Artificial intelligence

Local Startup Uses Facial Recognition for Highly Targeted Ads

Local Startup Uses Facial Recognition for Highly Targeted Ads

Local tech startup AdMov recently revealed a solution to the advertising saturation and visual fatigue that may hinder advertisers from reaching their intended audience. AdMov says that by installing tablets equipped with facial recognition technology in the back seats of ride-hailing vehicles. The tablets can then curate targeted ads for the passenger based on their age gender and mood. Co-founder Bobby Cristuta says that when they show ads, it gives data to advertisers as well. There is no wastage since they also use the information for targeting and for brands.     Source: Rappler

Alexa Soon to Sell Products to Customers Based on Physical, Emotional State

Alexa Soon to Sell Products to Customers Based on Physical, Emotional State

Amazon has reportedly patented technology for Alexa that could determine a user’s physical and emotional state and sell them products based on such information. Filed in March 2017, the patent entitled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued Tuesday this week. According to the patent description, the technology would enable Alexa to identify, for example, if a person needs medication based on a cough or a sniffle. Other abnormal physical or emotional conditions may also trigger Alexa to deliver highly targeted audio content, such as ads or promotions. Source: Ars Technica

Huawei Takes on Qualcomm, Nvidia with New AI Chip

Huawei Takes on Qualcomm, Nvidia with New AI Chip

Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled this week two new artificial intelligence (AI) chips called the Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 which are expected to be used in data centers and internet-connected consumer devices. Huawei says that its Ascend 910 chip, which is aimed for use at data centers, can outperform competitor chips and help train networks within a few minutes. The new chips are expected to pit Huawei directly against major chip makers such as Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm and Nvidia.   Source: CNBC  

Amazon AI Recruiting Tool Shows Bias Against Women

Amazon AI Recruiting Tool Shows Bias Against Women

Amazon has reportedly dropped an AI-powered recruiting engine designed to automate the process of reviewing applicant resumes after engineers had found that the system had a bias against women. Sources within the company said that the experimental hiring tool, which was intended to mechanize the search for top talent, was not being gender neutral in rating candidates for software developer jobs and other technical posts. It is said that Amazon’s system had taught itself that male candidates were preferable and thus penalized resumes that included words like “women’s,” as in “women’s chess club captain.”. It also reportedly downgraded graduates of […]

Google Backs Out from Pentagon Deal Due to “Differences” in Principles

Google Backs Out from Pentagon Deal Due to “Differences” in Principles

Google had reportedly dropped out of a potential $10 billion cloud computing contract with the U.S. Defense Department, saying that the project’s ethical principles does not align with the company’s. Without elaborating, Google said that the JEDI deal would align with their AI Principles. In addition to this, the search firm said that there were portions of the contract that were out of scope with their current government certifications. It is said that Google’s principles prohibit it from using AI in weapons and services that violate human rights and international surveillance norms.   Source: Reuters

Chinese Tech Giant Uses AI to Speed Up Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Chinese Tech Giant Uses AI to Speed Up Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Chinese internet giant Tencent recently partnered with London-based medical firm Medopad to improve the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease using artificial intelligence. Dr Wei Fan of Tencent Medical AI lab explains that the system works by capturing the movement of the patient’s hands by camera then feeding it to the AI for analysis. Medopad says that the system may be able to assess a patient’s condition within three minutes without having to wear sensors or even going to the hospital at all.    Wei Fan also revealed that the project will be open and transparent to everyone, despite the heated AI […]

MIT Develops New Chip Hailed as the “Next Leap” in AI

MIT Develops New Chip Hailed as the “Next Leap” in AI

MIT researchers recently published a paper detailing a new design for a neuromorphic chip which may revolutionize the field of AI which is currently dependent on traditional processing chips. The new design uses an artificial synapse for “brain on chip” hardware which, instead of making computations in binary, will work in an analog fashion by exchanging bursts of electric signals at varying intensities. Lead researcher Jeehwan Kim, professor and principal investigator in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics and Microsystems Technology Laboratories adds that in one simulation, their chip was even able to represent samples of human handwriting with 95 percent […]

California Signs Legislation Against Election “Bots”

California Signs Legislation Against Election “Bots”

California signed this week legislation that will ban the use of undeclared “bots” during elections. Bots, which are automated online accounts designed to respond to users online, can be programmed to share information based on keywords or themes. However, experts such as Prof Ralph Schroeder from the Oxford Internet Institute said that the rule could be difficult to enforce since bots are hard to trace. He added that the legislation could easily turn into an arms race and may impact positive bots. Source: BBC

Fidelity Ventures Into Blockchain, VR and AI

Fidelity Ventures Into Blockchain, VR and AI

Rich Repetto, principal at Sandler O’Neill & Partners recently said that one of the oldest financial services firm in the US, Fidelity, is a “sleeping giant” and is actually a tech company unbeknownst to many. The 72-year old firm spends around $2.5 billion a year developing technology such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and virtual reality through its Fidelity Labs and Fidelity Center for Applied Technology. Mayar, the head of AI at the Boston-based financial giant, also revealed that they were able to amass an enormous amount of data within 72 years, an advantage they have over companies such as Microsoft […]

Google Focuses on China Partnership in Shanghai AI Event  

Google Focuses on China Partnership in Shanghai AI Event  

At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) held last week in Shanghai, Google head of machine perception research Jay Yagnik said that it was key for Google to partner with China and its AI talent ecosystem and revealed that the company’s open-source machine learning software tool TensorFlow had already achieved two million downloads by developers in the country.   Despite escalating trade tensions between the US and China, Google is seen to be ramping up its efforts to engage the world’s second largest economy. Yagnik also revealed that the company is hosting its biggest tech exhibition in China in recent […]