Google Pledges Not To Sell Its Facial Recognition Technology (For Now)

Companies like Google have developed a variety of hi-tech tools, and just like tool like a hammer or a knife, what it can be used for is up to the person using it, although admittedly sometimes certain tools do seem ripe for abuse. So much so that Google has announced that they will be holding off on selling their facial recognition technology.


Google CEO Admits Fears Surrounding AI Are ‘Very Legitimate’

AI in theory sounds great. A computer that can think for you and anticipate your needs and detect things that humans might otherwise miss, sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? However from what we have seen in the movies, a computer thinking for itself could lead to bad things, and these are some of the fears that some in the tech industry have talked about.


OrCam MyMe Wearing AI Camera Launched On Kickstarter

OrCam is no stranger to wearable cameras. Earlier this year during CES 2018, the company debuted the MyEye 2.0 which is camera attachment that would help the blind “see”. This worked by the camera being able to detect what’s in front of it and relay that information back to the user, although the downside is that it needed to be clipped onto a pair of glasses.


Google Assistant Will Now Read Out News Personalized To You

For a while now Google News has been offering up personalized content to users, where based on the topics that you’ve indicated you’re interested in, it will show you content that it thinks is relevant to what you would expect from the news. Now it looks like that personalization is spilling over to Google Assistant.


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This AI-Based Wheelchair Can Be Controlled Using Facial Expressions

Wheelchairs are used by people who cannot get around normally, like walking. It can also be used by those who are severely paralyzed. Now in the past we have seen some research done where our brains could be harnessed and used to control a wheelchair, and now it seems that Intel and Brazil-based Hoobox Robotics are turning to the use of AI.


NVIDIA’s AI Can Generate Virtual Landscapes Using Real-World Videos

In the past when developers wanted to create virtual landscapes of cities, they would have to create every building individually which can be a long and painstaking process. However it seems that NVIDIA thinks that they might have a way to speed up the process considerably, and that is through the use of AI.


Huawei Launches AI App That Helps Deaf Children Read

Reading for most of us isn’t much of an issue, but when it comes to those who are deaf or hearing impaired, especially if they are only kids, then it can pose a challenge as parents or teachers might not necessarily know sign language well enough to convey information on a page to the child in question.


Researchers Use AI & 3D Printing To Reproduce Paintings

There is a lot more that goes into a reproduction of a painting that goes beyond just copying how it looks and trying to recreate the colors, but it seems that researchers are getting closer to being able to successfully reproduce paintings through the use of AI and also 3D printing, the latter of which is used to help better recreate certain colors.


Google Details How They Achieved Portrait Mode On the Pixel 3

Google’s Nexus handsets used to be known for their somewhat bad quality cameras back in the day, where early Nexus handsets appeared to be lagging way behind the competition in terms of picture quality. However fast forward to today, Google’s Pixel phones actually have pretty impressive and come with features that Android users are porting to non-Pixel handsets.


Amazon To Make Its Machine Learning Course Free To Developers

There are a lot of topics and subject matter that back in our days in university, might never have been taught, or at least we never thought to learn about it, but in this day and age where tech is playing such huge roles in our lives, it’s not uncommon to see schools start to offer coding classes to kids.


Google’s Duplex Rolling Out To More Pixel Owners

Earlier this year during Google I/O, the company unveiled a somewhat controversial new AI system called Duplex. It was controversial in the sense that it sounded human enough and could respond to inquiries and the other person had no idea that they were talking to a bot, which kind of made the whole process rather terrifying.


Android’s Adaptive Brightness Uses Machine Learning

Right now our smartphones use ambient light sensors placed on the front of the phone to detect light which can then be used to adjust our display’s brightness accordingly. For the most part this works just fine, but in Android Pie, Google has detailed how they are using machine learning to help make this experience better.


Apple Acquires Privacy-Focused Artificial Intelligence Startup

Apple has made no secret that they are a very privacy-centric business, where they would never use a customer’s information for profit. If you’re looking for additional proof that Apple means what they say, a report from The Information (via 9to5Mac) has revealed that the company might have acquired a company by the name of Silk Labs.


AI Used To Create Synthetic Fingerprints, Fools Biometric Scanners

Fingerprint scanners have become pretty commonplace for use on smartphones and in some cases, even laptops. Given that we all have unique fingerprints, it makes sense that fingerprints are used as a form of biometric security, but unfortunately it seems that it might not be as secure as we think anymore.