apple
Siri Easter Egg Hints It Will Be Less Terrible After WWDC

Siri easter eggs can range from dorky to almost fun, but a new one is hinting that Apple’s voice assistant is about to get a major upgrade. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Bought an AI Startup to Help Cortana Sound Less Robotic

At Google I/O 2018, Google announced that its digital assistant was getting upgraded with more natural-sounding speech in addition to six new alternate voices. Then, Google promptly scared the hell out of everyone by using the Google Assistant’s new skills to mimic a real voice so well, people on the other end of a phone call apparently didn’t know they were speaking to a robot. Read More >>

ai
Chinese School Piloting Face-Recognition Software to Make Sure Students Pay Attention in Class

At least one school in China is trying out face recognition software that scans students’ faces to check if they’re paying attention in class, Epoch Times reports. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Will Launch Bixby 2.0 With the Galaxy Note 9

If recent reports are anything to go by, we don't have very long to wait before the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 arrives. What we definitely know is that whenever the Note 9 arrives, it will also bring the second generation of Bixby along for the ride. Read More >>

ai
An AI Created New Doom Levels That Are as Fun as the Game’s Original Ones

The technical skills of programmer John Carmack helped create the 3D world of Doom, the first-person shooter that took over the world 25 years ago. But it was level designers like John Romero and American McGee that made the game fun to play. Level designers that, today, might find their jobs threatened by the ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Gives Us the First Real Look at Its Cesspool of Terrorist Propaganda and Hate Speech

Although Facebook’s ability to track and remove terrorist content was one of his favourite talking points when CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress last month, a new report from the social media network shows that there’s still a lot of work to do. The company’s first content moderation report, released Tuesday, finds that it’s removing significantly more hate speech, propaganda, graphic violence, and sexual content. Read More >>

ai
How Microsoft is Using AI to Tackle Fake News

Imagine someone telling you in the late 90s that by 2018, Microsoft would be a plucky underdog. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are crazy. And that’s before they tell you who the President is. Read More >>

social media
Klout’s Score Drops to Zero as It Announces Plans to Close Down

You probably haven’t experienced the crippling anxiety of thinking about increasing your Klout score in quite some time. As of May 25, you won’t have ever have to do it again. Read More >>

alexa
Alexa and Siri Can Be Controlled Using Subliminal Messages Hidden in Music

A team of computer science students has embedded subliminal audio signals into music, allowing them to secretly seize control of devices that respond to voice commands. Read More >>

photography
Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

There are typically two approaches to taking usable photos in low-light conditions. You can either use a slow shutter, which requires a tripod to eliminate blur, or electronically increase the sensitivity of a camera’s sensor, which introduces ugly noise artefacts. But there’s now a third approach that takes advantage of machine learning to artificially boost the brightness of a dark photo afterwards—with stunning results. Read More >>

google
Google Assistant Impersonating a Human Is Scary as Hell to Me

Google could soon have a feature that lets your phone impersonate people—because consumer-facing artificial intelligence isn’t terrifying enough. Called Duplex, it’s intended to make people’s lives easier by handling standard phone calls that are necessary, but not especially personal. Read More >>

google
Gmail Now Writes Emails for You

Emails take too long. Well, at least according to Google, which is why today at Google I/O, the company announced a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose. The feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up mindless messages. If typing emails is truly one of the bane’s of your day-to-day existence, this feature is here to alleviate that stress. Read More >>

ai
Google’s Adding New Conversational Skills to Google Assistant

The Google I/O keynote is happening right now, and as expected one of the topics of discussion is Google Assistant, the virtual AI that lives inside Google-affiliated gadgets. Assistant is getting some new features to help with the whole conversation side of things, making life easier for everyone using it. Read More >>

reviews
Huawei’s Triple Camera P20 Pro Gives Apple, Google and Samsung Serious Competition

With a gorgeous design and an innovative triple camera setup, the P20 Pro is a pretty great device. Read More >>

ai
American Researchers Want to Use AI to ‘Predict’ When Crimes Are Gang-Related

Researchers in the US are using predictive artificial intelligence to help police officers classify crimes and determine whether they are gang-related. Read More >>