SD Times new digest: Waymo launches “Let’s Talk Self-Driving” campaign, Upskill updates Skylight platform, and Nokia halts OZO VR development

Waymo has launched the “Let’s Talk Self-Driving” campaign to educate the public on how the technology behind self-driving cars can address safety challenges on the road. The company will start the campaign using digital, outdoor, and radio advertising in Arizona, as well as updating their website with helpful resources. They are partnering with organizations such … continue reading

New algorithm uses deep learning to diagnose heart arrhythmias

Stanford computer scientists believe they have developed an algorithm that can diagnose heart arrhythmias with cardiologist-level accuracy. The new deep learning algorithm sifts through hours of data to find irregular heartbeats. Typically, arrhythmias are detected with an electrocardiogram, but doctors often prescribe a wearable ECG to continuously monitor a patient’s heartbeat. This wearable device results … continue reading

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The FAIR team takes on neural machine translation

Facebook is continuing its mission to make the world more connected in its latest research effort. The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) team announced a new approach to neural machine translation. According to the researchers, the approach is able to achieve nine times the speed and accuracy of existing neural systems. This approach is designed … continue reading

Rollout.io’s Apple App Store proposal, DeepMind’s continual learning AI, and Java 8 support in Android–SD Times news digest: March 15, 2017

In an open letter, Rollout.io is proposing a secure JavaScript Injection approval process to Apple in order to address App Store concerns. Rollout.io recently came under fire for its framework that allows developers to deploy updates directly to their live iOS apps. According to Apple, developers should not be able to change their applications after … continue reading

Google releases TensorFlow 1.0

Google has released version 1.0 of TensorFlow, its open-source framework for scalable machine learning. The big highlights of this release were announced at Google’s TensorFlow Dev Summit in Mountain View, Calif., with a focus on artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks. According to its release notes, version 1.0 includes experimental XLA, which is a domain-specific … continue reading

Developer trains artificial neural network to play Mario Kart 64

Holiday breaks are a good time to catch up on relaxing, reading, or maybe indulging in some video gaming. Kevin Hughes did just that over his winter break, only it wasn’t he who was playing the games: It was an artificial neural network he trained using TensorFlow. Hughes is a senior developer at Shopify, and … continue reading

University of Toronto researchers train AI system to sing Christmas songs

Tired of the same old overplayed holiday songs? Step aside, Bing Crosby, because this artificial intelligence system is debuting its new (yet terribly creepy) Christmas carol. Researchers from the University of Toronto developed an AI system that took a holiday image and generated a Christmas song. Calling it a song is an overstatement though, since … continue reading

MIT CSAIL brings reasoning to machine learning

Machine learning is a hot topic in the software industry right now. More and more companies are taking advantage of this artificial intelligence technique to train machines on their data and make predictions. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Laboratory (CSAIL) want to take it a step further by revealing how a machine makes … continue reading

Google, university researchers introduce Open Image Dataset to advance machine learning

Recent advances in machine learning have changed the way computers understand digital images and video. In order to further advance natural language and machine learning, Google introduced Open Images, a dataset consisting 9 million URLs to images that have been annotated with labels that cover more than 6,000 categories. According to Google software engineers Tom … continue reading

Analyst View: Biomimetics for the Internet of Things

There’s no room for uncertainty in the software that responds to a machine’s “Emergency Stop” button. At first sight, software inspired by nature (biomimetic software) delivers more uncertainty than answers. But maybe that’s an illusion. Software development is full of new, reinvented and changing concepts, items and structures. One concept that has always captured the … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: FastText

For humans, writing posts on social media just comes naturally. Humans understand each word that’s said or typed, but for machines, it’s not that easy. Understanding the meaning of words is one of the biggest challenges that artificial intelligence researchers face today, and this week’s GitHub project named fastText aims to solve that challenge. Automatic … continue reading

Pat AI combines linguistics, neural networks to create a new type of artificial intelligence

A new artificial intelligence company thinks that its breakthrough in natural language understanding can take on what machine learning experts say is an unsolvable challenge: getting machines to understand human language and its meaning. Pat Inc., which announced its private beta and US$2.5 million in seed funding this month, is developing artificial intelligence technology that … continue reading

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