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Better Kicking Through Technology

Optimizing soccer abilities with the help of computer vision is no longer the sole purview of pro sports teams. MyKicks’s new voice-activated smartphone app uses computer vision and AI to capture your kicks, then analyzes them and presents improvements in augmented reality-laden replay clips.

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AR’s Next Level

Disney researchers have figured out a way to use image recognition to enable animated AR characters to interact more realistically and in real time with actual physical objects you put in front of them, setting the stage for next-level augmented reality apps that will be a lot more compelling than realistically placed bric-a-brac and couches.      

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Why Skynet Isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

Why Skynet Isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

NY Times

AI’s current limitations are plain as day, as anyone who has ever asked Alexa anything ever can attest, but here it is spelled out in user-friendly language by a NY Times technology writer. Even so, it turns out that fear…

Really Modern Farming

Really Modern Farming

Modern Farmer

Green thumbs who can’t cook and cooks who can’t garden will be equally served by a new initiative from Amazon that uses image recognition to analyze your garden. Just upload a picture of your yard or garden, which Amazon will…

What Cars Say About Your Politics

What Cars Say About Your Politics

Stanford News

You are what you drive took on a new meaning thanks to new research from a Stanford and Microsoft scientist that combined computer vision readings of Google StreetView images with demographic car buyer data from Edmunds.com to discern political leanings.…

A Google Cardboard for Computer Vision Developers

A Google Cardboard for Computer Vision Developers

Google Blog

Aimed at developers and designed to run with affordable Raspberry Pi computers and cameras, Google’s new AIY Vision Kit features a foldable cardboard body, a macro and wide lens, an RGB button, and a circuit board with a low energy…

The Faster Filter Finder

The Faster Filter Finder

Digital Trends

Your filter-optimized snap to share process just got a little faster thanks to computer vision, which Snapchat is now applying to filter searches. So, instead of having to pour through relevant filters for your dog or dinner snaps, the app…

BUG ON

BUG ON

IEEE Spectrum

What’s the hottest toy of next year’s holiday season? It may well be a Hexapod or Kamigami that can operate on its own and actually see what’s in front of it, thanks to the acquisition by the maker of those…

How to Keep on Truckin’ in the Future

How to Keep on Truckin’ in the Future

Los Angeles Times

Tesla’s recently announced electric truck can haul 80,000 pounds up to 500 miles on a single charge, which is cool and all, but what does that mean for the 600,000 human drivers in the Teamsters union when they suddenly can’t…

Facial Recognition Transforms Flea Market Find Into Million-Dollar Photo

Facial Recognition Transforms Flea Market Find Into Million-Dollar Photo

BBC News

The next time you pick up a photo from your local flea market, you may want to have it analyzed by computer vision. That’s how one North Carolina man discovered that a tintype picture he bought for $10 might actually…

AI FOR SEEING DOGS

AI FOR SEEING DOGS

TechCrunch

Remote monitoring cameras that let you see your dog via live footage, or send you alerts via motion sensors, are not new, but Furbo has just taken it one step further. Featuring a snack dispenser that holds up to 100…

Shazaming the Kim Kardashian Look

Shazaming the Kim Kardashian Look

CNN

Celebs on Instagram may spur sales or aspirational envy when they share and tag images and posts of clothing and accessories, but all too often the stuff is out of reach for the average fashion-focused fan. So kudos to Kim…

Automating the Automation

Automating the Automation

New York Times

Good AI talent is scarce, but the need for machine learning is ever-growing.  So, the only way to design and build more AI is to create AI that can design and build AI on its own, at least that’s what’s…

When GPS Isn’t Enough

When GPS Isn’t Enough

VRFocus

Google StreetView meets augmented reality in Blippar’s new AR City app, which uses computer vision to superimpose icons and text identifying restaurants, tourist spots, and other points of interest onto your phone’s viewfinder, along with turn-by-turn directions. Now, in addition…

ABOUT FACE ID

ABOUT FACE ID

Machine Learning Journal

Running a 3D depth sensing camera to map faces for facial recognition is no easy task, and it’s made even more challenging when it runs locally (to protect privacy) and has to share resources with all the other operations running…

Did Somebody Order an Assasin?

Did Somebody Order an Assasin?

The Onion

Did Amazon jump the tech shark with its new computer vision-enabled Key service? Great satire is often the first sign. Regardless, The Onion offers this hilarious take on the delivery service of the future, which might make for a biting…

Designer Robots

Designer Robots

Airbnb Design

The future of creativity involves humans working with AI, but how? Here’s one idea: Using machine learning, AirBnB has designed a system that recognizes low-fi wireframes, the symbols designers used to inititally sketch out user interfaces, and automatically generates them…

Out of the Doghouse

Out of the Doghouse

The Telegraph

After a decade’s absence, Sony’s proto robo-dog, Aibo, is returning to the market -- in Japan, at least. The new Aibo arrives with more expressive OLED eyes, improved computer vision that learns from pictures it takes, and a slew of competitors such as Sharp’s…

Will Amazon Let the Right One In?

Will Amazon Let the Right One In?

CNBC

Assuming you trust Amazon, then yes. The new Alexa-enabled Key feature on Amazon's CloudCam will use computer vision to recognize Amazon barcodes, couriers, and, eventually, dog walkers and then let them into your house to drop off packages, walk the…

Gotcha, CAPTCHA

Gotcha, CAPTCHA

Ars Technica

Those CAPTCHA security tests that ask you to enter a partially obscured or reversed set of characters in order to log into websites have been able to distinguish bot from human for more than two decades, but San Francisco startup…

AI’s Got Talent

AI’s Got Talent

NY Times

There’s never been a better time to get a PhD…in computer science with a specialty in artificial intelligence and machine learning, at least, as many tech giants are paying top dollar for anyone who can help them build the smartest…

Real Problems Solved by Artificial Intelligence

Real Problems Solved by Artificial Intelligence

Engadget

Software can make the world go ‘round, but powerful hardware makes it faster and better. The NPUs (neural processing units) in Huawei's new flagship Mate 10 handsets can pull off such amazing computer vision feats as identify flowers or food…

AI on the Big and Small Screen

AI on the Big and Small Screen

Time

For the foreseeable future, artificial intelligence can’t produce smart movies about the threat or promise of artificial intelligence, and that’s the biggest reason we don’t need to worry about it replacing humans anytime soon, according to this rundown of the…

Nudity’s Neural Net

Nudity’s Neural Net

The Verge

What happens in Vegas can now stay in Vegas in a private vault on your phone, too, no matter how many NSFW pictures you forgot you took. The new Nude app scans a smartphone’s photos for images containing nudity, then…

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

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

International Business Times

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…

Fishy Facial Recognition at Airport Security

Fishy Facial Recognition at Airport Security

The National

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…

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…

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