Microsoft: AI’s next frontier is experts teaching machines

Microsoft executives say that using the expertise of human professions to train machine learning models will be the next frontier in artificial intelligence. “Machine teaching” is an interface that sits atop a machine...

The only way to rein in big tech is to treat them as a...

After years of praising their virtues, governments across the world are belatedly waking up to the problems posed by big tech. From India and Australia to France and America – and now the...

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeated 99.4% of players in public matches

OpenAI Five — the AI-imbued bot designed by San Francisco, California-based research organization OpenAI that defeated a professional esports team at Valve’s Dota 2 earlier this month — became publicly playable last week...

Google Assistant and Alexa can now answer questions about U.K. passports, bank holidays, and...

Wondering how to apply for a new passport, which organizations offer free childcare, or when the next bank holiday might be? If you’re based in the U.K. and you’ve got a speaker, smartphone,...

Pony.ai tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test...

Toyota, Denso, and Softbank invest $1 billion in Uber’s self-driving division

(Reuters) — Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit has raised $1 billion from a consortium of investors including SoftBank, giving the company a much-needed funding boost for its pricey self-driving ambitions on the eve of...

Google’s MorphNet optimizes AI models without sacrificing accuracy

Machine learning algorithms have a fatal flaw: They’re costly to fine-tune (in terms of time and resources) from scratch for specific apps. Some automated approaches attempt to expedite the process by searching for...

Microsoft says its data centers will use 60% renewable energy by 2020

Microsoft’s doubling down on its commitment to cut operational carbon emissions by 75% in the next 11 years. In a blog post this evening, company president Brad Smith outlined the steps it’ll take...

EU countries give final approval to copyright reform aimed at Google and Facebook

The European Union has officially approved a controversial and sweeping reform of its copyright rules to protect content creators but that includes provisions critics and tech giants have argued will signficantly reduce free...

5 requirements for building a strong data culture

With virtually all enterprises investing more heavily in data analytics, big data, and AI projects these days, company executives overwhelmingly report that they are trying to shift their organizations to a data-driven culture....

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