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SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: AirSim

Microsoft wants to help developers test their autonomous solutions without having to worry about any real-world damage. The company has open-sourced AirSim, its simulator for autonomous vehicles. AirSim is designed to provide a platform for AI researchers to experiment and test deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms. With AirSim, users can safely test … continue reading

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Amazon Go in beta, Tableau releases data education report, and Uber debuts Uber AI Labs and new acquisition—SD Times news digest: Dec. 5, 2016

Amazon has introduced a beta of Amazon Go, a 1,800 square-foot location in Seattle that uses deep learning and sensors to keep track of what people are buying. The goal of Amazon Go is to create “a new kind of store with no checkout required,” according to the company. Shopping at the Amazon Go store … continue reading

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How Facebook aims to advance AI

When it comes to artificial intelligence, Facebook is looking to tackle all areas of the technology. The company is already conducting research in computer vision, language understanding, machine learning, connectivity, and virtual reality, as well as on other frontiers. To showcase its dedication, the company is giving more insight into its research and breakthroughs, and … continue reading

Computer vision is a critical technology for smart, connected devices of the future. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel to acquire Movidius, Microsoft’s gag order fight, and Qualcomm and Verizon’s IoT plan—SD Times news digest: Sept. 6, 2016

Intel is looking to extend its depth-sensing technology RealSense in order to enable autonomous machines to see in 3D and understand the environment around them. The company announced it is acquiring Movidius, a computer vision company. “With Movidius, Intel gains low-power, high-performance [system on a chip] platforms for accelerating computer vision applications,” wrote Josh Walden, … continue reading

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Motion AI in public beta, Rust 1.9, and Intel acquisition to drive IoT—SD Times news digest: May 27, 2016

A platform that allows developers to build, train and deploy chatbots was released into public beta this week. The company behind these chatbots is called Motion AI. It allows anyone to create bots that are designed like a flowchart, using only as many branches as their project requires. Motion AI’s launch for bot deployment includes … continue reading

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CMU wants to make computers learn and think like humans

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are on a mission to advance the science of machine learning algorithms and computer vision. As such, they have announced a five-year, US$12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain. The goal of the project is to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and brain-learning methods in order to get … continue reading

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Microsoft researchers advance deep learning

Companies have been ramping up their research on convolutional neural networks or “deep learning,” which is a method of training computers to recognize images and speech. It’s an advancement in technology that, when developed correctly, makes computers almost as capable as humans at the task. Microsoft is one of these companies, and it recently announced … continue reading

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Microsoft’s AI advancements, tech tattoos, and Dell addresses security vulnerability—SD Times news digest: Nov. 25, 2015

Microsoft researchers say they are making advancements in computer vision, deep learning, and understanding images. The company, along with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a new system that analyzes images and interprets it as a human would. “The ability to answer questions is critical to developing artificial intelligence tools, and this breakthrough could … continue reading

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Google expands Project Tango dev kits, Mirantis and CoreOS partner up, and Django 3.2 is released—SD Times news digest: Aug. 6, 2015

Google is expanding the reach of its Project Tango Tablet Development Kits to more countries worldwide. Starting today the dev kits for the mobile computer vision platform are available in Canada and South Korea, and on Aug. 26 the kits will be available in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the … continue reading

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Researcher develops advanced computer vision technology

A researcher from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a new artificial intelligent user interface designed to simplify the detection and analysis of images. While computer vision technology for images has been popping up more recently, this new UI allows users to visualize, navigate and manipulate visual media. The system was created … continue reading

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Oculus acquires Surreal Vision, Sencha releases Ext JS 6 beta and the Bash Data Platform—SD Times news digest: May 27, 2015

Oculus has announced the acquisition of Surreal Vision, a computer vision team that works on real-time 3D scene reconstruction. With Surreal Vision, Oculus will be able to create an accurate representation real-world objects in virtual worlds, according to the company. “At Surreal Vision, we are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, … continue reading

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Nokia’s buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, MIT’s Picture programming language, and Talend adds Apache Spark to Big Data Sandbox—SD Times news digest: April 15, 2015

Nokia has announced it is joining forces with Alcatel-Lucent in an effort to become an innovation leader and provider of technology and services for the IP connected world. The combined company would focus on providing connectivity for people, such as with the Internet of Things. “I am proud that the joined forces of Nokia and … continue reading

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