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Over 100 Staff Now Reportedly Working On Facebook’s Crypto Project

More details are now emerging regarding high-level executives for social media giant Facebook’s crypto project, according to a report by CNBC on June 6. According to the report, there are now 100 people known to be working on the crypto project via profiles on professional networking platform LinkedIn. Facebook is also reportedly not done hiring, …

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Microsoft AI creates realistic speech with little training

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Altaf Qadri Text-to-speech conversion is becoming increasingly clever, but there’s a problem: it can still take plenty of training time and resources to produce natural-sounding output. Microsoft and Chinese researchers might have a more effective way. They’ve crafted a text-to-speech AI that can generate realistic speech using just 200 voice samples (about …

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The fight against childhood blindness could lead to eagle-eyed robots

Sponsored Links Wavebreakmedia via Getty Images Imparting vision upon machines has been a massive, multi-decade undertaking by the scientific community. And while the acuity of today’s state-of-the-art computer systems can match or exceed a human’s high-resolution optical anatomy, training these machines to understand what they’re looking at is still a labor intensive task. But thanks …

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LG’s custom chip is made to power AI in appliances and robots

Sponsored Links Cleaning robot from LG on display at Incheon International Airport in Seoul / South Korea. Jonas Gratzer via Getty Images For the last few years LG has been pushing integration of AI features in all kinds of products with its ThinQ brand, and now it’s designed custom hardware to enable on-device AI processing …

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Why Google believes machine learning is its future

Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference on May 7, 2019. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images One of the most interesting demos at this week’s Google I/O keynote featured a new version of Google’s voice assistant that’s due out later this year. A Google employee asked the Google Assistant to …

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Here’s all the important stuff Google announced at I/O 2019

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS A better, faster, stronger Google is in store for 2019. During its I/O developer conference on Tuesday, the company unveiled dozens of updates to every corner of the Google ecosystem; from search and Google Assistant to the next generation of Android. In the keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pinchai said the company’s …

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Google debuts “next-generation” Assistant, coming to next Pixel phones

Enlarge Google/Screenshot Google on Tuesday debuted an updated version of its Google Assistant platform during the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference. The company said it is internally calling this the “next-generation” Assistant and that it will first become available on Google’s “new Pixel phones” later this year. (Not to be confused with the …

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AI generates non-stop stream of death metal

AarStudio via Getty Images There’s a limit to the volume of death metal humans can reproduce — their fingers and vocal chords can only handle so much. Thanks to technology, however, you’ll never have to go short. CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski recently launched a YouTube channel that streams a never-ending barrage of death metal …

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Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant

Enlarge / Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both Portal devices have built-in Amazon Alexa. Facebook Facebook is working on developing an AI voice assistant similar in functionality to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, according to a report from CNBC and a later statement from a Facebook representative. The CNBC report, which cites …

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AI developed a whole new sport

AKQA Many existing sports have their roots in hundreds (if not thousands) of years of human tradition. But what if you asked computers to create a sport? You now know how that can turn out. The design agency AKQA has introduced Speedgate, reportedly the first sport envisioned by an AI. The event has six-player teams …

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