Medical devices that monitor and respond to changes in our health. Robotic assistants that know what we want before we do. Kitchens that help us with our shopping and plan our meals. Every day, we hear about how artificial intelligence is going to change the world. Amid all this focus on the future, it's easy to ignore an unavoidable truth: AI is already changing the world in significant ways.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated enormous hype in recent months, but opinions about the real impact of technologies like machine translation, autonomous vehicles, natural language processing, and computer vision vary widely. Optimists envision a world in which "driver" becomes a superfluous word; pessimists worry about the millions of truckers at risk of unemployment. But while often described with the futuristic fancy of Skynet in the "Terminator" movies, AI has very real near-term applications for the entertainment industry. Here are some of the most exciting examples. AI is poised to touch every facet of entertainment, even that most time-honored of parental traditions: reading stories to children before bed.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has generated enormous hype in recent months, but opinions about the real impact of technologies like machine translation, autonomous vehicles, natural language processing, and computer vision vary widely. Optimists envision a world in which "driver" becomes a superfluous word; pessimists worry about the millions of truckers at risk of unemployment. But while often described with the futuristic fancy of Skynet in the "Terminator" movies, AI has very real near-term applications for the entertainment industry. Here are some of the most exciting examples. AI is poised to touch every facet of entertainment, even that most time-honored of parental traditions: reading stories to children before bed.
Warner Bros. vision of what the interior of a self-driving car with augmented reality could look like if configured to be like the Batmobile (Photo: Warner Bros./Intel) LOS ANGELES -- One of the nation's most prominent technology companies announced a deal Wednesday with a major Hollywood studio to try to jointly figure out how to keep people occupied entertainment as they are driven. Intel, a company that has become a major player in self-driving technology through the acquisition of automotive sensor maker Mobileye earlier this year, will partner with Warner Bros. to convert a self-driving car into one that becomes an experimental entertainment pod. The announcement was made at the Los Angeles Auto Show here. What do Audi, Volvo, Tesla and GM have in common? Yes, they all make cars.
Entertainment and advertising already pervade our homes and our smartphones. Before long, they'll be everywhere in our cars -- not just on the sound system and on little screens, but throughout the entire passenger compartment, even on the windows. Brian Krzanich, chief executive at computer chip maker Intel, on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Warner Bros. to create "immersive experiences" inside driverless cars. Speaking to auto industry insiders at Automobility LA -- the four-day preview event ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show -- Krzanich said the companies will build proof-of-concept entertainment and advertising platforms using trademarked fictional characters to demonstrate how people might occupy themselves while a robot does the driving. Someone who otherwise would have been driving might instead pretend to be Batman, Krzanich said, as an augmented reality system projected images on windows to make it seem like the car was zipping through Gotham City.
When fully autonomous vehicles finally hit the road, they'll turn everyone into a passenger. As such, we'll need something to do in order to pass the time while we're riding in our vehicles. Luckily, Intel and Warner Bros. are here to help. Intel and Warner Bros. announced today at the L.A. Auto Show that they're teaming up to develop in-cabin entertainment experiences for cars of the future. Intel CEO announces partnership with Warner Bros. to develop concept of what a self-driving car's entertainment might be #AutoMobilityLA pic.twitter.com/UV3NQ1wfqA
A solar-powered electric vehicle from the Dutch's Stella cars will be able to run for months by charging its batteries using the sun's rays, according to its developers. Taylor Wilson, 17 of Reno, Nev., explains his fusion reactor during the White House Science Fair in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. In the past year or so an unorthodox think-tank called Helena has been quietly bringing together an eclectic cross-section of brilliant individuals (mostly bright-eyed millennials) with ambitious goals. They're focusing on the world's biggest and most insurmountable problems: climate change and global security issues such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and nuclear proliferation. The elite and edgy group includes Nobel laureates, Hollywood stars, technology entrepreneurs, human rights activists, Fortune-list executives, a North Korean refugee and more.
Kakao has begun official sales of its Kakao Mini AI speaker, the company said. The speaker goes up for sale on Kakao's gift market, available on its chat app KakaoTalk. The speaker costs 119,000 won ($107), but subscribers to Kakao's music streaming service Melon can get it for 49,000 won ($44). Kakao said Kakao Mini will understand the context to answer queries and will sync with Melon's database to suggest music. The compnay will add other services to the speaker at a later date, including translations, ordering food, and calling cabs -- all of which are all services Kakao provides on mobile.
Artificial intelligence is now letting romance fans'skip to the good parts' of their audiobooks. Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles. X-rated content is found under'Hot Hot Hot'. Amazon-owned audiobook firm, is rolling an algorithm that picks out the steamy sections of 110 romance titles such as EL James's Fifty Shades of Grey (pictured) The'Take Me To The Good Part' algorithm, works by scanning for keywords associated with specific moments. For instance, a proposal scene may be flagged up by words such as'diamond', 'ring' and'kneel', Audible's machine-learning also creates a'Steaminess Score', which shows the level of graphic details that a listeners can expect.