You likely know Paris-based L'Oréal as a global cosmetics and beauty care company (the largest in the world), but you might not be aware of the company's commitment to research, innovation, and technology. In fact, since 2012, L'Oréal operates its own technology incubator, a group that operates like a start-up but focused on where beauty and technology meet. Here's an overview of the company's incubator and some other ways they are using artificial intelligence such as with its AI-powered digital skin diagnostic. L'Oréal's first incubator lab was located in New Jersey, but it now also operates additional labs in San Francisco, Paris, and Tokyo that are focused on a small number of products--a mix of apps and wearables and objects to help cosmetics be connected and customized to meet the specific needs of each customer. The incubator partners with entrepreneurs and academia to develop the latest and greatest products by using technology.
India's top multinational conglomerates are in the midst of a digital transformation. Indian companies, not usually viewed as disruptors are now seeing a critical opportunity in leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to identify newer opportunities and adapt to the fast-changing business environment. We are seeing a trend where business leaders across industries are deepening their commitment to AI and analytics and seeking ways to apply them at scale. However, making AI work in a conglomerate is not easy. For companies of the scale of Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra & Mahindra and the Tata Group, bigger isn't always better when it comes to driving cross-division synergies and catering to every division's needs.
Jeffrey Epstein's tangled web leads down some surprising paths, including, he claimed, to Sophia the robot. The female robot styled after Audrey Hepburn made headlines in recent years for her eerily lifelike skin and appearance, complete with a diverse set of facial expressions, and the artificial intelligence she uses to spout off quotes like "OK. She also got in a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen. In a new essay detailing a journalist's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein over the past three decades, Edward Jay Epstein (the two are not related) says the wealthy financier told him in April 2013 that he was funding a Hong Kong group to build "the world's smartest robot," named Sophia. Sophia was built by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong company created and led by David Hanson. In a statement shared with Business Insider, Hanson denied that Epstein ever directly contributed funding to either Sophia or Hanson Robotics. "With all of our software efforts, both inside Hanson Robotics, and via collaboration with universities and other institutions, we seek to further our mission to empower socially intelligent AI and robots that enrich the quality of human lives.
CHIBA – At this year's Tokyo Game Show, the big draw was next-generation 5G networking -- setting pulses racing with the prospect of a radically more immersive gaming experience. Offering data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to enable more seamless imagery -- particularly lower latency, more vivid images -- and sharper motion. Industry experts say it will dramatically improve the quality of augmented and virtual reality games. "It was very smooth, responsive and consistent," said Omar Alshiji, a 23-year-old game designer from Bahrain, after trying out the fighting game Tekken at the NTT Docomo Inc. booth. The major mobile carrier installed 5G base stations at its booth this year, making the high-speed network available at the show.
CHIBA – Next-generation 5G networking was the big draw at Tokyo Game Show 2019, setting pulses racing with the prospect of a radically more immersive gaming experience. Offering data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to enable more seamless imagery with lower latency, more vivid images and sharper motion. Industry experts say it will dramatically improve the quality of augmented and virtual reality games. "It was very smooth, responsive and consistent," said Omar Alshiji, a 23-year-old game designer from Bahrain, after trying out the fighting game "Tekken" at the NTT Docomo Inc. booth at the four-day game show in Chiba. The major mobile carrier installed 5G base stations at its booth this year, making the high-speed network available at the show.
The narrative that often accompanies most stories about artificial intelligence these days is how machines will disrupt any number of industries, from healthcare to transportation. After all, technology already drives many of the innovations in these sectors of the economy. The definitively low-tech fashion industry would seem to be one of the last to turn over its creative direction to data scientists and machine learning algorithms. However, big brands, e-commerce giants, and numerous startups are betting that AI can ingest data and spit out Chanel. Maybe it's not surprising, given that fashion is partly about buzz and trends--and there's nothing more buzzy and trendy in the world of tech today than AI.
Matt Barnard, chief executive officer and co-founder of Plenty Inc., speaks at the SoftBank World 2019 event in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday 2019. Barnard said the company's high-tech approach to growing crops indoors results in plants that yield more without pesticides, use a fraction of water of their counterparts in the field and taste better, to boot. The use of AI (artificial intelligence) in agriculture is not new and has been around for some time with technology spans a wide range of abilities--from that which discriminates between crop seedlings and weeds to greenhouse automation. Indeed, it is easy to think that this is new technology given the way that our culture has distanced so many facets of food production, keeping it far away from urban spaces and our everyday reality. Yet, as our planet reaps the negative repercussions of technological and industrial growth, we must wonder if there are ways that our collective cultures might be able to embrace AI's use in food production which might include a social response to climate change.
In reporting in China on the country's "Two Sessions," a new anchorwoman "Xin Xiaomeng" was seen. She is a virtual anchor created through the application of artificial intelligence technology. "She" is the first artificial intelligence virtual female anchor in the world, with real anchor of Xinhua News Agency Qu Meng serving as her prototype. She was jointly created by China's Xinhua News Agency and Sogou. "Her" partner, "Xin Xiaohao," upgraded from "sitting upright" to "standing upright," broadcast the content of the Two Sessions with gestures and other body language.
A medical AI expert shares views from his experiences at the seminar. More than 30 local government representatives and experts in academic, medical, and industrial fields were invited to explore the pressing issues, pain points, and future development of artificial intelligence (AI) application in medicine in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Held by the Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association (CHIBDA) and the Big Data Development Bureau of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the seminar aimed to promote the AI application in medical treatment. Participants conducted a discussion on the challenges encountered in the innovative cooperation of medical AI in its use, production, learning, and research, exploring the cooperation models between AI enterprises and hospitals from various perspectives. Combined with the local conditions in Guangxi, they also provided valuable experience and advice for the development of medical AI.
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