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Need for More E-Speed: Human Driver Beats Roboracer, Again

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.

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Ticketmaster to Test Out Facial Recognition Instead of Tickets at Venues

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.

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Visual AI at Google I/O

Visual AI at Google I/O

Engadget

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…

Lil Miquela More Popular Than Ever, But Don’t Call Her “AI”

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…

Reality Bytes: How Synthetic Data Can Help Computer Vision Startups

Reality Bytes: How Synthetic Data Can Help Computer Vision Startups

TechCrunch

Getting accurately labeled training data remains a challenge for computer vision and AI startups competing against the world’s Googles, Facebooks, Apples, and Microsofts, all of which have access to exponentially growing boatloads of the stuff. So why go for the…

Getting Closer to Nature By Getting Even Closer to Technology

Getting Closer to Nature By Getting Even Closer to Technology

Inverse

Computer vision nature-ID apps such as Pl@ntNet, PlantSnap and iNaturalist make the identification of different flowers, plants and animals as easy as pointing our smartphone cameras at them. What’s more, some of these apps actively solicit images and identifications from…

“Computer Vision Record Player” IDs Albums by Cover, Then Streams Them on Spotify

“Computer Vision Record Player” IDs Albums by Cover, Then Streams Them on Spotify

NME

Unless you're into vinyl, you probably don't think too much about album covers anymore, but a new app is giving them a greater purpose thanks to computer vision. Connect your Spotify account to the ‘Record Player' app, upload a picture…

AI, AR and Computer Vision Dominate Facebook F8

AI, AR and Computer Vision Dominate Facebook F8

VR Focus

'Tis the season of annual developer conferences, with Facebook’s F8 first out of the gate last week. Privacy issues and new dating capabilities aside, the company announced some interesting new computer vision features, including new tools for businesses and developers…

Singapore Airport May Use Face Recognition to Locate Lost or Late Air Travelers

Singapore Airport May Use Face Recognition to Locate Lost or Late Air Travelers

New York Times

Air travelers annoyed with fellow passengers who delay flights after dilly-dallying at duty-free may have a reason to love a new use for facial recognition. The technology may be implemented soon at Singapore's Changi Airport to locate passengers who may…

AI-Optimized Cockroach Farm Is Good for the Gut, Unless the Critters Escape

AI-Optimized Cockroach Farm Is Good for the Gut, Unless the Critters Escape

South China Morning Post

With the exception of this story about modern-day, farm-to-body leech cures in Russia, this article about an AI-optimized cockroach breeding factory in China might be the scariest thing we've read in months. The facility outside of Xichang gathers and analyzes…

Microsoft Build Conference Demos AI Drones and Smart Meeting Rooms

Microsoft Build Conference Demos AI Drones and Smart Meeting Rooms

Popular Science

Microsoft's annual Build developer conference opened a day before Google I/O, and—no surprise—AI and computer vision were on the menu. One demo showed unmanned DJI drones shooting video of industrial pipes with problems, then livestreaming that video to a laptop…

Killer Robots and Autonomous Weapons Don’t Make Sergey Brin’s AI Perils List

Killer Robots and Autonomous Weapons Don’t Make Sergey Brin’s AI Perils List

The Inquirer

Like many a concerned technology mogul, Sergey Brin has some things to say about the promises and perils of AI.  In his recent “Founder’s Letter,” the Google cofounder and Alphabet president outlined a coterie of wonders that AI development at…

Spot Sees Run: Dog With Camera Helps Train Future Robots

Spot Sees Run: Dog With Camera Helps Train Future Robots

The Bark

Service and companion dogs may need to look for new jobs in the future because robot canines are on their tails. Footage of a dog’s view collected by an Alaskan Malamute with a GoPro camera strapped on its head was…

AI May Soon Put Crowd Size Debates to Rest

AI May Soon Put Crowd Size Debates to Rest

Euronews

If you’ve ever attended a demonstration, public concert or inauguration, you’ve experienced the discrepancies in the crowd counts. Now there’s a new method that has trained a vision algorithm to estimate the sizes of crowds in videos and still pictures…

