Tag: AI


Google’s AlphaGo AI beats world’s best human Go player

Enlarge / China’s 19-year-old Go player Ke Jie (L) prepares to make a move during the first match against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province on May 23, 2017. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images) DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI has defeated Ke Jie in the first round of a best-of-three Go match in China….

Start Ups

Cera is building an AI for social care decision support

 Can AI overhaul the social care system? That’s the pitch underpinning UK home care provider Cera’s plans. The startup has today taken the tiniest baby steps to launch an AI chatbot that it hopes will, at an unspecified point in future, be able to assist carers with recommendations for home care of people with conditions…


Microsoft is helping restaurants cook up their own bots

Microsoft has launched a service for businesses to quickly and easily create a FAQ bot customers can chat with inside Bing search results. The Bing Business Bot service begins by asking a business owner a series of basic questions about their business, like where parking is, how to make reservations, and handicap accessibility details. The service then creates a…

Culture & Gaming

How video games help improve real-world AI

GUEST: For decades, video games have been criticized for purportedly wasting time, stifling creativity, and even influencing violent behaviors. Now, it seems that video games have become an unlikely tool for AI researchers to improve their systems. Seeing stop signs Take, for example, Artur Filipowicz, an AI researcher at Princeton University who’s been trying to…


Meet Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat’s new staff writer

We’re thrilled to announce Blair Hanley Frank will join VentureBeat as a staff writer effective May 22, 2017. His areas of coverage will include artificial intelligence, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Above: Blair Hanley Frank joins VentureBeat as a staff writer covering AI, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise. Blair comes to VentureBeat…


Google Assistant voice apps arrive on Android and iPhone — here’s what they can do

Google released its standalone Google Assistant iPhone app  on Wednesday and made it possible for both Android and iOS smartphone users to access voice apps made by third-party developers. These changes were two of about a dozen major Google Assistant announcements made this week at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference. Since the launch of the Actions on Google…


Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer at center of trade secrets spat with Alphabet

(Reuters) — Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet’s self-driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing. Waymo sued ride services company Uber Technologies alleging that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before…