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Hyundai's bizarre Star Wars-style 'walking car' moves a step closer to reality

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It may sound like something straight out of Star Wars, but Hyundai's planned'walking car' is a step closer to reality after the vehicle manufacturer unveiled a new $20 million (£16 million) development centre to expedite its arrival. The aim of the New Horizon Studio, which has opened in Montana in the US, is to build vehicles for future customers who want or need to travel over terrains which are challenging for conventional ground vehicles. It will focus on the development of Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), including a car with legs that can simply walk over anything it struggles to drive over. The Elevate concept, which resembles the All Terrain Armoured Transport (AT-AT) walkers found in the Star Wars universe, combines a traditional wheel with a leg that unfolds for dangerous terrain. It may sound like something straight out of Star Wars, but Hyundai's planned'walking car' (pictured in a concept image) is a step closer to reality after the vehicle manufacturer unveiled a new $20 million (£16 million) development centre to expedite its arrival Gwen Stefani enjoys celebrating Mother's Day with her family Bono performs'with or without you' in Kyiv after Zelensky invite Aussies shows what Dubai McDonald's looks like Its aim is to address challenging driving situations and potentially save lives as the first responder in natural disasters.


Creativity should have been the last win for AI. Surprisingly, it's the first

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When OpenAI's DALL.E 2 was released two weeks back, the AI tool's ability to create images using sparse natural language instructions caused an online frenzy. Whatever its predecessor DALL.E could do, DALL.E 2 could do better. After the announcement, OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman spoke about the potential upsides of DALL.E 2 and the general direction that AI was moving towards in his blog. According to Altman, the general idea that AI's contributions would affect physical labour first, followed by cognitive labour and then eventually reach creative work has been reversed in reality. "It now looks like it's going to go in the opposite order," he noted.


AI threatening jobs in the entertainment industry, warns union

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are replacing skilled professionals and threatening employment opportunities in the performing arts industry, a union has warned. Equity, which represents performing arts workers, has announced a new campaign that aims to strengthen performers' rights to address what it describes as the "rapid development" of AI across the entertainment industry. The organisation says that the use of the technology across the audio and audio-visual sector – including in automated audiobooks and digital avatars – has advanced significantly in recent years and is replacing skilled professional performers due to the perception it's cheaper and more convenient. It said that many artists that get involved with AI work are not being compensated fairly and are sometimes not paid at all. "The explosion of artificial intelligence across the entertainment industry is a significant and growing concern for audio artists and other performers," warned Paul W Fleming, Equity general secretary.


"Five News from the Brain", a documentary on the brain and artificial intelligence - Actu IA

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From March 14 to 20, "Brain Week" took place, an event coordinated by the Society for Neuroscience under the patronage of Mrs. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Itis in this context that Jean-Stéphane Bron's documentary film "Five News from the Brain" was presented on March 14 in Montpellier. Born in Lausanne in 1969, Jean-Stéphane Bron is a graduate of the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL). In 1997, he directed Connu de nos services, then in 1999 La bonne conduite, nominated for the Prix Europa for best TV documentary, and Mais im Bundeshuus / Le génie helvétique, which won the Swiss Film Prize in 2004. His documentary films have been distinguished in Europe and the United States, including the Original Vision Award from New York Time.


Machine-learning specialists can earn a median salary of $150,000. Here's how to make a career pivot without spending years in academia.

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Machine-learning specialists are highly sought after right now. Recruiters and experts told Insider they were facing an acute shortage of machine-learning skills as the demand for specialists in artificial intelligence moved beyond tech and into sectors such as healthcare and finance. Machine learning is a commonly used form of artificial intelligence that involves the use of self-learning programs and algorithms. It underpins a lot of services, from the movies Netflix recommends to fraud detection for banks. The technology allows computers to process and draw patterns from huge amounts of data, which makes it useful in a variety of fields.


AI ethics – how do we make "good" AI, and use AI ethically?

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How we can make "good" artificial intelligence, what does it mean for a machine to be ethical, and how can we use AI ethically? Good in the Machine – 2019's SCINEMA International Science Film Festival entry – delves into these questions, the origins of our morality, and the interplay between artificial agency and our own moral compass. Read on to learn more about AI ethics. Given a swell of dire warnings about the future of artificial intelligence over the last few years, the field of AI ethics has become a hive of activity. These warnings come from a variety of experts such as Oxford University's Nick Bostrom, but also from more public figures such as Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking.