Bias Be Gone: The Best Ways for Marketers to Build Better Models 

Bias Be Gone: The Best Ways for Marketers to Build Better Models 

Adweek

Bias is a big deal in AI, not least with data-driven marketing models, but overcoming skewed results, however they may advance the bottom line, is as simple as applying the same scientific-method skepticism, transparency and copious data that has always…

AI, Computer Vision Help Facebook Tow the Line Between “Censorship and Sensibility”

AI, Computer Vision Help Facebook Tow the Line Between “Censorship and Sensibility”

TechCrunch

Facebook is beginning to have a semblance of a strategy to combat the proliferation of fake news stories on its site, and it involves an encouraging mix of human fact-checkers—the folks who have always made sure that anything you read…

Why Museum Apps Need to BYOB

Why Museum Apps Need to BYOB

Mashable

There's a lot of hype around AR and image recognition apps for art and museums, but not surprisingly, when a reporter at Mashable actually tried them out, she found them lacking—and not because the technology stinks. The culprit was the…

The Real Augmented Shady

The Real Augmented Shady

Eminem.com

Shooting Instagram-worthy moments at live concerts with smartphones is getting some competition for music fans' attention—namely, from augmented reality experiences on those same smartphones. Earlier this year, "cinematic rock" band Starset debuted an AR app that added stars above the…

Masters Class: the Best Places to Advertise at a Golf Tournament

Masters Class: the Best Places to Advertise at a Golf Tournament

Herald Courier

The best place to place your logo in a golf tournament is the front of a hat and the chest area of a shirt, according an analysis of the recent 2018 Masters Golf Tournament by GumGum Sports, which applies computer…

Using Virtual Reality to Train Real-World Autonomous Cars

Using Virtual Reality to Train Real-World Autonomous Cars

Asian Scientist

Getting good labeled datasets is a challenge in any AI-training environment, and self-driving vehicles are no exception. But with all the self-driving car accidents lately, it's worth looking at taking all the training risks in a virtual world instead. Scientists…

Computer Vision Makes Sense of Messy Data, Just In Time for GDPR

Computer Vision Makes Sense of Messy Data, Just In Time for GDPR

Digital Journal

The imminent arrival of the EU's data privacy law, GDPR, brings up huge challenges for data rich organizations from law firms and banks to ad agencies and tech companies. How, for example, to protect and secure data that is unlabeled…

VIP/Not VIP: How Deep Should In-Device Neural Processing Chips Go?

VIP/Not VIP: How Deep Should In-Device Neural Processing Chips Go?

Wired

The key to getting image recognition everywhere is new, ultraportable chips that are powerful enough to run neural networks to learn and recognize everything from faces and objects to actions and landscapes—on-the-fly and in real time. The advantage is that…

HAI School: Aimed at Education Market, Google AIY Kits Coming to Target

HAI School: Aimed at Education Market, Google AIY Kits Coming to Target

9to5Google

Google just made creating your own computer vision model to recognize, say, cats or the Empire State Building or a Malibu sunset, a little easier. The company has released a companion mobile app for its two DIY AI bundles that…

Studio 50: Projection Mapping on Disco Balls Creates Rave-Ready Light Show

Studio 50: Projection Mapping on Disco Balls Creates Rave-Ready Light Show

Colossal

Projection mapping, a technology that uses computer vision to dynamically project light onto real-world objects, even moving ones, in a realistic way, is already being used to transform the looks of stadiums, buildings and even t-shirts, kind of like Animojis…

Nike Buys Computer Vision Startup to Scan Shoppers’ Feet for Better-Fitting Shoes

Nike Buys Computer Vision Startup to Scan Shoppers’ Feet for Better-Fitting Shoes

Footwear News

In a bid, no doubt, to lessen the number of online returns of shoes that don’t fit, Nike last week announced the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based computer vision company Invertex, which has a platform that mixes AI and 3D mapping to…

Yabba Dabba Deep Learning: AI Auto-Generates Flintstones Scenes

Yabba Dabba Deep Learning: AI Auto-Generates Flintstones Scenes

Engadget

The Flintstones was never complex material, both in terms of writing or animation—just some Honeymooners with Stone Age-era puns and basic animations on top of still backgrounds—so it’s no surprise that a group of computer scientists are trying to get AI to recreate…

