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AI to Be Major Theme at MWC Shanghai

AI to Be Major Theme at MWC Shanghai

With Mobile World Congress Shanghai just a couple of weeks away, the GSMA has offered some final details about the event, and it looks like artificial intelligence is going to be a big theme at this year’s event. One of the most noteworthy speakers announced for its 4YFN (‘Four Years From Now’) programme is Catherine Yang,…

Sensory’s Wake Word Tech Enhances AI Assistant for Hotels

Sensory’s Wake Word Tech Enhances AI Assistant for Hotels

“…Roxy suggested that this functionality could help to prevent the kind of wake word error that recently resulted in a couple’s private conversation being recorded and sent to an acquaintance.” A voice-based AI assistant designed for hotel rooms will get a little smarter thanks to Sensory‘s wake word solution, TrulyHandsfree. Roxy is essentially a kind…

Market Research Firm to Leverage NEC Biometrics

Market Research Firm to Leverage NEC Biometrics

NEC is aiming to extend its presence in the retail sector through a new partnership with Macromill, a Tokyo-based market research firm. Essentially, the companies are looking to combine their expertise in order to offer enhanced market research services. Macromill claims to have a network of 90 million individuals across 90 countries at its disposal…

Google Commits to Ethical Principles for AI in Wake of Pentagon Contract Controversy

Google Commits to Ethical Principles for AI in Wake of Pentagon Contract Controversy

In the wake of the controversy over Google’s recent military contract to provide ‘weaponized AI’ to the Pentagon, the company is attempting to clarify its stance on the matter with an outline of ethical principles guiding its work in artificial intelligence. As detailed by CEO Sundar Pichai in a recent blog post, there are seven:…

Facepoint Aims to Dramatically Reduce Fraud With Facial Recognition and AI

Facepoint Aims to Dramatically Reduce Fraud With Facial Recognition and AI

A new participant in the NVIDIA Inception Program is aiming to dramatically reduce online fraud using facial recognition, AI, and a watch list approach. Called Facepoint, the Paris-based company is working on an anti-fraud online platform that would rely on a database of “heightened risk individuals,” as the company puts it on its website. The…

Mastercard Launches AI Security Service

Mastercard Launches AI Security Service

Mastercard has launched a new AI solutions platform aimed at helping businesses to leverage such technology in their own operations and services. Called “AI Express”, the platform is primarily aimed at digital security in financial services – not building robots or anything like that. In announcing the platform, Mastercard highlighted more banal applications such as…

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

iOS 12 Preview Reflects AR, AI Trends

As is its wont, Apple previewed the next version of its iOS mobile operating system during this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and while it offers a number of new features and capabilities, a few in particular reflect broader trends in the mobile industry. Enhanced Augmented Reality The most eye-catching of those is probably its refined…

“Hey Mercedes” Nuance’s Conversational Platform Turns Your Benz Into Mobile Assistant

“Hey Mercedes” Nuance’s Conversational Platform Turns Your Benz Into Mobile Assistant

The future of vehicles is looking chatty thanks to the collaboration between Nuance Communications and Daimler AG.  Working together the companies developed an advanced infotainment system and digital assistant experience: the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system. Built specifically for the new A-Class and other future Mercedes models, MBUX is powered by conversational AI technology,…

Qualcomm Focuses on A/V and AI for New XR Chip Platform

Qualcomm Focuses on A/V and AI for New XR Chip Platform

Qualcomm Technologies has officially launched its first comprehensive AR and VR chip platform. Announced just as this year’s Augmented World Expo is getting underway, the offering is dubbed the “Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform”, encompassing AR and VR into the broader category of “Extended Reality”. In a statement announcing the platform, Qualcomm emphasized the sophistication of…

Jibo Looks for Familiar Faces in Smart Home Race

Jibo Looks for Familiar Faces in Smart Home Race

“The table lamp-sized device is equipped with a camera and facial recognition technology allowing it to personally identify the different members of a household…” A Boston-based tech company is aiming to shake up the Alexa- and Google-dominated smart speaker market. Called Jibo, the company’s eponymous offering was launched last October, and has now been upgraded…

Samsung Expands AI Research With Three New Centers in Canada, Russia, and The U.K.

Samsung Expands AI Research With Three New Centers in Canada, Russia, and The U.K.

“Samsung has a long history of pursuing innovation and we are excited to be bringing that same passion and technology leadership to AI,” – Hyun-suk Kim, President and Head of Samsung Research As part of Samsung’s global and collaborative efforts to advance the practical applications of AI, Samsung Research has added three new AI Centers:…

Mitek Acquires Document Reading Specialist A2iA in €42.5M Deal

Mitek Acquires Document Reading Specialist A2iA in €42.5M Deal

Mitek has doubled in size with the newly-announced acquisition of A2iA, a France-based firm specializing in document reading and recognition technology. The aim of the acquisition is to combine the technological expertise of both companies, and to extend Mitek’s market presence. In announcing the deal, Mitek noted that while its own technology has been deployed…

Qualcomm Launches AI Research Unit

Qualcomm Launches AI Research Unit

Qualcomm Technologies has launched a new R&D unit dedicated to artificial intelligence called Qualcomm AI Research. In a statement announcing the new unit’s formation, the company explained that it’s meant to synthesize the various branches of AI research and development undertaken across the company, asserting that such work first got underway over a decade ago…

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