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Apple’s First Research Paper Tries to Solve a Problem Facing Every Company Working on AI

December 28, 2016 A few days before Christmas and Hanukkah festivities began, Apple gave a little something to the artificial intelligence research community: its first research paper. The paper, authored by six of Apple’s researchers, doesn’t focus on AI that someone with an iPhone might interact with, but rather how to create enough...

In the Race to Build the Best AI, There’s Already One Clear Winner

December 23, 2016 As Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu take turns leapfrogging each other in artificial intelligence innovation, one company stands to profit from any outcome: Nvidia. Graphics processor units, the company’s biggest moneymaker, have become the industry standard for deep learning, a flavor of artificial intelligence widely used by tech companies to...

BlackBerry Is Now a Self-Driving Car Company and Plans to Spend Like One

December 19, 2016 While BlackBerry’s QNX division has been working on automotive software for 20 years, it’s better known for its short-lived stint as king of the business smartphone. Now, the Canadian company is falling back to its roots. BlackBerry previously announced its intentions of becoming a self-driving car company, even testing autonomous...

Microsoft’s New Plan is to Flood Your Entire Life With Artificial Intelligence

December 14, 2016 “We want to bring intelligence to everything, to everywhere, and for everyone,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told developers earlier this year. Artificial intelligence has been the company’s touchstone technology since Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant was added to Windows more than a year ago. Since then, Microsoft has released a...

Google’s Boston Dynamics Is Thinking About Using Its Dog Robots to Deliver Things to Your Doorstep

December 9, 2016 Google has spent the better part of 2016 teaching its robot dogs a few new tricks, but it seems the company is still unsure what the bots will actually be good for in the real world. One possibility floated by Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert is using the million-dollar bots...

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Apple Revealed the State of its AI Research

December 7, 2016 Apple has long been secretive about the research done within its Cupertino, California, labs. It’s easy to understand why. Conjecture can spin out of even the most benign of research papers or submissions to medical journals, especially when they’re tied to the most valuable company on the planet. But it...

Uber’s New AI Team Is Looking for Shortest Route to Self-Driving Cars

December 6, 2016 At this very moment, dozens of Uber’s self-driving cars are touring San Francisco, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, gathering millions of data points about how to drive in complex environments. Data has become the currency of artificial intelligence—conventional wisdom says the more information your machines can learn from, the better they’ll be....

Alphabet DeepMind Invites Developers Into the Digital World Where its AI Learns to Explore

December 5, 2016 Even a fledgling AI needs a place to play. Alphabet DeepMind, the company’s moonshot AI factory, is announcing today an open-source version of “Lab," its internal digital world where it teaches AIs how to navigate 3-D spaces. The software, available on GitHub this week, looks like a cartoonish video game—but...

To Dodge Regulators, Self-Driving Car Startup Released All Its Code for Free

December 1, 2016 George Hotz, the well-known hacker and founder of the self-driving car startup Comma.ai, is a man of surprises. In October, he unexpectedly and voluntarily spiked his company’s first product—a device that gives select cars autonomous features—after getting a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urging the delay of...

Google Proved AI Can Reshape Medicine

December 1, 2016 A doctor’s work isn’t all done in examination rooms. Many specialists spend lots of time alone with the lights out, examining photographs that reveal their patients’ internal workings. That might soon change. A paper by Google published in the Journal of the American Medical Association details an algorithm that can...