Tencent To Launch WeChat-Enabled Smart Speaker In 2018

Prominent Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent is all set to release its own smart speaker under its Tencent Smart Innovation division and has reportedly teamed up with WeChat to make that happen. Set to be marketed as the Tencent TingTing, this won’t actually be the company’s first foray into intelligent voice recognition or into A.I. It also […]

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Future A.I. May Suffer Psychological Issues

According to top neuroscientist Zachary Mainen, it’s entirely plausible that future artificial intelligence programs, as they inch closer and closer to human-level intelligence and similar function, may wind up suffering many of the same neurological and psychological glitches that humans do. The way that the human mind works involves a great number of variables, and […]

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OPPO Establishes New Institutes With Focus On A.I. & 5G

Prominent Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO is reportedly diverting some effort away from its mobile hardware to focus on next-generation 5G networks, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and imaging through the establishment of the OPPO Institute. According to reports out of the company’s home country, the institute actually consists of several separate branches located around the globe. That […]

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Researchers May Boycott KAIST Citing New A.I. Weapons Lab

A.I. researchers have announced that they will be boycotting the South Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) after it was discovered that the institute had reportedly opened a weapons lab at Hanwha Systems. The controversy stems from the fact that Hanwha Systems is one of just two makers in the country that specializes […]

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‘Fribo’ Robot Aims To Connect People Who Live Alone

Fribo is a robot that aims to connect people who live alone as it’s hailed as a “social networking robot” that was designed with a goal of “increasing social connectedness.” In the video below you can see a veritable spread of ways the robot works and how it can be incorporated into everyday life, but […]

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Hands-Free Alexa Support Coming To Fire 7, Fire HD 8 Tablets

Amazon has started rolling out the hands-free Alexa feature to its two smaller Fire tablets after introducing it on the Fire HD 10. The new functionality will allow users to access Alexa on their Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets without having to touch the device. Prior to this update, users had to touch […]

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Google’s AI Head Poached By Apple For Machine Learning

Tech giant Google lost AI and Search chief John Giannandrea yesterday, and his new employer is Google’s bitter rival Apple, who will be putting him in charge of a new division of the company that will work on machine learning and determine the company’s strategy for artificial intelligence. There is no word as yet whether […]

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Google’s AI Head Poached By Apple For Machine Learning

Tech giant Google lost AI and Search chief John Giannandrea yesterday, and his new employer is Google’s bitter rival Apple, who will be putting him in charge of a new division of the company that will work on machine learning and determine the company’s strategy for artificial intelligence. There is no word as yet whether […]

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Xiaomi Launches Wacky English Ad For Xiao AI Assistant: Video

Xiaomi launched an English-subtitled version of its new video ad meant to promote the launch of the company’s Xiao AI assistant, having opted to showcase the capabilities of its artificial intelligence solution to a broader audience even though the service isn’t meant to become available outside of China in the near future. The two-minute video […]

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Remi Munos To Head DeepMind’s Paris Facility

Google-owned DeepMind is expanding its operations into Paris, France, and is sending senior research scientist and Paris native Remi Munos back home to run the new facility. The new lab will be in good hands with Munos at the helm; he’s got 150 published reports in the AI field under his belt, and is one […]

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