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Riot Games will monitor 'Valorant' voice chat to combat disruptive players


Abusive Valorant players could soon have their verbal tirades come back to haunt them. In a blog post published on Friday, Riot Games outlined a plan to begin monitoring in-game voice chat as part of a broader effort to combat disruptive behavior within its games. On July 13th, the studio will begin collecting voice data from Valorant games played in North America. According to Riot, it will use the data to get its AI model "in a good enough place for a beta launch later this year." During this initial stage, Riot says it won't use voice evaluation for disruptive behavior reports.

Protecting computer vision from adversarial attacks


Advances in computer vision and machine learning have made it possible for a wide range of technologies to perform sophisticated tasks with little or no human supervision. From autonomous drones and self-driving cars to medical imaging and product manufacturing, many computer applications and robots use visual information to make critical decisions. Cities increasingly rely on these automated technologies for public safety and infrastructure maintenance. However, compared to humans, computers see with a kind of tunnel vision that leaves them vulnerable to attacks with potentially catastrophic results. For example, a human driver, seeing graffiti covering a stop sign, will still recognize it and stop the car at an intersection.

Adobe plans to make Photoshop on the web free to everyone


Adobe has started testing a free-to-use version of Photoshop on the web and plans to open the service up to everyone as a way to introduce more users to the app. The company is now testing the free version in Canada, where users are able to access Photoshop on the web through a free Adobe account. Adobe describes the service as "freemium" and eventually plans to gate off some features that will be exclusive to paying subscribers. Enough tools will be freely available to perform what Adobe considers to be Photoshop's core functions. "We want to make [Photoshop] more accessible and easier for more people to try it out and experience the product," says Maria Yap, Adobe's VP of digital imaging.

The ArtBench Dataset: Benchmarking Generative Models with Artworks - Technology Org


Deep generative models can synthesize diverse and high-fidelity images. Computational understanding of art attracts more and more attention because of its importance for art history, computational creativity and human-computer interaction. The new research proposes the idea to use art for the purposes of benchmarking generative AI models. The dataset is composed of 60,000 images annotated with 10 artistic styles such as Baroque or Surrealism. The images are of high-quality with clean and balanced labels and can be easily incorporated in commonly used deep learning frameworks.

Using electric signals from human brains, new software can perform computerized image editing


Soon, computers could sense that users have a problem and come to the rescue. This is one of the possible implications of new research at University of Copenhagen and University of Helsinki. "We can make a computer edit images entirely based on thoughts generated by human subjects. The computer has absolutely no prior information about which features it is supposed to edit or how. Nobody has ever done this before," says Associate Professor Tuukka Ruotsalo, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen.

Prism AI Software Accelerates Thermal Camera Integration for ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles


Teledyne FLIR has announced the release of Prism AI, a software framework that provides classification, object detection, and object tracking, enabling perception engineers to quickly start integrating thermal cameras for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) systems. Built for automotive perception system developers, Prism includes features such as visible-and-thermal image fusion and advanced thermal image processing capabilities that provide superior pedestrian and animal detection in challenging lighting conditions, especially at night. "The Prism AI software model has performed successfully in third-party, NCAP Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) tests and will now help perception engineers create more effective systems," said Michael Walters, vice president product management, Teledyne FLIR. "Combining the Prism AI development tools, plugins, and dataset development offers integrators a route to quickly test and decrease development cost for thermal-enabled ADAS or AV that will help save lives." Developers can use Prism AI as the primary perception software or as reference software during in-house development.

Could Artificial Intelligence Prepare U.S. Pilots for War Against China and Russia?


The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force are working on a new generation of training technologies to prepare their fighter aircraft for new Russian and Chinese air threats posed by the Su-57 fighter and J-20 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, respectively. Over the next two years, the U.S. Air Force plans to use a cutting-edge computer technology called the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS), made by a firm called Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions. Information from Cubic describes the P5 as an encryption solution intended to improve U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilot training for advanced, high-threat combat scenarios using advanced computer simulations, wireless networks, and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled data organization. Interestingly, the P5 pod can be seen in the now-famous Top Gun Maverick movie on a F/A-18 fighter. "Over the course of the last 13 years, we've learned some critical lessons about integrating fast movers with virtual environments to provide a realistic presentation to the aircrew in their cockpits. Having a wireless network that allows you to sustain that environment without interruptions. In other words, a low, flat latency is a very important feature," said Cubic's training expert, Paul Averna.

Hitting the Books: Why lawyers will be essential to tomorrow's orbital economy


The skies overhead could soon be filled with constellations of commercial space stations occupying low earth orbit while human colonists settle the Moon with an eye on Mars, if today's robber barons have their way. But this won't result in the same freewheeling Wild West that we saw in the 19th century, unfortunately, as tomorrow's interplanetary settlers will be bringing their lawyers with them. In their new book, The End of Astronauts: Why Robots Are the Future of Exploration, renowned astrophysicist and science editor, Donald Goldsmith, and Martin Rees, the UK's Astronomer Royal, argue in favor of sending robotic scouts -- with their lack of weighty necessities like life support systems -- out into the void ahead of human explorers. But what happens after these synthetic astronauts discover an exploitable resource or some rich dork declares himself Emperor of Mars? In the excerpt below, Goldsmith and Rees discuss the challenges facing our emerging exoplanetary legal system.

The Safest New Cars of 2022 - Kelley Blue Book


Why publish a list of our picks for the best new cars that are the safest? Don't confuse "safe" with "safer." Manufacturers make vehicles that are safer than those from 10 years ago, for sure. However, some are safer than others. Both organizations put new car models through a battery of crash and safety tests, scoring each for the degree of protection they provide for occupants. If you choose a car on this list, you can be assured you will likely survive a crash, but in many cases avoid it altogether. We pulled together a collection of the best 2022 models made the safest for you to drive and what earns them that distinction. In a nutshell, these car models go above and beyond government-mandated safety features and manufacturer norms. Read on to learn more. What we looked for were cars with perfect scores in both IIHS and NHTSA testing. With those in hand, we narrowed the field among the trim levels within each model based on standard and available active safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Several safety features we've grown accustomed to are actually government-mandated. In other words, the federal government made them standard by law. These include antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, rearview cameras, tire pressure monitors, and so forth.