Tag: AI

AI China

AI’s Role in a $2.5B Q&A Site

On August 8th Chinese Q&A website Zhihu — named after the Mandarin phrase “Do You Know?” — announced it had raised US$270 million in its Series E funding round. With 180 million registered users and 110 million answered posts, China’s biggest Q&A website and fourth-largest social media platform’s total valuation now stands at US$2.5 billion.

AI Health Technology

The Eyes Have It: DeepMind’s AI 3D OCT Scans

Artificial intelligence can now match or outperform human experts in diagnosis and referral on eye diseases, suggests a new paper from DeepMind. The UK-based, Google-owned research institute today released joint research results with the UK’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which present a new AI technique in the context of OCT imaging. The paper was published on Nature Medicine’s website.

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Meituan Announces Autonomous Delivery Open Platform

Meituan, one of China’s biggest group buying service providers, today announced an ambitious strategy to support autonomous delivery vehicles: “The company is going to use self-driving technologies to build the world’s largest interactive platform for intelligent delivery, and to speed up the development of unmanned delivery technology.”

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AI Biweekly: 10 Bits from July W2 – W3

Facebook is working with a select group of advertisers to create augmented reality ads for its News Feed. When users activate an ad’s tap-to-try AR capability it can display for example how a pair of glasses would look on their face via the user’s webcam and screen. Facebook says it also intends to expand shopping support in Instagram Stories.

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Signing With Alexa: A DIY Experiment in AI Accessibility

Last week, Singh posted a YouTube video, Making Amazon Alexa respond to Sign Language using AI, in which he smoothly communicates with Alexa using sign language. Alexa, which is installed in a laptop with a built-in camera, interprets Singh’s signed queries in real-time, converting them into text and delivering appropriate responses.

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UK & France Partner on AI

The Alan Turing Institute in the UK and France’s DATAIA Institute have concluded an arrangement to collaborate in the arena of artificial intelligence and data science, part of a five-year commitment between the two countries to improve digital services.

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Tsinghua University Launches Institute For AI; Hires Google’s Jeff Dean As Advisor

China’s prestigious Tsinghua University is opening a dedicated AI research centre. The Tsinghua University Institute for Artificial Intelligence will be led by Dean Bo Zhang (张钹) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Tsinghua Director of Academic Committee Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (姚期智), a Turing Award Laureate. The announcement was made at today’s Tsinghua-Google AI Symposium in Beijing.