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Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI

Sponsored Links Jolygon via Getty Images Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget …

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Sony is using AI to replace drummers, one beat at a time

Sponsored Links Sony Sony is the latest company to dip its toes into AI-powered music. The company revealed this week that its researchers have created a machine learning model that can create kick-drum tracking. According to Sony, the artificial intelligence is capable of building “musically plausible” drum patterns based on existing instruments being used on …

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AI knitting system designs and creates garments

Sponsored Links MIT CSAIL If you’ve ever wanted a custom bobble hat but your knitting skills aren’t up to par, let the robots do it. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a computer-aided knitting system which can automate the design and manufacture of knitted garments. Even non expert knitters …

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One chip to rule them all: It natively runs all types of AI software

Enlarge / Skynet light? The Tianjin-controlled bike stalks one of its creators. Jing Pei et al. We tend to think of AI as a monolithic entity, but it’s actually developed along multiple branches. One of the main branches involves performing traditional calculations but feeding the results into another layer that takes input from multiple calculations …

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The Bank of England will honor Alan Turing on its new £50 note

Sponsored Links Peter Byrne – PA Images via Getty Images The Bank of England has chosen Alan Turing, computing pioneer and a code-cracker during World War Two, to be featured on its new £50 note. Turing contributed significantly to the field of mathematics, but his achievements were not fully recognized during his lifetime as he …

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Digital Tech Is Driving Growth in Transportation Management Systems

A recent market report by Grand View Research suggests that blockchain is one of the digital technologies driving market growth in the global transportation management systems (TMS) sector, according to a press release on July 11. According to Grand View Research, a market research company based in San Francisco, the TMS market is expected to …

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Facebook AI Pluribus defeats top poker professionals in 6-player Texas Hold ‘em

This video shows sample hands from Pluribus’s experiment against professional poker players. Cards are turned face up to make it easier to see Pluribus’s strategy. Courtesy of Carnegie-Mellon University. Poker-playing AIs typically perform well against human opponents when the play is limited to just two players. Now Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI research scientists …

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Author pulls software that used deep learning to virtually undress women

Enlarge AntonioGuillem On Wednesday, a Vice article alerted the world to the creation of DeepNude, a computer program that uses neural networks to transform an image of a clothed woman into a realistic rendering of what she would look like naked. The software attracted widespread condemnation. This is an “invasion of sexual privacy,” legal scholar Danielle …

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Walmart uses AI camera tech to track checkout theft at 1,000 stores

Sponsored Links Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Walmart’s early use of AI at its stores isn’t just for the sake of convenience. The retailer has confirmed to Business Insider that it’s using camera-based computer vision tech to deter theft and losses at its checkouts (including self-checkouts) in over 1,000 stores. The simply titled …

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