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AI Generator Learns to 'Draw' Like Cartoonist Lee Mal-Nyeon in Just 10 Hours


A Seoul National University Master's student and developer has trained a face generating model to transfer normal face photographs into cartoon images in the distinctive style of Lee Mal-nyeon. The student (GitHub user name: bryandlee) used webcomics images by South Korean cartoonist Lee Mal-nyeon (이말년) as input data, building a dataset of malnyun cartoon faces then testing popular deep generative models on it. By combining a pretrained face generating model with special training techniques, they were able to train a generator at 256 256 resolution in just 10 hours on a single RTX 2080ti GPU, using only 500 manually annotated images. Since the cascade classifier for human faces provided in OpenCV-- a library of programming functions mainly aimed at real-time computer vision -- did not work well on the cartoon domain, the student manually annotated 500 input cartoon face images. The student incorporated FreezeD, a simple yet effective baseline for transfer learning of GANs proposed earlier this year by KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and POSTECH ( Pohang University of Science and Technology) researchers to reduce the burden of heavy data and computational resources when training GANs. The developer tested the idea of freezing the early layers of the generator in transfer learning settings on the proposed FreezeG (freezing generator) and found that "it worked pretty well."

Cloud gaming hits Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th


Microsoft's video game streaming technology, Project xCloud, will come to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, at no additional cost to members. The initial rollout covers 22 countries across North America, Europe and South Korea, and gives players access to more than 100 games, including Destiny 2, Gears 5, Minecraft: Dungeons, The Outer Worlds, Sea of Thieves and Yakuza Kiwami 2. Microsoft revealed in July that xCloud would be rolled into Game Pass Ultimate in September, but didn't share an exact date or specific titles coming to the service. Today, Microsoft listed the names of 36 games heading to Game Pass Ultimate via xCloud, and we've published those at the end of the article. Project xCloud makes Xbox console games playable on Android smartphones and tablets, streamed in over WiFi or cellular data. It's been live in beta since October 2019, and it's proven to be one of the most consistent, steadily-growing streaming services out there.

Data Science and Cities: A Critical Approach · Harvard Data Science Review


Sensors increasingly permeate our lives and generate a plethora of data, which has transformed the way we live in cities. Planners have been using data-science to improve our understanding of urban issues. While other domains have highlighted concerns with big data collection, aggregation, and analytical methods to understand different phenomena, urban planning has an additional aspiration: not only to understand, but to transform society through planning. Thus, on top of critically approaching data collection and analytical methods, for the emergent field of urban science to become a distinctively unique body of knowledge, it must examine the ontological and epistemological boundaries of the big data paradigm and how it affects urban decision-making processes and their short- and long-term consequences in cities. Data-driven approaches have transformed the way we analyze, design and make policy decisions in cities. This has been true during the COVID-19 pandemic, where countries have used self-reported information and tracing apps to map infected people. South Korea Corona Map, for example provides the addresses of all infected residents, and Singapore COVID19 maps each case and their social networks, to help other people identify if they had contact with an infected person, took the same flight or used the same urban facilities to be aware of their risk of contagion.

Tesla's Model 3 under investigation in South Korean safety probe


South Korea has launched a safety probe into Tesla, focusing on braking and steering systems including Autopilot, according to Reuters. The transport ministry is specifically looking at the the Model 3 in an investigation that could take from six months to a year, according to Reuters' sources. The news casts a bit of a shadow on Tesla's huge sales surge in the nation, spurred by the Model 3. Tesla has an excellent safety record overall, but the autopilot system has drawn criticism from the the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). More recently, Tesla's Autopilot marketing was decried as "misleading" by Korea's Fair Trade Commission. Tesla will cooperate with the investigation, according to a South Korean transport ministry official.

LG Q2 profits feel the brunt of COVID-19


LG Electronics has posted 495.4 billion won in operating profits and sales of 12.8 trillion won for the second quarter of 2020. It is a drop of around 24% and almost 18%, respectively, from a year prior. LG said its results were affected significantly by the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. LG's home appliance business, its main profit contributor, posted operating profits of 628 billion won, down 12.5% from a year prior. The company stressed, however, that the margin rate for the business during the second quarter was 12.2% thanks to strong sales from its premium products and cost-cutting efforts.

Global Video Surveillance Market Analysis 2020 - Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in Video Surveillance


Dublin, July 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Global Video Surveillance Market: Focus on Ecosystem, Application (Infrastructure, Commercial Residential, Industrial, Institutional, Others), and Region - Analysis and Forecast, 2020-2025" report has been added to's offering. The video surveillance industry analysis projects the market to grow at a significant CAGR of 10.06% on the basis of value during the forecast period from 2020 to 2025. Asia-Pacific region dominated the global video surveillance with a share of 58.12% in 2019. The constantly expanding infrastructure in China and India has been a significant driver in promoting the growth of video surveillance in these countries. The decline in the costs of the overall CCTV-based security system packages due to the reduction in the prices of video cameras has hiked the price competitiveness of these surveillance systems, especially in the Chinese, Indian, and South Korean markets.

Korean central bank launches blockchain and AI department - CoinGeek


South Korea's central bank is stepping up its efforts in digitizing the economy, launching a new department dedicated to emerging technologies. The new department will focus on blockchain, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies. The Bank of Korea revealed recently that it will be launching the'Digital Innovations' department. As per a report by local outlet In The News, the department will not only implement new digital technologies, but also expand the existing digital infrastructure. The department will have a number of teams that will focus on various sectors, including data service and innovation, the report states.

Riiid raises $41.8 million to expand its AI test prep apps


Riiid, a Seoul, South Korea-based startup developing AI test prep solutions, today closed a $41.8 million pre-series D financing round, bringing its total venture capital raised to date to $70.2 million. CEO YJ Jang says the funding will be used to advance Riiid's technology that offers personalized study solutions based on big data analysis, and to bolster the company's expansion across the U.S., South America, and the Middle East as it establishes an R&D lab -- Riiid Labs -- in Silicon Valley. The pandemic has forced the shutdown of schools in countries around the world; cramped indoor classrooms are seen as a major threat vector. Despite inequities with regard to internet access and the widening achievement gap, it's the belief of educators that the health pros outweigh the cons. Riiid, which offers its services exclusively online, has been a beneficiary of the shift.

Using Artificial Intelligence Authentically and Ethically


Heather Chmura '16 launched her career at the age of 14 as the youngest franchise owner of a Wetzel's Pretzels in Las Vegas, managing more than 50 employees. Busy with her business, she went to high school online. But she decided to attend college in person. After searching for a small school with overseas programs and a good religious studies department, she joined her sister, Becky Chmura '14, at Westmont. She majored in economics and business, participated in the Westmont in Northern Europe semester, took Emmaus Road trips to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and studied Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid with professor Rick Ifland to help establish microfinance businesses in Haiti.

FSC Korea Kicks Off Working Group on Artificial Intelligence


The working group will seek to promote the use of AI adoption in financial services as part of the government's'New Deal' policy initiative. South Korea's FSC (Financial Services Commission) on Thursday (16 July) held a kick-off meeting of a new working group tasked with promoting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in financial services. "AI technology can help improve the effectiveness, inclusiveness and accountability while lowering costs in providing financial services," the FSC said, pointing to credit scoring, loan assessment, insurance and asset management as service areas that will benefit. The move to promote AI adoption in financial services is part of the government's KRW 114 trillion'New Deal' policy initiative, which centres on creating more tech sector jobs and promoting digitalisation of industries as a new post-coronavirus growth engine. At the meeting, participants discussed major trends and policies surrounding the application of AI in financial services, the working group's plans to promote the sector.