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$2.5 mil prize from Alexa; New tech from NVidia; Breakthrough in Lighting Algos in AR

When Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Dark Side

As John Markoff writes, the kind of artificial intelligence that is capable ofwinning at the game of Go or figuring out your fastest route home is also starting to show up in criminal schemes.

One program, known as Blackshades, was sold in the online criminal underground known as the dark web and used for purposes like video and audio eavesdropping.

Artificial intelligence will boost US productivity, says report, (CNBC)

The report also forecasts economic growth in the U.S. could increase from 2.6 percent to 4.6 percent over a 20 years period with the adoption of AI technologies.

Young Artificial Intelligence to Get Tech Nannies, (Seeker)

Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft are working together to oversee research in A.I.

Introducing the Alexa Prize: .5 Million to Advance Conversational Artificial Intelligence, (Business Wire)

The goal of the inaugural competition is to build a “socialbot” on Alexa that will converse with people about popular topics and news events. The team with the highest-performing socialbot will win a $500,000 prize. Additionally, a prize of $1 million will be awarded to the winning team’s university if their socialbot achieves the grand challenge of conversing coherently and engagingly with humans for 20 minutes.

Artificial Intelligent drones unveiled by Aerialtronics, Neurala and NVIDIA, (Directionsmag)

This new “intelligent drone” identifies objects and their condition in flight, which dramatically increases the efficiency and accuracy of documenting assets, lowering costs, and making it easier for frequent inspections.

The real-time processing of the data stream is made possible by combining Aerialtronics unmanned aerial system and their smart dual camera payload with Neurala’s deep learning neural network software, which is capable of finding and recognizing objects in flight, using the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 platform.

Here’s All the New Driverless-Car Tech NVIDIA Just Revealed, (Pantagraph)

All of this tech combines to deliver 20 trillion operations per second of performance and consumes just 20 watts of power (one-quarter the power consumption of Drive PX 2), according to the company. NVIDIA also said that just one Xavier SoC can replace a “Drive PX 2 configured with dual mobile SoCs and dual discrete GPUs.”

ABI Research, a technology market analysis company, said about driverless-car maps earlier this year, “Maps will need to be updated continuously with real-time information about traffic, roadworks, and any other relevant information needed for anticipating and planning the path ahead and emulate human driving.”

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New Breakthrough Adds Realistic Lighting to Augmented Realit, (Spar3D)

The simple version: The algorithm Elastic Fusion uses for constructing a 3D model is capable detecting multiple light sources in its environment. When the team uses the algorithm and a 3D scanner to gather information for projecting an augmented reality representation, it will know where these lights are and include them in its model information. This model information is used to provide more realistic lighting effects for augmented reality representations.

If you want the much more complex version (and it gets much more complex), feel free to dig into the paper here. If you have the technical chops, it’s worth your time.

Author: George Popescu


George Popescu
George Popescu

About the author

George Popescu

I am presently the co-founder and CEO of Lampix, a glass-less augmented reality and smart surface company based in San Francisco and New York.

I am also the founder and Editor in Chief of Lending Times, and a partner at LunaCap Ventures, an early hybrid growth fund.

Previously I built and sold 5+ companies in Fintech, Exotic Cars and Craft Beer. I built the #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011, and my companies were in Inc500/5000 for 4 years in a row.

I was born in Romania and grew up in France.

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