Monthly Archives: February 2017

Report: Apple will join Google, Microsoft, and IBM in the Partnership on AI

The Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society on Friday announced that Apple, well known for its culture of secrecy, has joined the organization as a founding member.

The other founding members are Amazon, Facebook, Google/Deep Mind, IBM and Microsoft.

The group also announced the final composition of its inaugural board of trustees, naming six new independent members: Dario Amodel of Open AI, Subbarao Kambhampati of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Deirdre Mulligan of UC Berkeley, Carol Rose of the American Civil Liberties Union, Eric Sears of the MacArthur Foundation, and Jason Furman of the Peterson Institute of International Economics.

They will join Greg Corrado of Google/DeepMind, Tom Gruber of Apple, Ralf Herbrich of Amazon, Eric Horvitz of Microsoft, Yann Lecun of Facebook, and Francesca Rossi of IBM.

Gradual Buildout

The group plans to announce additional details sometime after the board’s Feb. 3 meeting in San Francisco, including how other organizations and individuals can join. It also will address initial research programs and activities.

The board will oversee general activities of the Partnership on AI, and an executive steering committee will commission and evaluate activities within the overall objectives and scope set up by the board of trustees. The board will appoint an executive director, who will oversee day-to-day operations.

The Partnership on AI, announced last fall, aims to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence and formulate best practices. It plans to conduct publish research under an open license on areas such as ethics, privacy, fairness, inclusivity, transparency and privacy.

Closely Held

The announcement of Apple’s participation is particularly significant in light of the company’s well-earned reputation for organizational secrecy. There recently have been signs of blowback against that corporate culture, both inside and outside of the organization.

Apple last fall hired Carnegie Mellon’s Russ Salakhutdinov as its first director of AI research, and he soon announced a policy change that would allow the company’s AI researchers to begin publishing the results of their work, a practice that previously had been out of bounds for Apple employees.

 

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Apple-Formally-Joins-High-Powered-AI-Partnership-84264.html

Best Smart Home Gadgets of 2017

There are a growing number of cool gadgets out there that cater for both men and women. No matter what you do in your life there is bound to be a gadget available that will make any task you do a whole lot simpler.

 

Looking to make your home just a little smarter? While still in its infancy, the number of smart home products—devices that let you control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your smartphone—is rapidly growing. From GE to Belkin to Home Depot, tons of products and whole ecosystems want to help you control your home via a single iOS or Android app. You can pick and choose your favorite gadgets to assemble an affordable intelligent abode on your own terms, or opt for an entire smart home system that does all the work for you. Here are some of our favorite smart home systems and individual gadgets.

A ton of new smart home devices were announced at CES, and include new connected appliances, cameras, lightbulbs— even robots and trashcans. One common thread, though, is that many of these new devices will be compatible with Amazon Alexa, further integrating this voice assistant into your home. Here are some of the smart home gadgets coming in 2017 that we’re most excited about.

 

MORE: Amazon Alexa Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

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White Kitchen Cabinets For a Timeless Kitchen

White kitchen cabinets are a versatile alternative for the kitchen of each house. When it comes to cabinets, these are a fundamental part of every room whether it’s a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. They are not only designed for raising the usability and storing stuff but additionally, they match the room. It has the capability to make the space look even bigger. Now apart from making your kitchen look large, these cabinets make the kitchen look brighter than usual and with lots of natural light and these white kitchen cabinets, you get a very appealing look in your house. Now besides brightness and space there is also another advantage that these cabinets provide.

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There are some downsides of having white cabinets. The very first is that they’re vulnerable as you can get stains and scratches on them easily and they’ll be quite visible on white. In case you are getting white cabinets made from wood then you’ll need to give them special attention. They are going to need a lot of maintenance. You may get thermofoil coating on your white cabinets. This coating aids making the paint together with cabinets durable. Your cabinets would be stain as well as scratch resistant. This means much of your problem will be solved.

It is possible to brighten your home when using custom white cabinets with the addition of some light color to your walls. Utilizing gentle tones and lighter colors, such as greens, blues or even reds could emphasize your new cabinetry and give the space a bit of color if you find that it’s too white and clean. Adding splashes of color for your space is important if you use white kitchen cabinets. Simple things like choosing solid wood light brown counters can produce a significant difference in an all-white kitchen. Another choice is to brighten up the cabinets by adding vibrant ornaments and decorations in class fronted options, bringing out the color and which makes it pop.

When you decide to choose white, consider which kind of finish may suit your kitchen best. There are two options available, one to stain the kitchen cabinet and the other to paint them. Staining is costly since it requires extra effort like sanding the existing stain or painting off of the kitchen cabinets. It is extremely beautiful to behold a white stain on the kitchen cabinet showing some of the wood grain through the white color. For a more consistent and lasting appearance, painting is the greatest option. Numerous specialty paints are now available which are stain resistant and it is easy to wipe them clean.