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With H-1B Under Threat, Alphabet Is the Only Big Tech Company to Ramp Up Immigration Lobbying

April 27, 2017 The tech industry was quick to voice its opposition to US president Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration in January, which banned travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the country. Companies penned scathing letters and signed amicus briefs. Their employees staged walkouts. Venture capitalists donated tens of thousands...

Artificial Intelligence Could Build New Drugs Faster Than Any Human Team

April 20, 2017 Artificial intelligence algorithms are being taught to generate art, human voices, and even fiction stories all on their own—why not give them a shot at building new ways to treat disease? Atomwise, a San Francisco-based startup and Y Combinator alum, has built a system it calls AtomNet (pdf), which attempts...

You Can Now Buy the Brains Behind Amazon’s Alexa

April 20, 2017 The deep neural networks that power Amazon’s popular voice assistant are up for sale. Developers will now be able to build their own virtual personal assistants for platforms like Facebook Messenger and Slack with a tool called Amazon Lex, the company announced at its Amazon Web Services Summit April 19....

Jeff Bezos Lays Out Amazon’s Three-Pronged Approach to AI

April 17, 2017 Amazonians and investors alike, rest assured: Jeff Bezos knows artificial intelligence is a big deal. The Amazon CEO took a few paragraphs in his annual shareholder letter to explain how the company is using AI throughout its business, having recognized and embraced the “external trend.” The letter itself focuses on...

The Public Debut of Facebook’s M is a Tiny Step Toward a Do-It-All AI Assistant

April 6, 2017 Facebook announced today that its virtual assistant, M, will be available to US users to make suggestions within users’ conversations for a limited number of functions. M will analyze each of your messages to detect whether you’re looking to send a sticker, request or send money, get a ride, or...

America’s Largest Body-Camera Supplier Is Giving Police Free AI to Analyze Crime Footage

April 6, 2017 Taser International, the company most associated with electrical weapons used by police, is adopting the freemium business model of Silicon Valley. It has renamed itself Axon, the name of its body camera cloud storage and analytics platform, and plans to give away its cameras and services for a year in...

Largest Body-Camera Supplier Is Giving Police Free AI to Analyze Crime Footage

April 6, 2017 Taser International, the company most associated with electrical weapons used by police, is adopting the freemium business model of Silicon Valley. It has renamed itself Axon, the name of its body camera cloud storage and analytics platform, and plans to give away its cameras and services for a year in...

NASA’s Scientists Formed a Club to Dream Up Uses for AI Like Self-Replicating Robots and Harpooning Comets

April 5, 2017 Many of the projects at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are considered “moonshots,” but some ideas developing in the lab are so far-flung that the brains behind them don’t want to involve the agency’s top brass at all. At least not yet. To conjure up ideas outside of the space agency’s...

Self-Driving Cars Will Be Much Safer But a Nightmare to Insure

April 3, 2017 Nearly every automaker is rushing to cram autonomous features into their cars: self parking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist all take control of the vehicle from the driver, acting as baby steps toward full autonomy. But the technology that enables this semi-autonomy is expensive, shooting insurance rates through the...

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Can’t Agree on What AI is, Because Nobody Knows What the Term Really Means

March 30, 2017 It sounds like a line from science-fiction: Two of the world’s most famous technologists are butting heads over artificial intelligence. Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have very different ideas on what qualifies as “AI,” according to a recent Vanity Fair article detailing whether popular male tech...