Facebook AI has announced Ego4D, a project that is trying to give AI the ability to understand and interact with the world from a first-person perspective (the way that humans do). AI typically learns from photos and videos captured in third-person, but next-generation AI will need to learn from videos that show the world from the center of action. Continue Reading →

Amazon Astro: Cool or Creepy?

Cool or creepy? These are the opposite ends of the Shelly Palmer scale for evaluating AI-powered surveillance systems built into robots, IoT, and other tech. With my cool or creepy scale in mind, behold Amazon's Astro. Continue Reading →
Next time you pull up to the drive-thru, if it sounds a little like you're talking to a robot, you might be. McDonald's has been working hard to make their drive-thru business more efficient, and AI order takers are part of the plan. Why? Because AI never forgets to greet you politely, it listens more accurately than people do, and (of course) it never loses its temper or gets offended. Continue Reading →

Human/Machine Partnerships

Humans that fuse with machines will become telekinetics. They will be able to be in two places at once. They will be able to “feel” physical objects that are half a world away. They will have thousands of times the strength of purely organic humans. They will not be limited to one physical manifestation of their existence. They will have powers usually reserved for mythological superheroes – what will they do with them? Continue Reading →
What You Need To Know About AI
Google Translate is one of the world's largest AI models — it supports 109 languages and translates over 100 billion words per day — but anyone who has used Google Translate knows that as amazing as it is, it has a long way to go. Continue Reading →
Uber is selling off its self-driving car group
  Uber is selling its self-driving car division to autonomous vehicle startup Aurora. People familiar with the deal say Uber will invest $400 million in Aurora and end up with a 26% stake in the company. Like every transportation company, Uber has been struggling during the pandemic (it cut 25% of its staff). Uber says Continue Reading →