For the longest time, artificial intelligence (AI) was nothing more than exciting material for science fiction novels and movies. In 1982, Harrison Ford was hunting down replicants in'Blade Runners'; in 2001, Steven Spielberg wove an intricate tale of a relationship between human and machine in'A. Technologies that emulate or surpass human skills and characteristics are fascinating – not only on the big screen. For decades, scientists have dedicated time and money to the topic of artificial intelligence. The workshop'Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence', held in 1956 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, is seen as the starting point of AI as academic subject.
The game/show is being developed by Pipeworks Studios and Genvid Technologies, including former staff of the beloved-but-shuttered Telltale Games, who created some of the strongest narrative adventure games of the century, including "The Walking Dead." So think of it like a mix of a Telltale adventure game with branching stories for each of its 12 characters, with reality shows like "Survivor" and "Big Brother." "Rival Peak" also hides a mystery that's going to be revealed at the end of its run, but otherwise the audience determines the fate of the cast.
We've seen no shortage of scandals when it comes to AI. In 2016, Microsoft Tay, an AI bot built to learn in real time from social media content turned into a misogynist, racist troll within 24 hours of launch. A ProPublica report claimed that an algorithm -- built by a private contractor -- was more likely to rate black parole candidates as higher risk. A landmark U.S. government study reported that more than 200 facial recognition algorithms -- comprising a majority in the industry -- had a harder time distinguishing non-white faces. The bias in our human-built AI likely owes something to the lack of diversity in the humans who built them.
Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Today, we're excited to launch Japanese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese language support for Amazon Transcribe streaming. To deliver streaming transcriptions with low latency for these languages, we're also announcing availability of Amazon Transcribe streaming in the Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. Amazon Transcribe added support for Italian and German languages earlier in November 2020, and this launch continues to expand the service's streaming footprint. Now you can automatically generate live streaming transcriptions for a diverse set of use cases within your contact centers and media production workflows.
Who is this orange lady and why are people so excited about her? Ahsoka Tano is a character from two (excellent) Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars and Rebels. She was introduced in 2008 as a young Jedi apprentice assigned to a reluctant Anakin Skywalker--the future Darth Vader--in the (not so excellent) animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In many ways, she became the main character of the TV series of the same name, growing up in a galaxy at war in the final years of the Jedi Order. The Clone Wars takes place before the final Star Wars movie prequel, Revenge of the Sith, in which most of the Jedi were betrayed and killed, but Ahsoka isn't even mentioned in Revenge of the Sith, which left fans wondering for years what happened to her and whether she'd even survive the end of the show. It's no secret anymore that Ahsoka did survive the Clone Wars, and she reappeared in another animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, in 2015, now as an adult fighting against the Empire.
If you're worried about facial recognition firms or stalkers mining your online photos, a new tool called Anonymizer could help you escape their clutches. The app was created by Generated Media, a startup that provides AI-generated pictures to customers ranging from video game developers creating new characters to journalists protecting the identities of sources. The company says it built Anonymizer as "a useful way to showcase the utility of synthetic media." The system was trained on tens of thousands of photos taken in the Generated Media studio. The pictures are fed to generative adversarial networks (GANs), which create new images by pitting two neural networks against each other: a generator that creates new samples and a discriminator that examines whether they look real. The process creates a feedback loop that eventually produces lifelike profile photos.
That Cyber Monday special from Best Buy sounds really enticing. Which may not be a catch at all, but it is something worth considering. Because if you have Amazon Echo speakers throughout your home, you won't be able to use them to talk to your new TCL TV. As all TV sales now tend to be "smart," they operate on different software platforms, ones you need to consider before making your purchase. Before you buy a Roku-branded TV, I have three words for you: "Wonder Woman 1984."
There's a long-running line of children's books where you provide the kid's details – name, age, favourite hobbies – and they all get mail-merged into the narrative, making the youngster the central character in their own story and providing the illusion of personalisation at a low cost. Ready Player Two, the sequel to the hugely popular Ready Player One, offers a similar experience. Like its predecessor, it's a tedious slog through arcane pop culture references – The Silmarillion, the music of Prince, the movies of John Hughes – sprinkled in so lazily that you could replace them with your own favourites, or swap them right out and be left with a much shorter, and probably better book. The action picks up immediately after the events of Ready Player One, which is set in the near-future, in a world where vast swathes of the population spend most of their day living inside a virtual reality simulation called the OASIS, to escape from the poverty, crime and general awfulness of life on Earth. The protagonist, Wade Watts, is a nerdy teenager living in the'stacks' outside Oklahoma City – a shanty-town comprised of literal stacks of trailers and RVs – who devotes all of his time to an in-OASIS treasure hunt devised by billionaire James Halliday, the late co-creator of the simulation, as a Willy Wonka-esque means to find an heir to his fortune.
Going Green sits down with Dr. Austin Sendek, Founder & CEO of Aionics, Inc. to discuss his path to building an artificial intelligence platform to help with R&D in decarbonizing materials. I am the CEO and Founder at Aionics, Inc. I am the CEO/Founder at Aionics, a company commercializing A.I. software for accelerating the pace of R&D in decarbonization materials. I founded Aionics after graduating with my Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford in 2018. At the time, I had offers to join several materials companies at the executive or VP-level, but ultimately decided I could have a broader impact on global carbon emissions if I built an R&D platform that could be licensed across multiple companies in multiple industries.
Experience tells us that there is a relationship between organizational size and technology adoption: Larger, more resource-rich, enterprises generally adopt new technologies first, while smaller, more resource constrained organizations follow afterward, (provided that the small organization isn't in the technology business). This pattern has repeated itself for multiple generations across a myriad of technologies. However, once smaller organizations get ahold of a technology, their creativity can drive it in ways that nobody ever imagined. Case in point: The personal computer, which was originally deployed at large companies primarily to do word processing and spreadsheets, but within a decade was being used to compose music, control buildings, front-end complex medical devices, and thousands of other applications. Lenovo, NetApp and NVIDIA have teamed up to help drive Artificial Intelligence (AI) into smaller organizations and hopefully seed that creative garden.