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Computer Vision to ID the Who and the What in Adult Videos

NSFW adult entertainment aggregator Pornhub is applying computer vision to help tag everything from actors to specific sex acts in its pro and amateur videos.  The site gets more than 10,000 clips uploaded by users every day, and this new initiative will certainly make it easier for viewers to find what they are looking for, whether the people in the videos want to be found or not.

International Business Times

Fishy Facial Recognition at Airport Security

Security areas at Dubai International Airport are about to become fun thanks to computer vision. The airport is installing virtual aquarium tunnels featuring video footage of fish swimming all around travelers. The entertainment will draw travelers’ eyes all over the screen, enabling the 80 cameras embedded in those screens to properly scan their faces, and, eventually, look for explosives or other dangerous materials.

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About Face: New App Turns 2D Selfies Into 3D

About Face: New App Turns 2D Selfies Into 3D

Trend in Tech

Researchers at the University of Nottingham used a convolutional neural network (CNN) to create an app that turns 2D selfies into 3D. The network was trained on 80,000 2D and 3D facial images, which allowed it to apply facial geometry…

Really Just for You Delivery

Really Just for You Delivery

Digital Trends

Addresses and “we missed you” delivery slips will soon be a thing of the past if the DelivAir concept ever sees the light of day. This proposed drone delivery service uses your phone to find out where in the world…

Don’t Talk to the Animals

Don’t Talk to the Animals

New Kerala

Just in case nobody ever told you, touching or talking to the animals that appear in your selfies isn’t good for the animals. Suspecting a disturbing trend in the practice, two charities turned to image recognition and machine learning to…

It’s an AI-First First

It’s an AI-First First

Business Insider

Google’s just-announced second generation Pixel XL smartphone and other smart devices may not have facial recognition sign in, but who cares when the company has headphones that translate on the fly or AI that helps take better pictures and improve…

The iPhone X’s Neural Edge

The iPhone X’s Neural Edge

Wired

While everyone else is busy talking about the iPhone X’s facial recognition pros and cons and its AR potential, they’re forgetting another extremely groundbreaking thing about it: The built-in neural engine, a component of the A11 processor that’s optimized for…

DOCTOR ROBOT

DOCTOR ROBOT

Silicon Angle

Computers still can’t perform jazz or write bug-free programs, but they’re surpassing humans on some  medical fronts, particularly via computer vision that accurately spots cancer, diabetic retinopathy and other medical issues in x-ray and other images, per the chief of…

MOVE OVER, TURING TEST. HERE’S WHY.

MOVE OVER, TURING TEST. HERE’S WHY.

Huffington Post

The Turing test has long been the gold standard for figuring out if a computer is human or not, but maybe that test has become obsolete. As this piece by All Turtles EIC Blaise Zerega posits, now that some machines…

Computer Vision to Shop the Look

Computer Vision to Shop the Look

Forbes

Tommy Hilfiger has augmented its image recognition-enabled Snap mobile shopping app with augmented reality. Aim your phone’s camera at any flat surface, and watch items from the London Fashion Week runway appear and make themselves buyable with just a couple…

ROBOT TO FARM

ROBOT TO FARM

Fast Company

Blue River Technology creates farm equipment that analyzes crops via image recognition, figures out what’s wrong with them via neural networks, and then literally gives them the appropriate treatment or non-treatment via robo-sprayers, saving money (and plants) from unnecessary overuse…

IT ISN’T OVER WHEN SHARING PICTURES OF THE FAT LADY SINGING

IT ISN’T OVER WHEN SHARING PICTURES OF THE FAT LADY SINGING

Marketing

Iconic and Instagrammed on a level unrivaled by few other cultural institutions, the Sydney Opera House nevertheless doesn’t get as many actual visitors to its world-class performances inside. Computer vision to the rescue: Using image recognition to identify every time…

