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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be more to come over the next couple of days, so follow along on everything Google I/O on TechCrunch.  Google goes all in on artificial intelligence, rebranding its research division to Google AI Just before the keynote, Google announced it is rebranding its Google Research division to Google AI. The move signals how Google has increasingly focused R&D on computer vision,…

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Andrew Ng officially launches his $175M AI Fund

As the founder of the Google Brain deep learning project and co-founder of Coursera, Andrew Ng was one of the most recognizable names in the machine learning community when he became Baidu’s chief scientist in 2014. He left there in early 2017 and quickly launched a number of new AI projects, including the Deeplearning.ai course and Landing.ai, a project that aims to bring AI to manufacturing companies. It turns out that what he was really working on, though, was his AI Fund (which isn’t really a fund in the traditional sense), which…

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H2O.ais Driverless AI automates machine learning for businesses

Driverless AI is the latest product from H2O.ai aimed at lowering the barrier to making data science work in a corporate context. The tool assists non-technical employees with preparing data, calibrating parameters and determining the optimal algorithms for tackling specific business problems with machine learning. At the research level, machine learning problems are complex and unpredictable combining GANs and reinforcement learning in a never before seen use case takes finesse. But the reality is that a lot of corporates today use machine learning for relatively predictable problems evaluating default rates…

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Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICOd digital assets Last week,Reutersreportedthat the U.S. government is considering placing new restrictions on Chinese investment into American companies developing artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies with strategic importance to the United States. The report, based off of documents that havent been released publicly, suggests that, in the view ofReuters, the U.S. government is…

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After beating the worlds elite Go players, Googles AlphaGo AI is retiring

Googles AlphaGo the AI developed to tackle the worlds most demanding strategy game is stepping downfrom competitive matches after defeating the worlds best talent. The latest to succumb isGostop-ranked player,Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in acquired by Google for around $500 million in 2014,it beatformer Go world champion Lee Sedol, and theChina event took things to the next level with matches against19-year-old Jie, and DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained. This weeks series of thrilling games with the worlds best players, in the country where Go originated, has been the highest…

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This neural network could make animations in games a little less awkward

The graphical fidelity of games these days is truly astounding, but one thing their creators struggle to portray is the variety and fluidity of human motion. An To avoid this, the researchers add a phase function to the neural network that essentially prevents it from wrongly mixing different animation types for instance, taking a step in the middle of a jump. Since our method is data-driven, the character doesnt simply play back a jump animation, it adjusts its movements continuously based on the height of the obstacle, the researchers say…

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