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Taking the TensorBoard Embedding Projector to the Next Level

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The TensorBoard embedding projector is a very powerful tool in data analysis, specifically for interpreting and visualizing low-dimensional embeddings. In order to do so, first, it applies a dimensionality reduction algorithm to the input embeddings, between UMAP, T-SNE, PCA, or a custom one, to reduce their dimension to three and be able to render them in a three-dimensional space. Once the map is generated, this tool can be used, for example, to search for specific keywords associated with the embeddings or highlight similar points in space. Ultimately, its goal is to provide a way to better interpret the embeddings that our machine learning model is generating, to check if the similar ones according to our definition are plotted nearby in the 3D space. When the embeddings we want to display originate from words, plotting the points with the tag it refers is more than enough, which is exactly the use case presented in the TensorBoard documentation.


Qualcomm beefs up artificial intelligence team with purchase of Twenty Billion Neurons

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Qualcomm said Monday that it recently acquired the assets of Twenty Billion Neurons, a Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence/computer vision startup that develops avatars that can see and interact with people in a human-like way. The San Diego mobile technology company declined to say how much it paid for TwentyBN, which has locations in Berlin and Toronto. But it is likely a relatively small deal. Qualcomm said the company has under 20 employees. It raised about $10 million in venture capital from M12 -- Microsoft's venture capital fund-- and others since it was founded in 2015 by Chief Executive Roland Memisevic. Memisevic was the co-head of MILA, a well-respected AI research institute in Montreal.


Sony brings its 360 Reality Audio tech to two new high-end home theater products

PCWorld

Sony announced two entirely new high-end home theater products today: The four-speaker HT-A9 home theater system and a new flagship soundbar, the HT-7000A. The audio manufacturer also announced two wireless subwoofers that can add deeper bass to either product, and wireless rear speakers that can supplement the soundbar. The Sony HT-A9 home theater system ($1,800) consists of a control box with a LAN port and HDMI in and out, along with four cylindrical, wireless, self-powered speakers. Each speaker has two built-in microphones that measure the speaker's relative height and position in the room. Sony's 360 Spatial Sound and Sound Field Optimization technology then creates up to 12 phantom speakers by synthesizing sound waves based on positional information.


Qualcomm's Vision: The Future Of ... AI

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Company acquires assets from Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH to bolster its AI Team. Qualcomm Technologies (QTI) is running a series of webinars titled "The Future of...", and the most recent edition is on AI. In this lively session, I hosted a conversation with Ziad Ashgar, QTI VP of Product Management, Alex Katouzian, QTI SVP and GM Mobile Compute and Infrastructure, and Clément Delangue, Co-Founder and CEO of the open source AI model company, Hugging Face, Inc. I've also penned a short Research Note on the company's AI Strategy, which can be found here on Cambrian-AI, where we outline some impressive AI use cases. Qualcomm believes AI is evolving exponentially thanks to billions of smart mobile devices, connected by 5G to the cloud, fueled by a vibrant ecosystem of application developers armed with open-source AI models.


How to connect Alexa to a Bluetooth speaker

Mashable

Amazon Echos don't have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home. The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon's voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn't that loud, so it's helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.


Air-powered computer memory helps soft robot control movements

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Pneumatic soft robots use pressurized air to move soft, rubbery limbs and grippers and are superior to traditional rigid robots for performing delicate tasks. They are also safer for humans to be around. Baymax, the healthcare companion robot in the 2014 animated Disney film, Big Hero 6, is a pneumatic robot for good reason. But existing systems for controlling pneumatic soft robots still use electronic valves and computers to maintain the position of the robot's moving parts. These electronic parts add considerable cost, size, and power demands to soft robots, limiting their feasibility.


TV that costs $100,000 and ROLLS up like a piece of paper is finally coming to the US next month

Daily Mail - Science & tech

First unveiled in 2018 at CES, LG is finally bringing its futuristic, rollable LG Signature OLED R 65-inch 4K TV to the US for the hefty sum of $100,000. According to LG's website, the television has an OLED screen, a Dolby Atmos and Sound Pro sound system and has both Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa for built-in voice control. The 65-inch screen, which is described as a'revolutionary new experience,' gets tucked into aluminum housing unit when not in use, either for watching movies or playing video games. It has an OLED screen, a Dolby Atmos and Sound Pro sound system and both Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa for built-in voice control The cabinet also has a Dolby Atmos sound system of its own. Manufactured in LG's Gumi facility, each TV is painstakingly assembled'with craftsman-like skill with attention to every detail', LG said last year.


Sony WF-1000XM4 review: the best-sounding noise-cancelling earbuds

The Guardian

Sony's latest top-of-the-range noise-cancelling earbuds are a cut above the previous generation and the competition. They are the successors to the WF-1000XM3, which were great but huge. Sony has significantly shrunk the case and earbuds for the mark four model without sacrificing performance. The earbuds are fairly heavy, weighing 7.3g each, compared with the 5.4g AirPods Pro, but they don't feel so in the ear, and they are comfortable for hours of listening without a break. They don't have stalks but protrude further than some slimmer rivals.


Toshiba and Insignia add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to their 2020 Fire TVs

Engadget

If you're an Apple user with a 2020 Toshiba or Insignia 4K UHD Smart Fire TV, you'll want to look out for the latest software update for your television set as it adds support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay 2 allows you to stream audio and video content from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to a compatible device. It's also possible to mirror the screen on your iOS device. With HomeKit, meanwhile, you can control your TV using Siri or the Home app on iOS and macOS. Using voice commands, it's possible to turn the TV on and off, as well as adjust the volume and control playback.


The US Needs to Get Back in the Business of Making Chips

WIRED

American innovation, from smartphones to search engines to gene sequencing, is built on a foundation of impossibly intricate, perfectly etched silicon. But few of those semiconductors are actually made in the US. Only 12 percent of chips sold worldwide were made in the US in 2019, down from 37 percent in 1990. For decades, that wasn't seen as a problem. US companies were world leaders in designing cutting-edge chips, the most valuable and important part of the process.