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Why You’ll Never Need to Recognize Another Face Again

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 aim your smartphone camera at the face of anyone else who also has the app, and facial recognition will instantly kick-in different onscreen bubbles highlighting different profile points about that person. Think of it as an augmented reality profile.

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Has E-Sports Met Its Match?

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 playing itself for OpenAI's bot to get there, prompting the company’s founder, Elon Musk, to once again warn about dangers of AI, which he says creates "vastly more risk than North Korea."

The Washington Post
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…

EXTREMELY SMART: FACEBOOK’S FIGHT AGAINST IMAGES OF TERRORISM

EXTREMELY SMART: FACEBOOK’S FIGHT AGAINST IMAGES OF TERRORISM

NY TIMES

At last, Facebook announced that it will begin using AI, in tandem with human moderators, to remove extremist content on its service. Facebook promises the technology—which looks for flagged phrases and gruesome imagery—will handle everything.  This has prompted some free…

HIGH-SPEED TRAINING: FACEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS NEW MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUE

HIGH-SPEED TRAINING: FACEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS NEW MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUE

VENTURE BEAT

Facebook published a paper outlining a new technique that uses multiple GPUs to increase the speed of its machine learning training significantly, allowing it to run several tests in one day versus just one. This means the company’s predictive algorithms…

AI OPENS APPLE UP (SORT OF): DEVELOPERS GET ACCESS TO CoreML API

AI OPENS APPLE UP (SORT OF): DEVELOPERS GET ACCESS TO CoreML API

QUARTZ

Apple generally never played well with others, until AI came along. The company just announced the CoreML, a series of machine learning models and APIs, four of which are dedicated to image-recognition, that it is making available to developers for…

ROBOSPLAINING: THE AUDREY HEPBURN BOT HITS THE ROAD

ROBOSPLAINING: THE AUDREY HEPBURN BOT HITS THE ROAD

PHYS

Modeled after Audrey Hepburn and its creator’s wife, “Sophia” is a robot with built in tracking and face- and voice-recognition capabilities that has managed to make the rounds of late night talk shows. Now this humanoid is hitting the conference…

MACHINE STORYTELLING: AI ROBO-REPORTERS ENTER THE NEWSROOM

MACHINE STORYTELLING: AI ROBO-REPORTERS ENTER THE NEWSROOM

DIGIDAY

AI robo-writer-reporters at the AP are already covering minor league sports games and company earnings and machine learning models scour campaign finance data for newsworthy patterns. These are just some recent examples of the media business’s tiptoeing into artificial intelligence.…

NOTHING BUT NET: STEVE BALLMER UNVEILS SECOND SPECTRUM

NOTHING BUT NET: STEVE BALLMER UNVEILS SECOND SPECTRUM

MASHABLE

The sports viewing experience will increasingly resemble a video game thanks to big data and AI. At the recent Code conference, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled his latest project, Second Spectrum, real-time enhanced sports broadcast service. The demo featured…

FACIAL RECOGNITION BOARDING PASSES

FACIAL RECOGNITION BOARDING PASSES

BOSTON GLOBE

Say goodbye to boarding passes of the paper and electronic variety that fail to materialize either through misplacement or sluggish smartphones. Just show your pretty mug and JetBlue will scan it and let you on board its Boston to Aruba…

MAN VS MACHINE: DOG BREED EDITION

MAN VS MACHINE: DOG BREED EDITION

TECHCRUNCH

Comedian Judah Friedlander, who played writer Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, visits Facebook’s headquarters. Viewers not only get to see the abundance of free food options available on the new Menlo Park campus. But also the comedian going head to…

THE PHOOD NETWORK

THE PHOOD NETWORK

FAST COMPANY

The case is solved: Mystery meat and the ways to cook it will cease to be a challenge now that Pinterest’s Lens feature has added food to its AR image recognition capabilities. Point your phone’s camera at any food, and…

THE FEARLESS KEYBOARD KILLERS

THE FEARLESS KEYBOARD KILLERS

WIRED

The camera will not only supplant the keyboard, it’ll replace the touchscreen, especially when voice-based interfaces of the Amazon Alexa variety get better and more ubiquitous. Google’s recent big computer vision and AI announcements around its new Lens feature, which…

LENSING WELL TO AI

LENSING WELL TO AI

DIGITAL TRENDS

Google’s new Lens AR feature brings existing apps such as Translate under its umbrella and adds new functionality such as the ability to get information about a restaurant by simply pointing your smartphone’s camera at it. And especially useful for…

THE A-EYE FUTURE

THE A-EYE FUTURE

TECHCRUNCH

AI Expert Fei-Fei Li just said that vision will be AI’s “killer app,” and making the most of visual data is at the core of excelling in this new landscape. And recent computer vision announcements by Google and Amazon demonstrate…

WOMACHINE LEARNING

WOMACHINE LEARNING

FORBES

From a co-founder of Coursera to the Chief Scientist of AI and Machine Learning at Google Cloud, the women who are advancing AI on this list must eventually be just the tip of the iceberg if tomorrow’s machines are to…

HOW COMPUTER GAMES IGNITED TODAY’S AI RENAISSANCE

HOW COMPUTER GAMES IGNITED TODAY’S AI RENAISSANCE

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

A funny thing happened on the way to making computer games such as Battlefield 1 and Grand Theft Auto 5 look and play so well: The same GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) that enabled such high levels of seamless, photo-realistic graphics…

SCRAP BOOK SMARTS

SCRAP BOOK SMARTS

THE NEXT WEB

Microsoft’s upgraded Custom Vision lets companies implement computer vision more easily. Say a company wants to find every instance of its widget in pictures; now all it must do is submit as few as 20 images of said widget, and…

THE FUTURE OF NEWS STORYTELLING

THE FUTURE OF NEWS STORYTELLING

NIEMAN LAB

From computer vision for photo research and AR experiences to brain interfaces that can tell how much you’re reading and absorbing, tomorrow’s cutting-edge content executions are aimed at reducing the number of “fire drills induced by some keynote from some…

BL-AI-M CANADA

BL-AI-M CANADA

NEW YORK TIMES

Despite lower salaries, guaranteed cold winters, and the presence of Terrance and Phillip, AI talent is showing interest in moving to and working in Canada, where many new AI startups are flourishing and established players like Uber and IBM are…

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?

GOOGLE RESEARCH BLOG

Google this week announced a new Street View algorithm that can accurately identify French street signs 84 percent of the time, but also another one that can accurately predict business names even if they’re surrounded company logos (say at a…

WHY SHE IS NEEDED FOR HER

WHY SHE IS NEEDED FOR HER

BACKCHANNEL

Bias is a big topic in AI today. In this Q&A, AI researcher Fei-Fei Li and philanthropist Melinda Gates outline the need for more women at any point in their careers to enter the AI field, as well as resources…

COMPUTER VISION VISION

COMPUTER VISION VISION

NAT & FRIENDS

It’s hard to fully cover computer vision in 10 minutes, but this short video offers cool motion magnification demo animations, behind-the-scenes footage of self-learning robots at Google, and interviews with Cornell’s Serge Belongie and MIT’s Bill Freeman, who delivers the…

NO MATH TODAY

NO MATH TODAY

TECHCRUNCH

How do neural networks work? Let us count the ways that it has been explained. Or rather, let’s not, but just know there are at least 25 articles out there online, and most of them require some facility with numbers…

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