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Google announces AI research centre in China

Google's announced it will extend its push into China by launching an AI research centre in the country. The company said it's opening the facility to access China's leading AI research talent. The move could also help it to access Chinese users.

Customer engagement has completely transformed: Microsoft CMO

“Digital transformation has totally reframed the way customers are engaging,” said Katia Houbiguian, CMO of Microsoft Canada at Microsoft’s recent Connected Sales and Marketing event.

Microsoft adds another $50m to AI for Earth at One Planet Summit

Microsoft's announced it's investing another $50m in its "AI for Earth" initiative to help organisations use AI to protect the environment. The company committed the additional funding on the eve of the One Planet Summit in Paris tomorrow.

NVIDIA launches new 'most powerful' GPU for AI development

NVIDIA's unveiled a new GPU for AI development that's claimed to be the fastest it has ever build. The TITAN V is powered by its new Volta architecture and targets end user PCs. NVIDIA said the launch will help researchers explore AI and build new tech.

IBM launches new POWER9 servers designed for AI

IBM's announced the launch of its first POWER9 server, a dual-socket system aimed at AI. The company's underlying chip can be configured with up to 44 cores and is designed to accelerate machine learning. It's claimed to be faster than Intel's platforms.

Gradual introduction of AI could be critical to tech's success

Almost 30 percent of business apps will be updated to include AI enhancements within the next two years, according to a new article from a CCS Insight analyst.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 chip for next year's phones

Qualcomm's officially unveiled its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, the chip set to power many of next year's top-tier Android devices. As expected, the company has moved to add new AI capabilities, increase power efficiency and improve raw performance.

Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook launch new deep learning toolkit

Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook have announced the release of a neural network platform that allows deep learning frameworks to interoperate. It's designed to make machine learning more accessible by letting developers mix and match different models.

Report: Consumers sceptical of AI, fearful of privacy risks

Corporate investments in AI aren't helping to shift public opinion on the technology. According to a new study published this week, 71 percent of consumers would reject AI-based apps if they don't do enough to preserve privacy and avoid bias.

Google AI created a 'child' more powerful than any human-made AI

Google Brain researchers have announced an AI system created its own "child" AI more powerful than any neural network crafted by a human. The main AI is capable of developing its own specialised children to help it complete new tasks more rapidly.

Facebook uses AI to scan posts for suicidal thoughts

Facebook is using artificial intelligence AI to scan and analyse users' Facebook posts for signs of suicidal thoughts. When AI detects someone who could be in danger the post is flagged and sent to human moderators.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

AI provider Brighterion wins first Morgan Stanley fintech award

"AI as a service" provider Brighterion has been named the winner of the first Morgan Stanley Fintech Award. The award recognises the company that's provided the most innovative technology to the fintech markets, assisting Morgan Stanley's clients.

Microsoft calls for more companies to start using AI

More companies have to deploy AI if it's to be broadly utilised in society, Microsoft has said. Although the tech is now receiving attention, the company warned it has to be applied to new fields if it's to avoid being controlled by a handful of firms.

AI could help us find new worlds and explore the universe

Understanding and exploring space is one of the greatest challenges facing humankind. We might not need to work alone though, as new artificial intelligence systems are helping to process vast quantities of information and assist human research.

Google's TensorFlow Lite brings AI to every mobile device

Google's launched the preview of a new machine learning toolkit designed specifically for mobile devices. AI models created using TensorFlow Lite will run inside iOS and Android apps. The platform helps developers run neural networks on low-power devices.

Analyst: Intel's investments in AI could boost stock by 20%

Intel's investments in AI could help its stock price rally by over 20%. Analysts see the company as being in a "better position" in the machine learning market than is recognised. Intel's long-term strategy could prove more effective than its rivals.

Microsoft uses 'neural fuzzing' technique to find software bugs

Microsoft has announced a method for uncovering bugs and vulnerabilities in software using machine learning capabilities. Called neural fuzzing, the technique uses neural networks to complement regular fuzz testing, a common quality assurance practice.

AI chatbot used to combat phishing by wasting scammers' time

A team of cybersecurity researchers has developed an AI chatbot that aims to waste scammers' time by responding to phishing emails. You can forward scam emails to the bot. A proxy email address will then start automatically replying the scammer for you.

Microsoft uses AI to help Indian farmers maximise crop yields

Microsoft has developed an AI app to assist Indian farmers in maximising crop yields from their land. The company's services can predict the optimal date to sow crops and send automated voice calls that alert landowners to weather and pest attack risks.

Nasdaq vice chair thinks AI could create 'a new sector'

Nasdaq vice chairman Bruce Aust has suggested the proliferation of AI could create a new business sector that innovates in ways we can't yet appreciate. Singling out autonomous vehicles as an example, Aust said he's "excited" about today's early work.

Tenfold investment boom in digital transformation of energy firms

Investments in AI and big data within the energy sector are up tenfold over last year, according to a new report assessing technology's impact on the industry. Despite being constrained by their scale, energy companies are starting to digitally transform.

WorkTech conference highlights advantages of changing workspaces

Corporate real estate (CRE), like every other industry, is undergoing a massive transformation. Speakers and attendees at the WorkTech17 conference in Toronto focussed on the technological and cultural changes that are affecting the industry.

Students trick an AI into misclassifying images

A team of AI researchers have found a way to "reliably" trick image recognition algorithms into misclassifying objects. The technique changes a single pixel in images. The AI is then fooled into detecting different objects within the data.

90% of enterprises to use cloud services by 2021

Over 90 percent of all enterprises will use cloud platforms to innovate and improve agility by 2021. Companies are spending "aggressively" on new technologies as they compete to grow their digital presence and improve customer experiences.

10th anniversary of CIX summit puts focus on AI

This year’s Canadian Innovation Exchange brought together business leaders and innovators to celebrate the unique opportunities present in Canada. Unsurprisingly, artificial intelligence was at the forefront of a lot of the conversations that took place

Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers

Paris - The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

Firms allocate bigger IT budgets as interest in AI and IoT mounts

IT department budgets are set to increase in 2018 as firms dedicate resources to experimenting with AI and the Internet of Things. The drive towards the digital economy, automation and cloud-based analytics is leading businesses to prioritise IT spending.
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