Google’s AlphaGo AI Takes on China After South Korean Triumph

It’s time for the humans to have another Go. An artificial intelligence program romped to a lopsided victory over South Korean Go master Lee Sedol in 2016. Now, Google DeepMind’s AI software is heading to the 2,500-year-old board game’s roots, taking on top-ranked Chinese player Ke Jie in May in a formal re-match between man and machine. The Alphabet Inc. company and […]

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Amazon is invading Apple and Google’s home turf in the war over computing

Apple, Amazon, and Google are all at war over the future of personal computing — and now Amazon is taking the battle to its rivals’ home turf: The smartphone. All three are convinced voice-controlled virtual assistants have the potential to transform how we interact with our devices. Apple has Siri, Google has Google Assistant, and Amazon has Alexa. They believe that […]

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Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google?

Travis Kalanick, the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., says he needs leadership help. He recently dispatched former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims against the company. His security team is reviewing a practice known as “Greyballing.” And he’s no longer going to any more meetings with President Trump. These damage-control initiatives—in response, respectively, to […]

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Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon

Google announced Thursday it was launching voice-activated shopping from its artificial intelligence-powered Home speaker, in a direct challenge to Amazon’s Alexa devices. Users can simply tell the speaker to order items — diapers, paper towels, or trash bags, for example, and get delivery from any of dozens of participating retailers. “If picking up paper towels or stocking up on coffee […]

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Google DeepMind Researches Why Robots Kill or Cooperate

When our robot overlords arrive, will they decide to kill us or cooperate with us? New research from DeepMind, Alphabet Inc.’s London-based artificial intelligence unit could ultimately shed light on this fundamental question. They have been investigating the conditions in which reward-optimizing beings, whether human or robot, would chose to cooperate, rather than compete. The answer could have implications for […]

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Google Opens its Digital Assistant to Developers in Race Against Amazon’s Alexa

Two months after rolling out its digital assistant, Google is opening its doors to outside developers to help the company chase rivals, particularly Amazon.comInc., in a critical technology race. On Thursday, the Alphabet Inc. unit launched a system for developers to build chatbots that work with Google Assistant, its voice-based virtual helper. The tools, called Conversation Actions, will let companies and other third parties interact […]

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Slack expands Google partnership with new Google Drive integrations

Slack’s push to become the de facto communications portal in the enterprise workflow got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement of an expanded partnership with Google Cloud. The workplace collaboration platform said the latest tie-up is a continuation of a long established alliance — Google Docs and Drive were among the earliest Slack integrations and remain among the most […]

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More than one million Google accounts hit by malware

More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday. The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called “legitimate-looking” apps — with names “Wi Fi Enhancer,” “GPS,” “Beautiful Alarm, “Battery Monitor,” and even “Google”— on third-party Android app stores. In general, […]

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