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Sony AI teams up with Korea University to map out new food flavour combos


Sony AI and Korea University have jointly developed an artificial intelligence mapping tool called FlavorGraph that can recommend complementary ingredient pairings to help chefs come up with dishes. According to Sony AI, FlavorGraph uses AI to predict the pairing fit of two ingredients by combining information drawn from 1,561 flavour molecules found in different ingredients together with the way the ingredients have been used in millions of past recipes. "As well as relationships between food ingredients and flavour compounds that have not been explored before, the FlavorGraph research will allow greater flexibility for matching single or multiple ingredients to many others," a blog post penned by Sony AI strategy and partnership manager Fred Gifford and Korea University post-doctoral researcher Donghyeon Park said. "As the science develops and we get ever better representations of food, we should discover more and more intriguing pairings of ingredients, as well as new substitutes for ingredients that are either unhealthy or unsustainable." The development of FlavorGraph is one of the first projects to come from Sony AI's gastronomy flagship project. Launched at the end of last year, the machine learning and AI research arm of the Japanese tech conglomerate touted the project would focus on three key areas: An AI application for new recipe creation, a robotics solution that can assist chefs in the kitchen, and a community co-creation initiative.

Accelerate AI applications using VITIS AI on Xilinx ZynqMP UltraScale+ FPGA - Softnautics


VITIS is a unified software platform for developing SW (BSP, OS, Drivers, Frameworks, and Applications) and HW (RTL, HLS, Ips, etc.) using Vivado and other components for Xilinx FPGA SoC platforms like ZynqMP UltraScale and Alveo cards. The key component of VITIS SDK, the VITIS AI runtime (VART), provides a unified interface for the deployment of end ML/AI applications on Edge and Cloud. Inference in machine learning is computation-intensive and requires high memory bandwidth and high performance compute to meet the low-latency and high-throughput requirements of various end applications. AI Quantizer is a compression tool for the quantization process by converting 32-bit floating-point weights and activations to fixed point INT8. It can reduce the computing complexity without losing accurate information for the model.

A new era of innovation: Moore's Law is not dead and AI is ready to explode - SiliconANGLE


Moore's Law is dead, right? Although the historical annual improvement of about 40% in central processing unit performance is slowing, the combination of CPUs packaged with alternative processors is improving at a rate of more than 100% per annum. These unprecedented and massive improvements in processing power combined with data and artificial intelligence will completely change the way we think about designing hardware, writing software and applying technology to businesses. Every industry will be disrupted. You hear that all the time. Well, it's absolutely true and we're going to explain why and what it all means. In this Breaking Analysis, we're going to unveil some data that suggests we're entering a new era of innovation where inexpensive processing capabilities will power an explosion of machine intelligence applications.

Standard digital camera and AI to monitor soil moisture for affordable smart irrigation


Researchers at UniSA have developed a cost-effective new technique to monitor soil moisture using a standard digital camera and machine learning technology. The United Nations predicts that by 2050 many areas of the planet may not have enough fresh water to meet the demands of agriculture if we continue our current patterns of use. One solution to this global dilemma is the development of more efficient irrigation, central to which is precision monitoring of soil moisture, allowing sensors to guide'smart' irrigation systems to ensure water is applied at the optimum time and rate. Current methods for sensing soil moisture are problematic – buried sensors are susceptible to salts in the substrate and require specialised hardware for connections, while thermal imaging cameras are expensive and can be compromised by climatic conditions such as sunlight intensity, fog, and clouds. Researchers from The University of South Australia and Baghdad's Middle Technical University have developed a cost-effective alternative that may make precision soil monitoring simple and affordable in almost any circumstance.

Sony PS5 update enables external storage for next-gen games, with a caveat

Washington Post - Technology News

Sony has stated previously that the console will support additional storage via internal M.2 drives in the future. As such, this update is something of a stopgap that lessens, but doesn't eliminate, the inconvenience of the PS5′s limited storage space. Some of the console's early titles have already run into storage issues, with "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War" requiring over 200 GBs of space when players also include the "Warzone" battle royale mode. Other titles, like "Hitman 3" and "Destiny 2," eat up over 100 GBs, according to a March article from Game Rant.

