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Microsoft unveiled the Microsoft Azure Kinect at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday. The AI edge device features two cameras and a seven-microphone array and is geared toward developers of enterprise uses. The company released an earlier version of the Kinect as an accessory for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles but discontinued its production in 2017 after selling 35 million. The product is priced at $399 and is available for pre-order. — CNBC
University of California at Berkeley researchers developed a system that enables an agent to both generalize between tasks and to hone its learning ability over time with exposure to new tasks. The system combines two techniques: meta learning, the transference of training to perform new tasks, and online learning, which enables a network to evaluate and improve its performance on new tasks. The research is published in the arXiv online repository. — ZDNET
The Animal-AI Olympics is a new contest meant to evaluate the progress of AI systems toward artificial general intelligence (AGI). The event kicks off in June and runs through the end of the year. The contest rules and entry information will be released in April, and the goal is to benchmark AI systems against animal species using established tasks for animal cognition. The project is a collaboration between Prague research institution GoodAI and the University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence (CFI). — IEEE SPECTRUM
AI contributed $2 trillion to the global GDP last year, according to a PwC report. The report also estimates that the AI industry could contribute $15.7 trillion to the world economy by the year 2030. The greatest economic gains by 2030, according to the PwC, will be the 26 percent boost to the GDP in China and the 14.5 percent boost in North America, together making up $10.7 trillion and the majority of the global economic impact. — SEEKING ALPHA
French AI startup GreenWaves is developing custom, low-power chips for machine learning based on open source designs. The specialized chips use parallelism and multi-core architecture to perform machine learning functions on edge devices running on batteries with limited power. GreenWaves just raised $7.9 million in Series A funding from Huami, Soitec, and other investors that the company says will be used to bring its first product, GAP8, to market. — ZDNET