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UN study finds female voice assistants reinforce harmful stereotypes

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 23 mei, 2019  
For the record, the appropriate response to being called a slut isn't, "I'd blush if I could." But that's what Siri is programmed to say. According to a report by the United Nations, the fact that most voice assistant are gendered as young women is r.....
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Many Google Duplex calls are from real people instead of AI

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 23 mei, 2019  
Google's Duplex reservations might be more widely available, but that doesn't mean the AI is ready to handle every call. The company has confirmed to the New York Times that about 25 percent of the Assistant-based calls start with a human in a call.....
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Why putting googly eyes on robots makes them inherently less threatening

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
At the start of 2019, supermarket chain Giant Food Stores announced it would begin operating customer assisting robots -- collectively dubbed Marty -- in 172 locations across the East Coast. These autonomous machines may navigate their respect.....
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MIT’s ‘RoboRaise’ helps you lift things by studying your muscles

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
It's all well and good having a virtual assistant like Alexa or Siri in your lounge, but they make for a pretty useless robotic companion when it comes to shifting a sofa or getting a heavy box from a cupboard. MIT CSAIL has a solution in its sights.....
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‘Observation’ is a gripping space puzzler with an AI hero

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 22 mei, 2019  
Many video games are set in space. Most cast you as a human super-soldier or plucky science-type trying to untangle a truly terrible situation. Not Observation. The latest game from No Code, the Scottish studio behind Stories Untold, makes you.....
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The fight against childhood blindness could lead to eagle-eyed robots

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 21 mei, 2019  
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 m.....
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US to back international guidelines for AI ethics

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
American companies have fostered ethical uses of AI before. Now, however, the government itself is posed to weigh in. Politico understands that the US, fellow members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and a "h.....
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Google trained its AI to predict lung cancer

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
Of all cancers worldwide, lung cancer is the deadliest. It takes more than 1.7 million lives per year -- more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined. Part of the problem is that the majority of cancers aren't caught until later stages,.....
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Facebook used its AI smarts to build detailed disease prevention maps

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
Facebook has created highly detailed population maps to help health organizations, researchers and universities tackle disease outbreaks and plan public health campaigns. They focus on population density with demographic estimates, how people .....
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Facebook Research is developing touchy-feely curious robots

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 20 mei, 2019  
As a social media platform with global reach, Facebook leans extensively on its artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems to keep the site online and harmful content off it (at least, some of the time). Following its announcement at.....
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I listened to a Massive Attack record remixed by a neural network

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 17 mei, 2019  
Drums. Synth. The faintest hint of a vocal track. For a moment the song is familiar and I'm teleported back to the late '90s, listening to worn-out cassettes in the backseat of my parent's saloon. But then the track shifts in a way that I didn't expe.....
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LG’s custom chip is made to power AI in appliances and robots

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 17 mei, 2019  
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 in "future robot vacuum cleaners, washing machines, refrigera.....
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Microsoft invests in seven AI projects to help people with disabilities

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 16 mei, 2019  
Today marks the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and for the second year, Microsoft is awarding grants to AI projects meant to make the world more inclusive. The grants are part of a five-year initiative that will invest $25 m.....
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Sony and Microsoft team up on cloud-based gaming and entertainment

Door: Engadget RSS Feed   / 16 mei, 2019  
In an unlikely turn of events, Microsoft and Sony announced today that they are to tackle the future of entertainment. The companies are planning to work together to build future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure that will support gaming and .....
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