Taking Your Best Shots

Taking Your Best Shots

Digital Trends

IBM Watson trained its neural networks to find highlights in the U.S. Open tournament, then instantly turn those moments into video highlights that can be viewed by consumers and news organizations alike. And all it took was training networks on…

If Garth and Kat Were a Painter and a Computer…

If Garth and Kat Were a Painter and a Computer…

FastCoDesign

...They would behave something like London artist Patrick Tresset and the neural network and robot he has trained to sketch alongside him in real time. The robo-portraits are loosely based on whatever Tresset is painting at the time. By loose…

ABOUT FACIAL RECOGNITION

ABOUT FACIAL RECOGNITION

The Economist

Facial recognition is officially the new hotness, now that it's making it to magazine covers. From detecting cancer to violent tendencies to sexuality via cameras is a slippery slope, which is why reading up on the latest on the latest…

FASTER LA VISTA, BABY

FASTER LA VISTA, BABY

ZDNet

Robots just got more real thanks to the launch of Intel’s new Myriad X visual processing unit (VPU), a coin-sized chip that enables computer vision and deep learning to take place locally on VR/AR wearables, drones and other portable and…

THE NEXT ‘GAME OF THRONES’ BOOK, AS WRITTEN BY ROBOTS

THE NEXT ‘GAME OF THRONES’ BOOK, AS WRITTEN BY ROBOTS

Motherboard

George R.R. Martin may not be finished with the sixth 'Game of Thrones' novel, but a recurrent neural network trained on the text, characters, and plot points in all the books so far has come up with some new chapters,…

A SOCIAL NETWORK BUILT AROUND FACIAL RECOGNITION

A SOCIAL NETWORK BUILT AROUND FACIAL RECOGNITION

Digital Trends

Facebook's Reaction buttons may offer a variety of "emotions," but it's all too easy to simply not react when you don't have anything nice to say. Not so with Polygram, a new social network that uses facial recognition to identify…

Computer Vision’s Facepalm Challenge

Computer Vision’s Facepalm Challenge

TechCrunch

How to keep yourself anonymous in front of facial recognition? Just strike a hand-to-face pose. It turns out that the Instagram selfie craze has been a challenge for computer vision, which struggles with occlusion (when something blocks an object in…

Trained on Trash

Trained on Trash

Engadget

The confusion surrounding which bin to toss your recyclables and non-recyclables may get easier. A U.K. company is developing public trash bins that use image recognition to identify what kind of trash you have, so you'll know where to dump…

Machine Learning for Mall Fashions

Machine Learning for Mall Fashions

MIT Technology Review

Using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), which are, loosely, two contrary neural networks learning from each other, a team of Amazon researchers has created an algorithm that can learn a particular fashion aesthetic from a few pictures, then design similar types…

Why You’ll Never Need to Recognize Another Face Again

Why You’ll Never Need to Recognize Another Face Again

PSFK

In the future, you won't have to worry about remembering anyone's name or their interests, because AR will do it for you. Blippar's Halos app for Android and iOS offers a taste of what this experience might look like. Just…

Has E-Sports Met Its Match?

Has E-Sports Met Its Match?

The Washington Post

Just when e-sports are beginning to take off, along comes an artificial intelligence bot that can easily defeat some of the world's best Dota 2 pro gamers. And the part that stings is that it took only two weeks of…

This Bot Knows If You Washed Your Hands or Not

This Bot Knows If You Washed Your Hands or Not

Digital Trends

Washing hands is essential when working in a hospital, where infections are the name of the game. Stanford researchers are testing out image recognition cameras in three hospitals that can tell if people use liquid disinfectant when going between wards.…

No Need to Fit the Mocap Suit, Johnny Bravo

No Need to Fit the Mocap Suit, Johnny Bravo

Engadget

On the recent indie game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, computer vision was used to power real-time facial motion capture, eliminating the need for taped markers across actors’ faces, silly mocap suits or pricey studio bookings. Cubic Motion’s technology brings heretofore big…

