Introducing the Latest AI Tech Toy Sensation: Doggo 2.0Artificial Intelligence
Need for More E-Speed: Human Driver Beats Roboracer, AgainElectrek
What does a driverless race car look like when it’s speeding around a track? Find out in this cool video, which pits pro drift driver Ryan Tuerck in his first time behind the wheel of a e-vehicle against the autonomous DevBot from Roborace, a new e-car racing series that’s fully driverless. Given that e-car’s driverless lighter weight gives it a natural advantage over a human-bodied car, how did the race go? After racing around the circuit track in Rome, the human ended up about 24 percent faster than the robocar. Even so, Roborace founder Denis Sverdlov says the “DevBot” race car will be able to beat human drivers by year’s end. It’s an ambitious claim, considering what a bad year this has already been for driverless cars, but at least race tracks are pedestrianless, too.
Ticketmaster to Test Out Facial Recognition Instead of Tickets at VenuesThe Next Web
Ticketmaster says it’s going to test out facial recognition instead of tickets for venue entries, but it’s not clear how much faster that might be than the current ticket system. Indeed, it would certainly be a convenience for the types of concertgoers who regularly misplace their tickets and stubs, and eventually could be used to, say, push different holographic or digital billboard ads to you as you walk around the venue, not to mention let you pay cashlessly for snacks à la Amazon Go. And of course, it would also likely be used for security purposes, as is happening at Madison Square Garden, which, for most consumers, is probably a better selling point for giving up one’s face data than convenience.
Visual AI at Google I/OEngadget
While the most fascinating announcement at Google I/O last week was the Turing Test-breaking natural conversation system Duplex, plenty of other more visual AI news was revealed at the annual developer conference as well, including more robust tools in Google Photos that will automatically colorize black-and-white photos, rotate images and optimize brightness. Also, Google Assistant will soon be added to Google Maps, which will superimpose AR directional arrows through your smartphone’s viewfinder, eliminating the need to reorient yourself in the real world when deciphering a map. Google is also making it easier for developers to create augmented images, so brands could, say, have an AR ad come to life whenever a phone is aimed at a particular object or picture. This supercut video lets you see it all in as little as 20 minutes.
Lil Miquela More Popular Than Ever, But Don’t Call Her “AI”The Cut
Despite getting outed as the product of cryptic Los Angeles-based startup Brud last month, digital avatar Instagram influencer Lil Miquela continues to fascinate and gain followers in today’s filtered and fake social media mix. And finally, articles about her aren’t calling her an "AI" influencer. Other than some hyperrealistic CGI and (presumably) human-curated responses, there doesn’t seem to be anything AI about her, other than Brud identifying as a robotics and AI company on its website. It’s possible that, say, computer vision-intelligence of virally resonant Instagram imagery is being applied to the posts for optimum performance, or that the posts are auto-generated, chatbot-style, or maybe that this technology might soon be applied to video (a much harder lift). For now, though, it just looks like some smooth CGI and Photoshopping, which would be a pretty clever marketing strategy for some actual AI robotics product in the future.