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At the Re-Work Deep Learning Summit in Boston, Chris Lott, an artificial intelligence researcher at Qualcomm, gave a glimpse into his team’s work on a state-of-the-air voice recognition program. The system, which works locally on a smartphone or other portable device, comprises two kinds of neural networks: a recurrent neural network (RNN) wh…Read More

You may have trouble getting into Fortnite and other games on your PlayStation 4 because PlayStation Network is down as Memorial Day Weekend begins in the United States. Gamers on social media are complaining about connectivity errors on the PSN service. This is preventing players from accessing online multiplayer services and other games that requ…Read More

This week, Amazon drew widespread condemnation for selling its Rekognition AI-powered recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. According to the ACLU, at least one local law enforcement agency used the technology, which can recognize as many as 100 faces in a single image, to build a database of more than 300,000 mugshots that its deputie…Read More

Cubism is an elegant puzzler about building 3D shapes in virtual reality. It’s the latest game from indie developer Thomas Van Bouwel, who previously worked on the VR game Panoptic, and it will launch later this year for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. A free demo is on Steam and I tried it at the VRLA…Read More

GUEST: Every day brings considerable AI news, from breakthrough capabilities to dire warnings. A quick read of recent headlines shows both: an AI system that claims to predict dengue fever outbreaks up to three months in advance, and an opinion piece from Henry Kissinger that AI will end the Age of Enlightenment. Then there’s the father of AI…Read More

VentureBeat has a job opening for an AI reporter with experience covering tech news via a wide variety of story types, including breaking news, analysis, and features. This is a full-time position. We’re looking for a person in the Bay Area. You have to enjoy covering the business of technology, but more important is a critical eye, an abilit…Read More

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters today. It tells the exciting adventure of how notorious scoundrel Han Solo taught his Wookiee friend, Chewbacca, about the physics of load-bearing support beams. But in addition to giving us the origins of the smuggler and his first mate, the latest film in the galaxy far, far away also makes a reference to wh…Read More

OPINION: I’ve used Slack on and off for years, but only about a month ago did my team start using it full time. The tool is growing on me, sure, but having used a variety of alternatives, I also find it unnecessarily frustrating at times. The good news is that Slack’s problems can be fixed. I admit that some of the frustration is due to…Read More

Microsoft is developing a tool that can detect bias in artificial intelligence algorithms with the goal of helping businesses use AI without running the risk of discriminating against certain people. Rich Caruna, a senior researcher on the bias-detection tool at Microsoft, described it as a “dashboard” that engineers can apply to traine…Read More

DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson is responding to a segment of fans who are outraged that a woman with a prosthetic limb appeared in a combat scene in the reveal trailer for Battlefield V on Wednesday. On Twitter, the studio boss made it clear that it won’t remove women due to these reactions. Since the Wednesday reveal, a group of fans…Read More

Michael Pachter, currently at Wedbush Securities, has been an analyst on video games for decades, and he is never shy about sharing his opinions on what has become a $137.9 billion business, according to market researcher Newzoo. While he’s pretty loud, he’s also astute when it comes to his observations about games and the inner working…Read More

Facebook is in the process of making its own chips for filtering video content, chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed today in a talk at the Viva Technology industry conference in Paris. Conventional methods are no longer sufficient as they require too much energy and compute power, LeCun said according to Bloomberg. Last month, Bloomberg reported…Read More

The zombie survival game State of Decay 2 has already reached over 1 million players on Xbox One and PC, Microsoft announced today. But this does not mean 1 million games sold. This counts those who can access the game through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The $10 a month subscription gives people access to a library of select games, including…Read More

For cross-country road travel, cross-border bike travel, and city-center foot travel, there is no shortage of great navigation apps out there — Google Maps, Waze, Here, to name but a few. But what about those forays into the great outdoors, up mountains, into the hills, and down the slopes? Well, there’s a new kid on the block specifica…Read More

GUEST: Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is one of the most talked-about topics in tech today. But a closer look at the numbers shows talk is often all that’s happening. Atlassian, in collaboration with Market Cube, recently surveyed 1,500 tech workers on their attitudes and behaviors toward diversity and inclusion. While 80 percent of respondents…Read More

Activision and Electronic Arts disclosed the war plans for their big first-person shooter games of the year, and now it’s time for one of those “tastes great, less filling” debates about which video game is better: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Battlefield V. It will be months before the games debut in October and we have full info…Read More

In recent times, we’ve heard a lot about successful ICOs and the millions being raised to create new economies and fund decentralized projects. But we often don’t hear about what happens next. After successfully raising $20 million in under six hours, BitGuild is releasing something tangible and is launching its first products. BitGuild…Read More

EXCLUSIVE: CryptoKitties has been growing fast with its cryptocurrency-enabled blockchain collectible kittens, and that enabled creator Axiom Zen to raise a hefty round of funding. But another company has sued Axiom Zen (also known as Launch Labs) for trade secret theft and violating a non-disclosure agreement related to its recent deal with Golden…Read More

(Reuters) — As Europe’s new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them. Austrian Max Schrems filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, arguing they were acting illegally by forcing users to ac…Read More

Today marks the start of Europe’s tough new privacy regime, and despite two years of warning and preparation time, at least two newspaper chains in the U.S. couldn’t figure them out. Readers in Europe woke up this morning to find that newspapers owned by Tronc, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, were no longer accessib…Read More