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Hyundai acquires majority stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics

(Reuters) — Hyundai and its chairman have agreed to buy an 80% stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, Hyundai said on Friday. Hyundai said the deal values the robot firm at $1.1 billion, suggesting the automaker group offered $880 million for the 80% stake. Hyundai can leverage robot technology to expand automation at its unionised car factories, as […]

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Google’s Look to Speak taps gaze-tracking AI to help users with impairments communicate

Google today launched an experimental app for Android that leverages AI to make communication more accessible for people with speech and motor impairments. Called Look to Speak, it tracks eye movements to let people use their eyes to select prewritten, customizable phrases and have them spoken aloud. Approximately 18.5 million people in the U.S. have a speech, voice, or language […]

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Researchers investigate whether ‘fairness constraints’ mitigate bias in algorithms

Automated systems trained with real-world data have a tendency to discriminate against disadvantaged groups. For instance, an algorithm adopted by the U.K. government downgraded hundreds of thousands of students’ grades, disproportionately impacting those from tuition-free schools. One approach to alleviating the bias issue is imposing “fairness constraints” such that certain statistical measures are roughly equalized across groups. But the long-term […]

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SingleStore raises $80 million to accelerate data analytics with relational databases

Relational database startup SingleStore (previously MemSQL) closed an $80 million funding round today, bringing its total raised to $238 million. The San Francisco-based company plans to use the funds to increase its market presence; expand its engineering team in Portugal, Ukraine, and the U.S.; and grow its customer base internationally. In July, SingleStore partnered with Latin America Business Consulting (LATBC) […]

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Passwordless tech startup Beyond Identity raises $75 million

Beyond Identity, a New York-based startup developing passwordless identity management solutions, raised $75 million in venture capital. The company says the funds will be used to fuel expansion of Beyond Identity’s product capabilities and to expand its global footprint, which will entail signing on new distribution channels, OEM partners, and international sales and support reps. A Google survey found that […]

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Researchers are starting to refuse to review Google AI papers

Computer scientists in AI are beginning to refuse to review Google AI research until Google changes its stance on former AI ethics co-lead Timnit Gebru. Reviewers who select research for publication at academic conferences work on a voluntary basis to support the scientific community and are typically chosen based on their experience and expertise. According to an analysis of papers […]

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Driving into the future from autonomous to AI

This article is part of a Technology and Innovation Insights series paid for by Samsung.  With new connective technology, autonomous systems, and innovative business models, the transportation industry is on the cusp of a transformation that could expand the market by more than a trillion dollars over the next decade and drastically reduce road injuries, one of the top 10 […]

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Intel showcases neuromorphic computing innovations at Labs Day

Today during its Labs Day expo, Intel shared an update on progress within the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC), the ecosystem of over 100 academic groups, government labs, research institutions, and companies founded in 2018 to further neuromorphic computing. Intel and the INRC claim to have achieved breakthroughs in applying neuromorphic hardware to a range of applications, from gesture and […]

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