1 – Chinese AI Team Plans to Challenge Google’s AlphaGo: State Media

China’s Computer Go team announced that it will issue a challenge to Google’s AlphaGo by the end of 2016. The announcement was reported by Shanghai Security News after covering The Forum for Understanding the AlphaGo War between Man and Machine and Chinese Artificial Intelligence, organized by the Chinese Go Association and Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence. China is of many Asian countries that has one of the highest numbers of Go players in the world. On the same day as the announcement, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai visited one of China’s Go training schools in an effort to better understand the game of Go and its role in China. Both moves are of interest, as Baidu – considered by many as the Chinese equivalent of Google – is also working on developing AI.

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2 – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory And IBM Collaborate To Build Brain-Inspired Supercomputer

IBM’s TrueNorth, a cutting-edge neurosynapatic computer chip, was purchased by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on Tuesday. The supercomputing platform, powered by 2.5 watts of power on 16 TrueNorth chips, will have the processing power of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses and consume the same amount of energy as a tablet. The IBM Neuromorphic System was designed by IBM Research for deep learning inferencing. LLNL plans to use the system to further cognitive computing capabilities of the National  Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) cybersecurity efforts through its Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program. These new brain-inspired processors are a breakthrough in the cognitive computing field, requiring far less electrical energy than today’s most advanced systems. Lawrence Livermore computer scientists will continue to collaborate with IBM researchers and other organizational and academic partners as it works to test and apply the new system.

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3 – Autonomous Cars Decades Away from Full Deployment: Moody’s Report

Despite Google’s, Tesla’s, Toyota’s and many other automakers’ jump into the developing autonomous vehicle market, a new report released this week by Moody’s Investor Services suggests that full adoption of autonomous vehicle technology may not be realized until mid-century. A staircase of reasons behind their predictions started with the potential reality that perfecting self-driving technology could take automakers decades. Contributing factors could also include setbacks and delays by regulators, as well as slower-than-expected acceptance by American consumers, due to cost and potential safety concerns. Moody’s and similar predictions are not likely to hamper or slow efforts in this industry, but they shine a pragmatic light on a technology that some believe will take root much more quickly i.e. within the next decade.

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4 – Inbenta Launches “Hybrid Chat” to integrate Human Live Chat with Artificial Intelligence

The San Mateo-based Inbenta is one of several AI-powered, natural-language-based virtual assistant support services on the market. On Tuesday, the company announced its new Hybrid Chat services, which will combine its self-service virtual agent with live chat services. Customers who are unable to get queries answered or issues solved with the VR agent will be able to instantly communicate with a live human agent, for a more seamless customer service experience. Intent’s Hybrid Chat has the ability to detect if agents are actively online, offering customer access to a virtual assistant, live support, or both. Current Inbenta customers include Ticketmaster, Volotea, and Movistar, and the company is actively working to expand its client base with the help of this new feature.

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5 – Microsoft launches Cognitive Services based on Project Oxford and Bing

Microsoft announced product updates and a name change to its Project Oxford machine learning tools on Wednesday at its Build Developer conference in San Francisco. Rebranded as Microsoft Cognitive Services, the portfolio of tools now includes 22 application programming interfaces (APIs) available from the company’s Bing search division. The APIs and related services are being offered as free trial runs to developers, though prices are now available through the Cognitive Services website. Microsoft commented that services were on the way for spell checking, facial tracking and motion detection in videos, and speech recognition for individuals. The company also mentioned that efforts were underway to allow developers to customize Cognitive Services to fit individual project needs.

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