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'Fog computing' could be more important than the cloud

Cloud computing has taken off in recent years, driven by increased demand for artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Now a new concept could surpass the cloud though, bringing in a 'fog' of files with even greater power.

Samsung introduces Bixby – Built to stop you using touchscreens

Samsung has officially announced its long-rumoured Bixby AI, a new digital assistant that will make its debut on the company's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. Details are light but Samsung is promising a "deeper experience" than contemporary assistants.

Intel developing 'genderless' AI

Intel is developing a new artificially intelligent assistant that will be genderless, moving the tech industry away from the perceived "feminine" nature of most current AIs. The system will debut on a new smartwatch Intel is building with TAG Heuer.

Google Allo caught leaking search data to other users

Google's new Allo messaging app could be a security risk owing to a design flaw which allows the app to share your Google search history with your friends. The problem is believed to be an unintentional bug. Allo's security has previously been criticised.

Google's Deepmind to help cut 10 percent off U.K.'s energy bill

DeepMind wants to help the UK cut its energy consumption by up to 10 percent, according to a report published in The Financial Times on Sunday.

Microsoft's new AI writes its own code by copying other programs

Microsoft has teamed up with the University of Cambridge to create an artificial intelligence system capable of writing its own code to solve new problems. The technology could be used to power autonomous vehicles or let non-programmers create apps.

Google expands use of AI-powered translations to more languages

Google has announced the expansion of its neural network integration with Google Translate. The system enables Translate to generate more accurate translations for key words and phrases. The technology is now being rolled out to several new languages.

Facebook's new AI helps spot suicidal users

Facebook has announced a new machine learning tool which it's using to offer advanced suicide prevention tools on its social network. The company noted that somebody commits suicide every 40 seconds, many of whom could be saved if helped early.

Google to bring its AI Assistant to every new Android phone

Google has announced it is to launch Google Assistant on every modern Android smartphone running new versions of the operating system. Assistant lets you talk to Google using natural language, turning the search engine into your go-to personal aid.

Satya Nadella thinks AI is the 'ultimate breakthrough'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has described the advent of advanced artificial intelligence as the "ultimate breakthrough" in the development of technology. Microsoft is already actively working on new AI systems that manifest across its products.

AI software learns to write its own code

An artificial intelligence has successfully learned how to write and rewrite its own code, opening the door to more advanced robots and automation in the future. It could enable AI to understand new environments and adapt to different tasks more quickly.

Google's machine intelligence can now run offline on smartwatches

Google has explained how it managed to get advanced artificial intelligence running offline on smartwatch processors. The system, formerly confined to high-performance datacentres, now powers Android Wear 2.0's suggested message replies.

Microsoft's CEO thinks AI should help people, not replace them

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken out on how artificial intelligence should not be seen as a way of replacing humans. The leader made the comments as Microsoft enters new fields of AI research and prepares to 'democratise' the technology.

Intel thinks you need AI, bots and sensors to help you shop

Intel has announced a $100 million investment in technologies that will bring automated bots and the Internet of Things to the high street. The company wants to connect and "transform" the retail industry using data and devices.

Insurance firm replaces 34 jobs with AI 'like a human'

An insurance company has replaced almost 30 percent of its workforce with an artificial intelligence system that is capable of calculating insurance payouts and analysing a range of text and media. 34 humans will lose their jobs to the machine.

Microsoft previews the first Cortana-powered Amazon Echo rival

Microsoft has announced a new Amazon Echo rival based on its Cortana digital assistant. As part of an expansion of Cortana's capabilities, Microsoft has partnered with audio company Harman Kardon to create a smart speaker with the assistant built-in.

Google Allo reaches 10 million downloads after three months

Google's new Allo messaging app has passed the 10 million downloads mark three months after its launch. The chat client has been met with a frosty reception and has suffered from a slow consumer update. It now trails its established rivals.

Google unveils its take on Amazon's Alexa skills

Google has expanded its Google Assistant developer program to include every app creator as opposed to just private beta testers. It will expand the number of services compatible with Assistant as the company prepares to take on market leader Amazon.

Microsoft and Intel create a smarter Cortana and enhanced PCs

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Intel that will see the two companies collaborate to improve digital assistants, security, AI and mixed reality on Windows 10 PCs. Project Evo will create more capable future devices with enhanced functionality.

Microsoft's Cortana now comes preinstalled on more Android phones

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now preinstalled on some new phones from Xiaomi, expanding its availability on new Android handsets. Cortana is available as an app for all phones. The partnership with Xiaomi will help increase user adoption.

Intel plans to make AI '100x faster' with new computing chips

Intel has unveiled a new series of chips that it says could improve one metric of artificial intelligence performance by up to 100 times today's benchmarks. The next-generation processor range is aimed firmly at deep learning and neural networks.

Google Play Music now uses AI to guess what you want to listen to

Google has announced a substantial overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming service. The company has rebuilt the app with a brighter, upbeat design and new features powered by machine learning. 'Personalised music' is now the core focus.

Robot beats its own Rubik's Cube time, sets world record

A robot has set a new world record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik's Cube. It used a series of sensors to scan the faces of the cube and work out the correct positioning. It beats a record set by an earlier version of the same robot.

Facebook's latest AI can 'reason' and process video in real time

Facebook has detailed how it's using and developing artificial intelligence. It now supports three different platforms that can be used by engineers to create new apps and Facebook features, including a real time video filtering service for smartphones.

Microsoft's Cortana could get chattier and more personal soon

Microsoft's Cortana could become a lot more personal soon. Microsoft recently applied for a patent that describes a "personalized greeting system" capable of emulating human interactions and delivering contextually relevant welcome messages.

Samsung planning April launch of AI-powered Galaxy S8

Samsung is reportedly targeting an April launch for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. The company is delaying the device to ensure it doesn’t fall victim to the same quality control issues as the recalled Note 7. AI will a big part of the launch.

AI 'judge' predicts court cases with 79 percent accuracy

Scientists have built an AI capable of predicting the outcome of human rights trials with an accuracy of 79 percent. The development marks a milestone in AI development.

Google's AI can now navigate the London Underground on its own

Google has successfully taught its DeepMind neural network to navigate the London underground. The system uses deep learning and external memory to make decisions, using a form of reasoning to allow itself to learn its way around the tube network.

Duolingo's chatbots can teach you how to speak new languages

Duolingo has created what may be the first useful implementation of chatbots. The popular language learning app now lets you participate in AI-powered conversations to strengthen your understanding of new languages and give you experience of using them.

Samsung buys Viv, an AI assistant from the people who built Siri

Samsung has announced it is purchasing Viv Labs, a startup AI personal assistant. The team behind the technology worked on the original version of Siri, later bought by Apple in 2010. It signals Samsung is also planning to enter the assistant space.
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