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Artificial intelligence has the potential to change lots of things (in good ways) for humanity. Some people, notably Elon Musk, fear an AI arms race could lead to another world war. AI has shown that it is capable of beating humans in games that humans have mastered over many years, such as Google's AlphaGo AI defeating Go world champion Lee Sedol. Now, AI has invented an entirely new sport using data from 400 existing sports. The new sport is called Speedgate, and it was created after design agency AKQA feed the AI neural network data on 400 existing sports. The AI came up with some wacky ideas for sports; one of them was exploding Frisbees making it a good thing that the AI can't force... Read more...
If you’d like your Google Assistant to have a silky smooth, soulful voice responding to your every command, your day has some. Google has announced that its first celebrity voice is now available, and it comes from none other than Grammy-winning singer John Legend. The new celebrity voice is only available on a limited time basis, and can be invoked by saying “Hey Google, talk like a Legend.” Although most complex requests will still be handled by the standard Google Assistant voice, you’ll hear Legend’s voice when you ask for the temperature or when asking random questions like “Why is the sky blue” or “Tell me a joke.” You can also ask AI... Read more...
Intel is launching its latest salvo of data-centric products today, targeting a wide range of workloads and applications. You may think that means a fresh batch of powerful Xeons are on the way – and you’d be correct but there's more. Today marks the official arrival of Intel’s Cascade Lake, many-core 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable Series Processors, but the company is also announcing or launching a plethora of adjacent products including new FPGAs, innovative network controllers, a new server chassis platform, and Optane DC Persistent memory. And along with those powerful Xeon Scalable Series Processors, more specialized Xeon-D series products, which are designed for all sorts... Read more...
Last year NVIDIA launched the Jetson AGX Xavier board which aimed to be the brains behind next-gen AI devices. NVIDIA has now announced the Jetson Nano developer board that it says will enable the development of millions of new and small low-power AI systems. NVIDIA is aiming the Jetson Nano at IoT applications including entry-level Network Video Recorders, home robots, and intelligent gateways that offer full analytics capabilities. Jetson Nano is very small at 70 x 45mm; in fact it's the smallest Jetson device that NVIDIA offers. Jetson Nano is a production-ready System on Module (SoM) that can be used across multiple industries. Nano uses a Maxwell GPU with 128 CUDA cores. The CPU... Read more...
Sometimes the question is not 'can we?' but 'should we?', and whoever decided to make a deepfake video of Steve Buscemi's mug on Jennifer Lawrence completely ignored the latter. The result is one of the most frightening things you'll ever see. Granted, beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder. But let us explain. Yes, Steve Buscemi is getting up there in age, his younger days now firmly behind him. He's also a great actor, and perhaps even an underappreciated one—he has an impressive acting resume that includes Reservoir Dogs, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and one of this editor's favorite TV series, The Sopranos. However, mashing his face onto Jennifer Lawrence is both... Read more...
The release of Tesla’s Autopilot Hardware 3.0 is just around the corner and the automotive firm has made a number of significant changes with this upgrade. A series of recent patents have confirmed that Tesla will utilize a new artificial intelligence chip, or “neural net accelerator”. This will replace the NVIDIA hardware that is currently used in the Autopilot 2.0 platform and should enable full self-driving capabilities in the future.  Why is Tesla working on a new AI chip? According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “Processing for machine learning and artificial intelligence typically requires performing mathematical operations... Read more...
Memes are a big part of the web, especially on social media, and they serve different purposes. Humor is the primary reason memes exist, obviously, but they can also be used to make political statements and to share satirical thoughts. Could they also be used to harvest user data, though? That is a question that has been raised in response to the 10-year profile picture challenge that has gone viral on Facebook. You have probably seen this one already—the 'challenge' is to post your first profile picture alongside your most recent one to compare how much you have changed over the years. Oftentimes, there is a fixed data applied to the challenge, usually 10 years, though some participants... Read more...
We tend to associate NVIDIA with graphics cards, and more specifically, the graphics processing units (GPUs) that go inside them, but the company has a much broader focus. For example, NVIDIA is heavily invested in artificial intelligence technologies. As part of that, NVIDIA recently opened up a robotics lab in Seattle near the University of Washington campus to research and develop the next generation of artificially intelligent robots. NVIDIA opened the lab in November with 14 researchers and expects to triple that number by midyear, which also factors in visiting faculty and interns. Dieter Fox, senior director of robotics research at NVIDIA and professor at the University of Washington's... Read more...
A little over a year ago, we talked about NVIDIA and its AI processing technology that was working to create realistic-looking human faces from a few source photos. The images that the AI created were so photorealistic that you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the AI generated faces and real human faces in photos. The technology has come so far in the last four years that the difference is now even more astonishing, and frankly a little creepy. The image above (b) shows the faces that a similar AI was able to generate in 2014, while the photo below this paragraph shows the faces the AI can create today. The AI-rendered faces are so good that if you weren't told... Read more...
NVIDIA launched its first Jetson family products back in 2015 when its Jetson TX1 system aimed to be the brains behind autonomous devices, from drones to robotics and autonomous vehicles. The Silicon Valley GPU giant then added to the Jetson line in 2017 with the Jetson TX2 for commercial drones and smart robots. Today, NVIDIA has now announced the latest addition to the Jetson family called the Jetson AGX Xavier Module, and the company says this new processing engine is targeted at bringing up to 32 TOPS of performance to next-generation autonomous machines. Despite its big processing power, the AGX Xavier Module is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (or robotic arm), and... Read more...
When it comes to modern smartphones, AI performance is becoming increasingly more relevant to everyday tasks. In addition to offloading tasks usually handled by the main processor, dedicated AI engines are empowering computational photography allowing today’s flagship phones to capture amazing images.  To that end, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8150 is shaping up to be an AI powerhouse, at least according to leaked numbers that have shown up at AI-Benchmark. The AI-Benchmark site notes the benchmark consists of 9 Computer Vision AI tasks performed by 9 separate Neural Networks that are running on smartphones currently. The tasks include Object Recognition and Classification,... Read more...
AI can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what the AI is designed to do. Many AIs are meant to do things like help doctors diagnose disease, though other AI technologies can be turned towards more nefarious deeds. For example, a team of IEEE researchers has devised a method of harnessing an AI to generate fake fingerprints that work like a master key, to bypass the biometric locks that are employed on smartphones. The team notes that the attack using their AI-driven method can be issued against random devices "with some probability of success." OnePlus 6T In-Display Fingerprint Scanner The technique is known as DeepMasterPrints, and the researchers liken them to a master key for... Read more...
Qualcomm is once again expanding its mid-range SoC portfolio with the introduction of the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 675 is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 670, and offers improvements when it comes to gaming, artificial intelligence and camera performance. The Snapdragon 675 is an octa-core design featuring two high-performance, fourth-generation Kryo cores operating at 2GHz along with six Kryo efficiency cores clocked at 1.7GHz. Compared to the Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 675 improves game launches by 30 percent, boosts web browsing by 35 percent and makes opening up music files and social media content faster as well. During our pre-briefing on the... Read more...
Google does some wild things in its research that sometimes turn into cool products that we can fiddle with online. Now its Magenta research arm has created an AI that can turn anyone into a piano virtuoso. The creation is called Piano Genie and it's an AI program that allows anyone to improvise on the piano by pounding on eight buttons connected to a real player piano. Piano Genie was inspired by Guitar Hero, a game that was insanely popular a few years back and simplified playing the guitar, turning playing music into a game. When team Magenta created Piano Genie, it took a different route than Guitar Hero, a game famous for allowing players to play pop and rock tunes written by well-known... Read more...
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