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Beware, Journalists! Google Is Funding a New Software Project That Will Automate Writing Local News

Google is awarding the Press Association, a large British news agency, $805,000 to build software to automate the writing of 30,000 local stories a month. (more…)

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Elon Musk Warns America’s Governors Against Artificial Intelligence, Says It Poses An ‘Existential Risk’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, speaking to U.S. governors this weekend, told the political leaders that artificial intelligence poses an "existential threat" to human civilization. (more…)

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Tim Cook Says Apple is Working on Autonomous Car Systems

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market. (more…)

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Apple Reportedly Working on Dedicated AI Chip for iPhone

Apple is reportedly working on a dedicated artificial intelligence chip that would power AI-related tasks on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The chip, which may be called the Apple Neural Engine, would be used to offload tasks that require sophisticated algorithms related to facial and

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Google Assistant is Available for Download on the iPhone

Sorry, Siri, but it looks like your days may be numbered. Apple’s virtual personal assistant software started a revolution and every one of Apple’s rivals now offers a voice-controlled AI product of some sort. Interestingly, we’ve seen something of a role reversal in this important space. Apple typically waits until

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Amazon Makes Alexa’s Voice-Control Technology Available to Developers

Amazon is making its voice-control technology available to all, giving developers access to the same tools that power its digital assistant Alexa. The platform is called Amazon Lex, and bundles in both speech recognition, text recognition, and conversational interactions. It was first announced in a “preview phase” in late 2016,

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Netflix CEO Believes Future Audience May be AI Lifeforms Instead of Humans

Twenty to fifty years from now, when “you’re starting to get into some serious AI,” Reed Hastings isn’t sure whether Netflix is going to be entertaining you or entertaining the artificially intelligent bots. (more…)

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HTC Announces All-Glass, AI-Infused U Ultra and U Play Smartphones

In the post-smartphone world—where the market is saturated, sales are down, and a mere £100/$150 can buy a perfectly pleasant device—just what does the premium smartphone maker do? Does it go down the path of Huawei and OnePlus, offering premium materials and components at cut down prices? Does it market

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Amazon Is King of Digital Assistants — For Now

Apple’s Siri has been around five years, but Amazon’s Alexa is the coolest kid on the voice-computing block now. (more…)

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Amazon’s Alexa Coming to Many More Devices This Year

Bark out “Alexa” in the congested halls of CES, and you would have heard a chorus of devices, from cars to smartphones to household appliances, answer back. (more…)

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