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An Authentic Focusing System for 'Cheap' Augmented Reality


Researchers from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have developed a method to increase the authenticity of low-cost, projection-based augmented reality installations, through special glasses that cause projected 3D images to go in and out of focus in the same way that they would if the objects were real, overcoming a critical perceptual hurdle for practical usage of projection systems in controlled environments. The IEEE system recreates depth planes for projected real and CGI imagery that will be superimposed into rooms. In this case, three CGI Stanford bunnies are being superimposed at the same depth plane as three real world objects, and their blurriness is controlled by where the viewer is looking and focusing. The system uses electrically focus-tunable lenses (ETL) embedded into the viewer's glasses (which are in any case necessary to separate the two image streams into a convincing, integrated 3D experience), and which communicate with the projection system, which then automatically changes the level of blurriness of the projected image seen by the viewer. The ETL lenses report back information about the user's focal attention and sets the level of blurriness on a per-plane basis for the rendering of the projected geometry.

AI's Increasing Role In Customer Service: Notes from a VP of CX


Customer service is absolutely imperative to a business' success. Luckily, opportunities to generate amazing customer service experiences have skyrocketed in recent years. We're now able to do more with less. And much of that is thanks to AI. The biggest problem with AI, though, is that people get really excited and think, "Oh I need AI", but they don't really know what AI is or how to use it.

How to request an invitation for the Black Card (formerly known as the Centurion Card from American Express)


Carrying the "Black Card," formally known as the Centurion Card from American Express, gives you special status. It's rare and broadcasts that you're part of a small group of individuals who have exclusive access to the invitation-only elite card. Its inaccessibility makes it sought after by credit card hackers and American Express loyalists who won't settle for the Platinum card. Now, Amex has loosened its grip on the Black Card ever so slightly. There's an air of mystery surrounding the card's perks, but what sets the card apart from others is the personal concierge service it offers cardholders.

Human Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence


Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science AI research is defined as the study of intelligent agents: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term artificial intelligence is applied when a machine mimics cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving. AI can be categorized into subfields that focus on specific problems or tasks, such as machine learning, perception, speech recognition, planning or robotic operating systems. General-purpose artificial intelligences are still hypothetical.

How the Financial Industry Can Apply AI Responsibly


THE INSTITUTE Artificial intelligence is transforming the financial services industry. The technology is being used to determine creditworthiness, identify money laundering, and detect fraud. AI also is helping to personalize services and recommend new offerings by developing a better understanding of customers. Chatbots and other AI assistants have made it easier for clients to get answers to their questions, 24/7. Although confidence in financial institutions is high, according to the Banking Exchange, that's not the case with AI.

Contrails: How tweaking flight plans can help the climate

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Prof Marc Stettler, transport and environment lecturer at Imperial College London, says changing the altitude of fewer than 2% of flights could potentially reduce contrail-linked climate change by a staggering 59%. "Tweaking the flight elevation by just a thousand feet can stop some contrails from forming," he explains.

Google is redesigning its smart home Developer Center to support Matter device makers


At I/O 2021, Google reiterated its commitment to Matter with a handful of smart home-related Nest and Android updates. If you need a refresher, Matter was known as Project CHIP, or Connected Home over IP, before a rebranding this past May. It's a pact between some of the biggest companies in tech, including Google, Amazon and Apple, that aims to bring standardization to the fragmented smart home space. When it launches in the first half of 2022, it will support a variety of voice assistants and networking protocols, including Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. At its simplest, the promise of Matter is that you'll be able to buy a new device and it will simply work with your existing smart home setup.

Artificial Intelligence Is Smart, but Does It Doesn't Play Well With Others


Humans find AI to be a frustrating teammate when playing a cooperative game together, posing challenges for "teaming intelligence," study shows. When it comes to games such as chess or Go, artificial intelligence (AI) programs have far surpassed the best players in the world. These "superhuman" AIs are unmatched competitors, but perhaps harder than competing against humans is collaborating with them. Can the same technology get along with people? In a new study, MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers sought to find out how well humans could play the cooperative card game Hanabi with an advanced AI model trained to excel at playing with teammates it has never met before.

Learning from ants


Learning from ants: Ant colony optimization algorithms are versatile and useful for several real-world applications. These applications usually center on complex optimization problems. Here are three uses for the algorithm. In a logistics example, perhaps the distance between destinations, traffic conditions, types of packages being delivered, and times of day are important constraints to optimize the operations of the business. ACOs can help with that.

How can I use artificial intelligence (AI) for marketing?


Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the landscape of 21st century marketing. Long gone are the days of throwing spaghetti on the wall and shooting in the dark to acquire new customers and to regain their business. With the amount of data growing exponentially on a daily basis, AI can help businesses scale their marketing efforts and leverage the data for actionable insights leading to greater ROI. Look up the term "marketing" and you'll find something that mentions actions or activities involving a business or company, promoting or selling products or services. Is that something that you or your company does?