Bigger fish eating smaller fish
Business

How AI Ventures Spend Their Capital

AI startups are putting their cash into . . . AI startups.What’s new: Young AI companies flush with venture capital are purchasing startups to expand the range of services they can offer.
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AI-generated portraits
Business

Your Salesbot Connection

Marketers are using fake social media personas — enhanced by AI-generated portraits — to expand their reach without busting their budgets.
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No-code AI platform
Business

Who Needs Programming?

The next killer AI application may be developed by someone who has never heard of gradient descent. A rising generation of software development platforms serves users who aren’t familiar with AI — and even programming.
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Different AI related news headlines
Business

Investorbots: Too Good to Be True?

Machine learning models aren’t likely to replace human stock-market analysts any time soon, a new study concluded. Researchers pinpointed key flaws in prior research into models that predict stock-market trends.
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AI-generated personas
Business

Colleague in the Machine

Your next coworker may be an algorithmic teammate with a virtual face. WorkFusion unveiled a line of AI tools that automate daily business tasks. One thing that sets them apart is the marketing pitch: Each has a fictitious persona including a name, face, and professional résumé.
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Industrial gauges being placed
Business

Remote Meter Reader

Industrial gauges are often located on rooftops, underground, or in tight spaces — but they’re not out of reach of computer vision. The Okinawa startup LiLz Gauge provides a system that reads analog gauges and reports their output to a remote dashboard.
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Woman walking on a store scanning codes
Business

Let the Model Choose Your Outfit

Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar clothing store is getting ready to deliver automated outfit recommendations. The ecommerce giant announced plans to open a flagship Amazon Style location at a Los Angeles-area mall this year.
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Multimodal deep learning model
Business

AI Versus the Garbage Heap

Amazon reported long-term success using machine learning to shrink its environmental footprint. The online retailer developed a system that fuses product descriptions, images, and structured data to decide how an item should be packed for shipping.
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Robot cleaning a table
Business

Robots in the Workplace

Machines are doing light janitorial work in the uncontrolled environment of Google’s offices. Everyday Robots, a new spin-out from Google’s experimental X Development division, unleashed 100 robots to perform an array of cleanup tasks.
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Computer vision from SewerAI identifies flaws in water pipes.
Business

AI Goes Underground: Computer Vision From SewerAI Classifies Defective Pipes

A system from California startup SewerAI analyzes videos of underground pipes to prioritize those in need of repair.
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Animated video shows the Flippy 2 autonomous restaurant robot making french fries
Business

Deep Learning for Deep Frying: White Castle Uses Robots to Cook French Fries

Flippy 2, a robotic fry station from California-based Miso Robotics, has been newly deployed in a Chicago White Castle location.
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Animated image showing different Zillow listings
Business

Price Prediction Turns Perilous: How Covid Broke Zillow's Pricing Algorithm

The real-estate website Zillow bought and sold homes based on prices estimated by an algorithm — until Covid-19 confounded the model’s predictive power. Zillow, whose core business is providing real-estate information for prospective buyers, shut down its house-flipping division after...
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An animation of a protein modeled by AlphaFold 2.
Business

DeepMind Doubles Down on AlphaFold: DeepMind Launches Company to Commercialize AlphaFold 2

Isomorphic aims to build its business on AlphaFold 2, an ensemble of neural networks that finds the shapes of protein molecules.
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Animation showing GPT-3 in full action
Business

GPT-3 for All: GPT-3 is Available for Select Azure Users

Microsoft is making GPT-3 available to selected customers through its Azure cloud service.
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Images showing different data regarding AI research and activities in the U.S.
Business

AI Hubs Are Few and Far Between: U.S. AI Hubs are Concentrated in a Few Cities

A new study warns that the geographic concentration of AI in the United States is making the industry too insular.What’s new: A report by the Brookings Institution documents the extent to
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