Google opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence
Dec14

Google opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google’s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has said the company “never...

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Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology
Dec12

Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology

Google today is launching a trio of new photo apps – a part of new series of what it has dubbed photography “appsperiments.” (Get it? Ha ha.) The apps, some of which are available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, give Google a way to test out more experimental features to see how users respond, the company explains in an announcement on its Google Research blog. The apps involve a number of technologies now...

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AlphaZero AI beats champion chess program after teaching itself in four hours
Dec11

AlphaZero AI beats champion chess program after teaching itself in four hours

Googles artificial intelligence sibling DeepMind repurposes Go-playing AI to conquer chess and shogi without aid of human knowledge AlphaZero, the game-playing AI created by Google sibling DeepMind, has beaten the worlds best chess-playing computer program, having taught itself how to play in under four hours. The repurposed AI, which has repeatedly beaten the worlds best Go players as AlphaGo, has been generalised so that it can now...

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Google is working on a fix for a bug thats causing Home Minis to crash at high volume
Dec03

Google is working on a fix for a bug thats causing Home Minis to crash at high volume

It’s been a bugged-filled couple of months for Google’s hardware team. The list of issues hitting devices announced at the company’s Pixel 2 event in October just grew by another, as users have begun reporting Home Mini crashes when the smart speaker is played at maximum volume. Slashgear spotted a growing chorus of complaints on Google’s message board this week, and we’ve since confirmed the issue with...

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US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims
Dec03

US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims

After mass shootings, survivors and victims families face a second round of attacks online and fighting back is like trying to kill roaches with a fly swatter Mike Cronk was sitting half-naked on a street corner, hands covered in blood, when the TV news reporter approached. The 48-year-old, who had used his shirt to try to plug a bullet wound in his friends chest, recounted in a live interview how a young man he did not know had just...

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