Items tagged with AI

Sometimes the question is not 'can we?' but 'should we?', and whoever decided to make a deepfake video of Steve Buscemi's mug on Jennifer Lawrence completely ignored the latter. The result is one of the most frightening things you'll ever see. Granted, beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder. But let us explain. Yes, Steve Buscemi is getting up there in age, his younger days now firmly behind him. He's also a great actor, and perhaps even an underappreciated one—he has an impressive acting resume that includes Reservoir Dogs, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and one of this editor's favorite TV series, The Sopranos. However, mashing his face onto Jennifer Lawrence is both... Read more...
The release of Tesla’s Autopilot Hardware 3.0 is just around the corner and the automotive firm has made a number of significant changes with this upgrade. A series of recent patents have confirmed that Tesla will utilize a new artificial intelligence chip, or “neural net accelerator”. This will replace the NVIDIA hardware that is currently used in the Autopilot 2.0 platform and should enable full self-driving capabilities in the future.  Why is Tesla working on a new AI chip? According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “Processing for machine learning and artificial intelligence typically requires performing mathematical operations... Read more...
Memes are a big part of the web, especially on social media, and they serve different purposes. Humor is the primary reason memes exist, obviously, but they can also be used to make political statements and to share satirical thoughts. Could they also be used to harvest user data, though? That is a question that has been raised in response to the 10-year profile picture challenge that has gone viral on Facebook. You have probably seen this one already—the 'challenge' is to post your first profile picture alongside your most recent one to compare how much you have changed over the years. Oftentimes, there is a fixed data applied to the challenge, usually 10 years, though some participants... Read more...
We tend to associate NVIDIA with graphics cards, and more specifically, the graphics processing units (GPUs) that go inside them, but the company has a much broader focus. For example, NVIDIA is heavily invested in artificial intelligence technologies. As part of that, NVIDIA recently opened up a robotics lab in Seattle near the University of Washington campus to research and develop the next generation of artificially intelligent robots. NVIDIA opened the lab in November with 14 researchers and expects to triple that number by midyear, which also factors in visiting faculty and interns. Dieter Fox, senior director of robotics research at NVIDIA and professor at the University of Washington's... Read more...
A little over a year ago, we talked about NVIDIA and its AI processing technology that was working to create realistic-looking human faces from a few source photos. The images that the AI created were so photorealistic that you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the AI generated faces and real human faces in photos. The technology has come so far in the last four years that the difference is now even more astonishing, and frankly a little creepy. The image above (b) shows the faces that a similar AI was able to generate in 2014, while the photo below this paragraph shows the faces the AI can create today. The AI-rendered faces are so good that if you weren't told... Read more...
NVIDIA launched its first Jetson family products back in 2015 when its Jetson TX1 system aimed to be the brains behind autonomous devices, from drones to robotics and autonomous vehicles. The Silicon Valley GPU giant then added to the Jetson line in 2017 with the Jetson TX2 for commercial drones and smart robots. Today, NVIDIA has now announced the latest addition to the Jetson family called the Jetson AGX Xavier Module, and the company says this new processing engine is targeted at bringing up to 32 TOPS of performance to next-generation autonomous machines. Despite its big processing power, the AGX Xavier Module is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (or robotic arm), and... Read more...
When it comes to modern smartphones, AI performance is becoming increasingly more relevant to everyday tasks. In addition to offloading tasks usually handled by the main processor, dedicated AI engines are empowering computational photography allowing today’s flagship phones to capture amazing images.  To that end, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8150 is shaping up to be an AI powerhouse, at least according to leaked numbers that have shown up at AI-Benchmark. The AI-Benchmark site notes the benchmark consists of 9 Computer Vision AI tasks performed by 9 separate Neural Networks that are running on smartphones currently. The tasks include Object Recognition and Classification,... Read more...
