Google CEO is (unsurprisingly) impressed with AI in China

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has expressed how impressed he is with AI in China during a forum attended by senior government officials and leading executives in Beijing. “China is already playing a big part in how AI will shape our futures," said Pichai at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing. "When we build together, we get to better ideas faster." Google is known for the vast amount of data it collects, and the powerful services having access to such large pools of information...

Two examples of how neural networks are being trained to surpass human reading abilities

For anyone who’s ever struggled to read somebody’s handwriting – or even their own – this may be of interest: Captricity, an Oakland-based provider of digital automation software, has claimed its AI can outperform humans in reading handwriting. The company is touting its Captricity READ product, where enterprises in various sectors including financial, healthcare and government, can use the system to convert the handwritten word into decision-ready data in a fraction of the usual time....

Microsoft’s AI can translate Chinese on parity with a human

Microsoft believes its AI is able to translate Chinese as well as a human translator. The company says the development represents a “major milestone” and was achieved by regularly feeding the AI with news stories often used across the AI industry for testing purposes. Microsoft claims its AI translated the articles to the same level as two human bilingual translators. The researchers aimed to replicate the ‘trial and error’ approach to how humans learn. With this in mind, the AI...

Experts warn AI poses a ‘clear and present danger’

A report by leading experts calls on governments and businesses to address the “clear and present danger” posed by unregulated AI. The foreboding report is titled ‘The Malicious Use Of Artificial Intelligence’ and was co-authored by experts from Oxford University, The Centre For The Study of Existential Risk, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and more. Three primary areas of risk were identified: Digital security — The risk of AI being used for increasing the scale and efficiency...

CA Technologies gets further into AI game with new software

The new mainframe solutions - Mainframe Operational Intelligence, Trusted Access Manager for Z, and Dynamic Capacity Intelligence - introduced by CA Technologies help organisations gain insights to predict and remediate performance issues on its own, protect customer privacy, drive agility and reduce costs. The CA Mainframe Operational Intelligence uses machine-learning and automation to capture patterns, thereby activating dynamic and reliable remediation. The solution builds on anomaly...

Don’t be a(nother) Joker, let AI create a unique Halloween costume

As Halloween approaches, we’ll be seeing many Joker and Harley Quinn costumes dragged back out the depths of closets. Pennywise the clown is another obvious choice for this year. If you want something a bit more unique for a costume idea, an AI could help. Research scientist Janelle Shane decided to build a neural network fed with data of 4,500 costume names she crowdsourced from the internet (which is always a safe bet*) Speaking to Business Insider, Shane claims the network’s...

LinkedIn is teaching all its engineers AI skills

Rather than pay its employees six-figure salaries, LinkedIn is teaching all its engineers valuable AI skills. Earlier today, our sister publication Developer reported on the AI skill shortage driving employers to offer six-figure salaries to candidates. Most companies do not like, or can afford, to offer their employees such a high salary. LinkedIn is in a better situation financially than a startup wanting to delve into AI, especially since the Microsoft acquisition, but it’s taking a...

The BBC is using AI to improve its content

The BBC has announced a five-year partnership with eight universities in a bid to use machine learning to improve its content. The iconic broadcaster is going through a difficult period. It’s facing stiff competition in the entertainment sphere from streaming services, its news coverage has been subject to calls for investigations following claims of breaching impartiality rules, and it’s been at the center of controversial scandals. A difficult period Increasing adoption of streaming...

Opinion: Huawei shows what’s possible when you put AI first

Huawei unveiled its latest Mate 10 flagship smartphone at a dedicated event in Munich today, and its AI prowess lives up to the expectations the company set beforehand. When our invite came through we couldn't pass on the opportunity to see the device for ourselves. Huawei has openly mocked Apple for boasting of the company dipping its toes into AI with the iPhone X, but ultimately with a lack of ambition that's left it looking far behind what Android phones have accomplished for...

AI to fuel cloud computing growth, says ACCA chairman

Bernie Trudel, chairman of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), while addressing the audience at the Cloud Expo Asia conference in Singapore, said that he expects AI to fuel cloud computing growth. He said that although AI only accounts for 1% of the global cloud computing market currently, its share of the overall IT market is growing at 52%. Trudel added, “We’re starting to see AI having a significant impact on cloud computing. If you extrapolate what the analysts are saying,...