September 13, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

New chip could increase learning speed for machines

IBM researchers, Tayfun Gokmen and Yurii Vlasov, unveiled a paper in which they invented the concept for a new chip called a Resistive Processing Unit (RPU) that can accelerate Deep Neural Networks training by up to 30,000x compared to conventional CPUs. A Deep Neural Network (DNN) is an artificial neural network with multiple hidden layers that can be trained in an unsupervised or supervised w...

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August 07, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

Robot painters creating new styles of art

Now and then, a painter like Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso comes along and turns the art world on its head. They invent new aesthetic styles, forging movements such as impressionism or abstract expressionism. But could the next big shake-up be the work of a machine? An artificial intelligence has been developed that produces images in unconventional styles -- and much of its output has already ...

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August 07, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

Robot journalists working for google

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. The Press Association has won a €706,000 ($800,779 or £621,000) grant to run a news service with computers writing localised news stories. The national news agency, which supplies copy to news outlets in the U.K. and Ireland, has teamed up w...

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August 07, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI

Rover now thinking for itself

NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, in part to analyze rocks to see whether the Red Planet was ever habitable (or inhabited). But now the robot has gone off script, picking out its own targets for analysis—precisely as planned. Directing a robot’s every move from another planet isn’t easy. Communication with programmers can be delayed by hours, thanks to issues with bandwidth and the...

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August 07, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

Investors pump cash in to AI

Investment in artificial intelligence startups is on a tear as venture capitalists and corporate investors scramble to stake out a leadership position in what could be the driving trend in technology for decades to come. The financial interest in AI, machine learning and related technologies is hardly new. CB Insights has tracked some $18.4 billion invested in 2,541 AI-related startups since 2...

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August 07, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI

EFF launches project to monitor progress of AI

There's a lot of real progress happening in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and also a lot of hype. These technologies already have serious policy implications, and may have more in the future. But what's the ratio of hype to real progress? At EFF, we decided to find out. Today we are launching a pilot project to measure the progress of AI research. It breaks the fie...

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June 20, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

New ARM processors to target machine learning

On the eve of Computex, Taiwan’s big showpiece event where PC makers roll out the latest and best implementations of Intel CPUs, mobile rival ARM is announcing its own big news with the unveiling of a new generation of ARM CPUs and GPUs. Official today, the ARM Cortex-A75 is the new flagship-tier mobile processor design, with a claimed 22 percent improvement in performance over the incumbent A7...

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June 20, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML, health

Watson getting good at spotting cancer

In deciding on cancer treatment, doctors often get together in a "tumor board" to go over the options. IBM's Watson now sits in on those meetings in a few hospitals, such as in South Korea and India—and it generally makes the same calls that a human expert would. So says IBM in a series of studies it's presenting this weekend at the ASCO cancer treatment conference in Chicago. "It's not making ...

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June 20, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML, gaming

AI is coming for your pacman scores

According to Sploid, researchers at the Microsoft-owned deep learning company Maluuba have used an AI system to break the all-time Ms. Pac-Man record. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote, "Using a divide-and-conquer method could have broad implications for teaching AI agents to do complex tasks that augment human capabilities," Maluuba's AI was able to record a perfect Ms. Pac-Man score of 999,990 ...

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June 20, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

NY Times expands comments with Google's AI

The NY Times says it is going to expand the availability of online comments from 10 percent of articles to 80 percent by the end of the year, without adding more moderators to its staff. How are they going to do this? With a machine-learning algorithm, of course. The Times today is rolling out a new structure of comment moderation using software from Google called Perspective, developed by th...

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May 28, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML, medicine

Machine Learning predicting heart attacks

Between 15 and 20 million people die every year from heart attacks and related illnesses worldwide, but now, artificial intelligence could help reduce that number with better predictive abilities. Doctors are not clairvoyant, but it looks like technology is getting awfully close. Thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, we could be closer than ever ...

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May 26, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, trading, ML, regtech

IBM Watson to catch rogue traders

The power of IBM Watson’s analytical tools is now going to be harnessed within the financial sector to catch rogue traders in action. Despite happening six years ago, the analytical artificial intelligence (AI) system IBM Watson is still best known for taking on humans in the American game show, Jeopardy! Since then, however, IBM has utilised Watson in various sectors, most notably within hea...

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May 21, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

The difference between AI and machine learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two very hot buzzwords right now, and often seem to be used interchangeably. They are not quite the same thing, but the perception that they are can sometimes lead to some confusion. So I thought it would be worth writing a piece to explain the difference. Both terms crop up very frequently when the topic is Big Data, analytics, and t...

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May 11, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, ML, regtech

Customers trust AI for surgery not savings

Andy Maguire faces a challenge: tasked with upgrading HSBC Holdings Plc’s digital-banking systems, he has discovered that customers are twice as likely to trust a robot for heart surgery than for picking a savings account. “I do find it slightly odd,” said the chief operating officer of Europe’s largest bank, referring to its survey of more than 12,000 consumers in 11 countries published Wedne...

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May 02, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, ML, traffic

Experian make practical use of machine learning

Credit reference agency Experian hold around 3.6 petabytes of data from people all over the world. This makes them an authority for banks and other financial institutions who want to know whether we represent a good investment, when we come to them asking for money. Like all financial services, they are being rapidly changed by waves of technological innovation sweeping through industry – none...

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March 28, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, ML, traffic

AI Beats worlds worst traffic

The height of individual vs. collective irrationality has to be automobile traffic. We build roadways around the assumption that we as individual human actors will behave in ways that appear to reward those behaviors at the level of individuals but wind up harming the collective's goal of moving many cars through a limited amount of space as quickly as possible. Witness how a single greedy merg...

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March 12, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, ML

Big banks will be the first to fall to AI

Wall Street will be one of the first and largest industries to be automated by artificial intelligence, predicts Kai-Fu Lee, China’s most famous venture capitalist and former Microsoft and Google executive. Lenders, money managers, and analysts—any jobs that involve crunching numbers to estimate a return—are at risk. “Banks have the curse of the baggage they have, like Kodak letting go of film...

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February 12, 2017 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, ML

What everyone should know about machine learning

Machine learning has tremendous potential to transform companies, but in practice it’s mostly far more mundane than robot drivers and chefs. Think of it simply as a branch of statistics, designed for a world of big data. Executives who want to get the most out of their companies’ data should understand what it is, what it can do, and what to watch out for when using it. Not just big data, but ...

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March 12, 2015 / by Dan / news / TAGS: AI, banking, ML

AI Hunting Ebola

In April 2014, just after world health officials identified a series of suspicious deaths in Guinea as an outbreak of Ebola, 10 ecologists, 4 veterinarians, and an anthropologist traveled to a Guinean village named Meliandou. Theirs was a detective mission to determine how this outbreak began. How had “patient zero,” a 2-year-old boy named Emile, contracted the Ebola virus? Because we believe ...

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