Thanks to AI, you can pretty much randomly smash the shutter button and end up with magnificient pictures. Tencent, a Chinese tech giant, wants to take that even further. The company recently unveiled two breakthrough AI systems for manipulating images. One removes blurriness and the other changes the age, mood, facial hair, or a number of other facial features of an individual in a photograph.
de-blurring tool: If you’ve ever gone through your camera roll only to find out the images you had the highest hopes for were the blurriest ones, you’ll likely get some mileage out of Tencent’s “Scale-recurrent Network for Deep Image Deblurring.”
face editor” that adds, removes, or modifies the facial features of a person in an image
Facebook Inc. is working on designing computer-chips that are more energy-efficient at analysing and filtering live video content, its chief AI scientist Yann LeCun
said. “Let’s imagine someone uses Facebook Live to film their own suicide or murder. You’d like to be able to take down that kind of content as it happens,” LeCun said Friday in Paris.
“There’s a huge drive to design chips that are more energy-efficient for that. A large number of companies are working on this, including Facebook,” LeCun said, speaking at the Viva Technology industry conference in the French capital. “You’ve seen that trend from hardware companies like Intel, Samsung, Nvidia. But now you start seeing people lower in the pipeline of usage having their own needs and working on their own hardware.”
At first glance, the Ovis looked like any other suitcase: it’s rectangular, black, has four wheels. But upon closer examination, you can see it has two USB ports for charging gadgets and a 170-degree wide-angle camera lens that is essentially the Ovis’ eye. That, combined with the facial recognising, body movement-tracking algorithm developed by Chee, allows the Ovis to follow its owner around without additional assistance.
Germany’s Rocket Internet said on Tuesday it is looking at investing in areas such as financial technology and artificial intelligence with the 2.6 billion euro it has amassed.
“We are looking for opportunities in the tech sector… There is no set timeframe,” the ecommerce investor’s chief executive Oliver Samwer told journalists after its main holdings saw more revenue growth and narrowed first quarter losses.
Though Matt Oczkowski left Cambridge Analytica in April 2017, long before the scandal broke, he now joins hundreds of former employees trying to start over in a world that has, almost overnight, begun looking at the field of data science not as novel and innovative, but as intrusive and inescapable.
For Oczkowski, that new beginning means starting a data company called Data Propria. “We’re trying to figure out what shapes your worldview,” he says. To that end, Data Propria will conduct its own research and polling for clients, develop its own targeting models based on what it learns from those polls and other datasets, and work with a creative team to help them develop ads that are most likely to appeal to people based on those models. The firm will especially focus, Oczkowski says, on middle America. Oczkowski believes the work he did helping sell a candidate in those states easily translates to helping commercial clients sell products.
In a vote of confidence for artificial intelligence research, the Pentagon is set to announce plans for a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) that might be modeled on Project Maven, the controversial collaboration between U.S. military and private companies that trained algorithms to analyse drone footage. The center will dovetail with the expansion of Project Maven’s technologies into new fields and military operations.
The JAIC, a proposal for which Pentagon research
and development chief Mike Griffin is due to submit next month, aims to accelerate intelligence and military use of machine learning. Bob Work, one of the founders of Project Maven, told Wired in an interview that it could act as a kind of accelerator for AI projects, recruiting commercial contractors to develop military software and systems.
oloLens, Microsoft’s pricey face computer, is made for mixing digital images with the real world. But a group of scientists found it’s really good at a totally unanticipated application: helping blind people find their way through buildings and offering a better sense of where objects are around them.
The researchers, at the California Institute of Technology, created a new guiding app for HoloLens by taking advantage of the device’s real-time room and object mapping capability, as well as speakers that can make audio seem to be coming from different points in three-dimensional space. They used these features to map a complicated path through a campus building and created a virtual guide that helps a blind person navigate it, calling out directions like “Follow me” from what seems like a meter or so ahead of the person, according to work recently published on the bioRxiv website.