PINs and text messages can be inferred from smart speaker recordings, study shows

Malicious attackers can extract PIN codes and text messages from audio recorded by smart speakers from up to 1.6 feet away. That’s according to a new study authored by researchers at the University of Cambridge, which showed that it’s possible to capture virtual keyboard taps with microphones located on nearby devices, like Alexa- and Google Assistant-powered speakers. Amazon Echo, Google […]

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AutoX’s robo-taxi service in Shenzhen leaves out the human driver

Self-driving car startup AutoX today announced that a portion of its robo-taxi fleet in Shenzhen, China is ferrying customers without teleoperators or safety drivers behind the wheel. The company claims it’s the first set of fully driverless cars to be deployed in China and perhaps only the second in operation following the launch of Waymo’s fully driverless program in Phoenix, […]

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AI Weekly: The state of machine learning in 2020

It’s hard to believe, but a year in which the unprecedented seemed to happen every day is just weeks from being over. In AI circles, the end of the calendar year means the rollout of annual reports aimed at defining progress, impact, and areas for improvement. The AI Index is due out in the coming weeks, as is CB Insights’ […]

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Sphero spinout Company Six launches throwable, video-streaming wheeled drone for first responders

In May, Sphero, the decade-old Colorado-based company best known for its programmable robots, announced Company Six (CO6), a spinoff focused on commercializing intelligence robots and AI-based apps for military, EMT, and fire personnel and others who work in challenging situations. Mum’s been the word since on what exactly that might entail, but today, CO6 took the wraps off of its […]

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How Hasty uses automation and rapid feedback to train AI models and improve annotation

Computer vision is playing an increasingly pivotal part across industry, from tracking progress on construction sites to deploying smart barcode scanning in warehouses. But training the underlying AI model to accurately identify images can be a slow, expensive, resource-intensive endeavor — one that isn’t guaranteed to produce results every time. And that is where fledgling German startup Hasty is setting […]

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Gatik raises $22.5 million for autonomous short-haul delivery trucks

Gatik, a startup developing an autonomous vehicle stack for B2B short-haul logistics, today closed a $22.5 million series A round. The company also announced it will bring a fleet of self-driving vans to Canada as part of a deal with Loblaw, the country’s largest retailer with over 200,000 employees. Some experts predict the pandemic will hasten adoption of autonomous vehicles […]

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Rethinking your tech stack to stay relevant in an AI-powered world (VB Live)

Presented by SambaNova Systems To stay on top of cutting-edge AI innovation, it’s time to upgrade your technology stack. Learn how advances in computer architecture are unlocking new capabilities for NLP, visual AI, recommendation models, scientific computing, and more at this upcoming VB Live event. Register here for free. For the last decade or so, computing has been focused on […]

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K Health raises $42 million to expand its AI-powered telemedicine platform

Tel Aviv-based K Health today closed a $42 million series D round to grow its telemedicine offering, bringing its total raised to date to $139.3 million. Beyond the fundraising, the 250-employee company announced it will collaborate with the Mayo Clinic to integrate the health system’s Clinic Data Analytics Platform, which includes clinical decision support tools for Mayo Clinic patients and doctors. […]

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