Google Duplex’ AI is still heavily supported by actual humans

While most of us who don’t know much about artificial intelligence probably envision machines and robots just running the show eventually, in reality, there is still a lot of human intervention needed. Case in point is Google Duplex, the AI program from the tech giant that makes reservations for users …

Financial firms bank on A.I. as pilot projects head to production

The financial services sector is pouring money into artificial intelligence (AI), with banks, for example, expected to spend $5.6 billion on AI in 2019 – second only to the retail sector. Until now, the vast majority of AI projects have remained pilots, and in many cases those projects led to …

New Cortana and Google Assistant updates highlight workplace potential

Microsoft and Google laid out their respective visions for the next generation of virtual assistants this week, with enhancements to Cortana and Assistant, respectively, designed to support workplace productivity. Though voice assistants have yet to arrive in force in the workplace, analysts see plenty of potential. By 2021, 25% of …

Samsung expands its AI lab in Canada to bolster research in system semiconductor

Samsung has announced the expansion of its Montreal-based artificial intelligence (AI) lab to the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (Mila). The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) AI Lab in Montreal, which first opened at the University of Montreal in September 2017, has been moved to Mila to strengthen the fundamentals in …

FDA to pilot A.I., consider blockchain, to track and trace food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a “new era of smarter food safety” under which it will test artificial intelligence and machine learning to better assess foodborne illness risks from imports and explore blockchain for tracking all foods before they hit grocery store shelves. In February, the FDA …

Facebook may be coming up with AI voice assistant

The next few years (and even right now), we’ll probably see the battle of the voice assistants and the devices like smart speakers and smart displays that can support it. Right now we’re seeing the dominance of Alexa and her Amazon Echo devices, the Google Assistant and its Google Home …

Pixel 3 AI allows Photobooth mode for auto selfie photography

The Pixel 3 has been frequent in the news recently because the series will soon be overshadowed by the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Its Android Q beta update was just released from Google Play Store and new Avengers Playmoji stickers are rolling out in time for the movie. …

Apple’s Siri is as important as iPhone or the Mac

Apple now sees AI as being as important in its own right as its retail, services, hardware, software or design arms – and that’s why machine intelligence now has a seat on its executive board. How Apple works Think about how Apple works. Former CEO, Steve Jobs, deliberately organized the …

How AI is helping the help desk

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are turning up seemingly everywhere these days, and the IT support function is no exception. In fact, experts see AI in various forms becoming a key component of the help desk in the years to come. “Artificial cognition will, over the next three …

Huawei’s Track AI will help detect visual impairment in children

The World Health Organization says that around 70-80% of the cases of children with visual impairment globally could have been preventable and curable, if only they were detected early on. Huawei is now using its Artificial Intelligence prowess to be able to help detect cases like this early on using …