Last year, Twitter acquired its first machine learning company, Madbits, specialists in visual intelligence technology. In foraying further into AI, Twitter is joining the ranks of Google and Facebook who are also increasingly using machine learning and AI in their work. [Read more…]
Earlier this week, the National Crime Agency (NCA) announced a major win in their battle against cybercrime. On Wednesday, the NCA took down Darkode.me, a prominent site only open to hackers considered to have the right levels of cyber and criminal expertise.
Google is entering the beacon business with the announcement of Eddystone, its new open-source platform for Bluetooth LE devices that puts it directly in competition with Apple’s iBeacon, which was launched in 2013. Beacon technology allows low-power Bluetooth devices to communicate with smart devices.
AT&T is adding a new weapon to its five-year-old campaign, ‘It Can Wait’, designed to get motorists to realize the potential deadly consequences of distracted driving. The wireless carrier has created a simulation that allows people to take the virtual wheel of a car and simulate what can happen the moment a driver takes their attention away from the road to respond to a cell phone or text.
Facebook’s Oculus announced this week that it was acquiring Israeli gesture-control firm Pebbles Ltd. Facebook bought Oculus, the maker of virtual-reality headsets, last year in order to expand its operations in virtual reality. Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire Oculus. Oculus has not said how much Pebbles is costing them, but it has been estimated to be around $60 million.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil (labelled “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Times) has been making some pretty spectacular predictions for the future recently, including the idea that in 15 years’ time, one year per year will be added to life expectancy rates. [Read more…]
The Internet of Things (IoT) is re-imagining our daily worlds. Americans are increasingly using the IoT, filling homes and businesses with networked tech – smart watches sending health data over WiFi, self-driving cars, drones tracking wildfires.
The list ever expands. The IoT technologies won’t simply automate daily activities, [Read more…]
Google published a research paper in late June that detailed one of its most recent sallies into artificial intelligence (AI). A “chatbot” has been programmed by researchers at the company to respond to conversations based on a set of examples from a training exercise.
The bot doesn’t just reply with canned answers when it hears a particular word, rather it can create new answers from new questions.
Johnny Chung Lee, Project Lead at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP has been working with a combination of global partners – universities, industrial partners and research labs to harvest the last ten years of research into robotics, computer vision and area learning. [Read more…]
In Facebook’s most recent online townhall, Mark Zuckerberg discussed his company’s research in Artificial Intelligence (AI), stating that most of it is “focused on understanding the meaning of what people share”, by using people’s photos and posts to connect them to other like-minded Facebook users. Zuckerberg described his wish [Read more…]