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Harnessing noise in optical computing for AI

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning are currently affecting our lives in many small but impactful ways. For example, AI and machine learning applications recommend entertainment we might enjoy through streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify. In the near future, it's predicted that these technologies will have an even larger impact on society through activities such as driving fully autonomous vehicles, enabling complex scientific research and facilitating medical discoveries. But the computers used for AI and machine learning demand a lot of energy. Currently, the need for computing power related to these technologies is doubling roughly every three to four months.


Virtual Meeting: Machine Learning in Visual Effects

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Autodesk's Will Harris, Foundry's Mathieu Mazerolle and Unity Technologies' Brian Gaffney will discuss how their companies are incorporating machine learning into software tools to make higher quality and more realistic visual effects and boost production speed. Visual Effects Supervisor Ryan Laney will describe the novel way artificial intelligence and machine learning were used to mask the identities of interview subjects in the award-winning HBO documentary Welcome to Chechnya. "Machine learning is poised to transform visual effects production, accelerating workflows and paving the way for a new generation of astonishingly real visual effects," says Barry Goch, who will moderate the discussion. "Will Harris, Mathieu Mazerolle and Brian Gaffney will demonstrate game-changing technologies. Ryan Laney will share his experience in applying machine learning to a real-world production."


NVIDIA begins rolling out Android 11 update to all Shield TV models

Engadget

NVIDIA has started rolling out Software Experience Upgrade 9.0 for Shield TV devices, and it will upgrade their operating system to Android 11. The company says Experience 9.0 will bring the new OS to all Shield TVs, including the original 2015 models, and it will also include the September 2021 Android security patch that fixes a vulnerability allowing remote attackers to cause a permanent denial of service. In addition, the upgrade adds access to a new Google Keyboard with support for voice searches. Users will now be able to look for movies and shows to watch by issuing voice commands through Google Assistant. Those who have aptX compatible Bluetooth headsets will be able to start using it with their streaming box, as well.


Artificial Intelligence at Netflix - Two Current Use-Cases

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Netflix launched in 1997 as a mail-based DVD rental business. Alongside the growing US DVD market in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Netflix's business grew and the company went public in 2002. Netflix posted its first profit a year later. By 2007, Netflix introduced its streaming service, and by 2013, the company began producing original content. Today, Netflix is one of the world's largest entertainment services with over 200 million paid memberships spanning 190 countries, according to the company's 2020 Annual Report.


Stephen Colbert rounding up the worst CES tech is equal parts funny and disturbing

Mashable

Technology has so much potential for good, and yet so many people still insist on using it for the downright strange. CES 2022 was a case in point, with the many revolutionary gadgets on display going hand-in-hand with some deeply bizarre ones. In the video above, Stephen Colbert unpacks the absolute weirdest -- from finger-nibbling robots to 3D-printed chicken cooked via lazer. "We'll get to you in a minute, cancer, we're just photoshopping some nuggets over here," says Colbert in the clip. Well, judge for your...of course it is."


12 of the best shows to watch now on Paramount

Mashable

Paramount came to the streaming game later than its competitors, but it's quickly become a heavy hitter. With properties like MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, CBS, and the entire Star Trek franchise, Paramount's library of shows is a bottomless chasm with something for everyone -- exactly what we TV-obsessed couch-freaks have been waiting for. For all those hoping to drown in television, to never have to come up for air in between binges, we've put together a list of the best shows Paramount has to offer, in no particular order. Don't worry, this is only scratching the surface! One of the biggest television tragedies of the last 25 years is the unceremonious canceling of this near-perfect show created by Paul Feig (the head of the Marvel-verse) and executive produced by Judd Apatow.


Can OTT platforms succeed with machine learning services? An insight

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Whether you're acquainted with devices such as the Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, Spotify, Youtube, or SlingTV, you presumably already have a general understanding of what over-the-top (OTT) television is. Numerous television viewers are rapidly turning away from traditional programming and toward over-the-top (OTT) services. Because this transformation seems to be unavoidable, the majority of media firms are publicly welcoming the transition. But what exactly is OTT? In this article, we'll go over all there is to know about over-the-top television, beginning with its description and rising significance in the television business.


Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes--And That's No Laughing Matter

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Don't you hate it," says Jon the Robot, gesturing with tiny articulated arms at an expectant crowd, "when you're trying to solve inverse kinematics equations to pick up a cup and then you get'Error 453, no solution found'?" An experiment billed as a comedy act, Jon is the brainchild of Naomi Fitter, an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. The tiny android performs when a handler (who must also hold the mic) presses a button, then tells the same jokes in the same order, like a grizzled veteran comic at a down-market Vegas casino. But the robot's act is more human than it might first appear. Jon is learning how to respond to its audience--it can now vary the timing of its delivery based on the length of the audience's laughter, and append different responses to jokes based on the level of noise in the room. It can deliver one line if a joke gets a roar of laughter ("Please tell the booking agents how funny that joke was") and another if there are crickets ("Sorry about that.


'Gutfeld' on COVID warnings for New Year's Eve, 2021 in review

FOX News

'Gutfeld!' panel discusses the year in review as 2021 comes to a close. This is a rush transcript from "Gutfeld!," December 30, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. EMILY COMPAGNO, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: I know what you're thinking. Greg's never looked at this good in a dress. Like a tiny Ghost of Christmas Present, because I'm celebrating the holiday today. Because this year COVID robbed me of Christmas with my family. COVID robbed us of our studio audience. And it robbed me of my Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. So to make up for it, we are having a feast tonight. COMPAGNO: In New Year's Eve news, Omicron fear mongers are warning people to stay away from New York's Times Square celebration. Even though previous crowds were exposed to something much worse. Thank God it'll be me hosting in Time Square this year. See you at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox News. Germany's also banned large group gatherings. But you know who's never bans large gatherings of Germans? China's Wuhan Institute of virology recently hosted a conference on lab safety, to which the world responded a little (BLEEP) late, guys. In a recent segment on COVID Safety, CNN's Dr. Leana Wen admitted cloth masks don't stop transmission of the virus. Today in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he doesn't believe in shutdowns despite having shut down the city for months. He then added "I also oppose letting criminals roam free to murder people." Chris Tucker turned down a $10 million payday for a sequel to the awesome movie Friday, saying he's too mature to be seen behaving badly on screen anymore.


Hong Kong Machine Learning Season 4 Episode 4

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We are looking to organize online x in-person meetups on HK island going forward. Thanks to our sponsor Darwinex to help us supporting the various costs. Abstract: We introduce a class of interpretable tree-based models (P-Trees) for analyzing panel data, with iterative and global (instead of recursive and local) splitting criteria to avoid overfitting and improve model performance. We apply P-Tree to generate a stochastic discount factor model and test assets for cross-sectional asset pricing. Unlike other tree algorithms, P-Trees accommodate imbalanced panels of asset returns and grow under the no-arbitrage condition.