AI can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what the AI is designed to do. Many AIs are meant to do things like help doctors diagnose disease, though other AI technologies can be turned towards more nefarious deeds. For example, a team of IEEE researchers has devised a method of harnessing an AI to generate fake fingerprints that work like a master key, to bypass the biometric locks that are employed on smartphones. The team notes that the attack using their AI-driven method can be issued against random devices "with some probability of success." OnePlus 6T In-Display Fingerprint Scanner The technique is known as DeepMasterPrints, and the researchers liken them to a master key for... Read more...
Qualcomm is once again expanding its mid-range SoC portfolio with the introduction of the Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 675 is the follow-up to the Snapdragon 670, and offers improvements when it comes to gaming, artificial intelligence and camera performance. The Snapdragon 675 is an octa-core design featuring two high-performance, fourth-generation Kryo cores operating at 2GHz along with six Kryo efficiency cores clocked at 1.7GHz. Compared to the Snapdragon 670, Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 675 improves game launches by 30 percent, boosts web browsing by 35 percent and makes opening up music files and social media content faster as well. During our pre-briefing on the... Read more...
Google does some wild things in its research that sometimes turn into cool products that we can fiddle with online. Now its Magenta research arm has created an AI that can turn anyone into a piano virtuoso. The creation is called Piano Genie and it's an AI program that allows anyone to improvise on the piano by pounding on eight buttons connected to a real player piano. Piano Genie was inspired by Guitar Hero, a game that was insanely popular a few years back and simplified playing the guitar, turning playing music into a game. When team Magenta created Piano Genie, it took a different route than Guitar Hero, a game famous for allowing players to play pop and rock tunes written by well-known... Read more...
It's been a while since we've talked about Boston Dynamics here at HotHardware. The last time we checked in with the company, its SpotMini robot dog was walking autonomously through a "mock" house, while the humanoid Atlas was seen taking a causal stroll through the woods. This time around, Boston Dynamics has given us a brief glimpse at the latest iteration of the Atlas, and it's simply amazing. We've seen Atlas perform backflips, climb stairs, pick up objects, jump up onto objects using both feet for launching, and much more. However, in this video, we first see Atlas perform another hop over a log.  In the previous demonstration in May, Atlas had to stop, gather its... Read more...
BMW has announced that it is putting a new proprietary AI assistant into its cars that it calls the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. This AI is proprietary and aims to enhance the BMW driving experience. The AI is always on and will respond to the voice prompt "Hey BMW" and can perform a range of functions for the driver. Drivers can harness the AI to control vehicle settings, navigation, entertainment systems, explain vehicle functions, and conduct conversations. BMW plans to debut the AI in 2019 and promises that this will usher in a new era for drivers to operate their cars and functions via voice control. In the future, BMW claims that the AI will be ready to help drivers when they are... Read more...
Google has announced a new AI that has a very noble cause, and that cause is to rid the internet of child sexual abuse images (CSAM). Google says that there are organizations of many sizes out there combating this plague and it wants them all to have the latest technology to help fight the spread of CSAM. Google's latest contribution to this endeavor is new AI that advances the technology available in the fight significantly. Google says its new AI will dramatically improve the way service providers, NGOs, and other tech companies can fight CSAM and review content at scale. The AI uses deep neural networks for image processing and assists reviewers in sorting through many images by prioritizing... Read more...
This week at Gamescom 2018, NVIDIA held a GeForce Gaming Celebration to unveil its new GeForce RTX 2080 and 2070 series graphics cards, based on its new Turing GPU architecture. The NVIDIA GPU that powers GeForce RTX cards ushers in a wealth of new technologies, enabled by its new processing engines. These new technologies include hardware-accelerated, real-time Ray Tracing and a new form of anti-aliasing called DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling, among a few others we can't talk about just yet. What’s interesting about DLSS is that it uses Turing’s Tensor cores to enable a deep learning-powered AI technique to dramatically improve image quality and remove jagged edge artifacts... Read more...
AI is being integrated into everything from speakers that are placed around your home to smartphones, cars, and wearables today. One of the places that AI assistance can have a big impact on the lives of users is when it comes to health. Wearables running Wear OS and the Apple Watch already can detect early warning signs of very serious health conditions like diabetes. Google is working on something, according to a new rumor, that will take AI-assisted health and fitness to the next level. This system is called Google Coach (known as Project Wooden internally) and it will be more than an exercise tracker and go well beyond what Google Fit currently offers according to reports. Google Coach... Read more...
