Posts Tagged ‘artificial intelligence’

Expert System Acquires the ICM and iLab Divisions of ISOCO

Expert System LogoMODENA, ITALY–(Marketwired – Dec. 11, 2014) – Today, the board of directors of Expert System, a leading developer of semantic software for the effective management of information and big data, listed on the AIM Italia market (organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.), has approved subsidiary Expert System Iberia S.L.’s acquisition of the ICM (Intelligent Content Management) and iLab – Research Center Innovation – divisions of iSOCO, an international company based in Barcelona with contacts in South America, specialized in the development of semantic technology based software for the management of unstructured information aimed at a wide variety of industrial sectors, especially banking, government and pharmaceuticals. Read more

Deep Learning Startup MetaMind Raises $8M

metamindJordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Richard Socher never set out to place himself on the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence. He merely wanted to blend language and math — two subjects he’d always liked. But one thing led to another, and he ended up developing an impressive technology called recursive neural networks, and now the startup he established after leaving university,MetaMind, is launching with financial backing from some serious names. Socher and his team at the four-month-old startup want to demonstrate MetaMind’s ability to process images and text better than any other available technology out there to perform deep learning. Toward that end, in addition to announcing an $8 million initial funding round from Khosla Ventures and Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, MetaMind today is introducing multiple demonstrations of its technical capabilities on its website.” Read more

How Quoc Le is Teaching Machines to Understand Emotions Through Deep Learning

Google LogoDaniela Hernandez of Wired recently wrote that Quoc Le “works on the Google Brain, the search giant’s foray into ‘deep learning,’ a form of artificial intelligence that processes data in ways that mimic the human brain—at least in some ways. Le was one of the main coders behind the widely publicized first-incaration of the Google Brain, a system that taught itself to recognize cats on YouTube images, and since then, the 32-year-old Vietnam-native has been instrumental in helping to build Google systems that recognize your spoken words on Android phones and automatically tag your photos on the web, both of which are powered by deep-learning technology.” Read more

Smart Toys For Girls and Boys

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Right before Thanksgiving The Semantic Web Blog gave readers a heads-up about how retailers use of semantic technology could help make the holiday shopping season brighter for consumers. This week, to help those still in need of finding something special for that someone special on his or her shopping list – i.e. friends, children and family with a taste for meaningful computing (or at least for the products that result from it) – we’ll take a look at some holiday gift buys that might fit the bill.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping engines:

  • Joining his artificial-intelligence inspired robot friends like Robosapien X and Roboraptor is MiP, which toymaker Wowwee calls a balancing multifunctional and autonomous robot powered by iOS or Android smartphones. The device includes GestureSense technology that lets it respond to the motions of hands or other objects, so that you can play games like Follow the Leader, and to mobile apps that let you drive him around, set him up in a boxing match, or play games like stacking objects.

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Wendy Hall Appointed to New International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Wendy HallAccording to a new article out of the University of Southampton, “Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named as a founding member of a new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR). Dame Wendy joins leading researchers and innovators from the world’s best universities, companies and organisations to pioneer the new iCAIR council that has just been launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Council was inspired by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and will offer advice on the best ways to use robotics and artificial intelligence to improve people’s lives.” Read more

Taking On Turing, In Film And In Artificial Intelligence Workshop

turingnewThis past weekend the movie about British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, had a successful debut. Turing, of course, created the Turing Test, which is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Fittingly enough, tonight is the end date for entries to Google’s Imitation Game Code Cracking Challenge, a test designed to determine whether it’s being taken by a human or computer and which has as its focus the film’s principal character, Alan Turing. turing2

Judges this week will be evaluating entries this week, and should be contacting winners by week’s end, making their determinations based both on entrants submitting the correct codes and which entrants solved them the fastest. (The test went live in mid-November.)

Fun stuff, with prizes to include a screening of the movie in the winner’s hometown with 200 friends and signed-cast posters, but perhaps even more interesting is that come January, a group of scientists at the 2015 meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, conduct a workshop to come up with a replacement of the original Turing Test. It’s aiming to create an annual or bi-annual Turing Championship, that might consist of up to five different challenging tasks, “with bragging rights given to the first programs to achieve human-level performance in each task,” according to a statement by workshop organizers Gary Marcus, Francesca Rossi and Manuela Veloso. Read more

Medical App HealthTap Uses Artificial Intelligence to Offer Personalized Advice

healthtapSage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more

New Yorkers: IO Has Launched a Beta Version of Its AI Assistant

ioJosh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more

Researchers Create First Image-Recognition Software that Greatly Improves Web Searches

DartmouthHANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have created an artificial intelligence software that uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before.

The new system, which was tested on photos and is now being applied to videos, shows for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video – rather than just text — to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the results from text-based image search engines. Read more

Google Researchers Use End-to-End Neural Network To Caption Pictures

pizzaGoogle researchers have announced the development of a machine-learning system that can automatically produce captions to accurately describe images in properly formed sentences the first time it sees them.

“This kind of system could eventually help visually impaired people understand pictures, provide alternate text for images in parts of the world where mobile connections are slow, and make it easier for everyone to search on Google for images,” report research Scientists Oriol Vinyals, Alexander Toshev, Samy Bengio, and Dumitru Erhan in a blog about how they’re building a neural image caption generator.

Getting there, the researchers say, involved merging recent computer vision and language models into a single jointly trained system that can directly produce a human readable sequence of words to describe a given image. The task is no easy one, they point out, explaining that unlike image classification or object recognition on its own, their work has to account not only for the objects contained in the image, but also for expressing how these objects relate to each other, as well as their attributes and the activities they are involved in.

The approach leverages an end- to-end neural network that can automatically view an image and generate a plan English description of it.

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