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Talk all things robotics and AI with TechCrunch writers

By | articles, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, deep learning, Emerging-Technologies, Events, Extra Crunch Conference Call, Extra Crunch members, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, Startups, TC, tc sessions, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019, Technology, uc-berkeley

This Thursday, we’ll be hosting our third annual Robotics + AI TechCrunch Sessions event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The day is packed start-to-finish with intimate discussions on the state of robotics and deep learning with key founders, investors, researchers and technologists. The event will dig into recent developments in robotics and AI, which startups […]

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MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

By | Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence, Food, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware, hydroponics, machine learning, MIT, Science

The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here.

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This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of)

By | Artificial Intelligence, Audi, Automotive, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, stanford, Stanford University, Transportation

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course.

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Mobileye CEO clowns on Nvidia for allegedly copying self-driving car safety scheme

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Intel, Mobileye, nvidia, Robotics, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

While creating self-driving car systems, it’s natural that different companies might independently arrive at similar methods or results — but the similarities in a recent “first of its kind” Nvidia proposal to work done by Mobileye two years ago were just too much for the latter company’s CEO to take politely.

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The damage of defaults

By | AirPods, algorithmic accountability, algorithmic bias, Apple, Apple earbuds, apple inc, Artificial Intelligence, Bluetooth, Diversity, Gadgets, headphones, hearables, iphone accessories, mobile computing, siri, smartphone, TC, voice assistant, voice computing

Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I’m never going to use them because Apple’s bulbous earbuds don’t fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be to walk around with hands […]

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The damage of defaults

By | AirPods, algorithmic accountability, algorithmic bias, Apple, Apple earbuds, apple inc, Artificial Intelligence, Bluetooth, Diversity, Gadgets, headphones, hearables, iphone accessories, mobile computing, siri, smartphone, TC, voice assistant, voice computing

Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I’m never going to use them because Apple’s bulbous earbuds don’t fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be to walk around with hands […]

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Google’s new voice recognition system works instantly and offline (if you have a Pixel)

By | Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, gboard, Google, Mobile, natural language processing, nlp, Speech Recognition

Voice recognition is a standard part of the smartphone package these days, and a corresponding part is the delay while you wait for Siri, Alexa, or Google to return your query, either correctly interpreted or horribly mangled. Google’s latest speech recognition works entirely offline, eliminating that delay altogether — though of course mangling is still an option.

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Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo, apple inc, Artificial Intelligence, Assistant, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, HomePod, smart speaker, smart speakers, smartphone, smartphones, Sonos, Speaker, TC, United States, virtual assistant, voice assistant, voice computing

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to a new report from Voicebot.ai and Voicify released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart […]

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You can now ask Alexa to control your Roku devices

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, Artificial Intelligence, echo, Gadgets, Media, roku, Streaming Media, virtual assistant, voice assistant, voice search

Roku this morning announced its devices will now be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. Through a new Roku skill for Alexa, Roku owners will be able to control their devices in order to do things like launch a channel, play or pause a show, search for entertainment options and more. Roku TV owners will additionally be […]

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