Deep neural machine translation (NMT) can learn representations containing linguistic information. And despite the differences between various models, they all tend to learn similar properties. This phenomena got researchers wondering whether the learned information is fully distributed and embedded to individual neurons. Recent research results confirmed that hypothesis, revealing that simple properties such as coordinating conjunctions and determiners can be attributed to individual neurons, while more complex linguistic properties such as syntax and semantics are distributed across multiple neurons. Following on this, researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tencent AI Lab and University of Macau have proposed a new neuron interaction based representation composition for NMT.
In late 2019, researchers at Seoul-based Hyperconnect developed a tool (MarioNETte) that could manipulate the facial features of a historical figure, a politician, or a CEO using nothing but a webcam and still images. More recently, a team hailing from Hong Kong-based tech giant SenseTIme, Nanyang Technological University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Automation proposed a method of editing target portrait footage by taking sequences of audio to synthesize photo-realistic videos. As opposed to MarioNETte, SenseTime's technique is dynamic, meaning it's able to better handle media it hasn't before encountered. And the results are impressive, albeit worrisome in light of recent developments involving deepfakes. The coauthors of the study describing the work note that the task of "many-to-many" audio-to-video translation -- that is, translation that doesn't assume a single identity of source video and the target video -- is challenging.
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Fintech startup MioTech on Monday announced the closure of its Series A funding round, which was led by Horizons Ventures. The venture firm is the private investment arm of Hong Kong-based businessman and billionaire Li Ka-shing and is an existing investor in the startup. In 2017, Horizons Ventures invested in the Series A round of the artificial intelligence (AI) platform, which was closed after raising $7 million. Though the company did not disclose the amount it received in the fresh funding round, the proceeds will be utilized in hiring talents and R&D. "The financing will be used to recruit more talents and invest in R&D. It will further strengthen MioTech's data and technology edge, and help MioTech become the industry acknowledged platform for Green Finance and Sustainable Investment in Asia," Jason Tu, co-founder and CEO of the company, said.
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Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) company Megvii's plans for a $500 million Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) are back on track after its application was cleared by the city's stock exchange, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Megvii - which was blacklisted by the U.S. administration in October - was asked to provide more information in November when the company faced the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing committee to seek the go-ahead for the transaction. Megvii, which is known for its facial recognition platform Face, is aiming to be the first Chinese AI firm to go public. The plan comes after the Trump administration in October placed Megvii on a banned trade list with seven other Chinese firms for their alleged involvement in human rights violations related to Beijing's treatment of Muslim minority populations in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Buildings often have impressive facades but hidden flaws can bring expensive disasters. Densely developed cities have strong demand for "infrastructure-building doctors" which use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and robotics to find structural flaws – demand that Harris Sun, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of RaSpect, is eager to meet. The start-up improves on existing building inspections by using AI and cloud-based data analysis to build up models of the structures. This permits remote detection which saves costs and time. Being among the winners of a competition held as part of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's (HKTDC) Start-up Express 2019 development programme, Mr Sun is looking forward to using the HKTDC's business-matching activities to expand overseas.