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All 50 startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day 1

 Biotech and artificial intelligence have emerged as the top startup trends at Y Combinator‘s 25th Demo Day. The 124 companies presenting at the entrepreneur school’s twice-yearly graduation event compose YC’s largest batch from its 12.5 years running. YC partner Michael Seibel kicked off the event by reiterating the accelerator’s commitment to advancing diversity in… Read…

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Google is reportedly working on a smaller smart speaker to take on Amazon’s Echo Dot

Google is reportedly planning to release a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker later this year. The features available in the mini Google Home are not yet known, but if true, Google Home could be complimented by a series of smaller, potentially cheaper speakers throughout one’s home similar to how Amazon Echo owners can…

Start Ups

GoodTime nabs $2M to match job applicants with interviewers to save time and build rapport

 Despite countless attempts and millions in venture capital, the calendar, one of the most ubiquitous work tools, has remained largely unchanged for as long as I can remember. Rather than overwrite the calendar in an effort to make it obsolete, Ahryun Moon and Jasper Sone, co-founders of GoodTime, are putting the calendar front and center —…

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Baidu’s ambitious plan for ‘everyone on this planet’ to use its conversational AI DuerOS

Last month was huge for Baidu. On the same day it opened its conversational AI platform DuerOS to businesses and third parties at its first-ever artificial intelligence developer conference, the Chinese search giant announced it had acquired Kitt.ai , a creator of bots for chat apps like Facebook Messenger, intelligent assistants like Alexa, and smart…

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Google researchers made an algorithm to delete watermarks from photos

Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright. The consistent nature in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically…

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Elon Musk's self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in 'Dota 2'

In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it’s built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like ‘Dota 2’s’ “The International” draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes…

Science

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Microsoft using artificial intelligence to teach a machine to stay aloft

Microsoft’s autonomous glider soars through the air above Hawthorne, Nev. Once airborne, the glider uses artificial intelligence to find and rely on thermals, or columns of air that rise due to heat, to stay aloft. (Microsoft Photo / John Brecher) Paying attention to the “rise of the machines” increasingly means scanning the skies for things…

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Facebook’s AI assistant M expands to Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K.

Facebook’s intelligent assistant M is now available for Facebook Messenger users in Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the U.K. M in Facebook Messenger first became available in April . M uses machine learning to scan words used in conversations to recommend actions or services. Tell someone good night and M may suggest a good night sticker….