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Google to bring AI for biodiversity research to TensorFlow Hub

Machine learning algorithms abound in biodiversity research, but sometimes without the proper attribution or oversight. In an effort to raise the academic bar, Google says it’ll release an AI workflow for institutions, developed in collaboration with Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), iNaturalist, and Visipedia. Researchers at the tech giant say the workflow will support data …

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Chrome 78 arrives with new APIs, dark mode improvements on Android and iOS

Google today launched Chrome 78 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes the CSS Properties and Values API, Native File System API, new Origin Trials, and dark mode improvements on Android and iOS. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. With …

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Researchers use AI to detect schools of herring from acoustic data

Tracking the health of underwater species is critical to understanding the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process — biologists conduct studies with echosounders that use sonar to determine water and object depth, and they manually interpret the resulting 2D echograms. These interpretations are often prone to error and require …

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Ubuntu 19.10 arrives with edge capabilities for Kubernetes, integrated AI developer experience

Following 25 weeks of development, Canonical today released Ubuntu 19.10. Highlights include new edge capabilities for Kubernetes, an integrated AI developer experience, and the fastest GNOME desktop performance yet. You can download Ubuntu 19.10 from here. Kubernetes (stylized as k8s) was originally designed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation …

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Google researchers train AI to distinguish 9 Indian languages

The world speaks thousands of languages — roughly 6,500, to be exact — and systems from the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon become better at recognizing them each day. The trouble is, not all of those languages have large corpora available, which can make training the data-hungry models underpinning those systems difficult. That’s …

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Amazon’s Vesta no-show highlights the challenges of home robots

You’d think Amazon would be the one to shake up a product category that has chewed up and spit out startups and corporate giants alike, but the company’s next flagship robot seemingly remains a work in progress. At a press event in downtown Seattle, some expected Amazon to preview a home robot that’s reportedly like …

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Pope Francis warns against deepfakes and tech ‘barbarism’

(Reuters) Pope Francis urged Silicon Valley giants on Friday to make sure technological advances such as artificial intelligence do not lead to a new “form of barbarism” where the law of the strongest prevails over the common good. Francis made his comments in an address to participants at a Vatican conference attended by executives from …

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Facebook acquires Ctrl-labs to advance its brain-machine interface efforts

Facebook this evening announced it intends to buy Ctrl-labs, a New York-based startup developing a wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The acquisition hasn’t yet closed, and the terms weren’t revealed publicly. (CNBC pegs its size at approximately $1 billion, half the amount Facebook paid to acquire virtual reality company Oculus VR in …

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Kheiron raises $22 million for machine learning that helps radiologists detect cancer earlier

Kheiron Medical Technologies (Kheiron), a machine learning startup that’s setting out to help radiologists detect the early signs of cancer, has raised $22 million in a series A round of funding led by European VC firm Atomico, with participation from Greycroft, Connect Ventures, Hoxton Ventures, and Exor Seeds. Founded out of London in 2016, Kheiron’s …

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AI Weekly: Automation in the workplace could disproportionately affect women

As AI and machine learning transform industries by automating much of the work currently done by humans, women’s careers will be disproportionately affected. That’s according to a McKinsey Global Institute report published earlier this year (“The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation“), which found that in the 10 economies (Canada, …

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Google launches AI lab in Bangalore, India

Google today launched Google Research India, its first AI lab in India. The news comes today as Google also pledged to expand its AI-powered flood prediction system in India to warn nearby residents through smartphones or human volunteers. The lab will be led by IIIT Bangalore Infosys foundation chair professor Manish Gupta, who has a …

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Acronis raises $147 million for tools that back up, protect, and restore data

Data recovery juggernaut Acronis today announced it’s nabbed $147 million in an investment round led by Goldman Sachs at a valuation of over $1 billion, following on the heels of angel, debt, and later-stage raises from March 2014 to May 2016. The capital infusion brings Singapore- and Switzerland-based Acronis’ total raised to well over $150 …

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