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How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

By | cognitive science, energy, Gadgets, learning, machine learning, neuroscience, simulation, spreadsheet, TC

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine […]

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

By | Advertising Tech, Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, portal, privacy, Security, smart home, Social, TC, video calling

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I […]

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Here are all the details on the new Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, Pixel Stand, and Home Hub

By | Android, Apple, Assistant, computing, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Hardware Event 2018, google nexus, google store, machine learning, mobile phones, new york city, PIXEL, pixel 3, Samsung, smartphones, Speaker, tablet computers, TC, touch pad

At a special event in New York City, Google announced some of its latest, flagship hardware devices. During the hour-long press conference Google executives and product managers took the wraps off the company’s latest products and explained their features. Chief among the lot is the Pixel 3, Google’s latest flagship Android device. Like the Pixel […]

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Apple’s new iPhones are powered by the industry’s first 7nm chips

By | A12 Bionic, Apple, Apple Hardware Event 2018, Apple Hardware Event 2018 - iPhone, computing, Gadgets, iphone 4s, machine learning, macintosh, microprocessors, phil schiller, system on a chip, TC

Unsurprisingly, Apple today announced its newest generation of iPhones. And with that, it also announced its new chips: the A12 Bionic. What makes the A12 Bionic stand out is that it’s built using a 7nm process. While it’s hard to compare these numbers given that every chip manufacturer seems to have its own way of […]

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Safety and inspection bot startup Gecko Robotics adds $7 million to the coffers

By | founders fund, Gadgets, Gecko Robotics, Hardware, industrial equipment, Justin Kan, machine learning, mark cuban, pittsburgh, Recent Funding, Robotics, Silicon Valley, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, yc

Gecko Robotics aims to save human lives at our nation’s power plants with its wall-climbing robots. To continue doing so, the startup tells TechCrunch it has just secured $7 million from a cadre of high-profile sources, including Founders Fund, Mark Cuban, The Westly Group, Justin Kan and Y Combinator. We first reported on the Pittsburgh-based company when […]

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Autonomous drones could herd birds away from airports

By | Artificial Intelligence, drones, Gadgets, machine learning, TC

Bird strikes on aircraft may be rare, but not so rare that airports shouldn’t take precautions against them. But keeping birds away is a difficult proposition: how do you control the behavior of flocks of dozens or hundreds of birds? Perhaps with a drone that autonomously picks the best path to do so, like this one developed by CalTech researchers.

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Arm chips with Nvidia AI could change the Internet of Things

By | ARM, ARM Holdings, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Intel, Internet of Things, IoT, IP Group, machine learning, microwave, mobile devices, neural networks, nvidia, TC, Technology, tegra, trillium, vp

Nvidia and Arm today announced a partnership that’s aimed at making it easier for chip makers to incorporate deep learning capabilities into next-generation consumer gadgets, mobile devices and Internet of Things objects. Mostly, thanks to this partnership, artificial intelligence could be coming to doorbell cams or smart speakers soon. Arm intends to integrate Nvidia’s open-source […]

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Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon

By | Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Gadgets, Google, GreenTech, logging, machine learning, Mobile, rainforest connection, Science, tensorflow

The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And applying machine learning has supercharged the network’s capabilities.

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