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Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale is Resolution Games’ next tasty VR release

Resolution Games announced its next VR title today — Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale. Resolution is the studio behind Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, Bait!, and Acron: Attack of the Squirrels, This new game will require VR-based multiplayer cooperation to “cook their way through a wacky and whimsical adventure that requires collaboration and communication to […]

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Embracer acquires karaoke-game dev Voxler

If television has taught me anything, it is that every human yearns to be on a karaoke reality show. American Idol, The Masked Singer, and The Voice are all massively popular. So surely a market exists for karaoke video games. That way we can all prepare in the privacy of our own homes should Ryan Seacrest jump […]

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EU introduces AI strategy to build ‘ecosystem of trust’

The European Commission unveiled today a sweeping set of proposals that it hopes will establish the region as a leader in artificial intelligence by focusing on trust and transparency. The proposals would lead to changes in the way data is collected and shared in an effort to level the playing field between European companies and […]

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Report: Popular autonomous vehicle data set contains critical flaws

A machine learning model’s performance is only as good as the quality of the data set on which it’s trained, and in the domain of self-driving vehicles, it’s critical this performance isn’t adversely impacted by errors. A troubling report from computer vision startup Roboflow alleges that exactly this scenario occurred — according to founder Brad […]

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Apple seeks to patent machine learning correction of GPS estimates

GPS and similar navigational systems rely on orbiting satellites to triangulate users’ locations, a process that’s inherently susceptible to inaccuracy due to the vast distances between satellites and moving users on the ground. But Apple thinks it can improve location accuracy by applying machine learning to Kalman estimation filters, a just-published patent application reveals. The basic concept […]

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Hired: AR/VR engineers replace blockchain programmers as hottest commodity

Augmented reality and virtual reality jobs are hot, with demand surging 1,400% in 2019, according to a new State of Software Engineers report by job site Hired. This means that AR/VR knowledge is the hot new thing, supplanting blockchain engineers, who according to Hired’s data were in demand a year ago. In last year’s report, blockchain […]

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Carbon Relay raises $63 million to automate Kubernetes app deployment

Four out of ten enterprises report that they’re using Kubernetes, the open-source container-orchestration framework for automating app deployment, scaling, and management, in production environments. But challenges like management complexity, time-to-deploy, and unforeseen bugs threaten to diminish the productivity gains. That’s why former Apple senior manager Matt Provo in 2015 cofounded Boston and Washington D.C.-based Carbon […]

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Facebook launches 3D deep learning library for PyTorch

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) today unveiled PyTorch3D, a library that enables researchers and developers to combine deep learning and 3D objects. As part of the release, Facebook is also open-sourcing Mesh R-CNN, a model introduced last year capable of rendering 3D objects from 2D shapes in images of interior spaces. PyTorch3D was inspired by Mesh […]

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IEEE calls for standards to combat climate change and protect kids in the age of AI

The IEEE Standards Association has released a report calling for engineers to consider the impact their work will have on climate change, children, and society. It’s a push towards “utilizing emerging technologies in a way that prioritizes people and planet over power and profits.” The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is one of […]

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Researchers use drone-mounted microphones to suss out the shapes of rooms

Can a drone determine the shape of a room using microphones alone? That’s what Purdue University researchers set out to discover in a study that will be published next week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry. In it, they propose a drone-mounted microphone array that measures sound emitted by a loudspeaker to inform […]

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Apple gives developers Universal Purchase option for iOS, macOS apps

Though Apple has worked for two years to streamline iOS and macOS development by enabling iOS apps to work on Macs, the process has always been intended as gradual, consisting of steps towards the ultimate goal. Today, Apple unexpectedly took one of its biggest steps with the debut of a “universal purchase” option for Mac […]

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How Boneworks turns your body into its key mechanic

When Boneworks (read UploadVR’s full review) released late last year from Stress Level Zero, it led the charge in redefining how we interact with virtual objects in digital space. UploadVR took some time to speak with Brandon Laatsch from Stress Level Zero about the game’s innovations and successes. By all accounts, Boneworks seems to have single-handedly […]

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Apple’s AR glasses deserve an Apple Watch-style ‘early access’ launch

When Apple revealed this week that its wearables segment “is now the size of a Fortune 150 company,” making over $20 billion in 2019 and $10 billion in the holiday quarter, it reminded analysts how massively successful the Apple Watch and AirPods have become, despite their ignominious launches. While the AirPods initially suffered mostly from manufacturing delays […]

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Google researchers release audit framework to close AI accountability gap

Researchers associated with Google and the Partnership on AI have created a framework to help companies and their engineering teams audit AI systems before deploying them. The framework, intended to add a layer of quality assurance to businesses launching AI, translates into practice values often espoused in AI ethics principles and tackles an accountability gap […]

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ProBeat: Why Google is really calling for AI regulation

On Sunday, the Financial Times published an op-ed penned by Sundar Pichai titled “Why Google thinks we need to regulate AI.” Whether he wrote it himself or merely signed off on it, Pichai clearly wants the world to know that as the CEO of Alphabet and Google, he believes AI is too important not to […]

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Amazon’s AI automatically dubs videos into other languages

Ever wish you could automatically dub foreign film dialogue into another tongue? Amazon’s on the case. In a paper published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers from the tech giant detailed a novel “speech-to-speech” pipeline that taps AI to align translated speech with original speech and fine-tune speech duration before adding background noise […]

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Oculus introduces Rebuilding Notre Dame VR — before and after fire

It’s been less than a year since the Notre Dame cathedral’s roof and spire were destroyed in a fire. But Rebuilding Notre Dame will take you back inside one of the world’s great monuments, both before and after the flames. Targo has created a new documentary in VR, capturing the cultural landmark in 360-degree video […]

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Kneron raises $40 million to grow edge AI chip design operations

Edge AI startup Kneron today said it’s raised $40 million led by Horizon Ventures. The funding will be used to grow Kneron’s algorithms made especially for on-device machine learning and semiconductor design operations. Kneron released the KL520, a chip made especially for deployment of AI on devices like smart home or IoT devices last year, […]

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Why the hybrid AI compromise isn’t a solution at all

Presented by Ople.ai In recent years, AI has emerged as an undisputed competitive advantage, which means smart business leaders facing the digital transformation have some really familiar questions: How do you measure success? What questions do you need to ask to ensure that you’re making the right decisions right out of the gate? And most […]

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Facebook’s AI learns the relationships between physical places from first-person video footage

Computer vision systems generally excel at detecting objects but struggle to make sense of the environments in which those objects are used. That’s because they separate observed actions from physical context — even those that do model environments fail to discriminate between elements relevant to actions versus those that aren’t (e.g., a cutting board on […]

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Researchers say low-res 3D tracking limits AR glasses’ use in surgery

When companies release new augmented reality glasses, the key details most people focus on are the size and resolution of the AR displays within users’ field of view — the larger and more detailed a headset’s augmented “window” is, the better. But Swiss medical researchers are now spotlighting an under-appreciated specification, 3D tracking performance, as […]

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Imagination Technologies charts its future with new Apple deal and post-MIPS strategy

Imagination Technologies has been through a lot of change in the past few years. Founded in 1985, it became a real player in intellectual property designs for both processors and graphics chips. But in 2017, Apple parted ways with Imagination, as far as licensing its mobile graphics chip designs. Imagination ended up in a legal […]

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