This robot with the fake hand on it has one job; and that job isn't to learn to grasp objects or hold tools. This robot is meant only to find that stripe wearing, child frustrating, bespectacled Waldo from the kids books. Perhaps the scientists will next time devise a robot AI that reads the last chapter of the new novel from your favorite author and tells you what happens. This bot is called "There's Waldo" and it uses machine learning to find Waldo and point him out. The robot was built by Redpepper and uses a Raspberry Pi along with pyram Python Library. The bot automatically goes over the page of the book when booted up and snaps a picture with its attached camera. That photo is then scanned... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t the only new device that Samsung launched today at its Galaxy Unpacked event; it also pulled the wraps off the new Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Home. First out of the gate is the Galaxy Watch, which sheds the “Gear” branding and more closely aligns with the flagship Galaxy smartphones. As with previous Samsung smartwatches, it features a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED touch display (360x360) and is covered in Gorilla DX+ glass. The Galaxy Watch is available in two sizes: 42mm and 46mm, and both of them include 4G LTE connectivity. Both are powered by a Samsung Exynos 9110 dual-core processor rather than the more prevalent Snapdragon Wear SoC from Qualcomm. 1.5GB... Read more...
Do you need any more proof that your ball handling skills suck? Well, look no further than Carnegie Mellon University and DeepMotion, which together trained AI how to dribble a basketball and pull off increasingly advanced moves as it learned. It can be hard to often rationalize in our minds that professional basketball players who make dribbling, crossovers, and pump fakes seem so effortless have honed those skills over many years of practice. However, researchers at Carnegie Mellon and DeepMotion were able to teach AI how to pull off similar feats in a matter of hours (via training). We're not talking about canned animations here that you might see in NBA 2K19, but actual... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days, as it's being used in everything from our smartphones to our digital assistants to even the vehicles we drive (or rather, are driven for us). However, as AI becomes even more powerful, there are those that say that the technology should have limits on where it can be applied. Most often, those limits are envisioned for robots that would be placed on the battlefield and would have the ability to target and potentially kill without human oversight. A group of researchers and companies that has expertise in the AI field have come together with a pledge to not develop or participate in the development of machines... Read more...
Typos are something that we all have made at some point in our work. When it comes to publications, typos sometimes let loose the trolls, sometimes they are flat-out embarrassing, and sometimes they result in both. With that said, we feel for the programmer who wrote code in the critically-panned 2013 game Aliens: Colonial Marines.  The programmer made a single typo which was largely responsible for how bad that game sucked. Anyone who was a fan of the movie franchise the game was based on wanted this game to be awesome. The problem was that the Aliens in the game were brain-dead because of this single-character typo. A modder dubbed jamesdickinson963 has been tinkering... Read more...
It’s happened to us all at some point in time — you capture an image in less-than-ideal light conditions and the end result is a is grainy photo filled with digital noise. While you may still be able to make out many of the details in the photograph, wouldn’t it be nice if you could somehow magically restore it to near perfect condition the way it was meant to be seen? That’s exactly what researchers from NVIDIA, MIT and Aalto University have been able achieve using deep learning artificial intelligence called Noise2Noise. NVIDIA used a team of Tesla P100 GPUs along with the cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow deep learning framework to train Noise2Noise using over 50,000 images... Read more...
It's not quite the Skynet that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned us about, but researchers from the Musk-based OpenAI initiative have made a breakthrough in AI algorithms using Dota 2 as a testbed. OpenAI's achievement is remarkable due in part to its scope. Most AI versus human matches -- be it go or a computer game -- involves a single computer against a single human (as was the case with OpenAI’s victory last year). But OpenAI has managed to train its AI to master competing against humans on a five-player team. The team of five neural networks that was developed is collectively known as the OpenAI Five and is capable of playing [at an accelerated rate] 180 years with... Read more...
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