The cameras that know if you're happy - or a threat

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Facial recognition tech is becoming more sophisticated, with some firms claiming it can even read our emotions and detect suspicious behaviour. But what implications does this have for privacy and civil liberties? Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial intelligence (AI), tech experts say. It is now being used to identify people at borders, unlock smart phones, spot criminals, and authenticate banking transactions. But some tech firms are claiming it can also assess our emotional state.

Why Artificial Intelligence will Completely Transform the Subtitling Business


The single most significant impact today within the subtitling and Close captioning (Localization) space is in the realms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). There are machines and software available today that not only understand spoken words and convert them to text, but also translate them to a target language. Many of these tools have advanced learning capabilities that help them improve their output over time, when used by a large number of practitioners. While AI is still far from making the human intervention in Localization redundant, it is promising to reduce cost and cycle time significantly, while helping Media & Entertainment (M&E) companies manage larger volumes of content and achieve faster time-to-market. With AI tools rapidly gaining popularity in the market, Localization vendors are also revamping their entire approach to managing content, including workflows and talent requirements.

So how good are the Amazon Prime Day deals? Just don't ask Alexa


LOS ANGELES -- The "deals" for Amazon Prime Day are everything we expected. Great, generous discounts on Amazon's own products, close-outs on Amazon and other brands' products that didn't do well, and so-so deals on a lot else. The surprise: It wasn't possible to see some of these purported deals early on. We didn't foresee Amazon not being able to handle the traffic to shop, and having much of the website down for over three hours Monday. More: Which Kindle should I buy?

Machine Learning Made Easy - The New Stack


Remember the movie "The Imitation Game"? The tragic story of a brilliant man who decrypted secret German Enigma messages, indirectly shortened World War II, saved millions of lives, and was later charged for homosexuality, forced to undergo chemical treatment, and ended his life shortly after? The real Alan Turing accomplished many more brilliant miracles than this. He also published papers on theories of artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, the title "The Imitation Game" had little to do with the movie. It was a game he mentioned in one of his papers where humans will one day engineer a machine to imitate humans so well that a human on the other side of the room will be fooled he was communicating with another human. Turing was a pioneer in the field of computer science. Only after his death would he be known as the father of AI.

Amazon Echo vs. Dot? Show vs. Spot? How to make sense of Amazon's smart speakers


USA Today's Jefferson Graham suggests tips on the best way to shop through Amazon's home assistant, Alexa. LOS ANGELES -- With seven different choices in its Amazon Echo family, consumers are naturally confused about which smart speaker, if any, to buy. The entry-level Dot is the most affordable and Amazon's best seller, but has the worst sound. The video versions of Echo haven't caught on, but are now costing about the same as the regular, full-featured Echo. USA TODAY is here to help, with a guide to all seven speakers, pros and cons on each, and a summation at the end.

Artificial intelligence to change the Haj we know


Dubai – The Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah has published on its Youtube channel a video giving an insight on how Haj as we know it today will change in 2030. Saudi vision 2030 doesn't only tackle economic and public sector development but also Haj and Umrah services will be improved. Artificial intelligence and technology as announced by Minister of Haj and Umrah, Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, will give pilgrims to Makkah a high quality experience. According to the video, Muslims from around the world who intend to undertake Haj would have to apply through a mobile application, and within a few days, they will receive a box that contains an electronic card, a bracelet, and an earphone. The pilgrims should keep these three items with themselves at all times during the Haj.

Microsoft 365 gains smart video conferencing with automatic speech-to-text transcription


Microsoft 365, Redmond's complete software suite for enterprises and education, now supports live video conferencing augmented with facial reignition and autonomous speech-to-text transcription features. The new video conferencing feature allows users to set up either live or on-demand streams of events within the cloud-powered Microsoft 365. Facial recognition automatically detects who in a group video conference is chatting and allows watchers to jump to a specific speaker, while automated speech-to-text transcription provides transcripts and timecodes to the conference which Microsoft 356 users can then use to search for specific quotes or parts of a video conference. "Events can be as simple or as sophisticated as you prefer. You can use webcams, content, and screen sharing for informal presentations, or stream a studio-quality production for more formal events," explained Ron Markezich, corporate vice president at Microsoft.

How AI-ML Are Fueling Video Editing Innovations -


In the last few years there have been numerous developments involving Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), and the ways in which both are being used are constantly expanding. On the video editing front software and tech giants have been heavily investing in AI and ML, and as a result it has fueled a wide range of innovations. Several years ago IBM made headlines when it created a movie trailer using its Watson supercomputer. Using ML, Watson'learned' from other movie trailers and subsequently curated and identified video footage that could be used in the trailer for the horror film, Morgan. Since then AI and ML have been used frequently to curate videos for editing.

Experts warn DeepFakes could influence 2020 US election


Fake AI-generated videos featuring political figures could be all the rage during the next election cycle, and that's bad news for democracy. A recently released study indicates that DeepFakes, a neural network that creates fake videos of real people, represents one of the largest threats posed by artificial intelligence. AI systems are capable of generating realistic-sounding synthetic voice recordings of any individual for whom there is a sufficiently large voice training dataset. The same is increasingly true for video. As of this writing, "deep fake" forged audio and video looks and sounds noticeably wrong even to untrained individuals.

Wyze Cam V2, Cam Pan now works with Amazon's Alexa


Two of the unbelievably cheap Wyze Cam models are getting even more attractive, gaining support for Amazon's Alexa platform starting Friday. Specifically, the $20 Wyze Cam V2 and $30 Wyze Cam Pan will be accessible using voice commands. Users will first need to update the firmware of their Wyze cameras through the Wyze mobile app, and then enable the new Wyze Skill in the Alexa app or the Alexa website. Once linked, users will be able to ask Alexa to view a livestream of the camera on an Echo Show, Echo Spot, or Fire TV. Read also: Which Amazon Echo to buy?