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I'm playing video games like a caveman during the pandemic. It rules.


I was awful at Halo 2. Walking into walls, shooting at air, trapped in an interminable die-respawn-die-respawn loop. This year was about 2005 and my middle school friends hated playing with me online, which was like half of how we entertained ourselves. I was entirely useless beyond comedic value -- I was truly elite at finding novel ways to get killed. I'd get sniped trying, and failing, at doing something as simple as entering the driver seat of Warthog. I wasn't really against video games but I was genuinely bad at shooters and playing online was an exercise in embarrassment.

Save money on the Amazon Echo Spot, now 33 per cent off on Amazon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

July usually sees Amazon's incredibly popular Prime Day sales event. While this epic shopping day may be postponed until to later in the year, you can still grab some incredible discounts on the mega-site. If you're a fan of Amazon's family of devices then you are sure to love the Amazon Echo Spot Alarm Clock. What's more, the Amazon Echo Spot is now on sale on Amazon, reduced to only £79.99- that's a saving of 33 per cent. Get content in one glance- the Amazon Echo Spot allows you to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists- all for £79.99 Shaped like a futuristic alarm clock, the Amazon Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in a stylish and compact design.

Stretch is an $18,000 robot that can vacuum your couch


Stretch is a robot with a strong grip and it's ready to do your laundry. Hello Robot launched the 50-pound bot on Tuesday. The startup was founded by Google's former robotics director, Aaron Edsinger, and Georgia Tech professor Charlie Kemp, who met at MIT. The helpful robot can be teleoperated from a computer, although Hello Robot says it will eventually work autonomously. With the gripper, 3D camera, laser, and other sensors, and the help of open-source software, you can use the robot to open cabinet doors, grab a coffee cup, wipe down a table, or vacuum the couch.

Tutorial on fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics in computer vision


The Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference (CVPR) was held virtually on 14-19 June. As well as invited talks, posters and workshops, there were a number of tutorials on a range of topics. Timnit Gebru and Emily Denton were the organisers of one of the tutorials, which covered fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics in computer vision. As the organisers write in the introduction to their tutorial, computer vision is no longer a purely academic endeavour; computer vision systems have been utilised widely across society. Such systems have been applied to law enforcement, border control, employment and healthcare.

Dash Cart: Amazon's smart shopping cart knows what you're getting, displays your subtotal

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Amazon has created a smart shopping cart that knows what you're selecting and can charge you for it without a cashier. It's called the "Amazon Dash Cart" and the idea is to make "a quick grocery trip even quicker by allowing you to skip the checkout line," the e-commerce giant said in a post on Tuesday. The Dash Cart largely looks like a typical shopping cart, only bulkier at the bottom. Patrons will use their Amazon account's unique QR code to sign-in to the cart, according to a video the company posted on its website. Then you add your shopping bags to the cart and proceed to shop around the store. The buggy uses computer vision and a sensor to identify which groceries you've selected.

#314: High Earth Orbit Robotics, with William Crowe


The mission of HEO Robotics is to provide high quality imagery of satellites, space-debris and resource-rich asteroids. Crowe discusses the technical challenges which make robotics and satellites similar like computer vision and controls, and those where traditional robotics approaches aren't suitable like localization and mobility. He explains new trends in the satellite industry, and the need for high quality imagery. William Crowe is CEO of High Earth Orbit Robotics, a company that performs health checks on satellites by assessing data on images they take from other satellites. He has a PhD in Astrodynamics, where his research focused on the use of swarms to characterize asteroids, especially those that fly closer than the Moon.

AI-driven brand insertion adds value to content libraries


Library sales to streaming companies have helped to keep revenue flowing for content owners during lockdown. Now, they can take advantage of a new technology that can digitally insert branded products and promotional items into finished content. Its platform uses AI to identify the most natural and meaningful placement opportunities, and then employs VFX technology to insert real-world objects that weren't in the original shoot, like a vehicle or a bag of potato chips, or overlays existing brand imagery with new product shots. Mirriad can boast an impressive list of media clients it has worked with, including Tencent Video, 20th Century Fox, RTL, Channel 4, France TV and ABC. Brands they have helped include Pepsi, Sherwin Williams, P&G, Huawei and T-Mobile.

How a Feature Dictionary Can Uplift the Modern ML Architecture


In enterprise ML architectures, it's wise to maintain the outputs of the feature jobs in a sharable format without encoding. These features can be later cherrypicked, encoded, and fed into an ML model that needs it. This approach has several advantages. When features are readily available, the journey from a'business question' to'scientific answer' becomes much more simple. With the availability of feature pool, when a data scientist wants to do a new experiment, he/she does not have to start from the raw data. Instead he/she can start with the available features. This can avoid a lot of unoptimised runs. In the cases where they need more data-features, it can go as a request to the engineering team to optimally build whatever new is requested. And when they are confident to take the model to production environment, the model promotion will involve only minimal components.

Abacus.AI - Effortlessly Embed Cutting Edge AI In Your Applications. No ML Experience Needed


Abacus.AI is a foundational AI research company that solves the hard problems that enterprises face in the AI/ML space, and packages that research into easy-to-use cloud services.

How AI Can Help Eliminate Counterfeit Products From The Market


With e-commerce marketplaces saturated with high-end brands, cheaper variations of these products have become commonplace over time. Additionally, many consumers have consistently complained about receiving counterfeit products from their online purchases, leading to various policy actions. Fake products are becoming ubiquitous across categories – from electronics and furniture to apparels and cosmetics. But is there a way to detect counterfeit products before they reach a customer, or even listed on a website? A slew of initiatives like Amazon-led AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) and Alibaba Big Data Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance have come up in recent years to combat this problem.