Augmented Reality to Spice Up Your Prints

Augmented Reality to Spice Up Your Prints

Next Reality

Video or still? That is the question, especially when you’re capturing some action-filled scenes. And yes, you can easily just grab a still out of your video, or create a GIF, but what if you want both formats in the…

Street View Smarts: AI Learns Its Way Around Town

Street View Smarts: AI Learns Its Way Around Town

Inverse

Before we ceded this control to GPS and navigation systems, we humans used such common sense methods as looking at signs and landmarks to get to where we needed to go. Now even machines, which presumably live and breathe on…

In China, Facial Recognition IDs “Economic Crime” Suspect Out of 50,000-Person Crowd

In China, Facial Recognition IDs “Economic Crime” Suspect Out of 50,000-Person Crowd

South China Morning Post

Chinese authorities used a facial recognition system to find a suspect wanted for an “economic crime” in  a crowd of 50,000 Jacky Cheung concertgoers in Nanchang, China’s third largest city. Sounds like a win for law enforcement, but it would…

New Documentary Looks at the “Promises and Perils” of AI

New Documentary Looks at the “Promises and Perils” of AI

Digital Trends

Keeping in the tradition of making movies with questions for titles, Who Killed the Electric Car? director Chris Paine just released a new film: Do You Trust This Computer? “The inspiration for the documentary began about three years ago when…

Computer Vision at the Masters Tournament

Computer Vision at the Masters Tournament

GeekWire

Just as it did for professional tennis at the U.S. Open last year, IBM Watson applied computer vision to the Masters golf tournament, which wrapped up earlier this month. Looking for fist pumps, crowd cheers, onscreen text and other elements…

How DARPA Is Fighting Manipulated Media

How DARPA Is Fighting Manipulated Media

Fast Company

Here’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that DARPA is in the midst of a five-year program with forensics and technology experts to teach algorithms to spot doctored images and videos. Also, generative adversarial networks,…

New Snapchat iPhone X Masks Make the Most of TrueDepth Camera

New Snapchat iPhone X Masks Make the Most of TrueDepth Camera

International Business Times

Given the dearth of Animoji offerings by Apple itself, it came as a sigh of relief to iPhone X users that Snapchat has released three new lenses—a golden carnival mask, a Day-of-the-Dead skull, and a Mardi Gras mask--that take advantage…

“Shazam for Nature” App IDs Flora and Fauna

“Shazam for Nature” App IDs Flora and Fauna

Business Insider

Never eat poisoned berries or get bitten by venomous snakes again—or just enjoy your next country outing like a seasoned birdwatcher or plant specialist—thanks to a new app from iNaturalist, a social network for nature lovers. Currently available only for…

Data Scientist Uses Own Noodle to Create Ramen Classifier

Data Scientist Uses Own Noodle to Create Ramen Classifier

The Verge

Of the various human senses that AI is learning, taste isn’t one of them, but this is where computer vision can pick up the slack. Using Google’s Cloud AutoML vision tool and a dataset of 50,000 ramen images collected from…

Another Bad Week for Semi-Drivers of Semi-Self-Driving Cars

Another Bad Week for Semi-Drivers of Semi-Self-Driving Cars

Entrepreneur

Right on the heels of Uber’s tragic self-driving car accident, Tesla reported on Friday that the Model X car that crashed into a concrete divider on March 23 and killed its driver was indeed in the Autopilot adaptive cruise control…

Nikon’s New Automated Cameras Capture Game Footage That Humans Can’t

Nikon’s New Automated Cameras Capture Game Footage That Humans Can’t

TechRadar

As if there weren’t already enough in-game video for machine learning algorithms to sift through to help sports broadcasters find the best highlights, along comes an automated robotic video capture system to provide more footage. To be fair, the PolyCam…

iOS 11.3’s Improved ARKit Helps “Return” Stolen Painting to Museum

iOS 11.3’s Improved ARKit Helps “Return” Stolen Painting to Museum

Engadget

For the past 28 years, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has displayed 13 empty frames that once contained works of art stolen in 1990. None of the paintings have been recovered, and the crime remains unsolved, but at least two…