Sony's new 3D speaker is a pricey work in progress

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Along with its smaller sibling, the RA3000, Sony's latest sonic hardware is first and foremost a vessel for the company's immersive music format, 360 Reality Audio. From its multi-directional, seven-driver configuration to support for high-resolution audio over Wi-Fi from 3D sound sources--and a sticker-shocking $700 price point--Sony's intentions for the RA5000 as a 360RA ambassador are clear from the get-go. Following Amazon's Echo Studio smart speaker, which supports the rival Dolby Atmos Music service, the RA5000 is tasked with helping Sony blaze its own trail in the 3D music landscape. However, while the RA5000 is an ambitious device with impressive sound quality, it's also got some serious limitations at the moment, including a half-baked app, an awkward design, and a highly limited collection of songs to make it sing. But before we get into the details, what exactly is 360RA?

Scaling AI in the sector that enables it: Lessons for semiconductor-device makers


Artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) has the potential to generate huge business value for semiconductor companies at every step of their operations, from research and chip design to production through sales. But our recent survey of semiconductor-device makers shows that only about 30 percent of respondents stated that they are already generating value through AI/ML. Notably, these companies have made significant investments in AI/ML talent, as well as the data infrastructure, technology, and other enablers, and have already fully scaled up their initial use cases. The other respondents--about 70 percent--are still in the pilot phase with AI/ML and their progress has stalled. We believe that the application of AI/ML will dramatically accelerate in the semiconductor industry over the next few years. Taking steps to scale up now will allow companies to capture the full benefits of these technologies. This article focuses on device makers, including integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), fabless players, foundries, and semiconductor assembly and test services, or SATS (for more information on our research, see sidebar, "Our methodology").

Sony's LED Bravia TVs with 'cognitive intelligence' start at $1,299


Sony's latest trick for Bravia TVs is something called "cognitive intelligence" that can enhance parts of an image depending on what's going on. The first 4K TVs it released with the tech were high-end OLED models, but those started at $2,999 and went up from there. Now, Sony has unveiled its first LED models with the Cognitive Processor XR, and they're a lot more reasonably priced. The X90J is the top-end OLED model and it's available in 50-, 55- and 65-inch sizes at $1,299, $1,499 and $1,799, respectively. These offer the Cognitive Processor XR, though cinephiles will likely want to turn that off to see the content as the creators intended.

Insomniac may be using Sony AI machine learning for Spider-Man on PS5


Insomniac Games is using machine learning to enhance in-game visuals on the PlayStation 5, and the studio could be working alongside Sony's AI division on experimental new technology. Insomniac Games recently turned heads by confirming the PlayStation 5 can support machine learning. The team is using it in creative ways, starting with a new PS5 update for Spider-Man Miles Morales that significantly changes muscular appearance in the game. The new technique creates more realistic "muscle deformation," a term used in animation to describe how models are transformed and manipulated in 3D rigs. According to Lead Character Technical Director Josh DiCarlo, the technique is using machine learning inference, which means Insomniac is feeding the algorithm data in real-time that's running on the PlayStation 5. DiCarlo says this technique doesn't come at a graphical hit.

The microchip shortage, explained: How it's impacting car prices and the tech industry

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain us in a world increasingly dependent on technology. The shortage has already been rippling through various markets since last summer. It has made it difficult for schools to buy enough laptops for students forced to learn from home, delayed the release of popular products such as the iPhone 12 and created mad scrambles to find the latest video game consoles such as the PlayStation 5. But things have been getting even worse in recent weeks, particularly in the auto industry, where factories are shutting down because there aren't enough chips to finish building vehicles that are starting to look like computers on wheels. The problem was recently compounded by a grounded container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week, choking off chips headed from Asia to Europe.