1 – Samsung to Acquire Viv, the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Platform

On Thursday, Samsung announced its plans to purchase Viv Labs, an AI platform that uses natural language technology to support conversational assistants. Viv Labs’ founders are former researchers of Apple, who left the company (after creating and selling Siri) to create a system in their own vision. The founding team – Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Chris Brigham – will stay on and operate independently while working in tandem with Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. CTO of Samsung’s mobile division, Injong Rhee, said of the partnership:

“Viv was built with both consumers and developers in mind. This dual focus is also what attracted us to Viv as an ideal candidate to integrate with Samsung home appliances, wearables and more, as the paradigm of how we interact with technology shifts to intelligent interfaces and voice control.”

An interview with Dag Kittlaus, Co-Founder and CEO of ViV, can be watched in the YouTube video below.

(Read the full press release at Samsung’s Newsroom)

2 – Introducing Verily’s the Debug Project

Verily, originally founded as Google Life Sciences, this week announced its formerly clandestine Debug Project, which its growing research team has been working on for the past two years. The goal is to introduce sterile male mosquitos – specifically the Aedes aegypti species (responsible for Zika and other nasty viruses) – into the wild to mate with females, which are the blood feeders in the relationship. Sorting between the almost identical sexes was a costly task in the past, but Verily is solving this issue by using a combination of data analytics, sensors, lab automatic technology, and human expertise. While the project is still in its early stages, Verily made the announcement as they begin planning to release sterile mosquitos into the environment, wanting to keep communications open with local communities and government regulators.

(Read the full article on Verily’s Blog)

3 – Intel Demonstrates Two New Pairs of Smart Eyewear

Intel debuted two pairs of new “smart” eyewear this week. One is fashionable and designed to measure and display the wearer’s stress level (there are no immediate plans to commercialize); the second are designed for athletes, and monitor things like heart rate, distance, speed and other factors, and also allow the wearer to speak into a microphone and receive live coaching feedback through a companion mobile app. The Radar Pace glasses, which were designed in collaboration with Oakley, are built using Intel’s Curie processor. Smart wearables may turn out to be a burgeoning industry over the next decade.

(Read the full article on Silicon Valley Business Journal)

4 – eBay to Acquire Corrigon Ltd.

Israel-based Corrigon Ltd., which provide cutting-edge visual search, is being purchased by eBay for an undisclosed price. Corrigon’s technology helps identify objects in an image, then correctly classify and match it to an object; these techniques will be applied within eBay’s platform to match best images to specific products so that customers see more exactly what they’re purchasing. Co-founder and CEO of Corrigon,Avinoam Omer, said:

“Working in partnership with eBay’s structured data team, we will help eBay sellers list more efficiently and eBay buyers find what they are looking for faster in order to increase customer sales conversions.”

This is eBay’s third structured-data-based purchase for 2016. Omer and Co-founder Einav Itamar will join eBay’s structured data organization in Israel.

(Read the full press release on eBay News)

5 – UVA Computer Science Professor Applies Genetic Engineering Principles To Cybersecurity

A research team out of University of Virginia and University of New Mexico have engineered a new security system known as the “Double Helix” and modeled after DNA code. The system, which was funded by DARPA, is based on the concept structured diversity and creates a number of functioning “clones” of a mission-critical system, changing aspects of the binary code of some and making it difficult if not impossible for successful attacks. When a cyberattack occurs, the unprotected clone change its behavior, and the Double Helix intersects to recover from the attack by modifying the affected clones. The group is now getting to work on a second phase of the project – developing a model for attack recovery, with a tentative completion date of 2018.

(Read the full article at UVAToday)

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