Neural Networks Transform Live Video Feeds Into Fire, Flowers, Sky and Water

Neural Networks Transform Live Video Feeds Into Fire, Flowers, Sky and Water

Digital Trends

New technologies have always been adopted by artists with something to say, and the current deep learning renaissance is no exception. In 'Learning to See,' Goldsmiths University PhD student and artist Memo Akten trained neural networks only on still images…

AI Special Effects to Make Green Screens Flee the Scene

AI Special Effects to Make Green Screens Flee the Scene

New York Times

Movie budgets that spiral out of control may become a thing of the past thanks to the innovative application of computer vision to special effects. AI startup Arraiy has developed a technology that takes on the task of rotoscoping—separating actors…

Boxing DAI

Boxing DAI

Vision Systems

Baseball, golf, and even table tennis have benefited from computer vision-enabled training systems that help athletes improve their techniques. Now, boxing steps into the AI sports optimization ring with BotBoxer. The robo-punching-bag uses an array of visual, velocity, motion and…

Why Humans Monitoring Computers Need to Be Computer-Monitored

Why Humans Monitoring Computers Need to Be Computer-Monitored

Wired

As anyone who has ever tried Tesla's Autopilot or Cadillac's Super Cruise can attest, it's hard to be a part-time driver. You chill out in passenger mode until, occasionally, the car asks you to take over the wheel when, say,…

Computer Vision Creates 2D Virtual Models Just By Looking at Clothes

Computer Vision Creates 2D Virtual Models Just By Looking at Clothes

Vue.AI

Full-body 3D scanners are all the rage in shopping malls, event activations and avatar workshops, but they are generally costly and take up a lot of space (like a small room kind of space). But it’s worth it for a…

David Bowie Is…in Your Room

David Bowie Is…in Your Room

New York Times

Can’t make it in person to the phenomenal “David Bowie Is” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art? You’re in luck. The New York Times has extracted some of the late British rockstar’s most iconic looks—including 1973’s oddly-shaped “Tokyo Pop”…

LED Baseball Cap Turns You Into Moby in Facial Recognition System’s Eyes

LED Baseball Cap Turns You Into Moby in Facial Recognition System’s Eyes

Motherboard

Video isn’t the only thing that can be faked these days, at least according to the result of an experiment by a group of researchers in China, which developed baseball cap embedded with LEDs that shine infrared light points on…

Lufthansa Boards Giant Jet in Under 20 Minutes Thanks to Biometric Boarding Passes

Lufthansa Boards Giant Jet in Under 20 Minutes Thanks to Biometric Boarding Passes

Conde Nast Traveler

Los Angeles International Airport may be a clusterfudge when it comes to passenger satisfaction or traffic congestion both arriving planes and cars, but it’s moving full steam ahead with biometric boarding passes, with British Airways and Lufthansa already using the…

Why Thyng AR’s March Madness App Is So Fantastic

Why Thyng AR’s March Madness App Is So Fantastic

Sport Techie

March Madness just got a bit more madcap thanks to enterprising app developers and college basketball fans who want to throw together a 3D model. The latest version of the Thyng AR iOS appnow lets sports fans place logos and animated…

A New Way to Watch the Game

A New Way to Watch the Game

New York Times

Unbeknownst to concert- and sports event-goers, Madison Square Garden has been experimenting with facial recognition technology at events, comparing images of attendees against security databases, per a report in the New York Times, and it's raising red flags among privacy…

Better Smartphones Through Deep Learning

Better Smartphones Through Deep Learning

AdAge

Deep learning is one of the cornerstones of a lot of what is called AI today, from self-driving cars and medical scanning to recommendation engines and ad tech. But how is it being used by advertising and marketers, and where…

The Well-Read Robot

The Well-Read Robot

Imaging and Vision Europe

Scanning books to digitize them is a long tedious process because someone has to actually turn those pages and make sure they’re positioned properly to avoid any distortions. Is it any wonder your favorite out-of-print books still aren’t available in…

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