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 →
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 →
Working Remotely
In response to the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, we took a poll about your willingness to join a tech-focused, monitored, social network with subject matter restricted to tech, culture, and innovation. The number of respondents was overwhelming and the results were decisive. Over 90 percent of you said you would join. So let’s get started. Continue Reading →

And the Grammy goes to… AI

Grammy Awards
At one of the pre-Grammy parties I attended, I was asked about controversy surrounding the way the Recording Academy (the organization that produces the Grammys) categorizes music for the show. This led to some very interesting questions: Who (or what) will be eligible to win a Grammy in 2030? What will the categories evolve into? Will music need to be recorded at all? Continue Reading →
Severe Weather
Weather forecasting is tough. Very tough. It requires immense amounts of data and it is computationally intensive. But Google has published a paper that suggests that AI can use simple radar data to "nowcast" the weather with remarkable short-term accuracy. Continue Reading →