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Bristol's Graphcore burns through $60m as it tries to bring AI chips to market

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British chipmaking start-up Graphcore has burned through more than $50m (£39m) in one year as it seeks to get its AI-powered silicon chips onto the market and into data centres and driverless cars. The Bristol-based company, founded by hardware industry veterans Nigel Toon and Simon Knowles, has been spending heavily, growing its headcount and opening offices in a bid to transform its chip designs. The start-up reported revenues of $1.1m. The company already has offices in London, Oslo, Palo Alto and has launched...


The 9 best deals and sales you can get this Wednesday

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Get some huge savings on all your favorite electronics, like a new Kindle or robot vacuum. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. You know that scene in 30 Rock when Liz Lemon is like "What a week, huh?" and Alec Baldwin's character goes, "Lemon, it's Wednesday." I happen to know a great cure to the Hump Day blues however, and it involves doing a bit of retail therapy.


Samsung AI Machine Learning Turns Mona Lisa and Other Famous Portraits Into Realistic Talking Heads

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Researchers at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow, Russia have quite amazingly turned Mona Lisa and other famous subjects of photos and art into realistic talking heads. When an image is presented, the matching landmark features are located and put to work. Such examples include The Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein, and Salvador Dali. The results are spooky, to say the least. We present a system for learning full-body neural avatars, i.e. deep networks that produce full-body renderings of a person for varying body pose and camera position.


Artificial Intelligence in Gestural Interfaces – Possible Near-Term Applications Emerj

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Gesture-based interfaces are applications that allow users to control devices using hand and other body parts. Today, they are found in devices used in home automation, shopping, consumer electronics, virtual reality and augmented reality gaming, navigation, and driving, among others. A study reported that the global gesture recognition in the retail market is projected to grow by 27.54 percent from 2018 to 2023. To date, some of the top producers of gestural interface products include Intel, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. According to research titled Hand Gesture Recognition Using Computer Vision, gesture recognition is done in two ways: data glove sensor devices that transform hand and finger motions into digital data, and computer vision which uses a camera.


LG starts selling the world's first 8K OLED TV for $42,000

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LG has started selling the world's first 8K OLED TV, but consumers should be prepared to shell out some serious cash if they want to get their hands on one. The tech giant said Monday that it's now accepting pre-orders for the OLED88Z9P in South Korea, while orders are expected to open in North America and Europe later this year. The TV is expected to retail for 50 million won, or approximately $42,000. Anyone who pre-orders the OLED88Z9P in June will be eligible for the discounted price of 40 million won, or roughly $34,000. LG has started selling the world's first 8K OLED TV (pictured), but consumers should be prepared to shell out some serious cash if they want to get their hands on one LG first debuted the 8K TV earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it was met with great fanfare.


Watch Samsung's new AI turn Mona Lisa into a realistic talking head

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Need more convincing that it will soon be impossible to tell whether a video of a person is real or fake? Enter Samsung's new research, in which a neural network can turn a still image into a disturbingly convincing video. Researchers at the Samsung AI center in Moscow have achieved this, Motherboard reported Thursday, by training a "deep convolutional network" on a large number of videos showing talking heads, allowing it to identify certain facial features, and then using that knowledge to animate an image. The results, presented in a paper called "Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models," are not as good as some of the deepfake videos you've seen, but to create those, you need a large number of images of the person you're trying to animate. The advantage of Samsung's approach is that you can turn a single still image (though the fidelity of the resulting video increases with more images) into a video.


Samsung Creates AI System That Can Fabricate a Video of You From a Single Image

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Egor Zakharov has created a new artificial intelligence system that can generate a fake video clip from a single photo. Deepfakes or fake clips that make the subjects say and do things they haven't usually require huge datasets. This has been one of the factors keeping the technology away from bad actors. However, the new software is cause for alarm. The development of the software by Samsung's artificial intelligence lab in Russia has been detailed in a paper on the site arxiv.


Samsung Creates AI System That Can Fabricate a Video of You From a Single Image

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Egor Zakharov has created a new artificial intelligence system that can generate a fake video clip from a single photo. Deepfakes or fake clips that make the subjects say and do things they haven't usually require huge datasets. This has been one of the factors keeping the technology away from bad actors. However, the new software is cause for alarm. The development of the software by Samsung's artificial intelligence lab in Russia has been detailed in a paper on the site arxiv.


Accelerating AI on the intelligent edge: Microsoft and Qualcomm create vision AI developer kit Blog Microsoft Azure

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Today at the Microsoft Build developer conference, we are announcing a partnership with Qualcomm, one of the largest mobile and IoT chipset manufacturers in the world, to jointly create a vision AI developer kit. This will empower Qualcomm's latest AI hardware accelerators to deliver real-time AI on devices without the need for constant connectivity to the cloud or expensive machines. This vision AI developer kit brings all the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions using Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning (ML) – helping innovators deliver the next generation of AI-enabled robotics, industrial safety, retail, home and enterprise security cameras, smart home devices and more. This is a crucial step toward enabling developers to easily create, manage and monitor AI on the edge. This partnership allows developers to start building AI offerings with prebuilt solutions -- including customizable models -- or create new AI models and deploy directly to the cloud or to the new hardware accelerated devices.


Oh no, Samsung's AI lab can create a video of you from a single still photo

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But what if creating a digital clone didn't require all this work? They've animated Britney Spears, Neil Patrick Harris, Marilyn Monroe, even the Mona Lisa herself. Their system learns what the core geometry of someone's face looks like so it can apply that like a mask to someone else's face in a talking head-style video (like interviews or YouTube selfie monologues). Unlike Deepfakes, which uses a technique called a GAN (or generative adversarial network), in which one AI draws pictures in attempt to fool another AI until it gets really really good at forgery, Samsung's system starts by scanning landmarks on someone's face to understand how they will move about a frame. What it sees is a simple line drawing of a nose, mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and a chin–the sketch looks like a Matisse portrait.