RadarCat gives computers a sense of touch

With the help of a new system from Scotland’s University of St Andrews, a computer or smartphone may soon be able to tell the difference between an apple and an orange, or an empty glass and a full one, just by touching it. The system draws from a database of objects and materials it’s been taught to recognize, and could be used to sort items in warehouses or recycling centers, for self-serve checkouts in stores or to display the names of objects in another language.

read more: theverge.com

Neural network behind Google Translate is (maybe) learning a type of own language

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The neural network behind the Google Translate service is under suspect to create a common representation of meaning, independend from language. Even for the Google engineers it seems to be hard to understand what is exactaly going on, but it is working with a measurable higher quality than ever before. The network was able to translate from Spanish to Portuguese by itself, without guidance, after it was trained to translate from Portuguese to English and English to Spanish.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: research.googleblog.com

Microsoft and Liebherr are collaborating on an upcoming line of smart fridges

To help refrigerator manufacturer Liebherr improve upon its SmartDeviceBox, tech giant Microsoft has announced plans to partner with the appliance company on upcoming releases. A communication module that connects Liebherr’s fridges to the internet, the SmartDeviceBox essentially turns any of its lineup of refrigerators into a connected appliance. Like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator — sans the giant touchscreen — these fridges grant owners a wide range of capabilities including knowing what’s inside and when it spoils, shopping list integration, and innovative meal planning.

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read more:
https://mspoweruser.com/
https://home.myliebherr.com/

Panasonic’s new technology transmits data by human touch

Panasonic has developed a new data transmission system in Japan. The new device can exchange information over a human touch. A prototype of a human body was created which communicated with the device to send data up to 100Kbps through a radio field on a person’s skin. Data will be exchanged when they touch a person or an object with a suitable trans-receiver.

read more: http://www.computerworld.com.au/

President Obama discusses artificial intelligence

President Obama had a discussion with the MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito about AI. The Interview was hosted by WIRED and was moderated by its Editor-in-Chief, Scotch Dadich.

A report on the future of AI was also published by the White House this week and lists many aspects of how AI is influencing economy, society, politic, etc.

More information:
wired.com (video series)
whitehouse.gov (report)

The first Mini Robotic Printer

This wireless printer from the Israeli startup ZUtALabs fits in your pocket.
It has a rechargeable battery and an on/off switch. It connects directly to smartphones and to PCs, and allows the user to print on any size piece of paper. Equipped with a unique mechanical drive system, WiFi connectivity for connecting to mobile devices and a battery that provides a full hour of printing, this little printer is not limited to standard paper sizes.


More information: www.zutalabs.com

A bot with the personality of a deceased friend

Eugenia Kuyda lost her close friend and has setup a chat-bot, which was trained with previous conversations between them. Even if the bot at the current state is not able to understand language and real sense, it is able to mimic the style of his conversation and has for some who have known the real person a kind of therapeutical effect. Read more about this outstanding story here. It’s definitely worth it.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: theverge.com