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[R] Generative Adversarial Transformers (2103.01209)

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Abstract: We introduce the GANsformer, a novel and efficient type of transformer, and explore it for the task of visual generative modeling. The network employs a bipartite structure that enables long-range interactions across the image, while maintaining computation of linearly efficiency, that can readily scale to high-resolution synthesis. It iteratively propagates information from a set of latent variables to the evolving visual features and vice versa, to support the refinement of each in light of the other and encourage the emergence of compositional representations of objects and scenes. In contrast to the classic transformer architecture, it utilizes multiplicative integration that allows flexible region-based modulation, and can thus be seen as a generalization of the successful StyleGAN network. We demonstrate the model's strength and robustness through a careful evaluation over a range of datasets, from simulated multi-object environments to rich real-world indoor and outdoor scenes, showing it achieves state-of-the-art results in terms of image quality and diversity, while enjoying fast learning and better data-efficiency.


AI brings photos of Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie to life

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Artificial intelligence is turning old pictures of people into short, animated clips that show them moving and blinking. The feature, called Deep Nostalgia, comes from genealogy company MyHeritage. It uses machine learning to create facial expressions and movements that look super realistic, Tom's Guide reported Tuesday. In a blog post, MyHeritage shared social media posts from users who were thrilled to see their loved ones who'd passed come to life, if only for a few moments. The clips show the people in black-and-white or faded photos tilting their heads and looking around.


China eyes next-generation chip technology to take on global rivals

The Japan Times

In just two decades, China sent people into space, built its own aircraft carrier and developed a stealth fighter jet. Now the world's youngest superpower is setting out to prove its capabilities once more -- this time in semiconductors. At stake is nothing less than the future of the world's No. 2 economy. Beijing's blueprint for chip supremacy is enshrined in a five-year economic vision, set to be unveiled during a summit of top leaders in the capital this week. It's a multi-layered strategy both pragmatic and ambitious in scope, embracing aspirations to replace pivotal U.S. suppliers -- and fend off Washington -- while molding homegrown champions in emergent technologies.


[D] Simple Questions Thread December 20, 2020

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Hi, I'm working in a museum, currently trying to optically characterize a big historic lens. Unfortunately, it is mounted in a device which can't really be taken apart (issues of conservation), so conventional methods are rather hard to do. I've been loosely following the advances in neural network based approaches ("Two minute papers" kinda stuff) and was wondering if anyone has already realized a solution to my problem using machine learning or similar techniques. That is: Print out a defined optical pattern (like a QR code), "wave" it on one side of the lens and record the image with a camera on the other to get a 3D model of the lens in the end. In my head, it should be possible to train a network using conventional light simulation of randomly generated glass bodies.


Council Post: Technology Trends That Will Lead The Way In 2021

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As we enter the new year, several promising technologies are poised to lead the way by improving how businesses and consumers use and experience the digital world. Here are some of the most important technologies and the practical solutions they will provide in the year ahead. The fifth generation of the mobile internet is going to bring the kind of speed most people associate with Wi-Fi to uploading and downloading data from remote locations. This will lead to sharp improvements in the way applications can be written, deployed and interacted with by mobile users. This also includes the development of data-intensive applications and the Internet of Things (IOT) -- physical objects with sensors that connect to and share data with the internet, autonomous vehicles and similar projects.


Sentiance: Best Mobile User Insight Platform & Innovation in Data Privacy and Security 2020 - Sentiance

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Sentiance is awarded as the Best Mobile User Insight Platform & Innovation in Data Privacy and Security 2020 by Wealth & Finance International. The Artificial Intelligence Awards by Wealth & Finance International have been launched to acknowledge exemplary performance and innovation to companies within this rapidly evolving AI market. Sentiance uses data science and machine learning to turn smartphone sensor data into customers' rich behavioral insights. These insights benefit our clients across insurance, mobility and commerce industries to create innovative and personalized offerings. So what kind of user insights can Sentiance provide?


Servion Global Solutions on LinkedIn: Lyra: A New Very Low-Bitrate Codec for Speech Compression

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The trade-off between voice quality and bandwidth remains critical for contact centers. Voice codecs continue to evolve, and with AI can now deliver good quality with bandwidth as low as 3k. This will help contact centers contain cost and deliver a great customer experience - there is nothing worse than bad audio, as we all know.


Valheim Is Changing How We Play Survival Games

WIRED

With four million games sold on Steam Early Access in three weeks and overwhelmingly positive reviews, Valheim became a commercial and critical darling at an almost unprecedented speed. The viking survival game, developed by a small Swedish team at Iron Gate Studio, might appear to be an overnight success, but CEO Richard Svensson has been directly communicating with the gaming community about this project for years. In September of 2017, Svensson posted a video to his personal YouTube page that captures what seems to be the infancy stages of Valheim and demonstrates Svensson's philosophy of public communication concerning the game's ongoing development. When the game's working title was changed from Fejd (Swedish for "feud") to Valheim in 2018, Svensson noted the switch in the YouTube comments section. Video game studios can often be tight lipped during the development process, but Iron Gate Studio took the opposite approach, directly listened to what their players wanted, and built a vibrant community on Discord.


The New Morality of Debt – IMF F&D

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Throughout history, society has debated the morality of debt. In ancient times, debt--borrowing from another on the promise of repayment--was viewed in many cultures as sinful, with lending at interest especially repugnant. The concern that borrowers would become overindebted and enslaved to lenders meant that debts were routinely forgiven. These concerns continue to influence perceptions of lending and the regulation of credit markets today. Consider the prohibition against charging interest in Islamic finance and interest rate caps on payday lenders--companies that offer high-cost, short-term loans.


ONPASSIVE - Marketing integrated with Artificial Intelligence

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As the economy reopens, many people return to the workplace under safety circumstances. Because COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the recent business market, .. Before a product is launched in the market or released to the customers, it undergoes through a series of stages where the product's efficiency is analyzed .. If you look around yourself, you will find at least one object which is connected to Internet. It might be a smartphone, television, air conditioner, or even door .. With the rise in social media endorsements, Influencer marketing has become an integral part of the marketing plan. Brands are collaborating with social media Influencers .. Competitive Intelligence (CI) or Corporate Intelligence is the action of ethically gathering and analyzing information about competitors, products, customers and other .. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services through the Internet – including servers, databases, storage, networking and software. Seamless growth in Artificial Intelligence is redefining every component of enterprises operating around the globe.