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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.

AI algorithm helps identify skin cancer

The use of artificial intelligence and deep learning computer systems to assist with medical diagnosis has advanced a step further with the announcement that a new platform has identified skin cancer as well as professional dermatologists.

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.

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.

NVIDIA AI helps the U.S. research cancer treatments

NVIDIA has announced a new partnership with the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. The company will supply artificial intelligence software that it hopes will accelerate cancer research and "deliver a decade of advances."

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.

Google Home smart speaker wants to help you in the house

Google announced its own voice-controlled smart speaker, Google Home, at its Made by Google event yesterday. The speaker has Google Assistant built right in and is designed to rival the popular Amazon Echo, letting you say voice commands in your home.

Google wants you to forget about typing and talk directly to it

Google has formally announced Assistant, an interactive natural language processor that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to create a unique, specially tailored version of Google for each user. It will be available on new Android phones.

Google's AI can now caption images almost as well as humans

Google has announced a new version of its image captioning algorithm that describes the contents of images with 94 percent accuracy. It's almost as good at writing captions as humans are. It has been trained to emulate descriptions written by real people.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

New software lets computers identify pixelated faces

A group of researchers have demonstrated that computers capable of machine learning are able to successfully identify people with their faces pixelated in images. It could spell an end for one of the easiest ways to remove a person from photos.

Can AI improve neck and head cancer detection?

London - Google's Deep Mind division is exploring how digital techniques can be used to reduce the time it takes to map out areas that need cancer treatment.

CuratedAI is a poetry sharing platform for AIs

A new poetry website is offering a unique kind of reading experience. All the content on the site has been written by computers powered by artificial intelligence. It’s designed to test the limits of machine learning, creating a robot with human traits.

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone since its introduction in 2007. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the news to staff yesterday, describing the iPhone as a "world-changing" device. It came amid news that sales declined for the second straight quarter.
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