OpenAI and Uber create Virtual Petri Dish to find the best AI model for...

Researchers affiliated with Uber AI and OpenAI proposed a new approach to neural architecture search (NAS), a technique that involves evaluating hundreds or thousands of AI models to identify the top performers. In a preprint paper, they claim their technique, called Synthetic Petri Dish, accelerates the most computationally intensive NAS steps while predicting model performance with higher accuracy than previous methods.

PlayStation 5 event confirmed: What to expect from the June 4 showcase

Sony has finally given a date for when it next plans to talk about the PlayStation 5. The company is preparing “a look at the future of gaming” for at 1 p.m. Pacific time June 4. But what exactly should you expect to see at that event? Let’s take a closer look.

AI Weekly: Autonomous vehicle companies pivot to charitable deliveries during the pandemic

Early on, the pandemic — which passed a grim milestone in the U.S. this week of over 100,000 dead — motivated the shuttering of businesses deemed nonessential out of concern for workers’ well-being. One industry heavily affected was self-driving vehicles, whose operators and developers were forced to pause pilots under guidance from state and local officials. Several companies resumed tests, however, after implementing a series of new precautionary safety protocols. And in something of a bright spot among a torrent of bad news, they’ve repurposed — or plan to repurpose — their vehicles for deliveries to those in need.

ProBeat: Throw out all your pre-coronavirus surveys and start again

I got a pitch this week to cover an annual developer survey with tens of thousands of respondents across the world. It was pretty straightforward — reputable company, big sample size, tons of findings. I quickly noticed, however, that the survey was conducted from February 5 to February 28.

Charge and disinfect your smartphone with this Qi charger for just $50

As reopening measures are enacted around the world, it may still be some time before we all start feeling safe from germs and viruses in the environment around us. From grocery store carts to gas pumps, we are constantly in contact with pathogens that could make us sick and harm us. These pathogens are then transferred to your phone, the object you likely touch the most in a given day. Now there is a convenient way to rid your devices of nasty germs in just minutes.

Amazon discontinues the Echo Look and migrates AI style recommendations to other apps and...

Amazon this week discontinued the Echo Look after pulling the Alexa-powered camera from store shelves in December 2019, a spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat via email. As spotted by, Echo Look customers began receiving an email yesterday stating that their devices and the companion app will “no longer function” beginning July 2020, as the Echo Look’s capabilities migrate to other apps and services.

OpenAI debuts gigantic GPT-3 language model with 175 billion parameters

A team of more than 30 OpenAI researchers have released a paper about GPT-3, a language model capable of achieving state-of-the-art results on a set of benchmark and unique natural language processing tasks that range from language translation to generating news articles to answering SAT questions. GPT-3 has a whopping 175 billion parameters. By comparison, the largest version of GPT-2 was 1.5 billion parameters, and the largest Transformer-based language model in the world — introduced by Microsoft earlier this month — is 17 billion parameters.

The DeanBeat: Gamers count down the days to The Last of Us Part II

The countdown to the launch of Sony’s The Last of Us Part II has a bunch of gamers spellbound. It surged as a topic of conversation this week as Sony and Naughty Dog revealed more of the exclusive game coming to the PlayStation 4 on June 19.

Uber now lets U.S. riders book trips for $50 an hour

Uber is introducing an option that allows riders in the U.S. to book trips by the hour, the latest in a string of offerings the company has launched to offset the impact of the pandemic. Uber has in recent weeks been trialing its new hourly service in a handful of cities around the world, including in Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. From June 2, riders in 12 U.S. cities will also be able to book by the hour.

Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 desktop chips reportedly built on TSMC's 5nm process

The claim is from DigiTimes (via Tom’s Hardware), which does have a slightly hit-and-miss record when it comes to these things. It states that TSMC is expected to start volume production of an enhanced version of its 5nm finFET process (5nm Plus) in the fourth quarter of 2020 and that the new Ryzen 4000 chips will be based on this node.