Speed Training

Speed Training

Fortune

Using its "distributed deep learning" software, which helps dozens of connected video game GPUs and servers talk and work together, IBM just set an image recognition record by training a neural network to identify any of 7.5 million random pictures…

The Machine Sartorialist

The Machine Sartorialist

CORNELL CHRONICLE

Computers with street style? Yes. Cornell Tech researchers recently trained a neural network with millions of social media snaps featuring sharply-dressed denizens of world fashion capitals in order to determine what’s hot and what’s not (and where). Next up: the…

MA-TEEN LEARNING

MA-TEEN LEARNING

Mashable

While the rest of his peers were busy sending emoji- and filter-bedecked Snapchat selfies, 16-year-old Mikel Bober-Irizar was busy teaching himself how to build neural networks, then trained one to scour and tag YouTube videos. Sometimes you should believe what…

HOW DISNEY KNOWS IF YOU HATE A MOVIE BEFORE YOU DO

HOW DISNEY KNOWS IF YOU HATE A MOVIE BEFORE YOU DO

Gizmodo

Using four infrared cameras capturing facial expressions in 150 movie screenings, Disney recently trained an image-recognition neural network to determine how an audience feels about a movie. It might even know if you hate a movie before you do. Since…

WHY GETTING AI TO READ BETTER THAN A SIXTH GRADER WILL TAKE FOREVER

WHY GETTING AI TO READ BETTER THAN A SIXTH GRADER WILL TAKE FOREVER

The New York Times

Everyone's favorite AI academic skeptic and booster, NYU psychology and neuroscience professor Gary Marcus, spells out the strengths and weaknesses of today's artificial intelligence juggernaut, and just how far we are from the dream of "General AI." His call for…

Facing AI’s Existential Threat, Intelligently

Facing AI’s Existential Threat, Intelligently

DISCOVER

From diversifying the pool of technologists who develop and apply AI to simply educating people more about what AI can and can't do, the expert responses to Elon Musk's warning to governors this week about artificial intelligence's threat to humanity…

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND PRODUCT LISTINGS

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND PRODUCT LISTINGS

THE VERGE

From car parts and antique chairs to vintage crockery and kitschy figurines, no random used object will escape new eBay's upcoming, deep learning-powered image search features. Due to launch this fall, the tools enables shoppers to upload images of said…

ARTIFICIAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

ARTIFICIAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

Need a quick AI primer? Then read up on the HBR's thorough and accessible survey of the business of artificial intelligence. It's bullish, with some caveats: For example, AI may have all the answers, but it doesn't know which questions…

Why AI Should Never Design iPhone Cases

Why AI Should Never Design iPhone Cases

IFL Science!

A man wearing adult diapers. A cheese wheel on a set of killer abs. A woman getting Botox. Fantastic, freaky and funny are just a few adjectives one might use to describe the kooky smartphone case designs that an Amazon…

The Long Road to RoboCop Continues

The Long Road to RoboCop Continues

Defense One

First there were police body cams, then autonomous cars in Dubai with biometric scanners, and now it's cop body cams with built-in facial recognition. Motorola is working with AI company Neurala to produce the cameras, which use computer vision and…

The Computer Vision Cookbook

The Computer Vision Cookbook

Popular Mechanics

It's time to put all that food porn to good use. Developed by AI researchers at MIT, Pic2Recipe uses image recognition to identify what's in pictures of food, then provides a recipe. So far, it's been able ID dishes 65…

IS IT ALL JUST A GAME?

IS IT ALL JUST A GAME?

