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    1. MIT’s new Ford-funded robot can deftly navigate pedestrian traffic

      Robots have a lot of challenges remaining before they become commonplace in our lives, and many of those are likely not even something you’d think about when trying to make a list. One good example is simply walking around among people, and keeping pace with pedestrians on streets and sidewalks. MIT engineers have created a new autonomous robot that can do exactly that, however, in a…

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    2. Salesforce is using AI to democratize SQL so anyone can query databases in natural language

      SQL is about as easy as it gets in the world of programming and yet its learning curve is still steep enough to prevent many people from interacting with relational databases. Salesforce’s AI research team took it upon itself to explore how machine learning might be able to open doors for those without knowledge of SQL in a recent paper. The work, Seq2SQL: Generating Structured…

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    3. Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

      Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see. This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director of…

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    4. NASA is using Intel’s deep learning to find better landing sites on the moon

      NASA is using Intel’s deep learning to find better landing sites on the moon

      NASA collects a lot of data. It’s one of the main things it does when it’s not landing things on other things. But actually deriving useful information from all the data it collects is another issue entirely, so the space agency has begun enlisting some big tech names like Intel to crunch some of those numbers. That partnership includes Nervana, the deep learning startup the chip…

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    5. LiftIgniter raises $6.4M to bring website personalization to the rest of the Internet

      LiftIgniter raises $6.4M to bring website personalization to the rest of the Internet

      You’ve probably had the experience of going to a website and seeing a lot of content that’s not really relevant. For the most part, a lot of this is organized in a way that’s either pre-defined or based on a limited number of signals that aims to sort of personalize the experience for a normal user. But as time goes on and the competition for eyeballs continues to heat up,…

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    6. Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app

      Computer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programmes — is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this…

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    7. Workday acquires the team behind Pattern, a young startup founded by ex-Googlers

      Workday acquires the team behind Pattern, a young startup founded by ex-Googlers

      The team behind Pattern, a two- year-old, Redwood City, Ca.- based startup, has been quietly acquired by Workday, the financial management and HR software vendor that went public in 2012 as now boasts a market cap of $20.9 billion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pattern CEO Derek Draper, who announced the acquisition to his network on LinkedIn, declined to comment further. As part of…

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    8. Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

      The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39, is meant to assess the reading and listening skills of beginning and intermediate students.

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    9. AssemblyAI wants to put customized speech recognition within reach of any developer

      AssemblyAI wants to put customized speech recognition within reach of any developer

      It’s clear that voice is becoming a major interface, as we witness the rise of the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Siri, Cortana and their ilk. We’re also seeing an increasing use of chat bots and other voice-driven tools, which often require speech recognition with a very specific vocabulary. That’s where AssemblyAI, a member of the Summer ’17 Y Combinator class comes in.…

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    10. Tableau acquires ClearGraph, a startup that lets you analyze your data using natural language

      Tableau acquires ClearGraph, a startup that lets you analyze your data using natural language

      Business intelligence and analytics firm Tableau today announced that it has acquired ClearGraph, a service that lets you query and visualize large amounts of business date through natural language queries (think “this week’s transactions over $500”). Tableau expects to integrate this technology with its own products as it looks to make it easier for its users to use…

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    11. Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

      Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

      Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like fellow anonymous social apps Secret and Yik Yak. A source told TechCrunch that Whisper experienced layoffs this week, and after requesting comment, the startup now confirms to us it’s let go of 20% of staff so it can become…

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    12. Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

      Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

      A new voice app from Life Bot wants to make it easier to use Amazon Alexa as a digital assistant, by aiding with your daily routines and learning your personal preferences. At launch, Life Bot’s Alexa app has a handful of tricks up its sleeve. But Life Bot’s longer-term ambition is to learn from its users, then be able to kick-off personalized workflows with a single voice command.

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    13. Salesforce claims you can set up customer service in Service Cloud update in less than a day

      Salesforce claims you can set up customer service in Service Cloud update in less than a day

      Salesforce announced an update to its Service Cloud today, which the company says enables non-technical administrators to build a customer service organization with connected services in less than day. That’s a bold claim, even for the marketing department, but the Service Cloud app builder has been built on top of the Salesforce Lightning development platform and designed to drag and…

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    14. Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups

      Google launches its own AI Studio to foster machine intelligence startups

      Another week, another new Google initiative targeting AI startups. We started the month with the announcement of Gradient Ventures, Google’s on-balance sheet AI investment vehicle. Two days later we watched the finalists of Google Cloud’s machine learning competition pitch to a panel of top AI investors. And today, Google’s Launchpad is announcing a new hands-on Studio program.

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    15. Vicarious gets another $50 million to expand its research team and build smarter robots

      Vicarious gets another $50 million to expand its research team and build smarter robots

      Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg might not be able to agree about much when it comes to AI these days, but the pair do seem to see the same potential in Vicarious, a startup applying unsupervised learning techniques to robots. Musk and Zuckerberg were two of the early backers of Vicarious. The startup announced that it raised an additional $50 million in financing this morning (via…

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    16. This facial recognition system tracks how you’re enjoying a movie

      This facial recognition system tracks how you’re enjoying a movie

      As moviemaking becomes as much a science as an art, the moviemakers need to ever-better ways to gauge audience reactions. Did they enjoy it? How much… exactly? At minute 42? A system from Caltech and Disney Research uses a facial expression tracking neural network to learn and predict how members of the audience react, perhaps setting the stage for a new generation of Nielsen ratings.

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    17. Rajeeb Dey’s new career platform Learnerbly secures £1.6M led by Frontline Ventures

      Rajeeb Dey’s new career platform Learnerbly secures £1.6M led by Frontline Ventures

      Professional development is one of the hot areas for big corporates grappling with their millennials influx who are hungry to learn, so it makes sense that new platforms are now appearing to service this need. Today, Learnerbly, a “curated professional development SaaS platform” based in London announces that it has raised £1.6 million in seed financing to create a so-called…

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    18. Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?

      Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Andrew McAfee, author of “The Second Machine Age” and the just published “Machine, Platform, Crowd” says absolutely not. Over the next fifty years the economy will become “massively automated”, but at the same time society will have had half a century to…

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