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Cryplogger AI collected the most important news from the world of AI over the past week.
- Meta introduced the Quest Pro VR headset.
- Microsoft has announced a number of new features for the cloud service and office applications.
- Google AI has introduced a model for recreating music from a passage.
- The owners of the iPhone 14 complained about the false alarm function of the accident alert while riding the rides.
- Image generators were used to dynamically render VR worlds.
- In Japan, robomobiles are equipped with “eyes”.
- The most important AI deals of the last week.
Meta introduced the Quest Pro VR headset
Company Meta introduced Quest Pro virtual reality helmet with tracking eye movements and facial expressions. The announcement took place at the Connect 2022 event.
The headset is equipped with ten cameras facing both inward and outward. Some of the sensors track the user’s face and transfer facial expressions to his digital avatar. The remaining sensors capture the image of the surrounding world for visualization in virtual space.
The device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 + processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. The headset received two screens with a resolution of 1800 × 1920 pixels per eye and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
Quest Pro will go on sale October 25, 2022 for $1,500.
Also company concluded working with Microsoft to bring Teams, Office, Windows, and Xbox Cloud Gaming services to VR.
In addition, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg told about creating new AR glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban.
New AI features announced for Azure and Microsoft 365
Microsoft at Ignite 2022 introduced a number of improvements to the Azure cloud platform. Among them:
- a ready-made AI model for the Form Recognizer, which automatically extracts unique content from contracts;
- integration of the DALL-E 2 algorithm into the Azure OpenAI service for creating creative content;
- enhanced understanding and generalization of information from documents and language support for Cognitive Service for Language;
- new speech synthesis and conversation-to-text features for the Speech Service;
- option to extract visual characteristics from images for digital asset management in Azure Computer Vision;
- automatic generation of program code from text using OpenAI Codex for Power Automate.
Also at the Surface event, the company introduced a number of AI products for Microsoft 365 customers, including the service Syntex for document processing and application Designer with support for DALL-E 2 image-by-text generator.
Google AI introduced a model for recreating music from a passage
Google’s AI division has introduced the AudioLM system, which can recreate a musical composition from a passage.
The developers stated that the algorithm needs several seconds of audio to predict the continuation. The system can even generate complex sounds, such as piano melody and human speech, that match the style of the original sample and are almost indistinguishable from it.
According to Google AI, AudioLM will speed up the process of learning AI to generate audio. In the future, the model can be used to create music for the video.
Opinion: more than $100 billion spent on unmanned technologies to no avail
Automotive expert Anthony Lewandowski declaredthat modern systems will not achieve full autonomy in the near future. According to him, computers are still too “stupid” and any elementary obstacle can confuse them.
Lewandowski believes that the maximum that modern drones are capable of is working in closed, controlled conditions, like dump trucks in quarries.
According to the expert, he became skeptical about robocars in 2018. However, he acknowledged Tesla’s achievements and admitted that someday the company will release a truly unmanned vehicle.
In the Netherlands, it is illegal to spy on an employee through a webcam
Dutch court named the requirement to turn on a webcam to monitor employees during work in violation of human rights.
In August 2022, American software developer Chetu hired a telemarketer from the Netherlands. The company required the employee to log in during the working day, show the computer screen and turn on the webcam. When he spoke out against surveillance, he was fired for “refusal to work” and “insubordination”.
The court ruled that “instructions to turn on the webcam do not respect the privacy of employees.”
Chetu was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $48,660, including reimbursement of legal fees, wage arrears and wrongful termination. The company was also ordered to cancel the non-competition clause.
Media: Apple iPhone 14 recognizes rides as an accident
Several iPhone 14 users have complained that their device recognized riding the ride as an accident.
According to The Wall Street JournalCrash Detection-enabled devices detect a roller coaster ride as an emergency and automatically notify 911. The police have repeatedly come to amusement park calls because sensors mistook the turns and hard braking of the ride for an accident.
Crash Detection is integrated into iPhone 14 smartphones and Watch Series 8, Watch SE and Watch Ultra smart watches. The feature uses a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and an algorithm trained on multiple simulated car crashes.
Google Meets introduces video call transcription feature
Service for calls Google Meet taught automatically transcribe video calls.
The function translates speech into text and adds a transcript of the conversation to “Documents”. Automatic transcription is available for meetings in English, but support for French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese will arrive in 2023.
In the future, the company has promised to expand Meet’s capabilities by automatically generating conversation insights.
Meet also added support for adaptive encoding using Huddly and Logitech AI cameras to keep the interlocutor in the frame at all times.
AI used in drawing VR worlds
The enthusiast used a neural network to create constantly changing virtual worlds.
The developer used the Stable Diffusion algorithm and the TouchDesigner visual programming tool. He created several VR scenes, the objects for which were generated by neuroscience upon a text query.
The project is at an early stage of development. However, according to the engineer, he has already been able to create full-fledged VR scenes that are rendered in real time at 60 FPS.
Ai-Da “testified” in the British Parliament
Robot artist Ai-Da testified before the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee as part of an inquiry into the future of the art industry in the UK.
At the start of the hearing, commission chairman Tina Stowell noted the “seriousness” of the meeting and clarified that the device presented evidence and could not be considered a witness or occupy the status of an equal to a person. She clarified that Ai-Da creator Aidan Moeller is solely responsible for the system’s claims.
The robot gave pre-prepared answers to the questions of the commission members using the language AI model. During the hearing, the device did mistakes in words, sometimes had difficulty speaking and turned off.
When asked about creating the art, Ai-Da cited the use of cameras in the eyes, artificial intelligence algorithms, and manipulators.
Also during the hearing, the robot stated that AI could become a “threat and an opportunity” for artists.
In Japan, robomobiles are equipped with “eyes”
Researchers from Tokyo and Kyoto Universities suggested equip drones with “eyes”. Clear signs of specific obstacles will help reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians, they said.
As an experiment, scientists equipped a golf cart with two large moving “eyes” and attracted 18 men and women aged 18 to 49 years. They asked respondents to walk in front of a robotic vehicle using a VR headset, having three seconds to assess the situation.
It turned out that the subjects were less likely to cross the road when the “eyes” of the golf cart turned to the side, but felt safer if the drone “looked” at them.
The most important AI deals of the last week
From October 9 to October 15, 2022, AI startups raised over $89.6 million. Here are the most interesting transactions.
- trendsi attracted $25 million to improve supply chain risk mitigation technology for the retail business.
- Biometric Authentication System Supplier IronVest collected $23 million
- foxglove received $15 million for the development of infrastructure for creating robots.
- Levity collected $8.3 million to support a workflow automation platform.
- Alvin attracted $6 million to expand the team to create a service for tracking data and improving its quality.
- Developers of the analytical platform for the sustainable development of companies Continue AI got $5.7 million
- Yummy received $3.7 million to support technology for meal planning and grocery shopping.
- SecondSight attracted $3 million to advance efforts to bring an inside-out underwriting platform to the cyber insurance market.
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