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AI Magazine

We have developed an autonomous robot system that takes well-composed photographs of people at social events, such as weddings and conference receptions. In this article, we outline the overall architecture of the system and describe how the various components interrelate. We also describe our experiences deploying the robot photographer at a number of real-world events. The system is capable of operating in unaltered environments and has been deployed at a number of real-world events. This article gives an overview of the entire robot photographer system, and provides details of the architecture underlying the implementation.


Intel AI helped create a music video

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AI is increasingly finding its way into music videos, and not necessarily in obvious ways. Intel has revealed that the promo clip for Chinese pop star Chris Lee's "Rainy Day, But We Are Together" is the first music video to lean on its AI technology. Director Timothy Saccenti and Intel's producers created dramatic special effects on the songstress' face (such as trickles of water and twinkling stars) by training a machine learning system to instantly reconstruct a face in 3D and track its movements in real time, including facial expressions. Instead of asking Lee (aka Li Yuchun) to wear tracking markers or the camera crew to shoot a specific way, the creative team could focus on capturing scenes that lined up with their artistic goals.


Intel AI helped create a music video

#artificialintelligence

AI is increasingly finding its way into music videos, and not necessarily in obvious ways. Intel has revealed that the promo clip for Chinese pop star Chris Lee's "Rainy Day, But We Are Together" is the first music video to lean on its AI technology. The producers created dramatic special effects on the songstress' face (such as trickles of water and twinkling stars) by training a machine learning system to instantly reconstruct a face in 3D and track its movements in real time, including facial expressions. Instead of asking Lee (aka Li Yuchun) to wear tracking markers or the camera crew to shoot a specific way, the creative team could focus on capturing scenes that lined up with their artistic goals.


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Los Angeles Times

PBS NewsHour Weekend The PBS news magazine's season premiere recalls stories from residents, scientists and soldiers about nuclear testing in the Nevada desert during the Cold War era. Doctor Who The Doctor (Peter Capaldi, who is leaving the series) makes a final stand against an army of Cybermen in the season finale of the science fiction series. Reliable Sources Anchor says Trump used a tabloid as a threat; three journalists leave CNN after a retracted article; the Trump administration limits press access. Sarah Palin sues the New York Times; White House press briefings; CNN's retracted story about Anthony Scaramucci.


Neural Networks Are Alarmingly Good at Identifying Blurred Faces

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In a world of ubiquitous smart-phone cameras, drones, and Google Street View cars, there's probably never been a more important time to start protecting the identities of people unwittingly captured in photos and videos. But while websites like YouTube have started offering tools to obscure faces and other objects appearing in digital media, researchers have found that those protections can be defeated at an alarming rate thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence. In a paper released earlier this month, researchers at UT Austin and Cornell University demonstrate that faces and objects obscured by blurring, pixelation, and a recently-proposed privacy system called P3 can be successfully identified by a neural network trained on image datasets--in some cases at a more consistent rate than humans. "We argue that humans may no longer be the'gold standard' for extracting information from visual data," the researchers write. "Recent advances in machine learning based on artificial neural networks have led to dramatic improvements in the state of the art for automated image recognition.


Grace Vanderwaal Bonds With Viktor Kee Backstage On 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 [WATCH]

International Business Times

Grace Vanderwaal recently bonded with professional juggler Viktor Kee backstage in "America's Got Talent" Season 11. On her Instagram account, the 12-year-old singer shared a face swap video with her fellow contestant. In the clip, Vanderwaal, surprised by how Kee looked, said that he looks like a baby with her face and Kee's bald head. The "I Don't Know My Name" singer then joked that she hopes her followers on Instagram wouldn't get nightmares after seeing their video. Vanderwaal also shared another video with Kee who taught her some of his juggling tricks.


California Inc.: Anyone in the market for a slightly used search engine?

Los Angeles Times

Expect financial markets to face headwinds today after the Federal Reserve reported Friday that U.S. industrial production fell more than expected in March. This is the latest sign that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter. On the plus side, though, many economists still forecast a rebound in growth as the year plods ahead. Don't complain -- you got three extra days this year. The normal deadline, April 15, was a holiday -- Emancipation Day -- in the District of Columbia (Emancipation Day is actually April 16, but because that fell on a Saturday, the holiday was observed Friday).


Meet 'BABY X' – The New Face of Artificial Intelligence

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Most babies' first words are "mama" and "dada," but for an artificially intelligent being called "BABY X," her first words were "puppy," "apple," and "sheep." Aww! How adorable for technology that so many believe will power our future mechanical overlords. And at least it's better than Tay.ai, Microsoft's teenaged AI Twitter robot that recently got sent to her room for spewing hate all over the Internet. BABY X was created by Dr. Mark Sagar, a motion graphics specialist who won Oscars for his work on movies like King Kong and Avatar.