Forbidden sign appearing over two cows
Business

Got Model?

Who needs cows when you can make milk from scratch? NotMilk, a dairy-free milk substitute that was designed with help from a deep learning model, made its debut in American grocery stores.
2 min read
Digitalization process of a construction project
Business

Building Sites Meld Real and Virtual

Everyday cameras and computer vision algorithms are digitizing construction projects to keep builders on schedule. Based in Tel Aviv, Buildots maps output from building-site cameras onto simulations of the work n progress, enabling construction managers to monitor progress remotely.
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Contrast between real and real and synthetic datasets
Business

Battling Bias in Synthetic Data

Synthetic datasets can inherit flaws in the real-world data they’re based on. Startups are working on solutions. Generating synthetic datasets for training machine learning systems is a booming business.
2 min read
Series of images showing how Maxine, a media streaming platform, works
Business

Data Compression By AI

In this work-from-home era, who hasn’t spent a video conference wishing they could read an onscreen document without turning their eyes from the person they’re talking with? Or simply hoping the stream wouldn’t stutter or stall? Deep learning can fill in the missing pieces.
1 min read
Alexa device and information about its new skill called natural turn-talking
Business

Alexa, Read My Lips

Amazon’s digital assistant is using its eyes as well as its ears to figure out who’s talking. At its annual hardware showcase, Amazon introduced an Alexa skill that melds acoustic, linguistic, and visual cues to help the system keep track of individual speakers and topics of conversation.
1 min read
Screen capture showing how Diffbot works
Business

The Internet in a Knowledge Graph

An ambitious company is using deep learning to extract and find associations from all the information on the internet — and it isn’t Google. Diffbot built a system that reads web code, parses text, classifies images, and assembles them into what it says is the world’s largest knowledge graph.
2 min read
Woman with plenty of shopping bags
Business

Credit Where It’s Due

A neural network is helping credit card users continue to shop even when the lender’s credit-approval network goes down. Visa developed a deep learning system that analyzes individual cardholders’ behavior in real time to predict whether credit card transactions should be approved or denied.
2 min read
Autopiloted aircraft
Business

Deep Learning Is in the Air

An aviation startups is using neural networks to put air freight on autopilot.What’s new: Xwing, a California startup, is test-flying an autonomous pilot system aboard cargo aircraft with an eye toward crewless commercial flights in 2022.
1 min read
Examples of age, gender and race idenitification by face recognition
Business

Race Recognition

Marketers are using computer vision to parse customers by skin color and other perceived racial characteristics. A number of companies are pitching race classification as a way for businesses to understand the buying habits of different groups.
1 min read
Photorealistic talking head generated by Synthesia
Business

Deepfakes Go Corporate

The same technology that has bedeviled Hollywood stars and roiled politics is easing corporate communications. Synthesia generates training and sales videos featuring photorealistic, synthetic talking heads that read personalized scripts in any of 34 languages.
2 min read
Africa map and location sign with letters AI over it
Business

AI in Regions Rich and Poor

Companies in Africa and the Middle East are building AI capacity in very different ways, a new study found. AI is growing fast in both regions despite shortages of talent and data.
1 min read
AI-powered camera spotting a damaged product
Business

Assembly Line AI

Computer vision has been learning how to spot manufacturing flaws. The pandemic is accelerating that education. Companies like Instrumental and Elementary are making AI-powered cameras that automate the spotting of damaged or badly assembled products on factory assembly lines.
1 min read
Goalkeeper
Business

Game Changer

Football clubs are turning to computer vision for winning insights. Acronis, a Swiss cloud storage and security company, offers AI services designed to give a boost to some of the world’s top football clubs (soccer teams, to Americans), Wired reported.
1 min read
Apple watch with countdown
Business

The AI of Small Things

Some tech companies boast that their AI will change the world. Apple’s latest just aims to make your life a little easier. Apple unveiled a flock of modest conveniences powered by machine learning at its annual developer conference.
1 min read
Face recognition system in a supermarket
Business

Tech Giants Face Off With Police

Three of the biggest AI vendors pledged to stop providing face recognition services to police — but other companies continue to serve the law-enforcement market.
1 min read

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