VENTUREBEAT

If you though gamification was a hoot, wait until you read up on how gaming can revolutionize marketing and business in the future. This fascinating panel of gaming-, marketing-, and AI-experts covers topics such as simulation games that are literally…

PIN STYLE

PIN STYLE

DIGITAL TRENDS

Finally, a real world computer vision shopping product that you can actually use. The West Elm Pinterest Style Finder lets users get specific product recommendations for any room in the house based on your style. How does it know your…

GETTING INSIDE YOUR HEAD

GETTING INSIDE YOUR HEAD

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Researchers in Montreal have developed an AI-based technology that examines MRI scans of athlete''s brains in search of unusual signs of white matter, which indicate long-term concussions. These injuries cause brain damage over time, so as anyone with half a…

SEE-AY-AI-OH?

SEE-AY-AI-OH?

AdAge

Move over CEO, CTO, COO, and CMO. It might be time for every company to hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer. That's what some media agencies are starting to do to help move advertising into the future in the smoothest…

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS; HELLO, MR. CHIP

GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS; HELLO, MR. CHIP

FORBES

Consumers expect tutoring to be the most likely job to be replaced by AI within the next half decade, according to a recent PwC survey. Whether that happens depends on more than the technology, since it might not actually be…

BURGER T-AI-M

BURGER T-AI-M

CNBC

This year’s most impressive AI-powered robot may well be Miso’s Flippy, which uses computer vision (camera, and thermal- and 3D-sensors) to determine when a burger is ready to be flipped, then does the deed and cooks it to order. It…

PEOPLE POWER

PEOPLE POWER

NEW YORK TIMES

Machines don't have emotional intelligence, which may well be the opportunity that disrupted workers need to focus on in the future, according to this insightful read that makes the case for the AI-pocalypse not as Skynet/Terminator but simply a creator…

YOU’VE GOT MAIL BACK

YOU’VE GOT MAIL BACK

WASHINGTON POST

It's never cool to read someone else's emails, even if it's for the purpose of helping you shop more efficiently (isn't the future wonderful?).  After years of protest and litigation by users, Google announced that it will finally stop scanning…

NIMBY CITY

NIMBY CITY

WIRED

What makes for an affluent neighborhood? Pools and ponds, apparently, while tennis courts and parking lots mean just the opposite. This according to the AI-based Penny, a fun tool that was trained on census data superimposed onto overhead imagery of…

THAT’S NOT A PISTOL IN YOUR POCKET

THAT’S NOT A PISTOL IN YOUR POCKET

THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Department of Homeland Security is running a contest to spur the development of neural network-trained algorithms that help identify dangerous objects in airport body scans faster, more accurately, and in greater volume than TSA agents alone. Next in contests:…

GRAND THEFT ALMONDS

GRAND THEFT ALMONDS

THE NEW STACK

Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods and will instantly have a brick-and-mortar retail operation across North America and the UK, its Amazon Go technology may turn the upscale grocer may turn into a crunchy version of Grand Theft Auto, with…

DEEP LEGO

DEEP LEGO

MENTAL FLOSS

What’s the best way to monetize a bunch of Lego bricks besides making an animated Batman movie? Build an automated robotic contraption that takes pictures of doodads and feeds them to a neural network for training. That’s precisely what Jacques…

VR’S MIXED FUTURE: E3 2017 IS ALL ABOUT REALITY FOR MICROSOFT, SONY AND VALVE

VR’S MIXED FUTURE: E3 2017 IS ALL ABOUT REALITY FOR MICROSOFT, SONY AND VALVE

POLYGON

Many commentators noted the lack of overt plugging of VR by many game console makers at this week’s E3. And yet, VR, AR, and mixed reality exhibitors more than doubled at the videogame conference this year, with Microsoft expressing enthusiasm…

THE TRUTH ABOUT POTS: COMPUTER VISION ARCHEOLOGISTS

THE TRUTH ABOUT POTS: COMPUTER VISION ARCHEOLOGISTS

PHYS.ORG

Archeologists are learning more about how Native Americans in the Southeast lived and migrated more than 1,500 years ago thanks to clues and information revealed with a new computer vision initiative that searches through 3D scans of designs on individual…

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