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Envision AI helps visually impaired people better see and read the world

Smartphones are very powerful computers that we often take for granted and simply use to check Twitter or Reddit and play some games or watch videos of puppies. But for the visually-impaired, smartphones can be very helpful tools that support them throughout the day and bring them a bigger sense of independence. We've covered several apps in this vein before, like Be My Eyes and Lookout, and now there's a new kid on the Android block: Envision AI. 

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Google DeepMind founders and others including Elon Musk promise not to develop AI weapons

Some of the world's most powerful tech leaders and many esteemed academics have signed a pledge promising not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. The most notable signatories include the three co-founders of Google-owned AI research company DeepMind — Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman — as well as controversial Boring Company founder Elon Musk and the head of Google's AI division, Jeffrey Dean.

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Google won't renew its contract to develop AI for US military drones

Over the past few months, Google has attracted criticism for its involvement in 'Project Maven.' The news broke in March that Google was working with the United States Department of Defense to develop artificial intelligence for analyzing footage from military drones. Google downplayed its involvement in the program, saying it was only helping the DoD use the company's open-source TensorFlow software.

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Google I/O 2018 mega-roundup: Every announcement we covered

After three days of non-stop announcements and developer talks, Google I/O 2018 has finally come to a close. Unless you were watching the event yourself, or if you were refreshing Android Police every minute, you probably missed a few things.

Luckily for you, we've compiled a list of every announcement from Google I/O for your reading pleasure, complete with links to our full coverage of each topic. Enjoy!

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Gmail Smart Compose is going live as an 'experimental feature'

Gmail Smart Compose, a nifty new feature that predicts what you're going to type and fills it in with a press of the tab key, is going live. It's only available on the desktop version of the new Gmail, and to use it, you'll have to enable experimental features in Gmail's settings.

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Google Research rebranded as Google AI to convey the importance of machine learning across the company

Google's research projects have been rolled into google.ai to create the new Google AI division. This means that Google Research is no more, and a new website has been launched alongside a renamed blog. The move unifies all of the company's advanced research efforts while explicitly pointing to the machine learning tech that underpins them.

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Microsoft Translator gets AI-powered offline language packs

Microsoft announced today that its Translator app now supports offline, artificial intelligence-powered translation in a handful of languages with what the company says is "the world's first Deep Neural Network-powered offline translation engine." The AI packs are considerably smaller than traditional language packs, and they should provide higher quality translations, too.

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Google announces 2018 AIY Projects kits with Raspberry Pi Zero included, new companion Android app

STEM projects and DIY kits to build smart little computers or sensors are popping everywhere these days. In a world that's fast embracing technology in every aspect of life, introducing the maximum number of people to hardware and software development is not just fun, it's downright essential. Google's venture started with AIY Projects which introduced a Do-It-Yourself Google Assistant speaker last year. This year, AIY Projects are refreshing the previous kit and bringing a new one.

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Google announces Augmented Reality Microscope platform to aid in cancer detection

Google announced in a blog post today that it's developed a prototype for a microscope system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect anomalies resembling cancerous growths in tissue samples. Google is calling it the Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM) platform, and it's currently capable of identifying breast and prostate cancer, although Google says it will be able to find any other type of cancer once its model is trained for it.

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Google's Talk to Books lets you browse books with the help of AI

Google launched a new experience today that it's calling Talk to Books. It's pretty much what it sounds like: the demo asks for input in the form of regular old sentences, then tries to locate logical responses to those sentences from a pool of books. In a post on its Developer Blog, Google calls Talk to Books "an entirely new way to explore books by starting at the sentence level, rather than the author or topic level."

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