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Thales to Spark Innovation among Five AI Startups with Season 3 of AI@Centech Program

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Thales has launched Season 3 of AI@Centech, a business accelerator designed to help artificial-intelligence focused startups tackle real-world problems. Thales selected five international startups in early August out of a pool of more than 200 potential competitors from around the world. The search for qualified startups began in February when the program published challenges ranging from how to more efficiently use AI to manage satellites to applying augmented cognition to improve human decision-making. The selected startups will work closely with Thales business coaches and AI experts who will advise them on critical skills such as fundraising, product enhancement, design, visibility, proof-of-concept, and market access. Season 3 of AI@Centech follows last year's successful second season of the program, which resulted in many achievements such as Thales and MyDataModels winning a bid with the municipality of Nice Côte d'Azur, France for underwater threat detection.


Amazon's second-gen Echo Show 8 falls back to $100

Engadget

If you missed the chance to grab the new Echo Show 8 during Amazon's Prime Day event in July, you may want to check the smart display's listing on Amazon. That's only $5 more than what it was listed for during Prime Day, and it's certainly not a bad deal for a relatively new device that was only released in June. We gave the Echo Show 8 a score of 87 in our review. Between this device and its smaller 5-inch sibling, it received more upgrades from the previous generation, including a faster octa-core processor. It also has a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera that's a huge improvement over the previous version's one-megapixel sensor.


How AI Is Used to Improve Everyday Entertainment

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By now, most of us are familiar with the concept of AI. As one of the most popular technologies making rounds today, AI is talked about pretty often in mainstream media. While most of us have already heard of a few interesting applications of AI in different fields, many aren't aware that it has practical use in the world of entertainment! Entertainment and technology are closely intertwined, so when one changes, the other usually follows. With that in mind, here's how AI is used to improve some everyday entertainment channels we all know and love.


Dave Chappelle's controversial special 'The Closer' gets high audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

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Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Dave Chappelle's controversial new Netflix standup special "The Closer" has a very high audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes despite calls from activists to remove the piece of content from the streamer's library. The comedian, 48, is being criticized by many in the LGBTQ community for comments he made about transgender people. Despite many like Netflix's own "Dear White People'' showrunner Jaclyn Moore coming out strong against the special, Chappelle himself has been able to laugh off the backlash, even getting a standing ovation during an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last week.


Is Disney World the New Netflix?

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Netflix leans on machine learning to power its recommendation algorithms and shape its future … How deep will Disney go in catering its suggestions?


Deepfake technology could soon allow anyone to create Hollywood-quality visual effects

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Deepfake technology could soon give anybody with a computer or phone the power of a Hollywood special effects department. In the next several years, technologists predict we will all be able to create photo-realistic videos and sound recordings using software enabled by artificial intelligence. That means instead of using cameras and microphones, next-generation "synthetic media'' will be completely generated by computers. Bill Whitaker looks at the state of the art today and volunteers as a guinea pig in an amazing deepfake transformation in which he becomes 30 years younger. The story will be broadcast on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, October 10 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Nina Schick, a London-based researcher and political consultant was advising world leaders on Russian disinformation and election security when she first came across deepfakes. They have only gotten better since then. "The incredible thing about deepfakes and synthetic media is the pace of acceleration when it comes to the technology," Schick says. "By five to seven years, we are basically looking at a trajectory where any single creator -- so a YouTuber, a TikToker -- will be able to create the same level of visual effects that is only accessible to the most well-resourced Hollywood studio today." "It is without a doubt one of the most important revolutions in the future of human communication and perception.


Amazon's creepy robot gleefully torments your pets in 'Late Show' video

Mashable

On Oct. 2, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert published a mock ad revealing that under the Amazon bot's clean exterior lurks a dark soul. That's because in the Late Show's imagination, the robot -- which Amazon unveiled on Sept. 28 and dubbed Astro -- invades more than just its owners' homes. Rather, it has a sinister side designed specifically to make life miserable for its canine companions. "Here at Amazon, we believe tomorrow is today," intones the smooth voice narrating the fake Astro commercial. "That's why our product engineers have created the most futuristic new way to terrify your dog!"


Do Amazon's robots come in peace? Our sci-fi future is now

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Good thing it's Halloween season, because I'm not sure whether I should be scared of all these big tech announcements. Earlier this week, we saw Amazon roll out (in one case literally) a variety of devices they believe will make your life easier. There's the giant Echo Show that mounts on your wall as a digital bulletin board. There's the drone-like flying security camera to let you monitor every inch of your home. Then there's Astro, the seemingly adorable robot who rolls out your home to keep you safe and attend to your every needs.


The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in October

Slate

Every month, tons of new movies and TV shows become available to stream for free for U.S. subscribers to Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. With so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all--especially if you belong to more than one. We'll let you decide which service has the best new titles. Good Watch An Inconvenient Truth As Good as It Gets Awakenings Ghost Gladiator Hairspray (2007) Jet Li's Fearless Léon: The Professional Malcolm X (1992) Observe and Report Step Brothers Till Death Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (Oct. Halloween Watch Are You Afraid of the Dark?


AI Innovations In Media And Communications

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My last blog discussed AI innovations in the health care sector, and this one will share a few perspectives of new developments in this industry. According to Business Wire, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) spend in media and entertainment industry in the United States forecast period (2019-2025) is expected to grow at a CAGR record of 28.1%, increasing from US$ 329 million in 2019 to reach US$ 1,860.9 million by 2025. Some of the top application areas used in this sector are: gaming, fake story detection, plagiarism detection, personalization, production planning and management, sales and marketing and talent identification. One of the areas which is very exciting is understanding how AI is being used in news. AI is making major impacts in aggregating massive data analysis of the conversations across the world-wide web and classifying into themes to appreciate topics trending globally or even identify increasing risks of terrorism or even health risks, like a pandemic.