State of AI Ethics Report (Volume 6, February 2022)

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

This report from the Montreal AI Ethics Institute (MAIEI) covers the most salient progress in research and reporting over the second half of 2021 in the field of AI ethics. Particular emphasis is placed on an "Analysis of the AI Ecosystem", "Privacy", "Bias", "Social Media and Problematic Information", "AI Design and Governance", "Laws and Regulations", "Trends", and other areas covered in the "Outside the Boxes" section. The two AI spotlights feature application pieces on "Constructing and Deconstructing Gender with AI-Generated Art" as well as "Will an Artificial Intellichef be Cooking Your Next Meal at a Michelin Star Restaurant?". Given MAIEI's mission to democratize AI, submissions from external collaborators have featured, such as pieces on the "Challenges of AI Development in Vietnam: Funding, Talent and Ethics" and using "Representation and Imagination for Preventing AI Harms". The report is a comprehensive overview of what the key issues in the field of AI ethics were in 2021, what trends are emergent, what gaps exist, and a peek into what to expect from the field of AI ethics in 2022. It is a resource for researchers and practitioners alike in the field to set their research and development agendas to make contributions to the field of AI ethics.


Digital Innovation Meets Old Fashioned Storytelling at Unifrance TV Doc Pitch

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If the six projects presented at a recent TV documentary pitch session held at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris share relatively few thematic or stylistic points in common, when taken as a whole, the diverse titles relay two incontrovertible truths: While advances in filmmaking technology now offer industry creatives unprecedented freedoms, when it comes to hooking the audience, nothing beats a good story well told. Three of the six projects presented at the Rendez-Vous forum reflect the format's growing technological trends. To offer competing visions of the future, Mad Films/Camera Subjective's speculative science-fiction project "2080" will use CGI, motion capture and some of the digital production techniques pioneered by Disney's "The Mandalorian," whereas to open a window into the past, France Televisions/Program33's historical doc "The Joan of Arc Case" will use detailed digital recreations of 15th-century France. On a similar front, the four-episode edutainment project "Science in Archeology 3.0," directed by Alexandra Barbot and Ste phane Jacques, produced by Roche Productions, and handled internationally by Lucky You, looks to employ recent advances in digital mapping, photogrammetry, and scanning techniques to recreate digital models of the ancient world. At the pitch presentation, co-director Alexandra Barbot likened the digital recreations to "entering Ali Baba's cave," arguing that these new model could rekindle that same spark of discovery that lit up so many young imaginations.


14 of the best movies streaming on Paramount

Mashable

If you've already blown through your Netflix and Hulu libraries, maybe it's time to give Paramount a spin. Since Paramount has been making movies since 1916, its catalog of films is deep. Imagine John Wayne Westerns on the same streamer as Sonic the Hedgehog! It's madness, and we love it. Below, 14 of our favorite movies from Paramount's library to watch now on Paramount .


Challenges of Artificial Intelligence -- From Machine Learning and Computer Vision to Emotional Intelligence

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of everyday conversation and our lives. It is considered as the new electricity that is revolutionizing the world. AI is heavily invested in both industry and academy. However, there is also a lot of hype in the current AI debate. AI based on so-called deep learning has achieved impressive results in many problems, but its limits are already visible. AI has been under research since the 1940s, and the industry has seen many ups and downs due to over-expectations and related disappointments that have followed. The purpose of this book is to give a realistic picture of AI, its history, its potential and limitations. We believe that AI is a helper, not a ruler of humans. We begin by describing what AI is and how it has evolved over the decades. After fundamentals, we explain the importance of massive data for the current mainstream of artificial intelligence. The most common representations for AI, methods, and machine learning are covered. In addition, the main application areas are introduced. Computer vision has been central to the development of AI. The book provides a general introduction to computer vision, and includes an exposure to the results and applications of our own research. Emotions are central to human intelligence, but little use has been made in AI. We present the basics of emotional intelligence and our own research on the topic. We discuss super-intelligence that transcends human understanding, explaining why such achievement seems impossible on the basis of present knowledge,and how AI could be improved. Finally, a summary is made of the current state of AI and what to do in the future. In the appendix, we look at the development of AI education, especially from the perspective of contents at our own university.