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Why Every Marketing Strategy Should Include AI - TruVest

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If you've bought anything online recently, chances are you've experienced something like this: You visit a store's website to buy a sci-fi movie. The website makes recommendations of other movies for you to purchase. The next day, you get a follow-up email recommending other similar movies, and even some similar books. Intrigued by one of the books on the list, you decide to buy it as well. All of those recommendations are powered by artificial intelligence.


Screen Actors Guild pledges to fight AI-driven face-swapping porn

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The slow war against AI-powered, face-swapping pornography continues. The Screen Actors Guild, the labor union representing the biggest names in film and television, says it's "fighting back" against deepfakes, videos that superimpose actors' faces onto the bodies of porn stars. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris wrote the following in the group's monthly magazine, as spotted by Deadline: "We are closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes. This artificial intelligence tool has the ability to steal our images and superimpose them onto another person's body in potentially unpleasant and inappropriate digital forms. SAG-AFTRA is focused on these emerging processes and fighting back when the technology infringes on our members' rights."


Understanding LSTM Networks -- colah's blog

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Humans don't start their thinking from scratch every second. As you read this essay, you understand each word based on your understanding of previous words. You don't throw everything away and start thinking from scratch again. Traditional neural networks can't do this, and it seems like a major shortcoming. For example, imagine you want to classify what kind of event is happening at every point in a movie. It's unclear how a traditional neural network could use its reasoning about previous events in the film to inform later ones.


The Parts of Customer Service That Should Never Be Automated

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In Pixar's WALL-E, oversized humans recline on levitating barcaloungers and are dressed, primped, polished, and served, entirely by robots. Look no further than the public debut of Amazon Go, the company's first cashierless store. Digital imaging technology monitors which items shoppers select from shelves, and when a customer leaves the store, the person's online account is automatically charged. Down the road in Santa Clara, California, room service robots are being designed that can navigate a hotel's floor plan and interact digitally with its elevator and phone systems to deliver towels and beverages to guests. Various Silicon Valley startups have deployed robots that make pizzas, craft salads, and assemble artistic bistro sandwiches.


Amazon's Jeff Bezos says Amazon Prime members top 100 million

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Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos tours the facility at the grand opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle on Jan. 29, 2018. Amazon's Jeff Bezos said it counts more than 100 million paying members for Amazon Prime, the delivery and content business that's at the heart of its sales growth. The CEO and founder, in his annual letter to shareholders, said last year more members joined Prime than in any previous year. Prime subscribers spend a lot more on Amazon -- $1,300 per year on average -- compared to about $700 for non-Prime members, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. "One thing I love about customers is that they are divinely discontent. Their expectations are never static – they go up," said Bezos. We didn't ascend from our hunter-gatherer days by being satisfied. People have a voracious appetite for a better way, and yesterday's'wow' quickly becomes today's'ordinary'. I see that cycle of improvement happening at a faster rate than ever before. It may be because customers have such easy access to more information than ever before – in only a few seconds and with a couple taps on their phones, customers can read reviews, compare prices from multiple retailers, see whether something's in stock, find out how fast it will ship or be available for pick-up, and more. These examples are from retail, but I sense that the same customer empowerment phenomenon is happening broadly across everything we do at Amazon and most other industries as well.


Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed

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If it's started to feel like all summer blockbuster movies are being written by robots [INSERT FORMER PRO WRESTLER, INSERT GIANT CGI ANIMAL], you'll be disquieted to learn that that future may not be too far off. The meditation app Calm teamed up with the tech team at Botnik to write a new Brothers Grimm-style fairy tale entirely through artificial intelligence. By inputting the data from existing Brothers Grimm stories and using predictive text technology (and with a few human writers stitching things together), the group at Botnik crafted "The Princess and the Fox," a story about "a talking fox [who] helps the lowly miller's son to rescue the beautiful princess from the fate of having to marry a dreadful prince who she does not love." "We're doing for the Brothers Grimm what Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs," says Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, in a press press release. "We're bringing them back from the dead, with modern science."


How artificial intelligence is reshaping our lives

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It's Saturday night and you've just finished watching the last episode of a Swedish crime drama that you somehow stumbled upon, although you can't quite remember how. It's late and probably time for bed, but--without prompting--your Netflix screen fills with promotional shots for more shows. There's one about a female detective in Denmark and another about a British inspector who weaves between both sides of the law. It's a familiar scenario to any Netflix watcher--when the service seems to magically suggest programs that fit your latest pop-culture craze. These days, the computer algorithms that allow Netflix or Amazon to make purchasing suggestions are a normal part of life.


The Oscar for Best Visual Effects goes to: AI

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The next breakout star in Hollywood might be an AI named Arraiy. Arraiy is a computer vision and machine learning platform specifically designed for film and television effects. Arraiy's creators are training the system to rotoscope -- the process of separating certain parts of footage from the background (for example) separating an actor from the green screen behind them) with years' worth of human-created visual effects as training tools. The ultimate goal, though, is to do it more quickly and cheaply than humans can, and just as effectively. Rotoscoping by hand can take dozens of hours, but Arraiy can do it in a fraction of the time.


NAB Wrap: Hollywood's Keen on LED Video Walls, Artificial Intelligence

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Driven by new technology, there are some big changes coming in entertainment, though by all accounts, the massive exhibition at this year's National Association of Broadcasters Show was nevertheless quieter in comparison with recent years. One booth that attracted many from the Hollywood crowd was that of Sony, where delegates -- whether that be tech leaders or cinematographers -- took a keen interest in the images produced by Sony's Crystal LED video wall, which was featured in the center of the booth in an 8K x 4K (and 32 ft. Sony, as well as Samsung, have both proposed their LED panels, offering modular configurations, as a replacement to cinema projection. It's a radical concept when one considers that cinema projection has been around since the birth of the artform. Meanwhile there are still plenty of issues to address, from how to handle sound to the cost.


NAB Wrap: Hollywood's Keen on LED Video Walls, Artificial Intelligence

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Driven by new technology, there are some big changes coming in entertainment, though by all accounts, the massive exhibition at this year's National Association of Broadcasters Show was nevertheless quieter in comparison with recent years. One booth that attracted many from the Hollywood crowd was that of Sony, where delegates -- whether that be tech leaders or cinematographers -- took a keen interest in the images produced by Sony's Crystal LED video wall, which was featured in the center of the booth in an 8K x 4K (and 32 ft. Sony, as well as Samsung, have both proposed their LED panels, offering modular configurations, as a replacement to cinema projection. It's a radical concept when one considers that cinema projection has been around since the birth of the artform. Meanwhile there are still plenty of issues to address, from how to handle sound to the cost.