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Google AI and search chief John Giannandrea steps down

It looks like Google is making some changes to its AI team, starting at the top. As The Information first reported, Google’s AI chief John Giannandrea is leaving his post. Last year, Giannandrea expanded his role as the company’s AI chief, after joining Google in 2010, to include search, too.

We reached out to Google and the company confirmed these changes. According to a spokesperson, Giannandrea decided to step down. The move, the company tells us, will allow him to get more hands-on time with technology and our understanding is that he will stay at Google.

During his tenure at Google, Giannandrea kept a pretty low profile, with few public appearances. For the most part, the left that role to others in the company.

The current head of the Google Brain project, Jeff Dean, who joined Google back in 1999, will take Giannandrea’s role in Google’s AI group, and Ben Gomes, the company’s current VP of search engineering, will become the company’s new search chief.

Overall, this is a bit of a curious turn of events, but it does make sense to bring the Google Brain project and the company’s other AI initiatives under a single umbrella.

As he told me at our Disrupt event in San Francisco last year, his view of AI is pretty practical and, while he acknowledge the need for ethics to inform AI research and products, he definitely isn’t worried about the AI apocalypse. “I’m definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse,” he said. “I just object to the hype and soundbites that some people are making.”


Source: TechCrunch

El 'proyecto loco' de Alphabet para revolucionar la agricultura con IA

El director de X, la división de proyectos arriesgados del gigante, Astro Teller, afirma que intentan combinar el aprendizaje automático con otras tecnologías, como robots y drones, para lograr una mejora drástica en un sector que sigue teniendo enormes pérdidas a pesar de las innovaciones


Source: MIT

Las noticias falsas 2.0 serán mucho más creíbles e imparables

La inteligencia artificial permitirá automatizarlas y personalizarlas, según el experto en inteligencia de EE. UU. Sean Gourley. Se crearán más deprisa y el resultado será más convincente y atractivo, así que la propia IA podría ser la única herramienta para salvarnos de las ‘fake news’


Source: MIT

ADN y nanopartículas metálicas manipulan la luz de formas imposibles

El “origami de ADN” empieza a ponerse al servicio de la plasmónica para crear estructuras diminutas capaces de interactuar con la luz de formas nunca vistas. Este campo podría dar lugar a una nueva generación de sensores y actuadores biológicos capaces de funcionar dentro del cuerpo


Source: MIT

Fitbit is crashing after a pretty gnarly note from Wall Street

Fitbit shaved off another roughly 10% of its value in trading today after a downgrade from a Wall Street firm, which will once again throw on more skepticism as to whether or not Fitbit can be a viable business in the smartwatch market.

The note came from Morgan Stanley this morning, which said it was “hard to see a floor” for the company. This comes amid an increased push from Apple to position its smartwatch as a health-oriented device through a myriad of updates for its health tools, as well as efforts to actually detach it from your smartphone with its own cellular chip. These kinds of notes often tend to send stocks soaring or tumbling depending on the direction they go in as investors look to better calibrate their positions in the market.

Fitbit is working on its next generation of smartwatches that look to go up against the Apple Watch, including the new Fitbit Versa, which my colleague Brian Heater said was the watch “the smartwatch the Ionic should have been” (Fitbit’s first foray into the smartwatch ecosystem, which was a bust). The company is also working on a fitness tracker for kids, and appears to be still doubling down on that health aspect of its wearables that first made it a popular choice among consumers in the first place. Fitbit also bought Twine, a cloud-based health management platform, in February.

Here’s another one of the rough excerpts from the note published by CNBC: “We think new smartwatches will be outweighed by declines in legacy products, while software opportunities in health coaching will take time to ramp.”

Fitbit made its name as a fitness tracker, but Apple increasingly has come out pitching itself not only as a fitness tracker, but one with a robust toolkit for health in general. In addition to a heart monitor, Apple has the ability to create a whole health software ecosystem tied directly into the iPhone, which apps like MyFitnessPal and others can use for data. So Apple will clearly be the biggest hurdle for Fitbit as it looks to figure out what its next-generation fitness wearable looks like, especially as Apple if Apple looks to continue to drop the price of the Apple Watch.


Source: TechCrunch

Grindr dating app reportedly shares HIV status with third parties – CNET

The sensitive information is included with other profile data and sent to app optimization companies, BuzzFeed reports.
Source: CNET

Alexa 101: What you should know about Amazon's AI assistant – CNET

Curious about Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, Alexa? Here’s a quick rundown.
Source: CNET

Apple is reportedly planning to abandon Intel hardware by 2020

Apple’s Mac lineup is reportedly gearing up for a major hardware shift that could end up leaving some users out in the cold. The company plans to abandon Intel chips as early as 2020, bringing its own processors to Mac hardware. 

The post Apple is reportedly planning to abandon Intel hardware by 2020 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google bans cryptocurrency mining extensions for Chrome – CNET

About 90 percent of extensions in the Chrome Web Store abused Google’s policies for cryptocurrency.
Source: CNET

SpaceX launch will bring science and supplies to ISS and return with a glitchy Robonaut

SpaceX is set to launch its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a lightly used Dragon capsule filled with goodies at 1:30 PST. In addition to the delivery, this Dragon will also take back some cargo: the malfunctioning Robonaut 2, which apparently bricked itself sometime during the last few months.

This will be the second flight for this Dragon capsule, which last visited the station two years ago on CRS-8; the Falcon 9 rocket it’s launching atop of is also being reused today for CRS-14. This will be the latter’s final flight, though: it’s not being recovered.

You can watch the launch live right here:

Inside are the usual food and other necessities, along with some interesting experiments. The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor will watch thunderstorms for interesting electric phenomena like sprites and elves, gigantic jets and blue glimpses. Yes, those are real electric phenomena.

“Elve”

In-space fabrication will be getting an update with a brand new HP 3D printer made for microgravity, but also an experiment in sintering-based additive manufacturing.

The challenge of microgravity also extends to biology, and a metabolic tracking project will look into how it affects various medicines. Another experiment looks at ways of delivering nutrients to plants that are used to having gravity help out.

The Dragon capsule will stay attached to the ISS for about a month while things are loaded and unloaded, including the ailing Robonaut 2. This experimental robot platform has been up there for years, but recently developed some kind of fault — perhaps an electrical short, speculated a NASA scientist at a press conference Sunday.

The team in space doesn’t seem to have the tools or time to figure it out, so Robonaut 2 is heading home to be fixed by its terrestrial maintenance workers. It should fly back up in a year or so, and in the meantime the denizens of the station will enjoy a little extra space.


Source: TechCrunch

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