Tag: computer vision

Google Cloud AI removes gender labels from Cloud Vision API to avoid bias

Google Cloud AI is removing the ability to label people in images as “man” or “woman” with its Cloud Vision API, the company told VentureBeat today. Labeling is used to classify images and train machine learning models, but Google is removing gendered labels because it violates Google’s AI principle to avoid creating bias systems. “Given […]

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Snapchat adds lava and water AR Lenses using ground segmentation and ML

Although it’s still best known as a social media network, Snapchat has rapidly become a leader in real time augmented reality effects thanks to camera “Lenses” that alter the looks of people and landmarks. Today, the app is adding two ground replacement lenses to the mix, enabling users to swap solid pavement, carpeting, or other […]

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OnSiteIQ raises $4.5 million to improve construction safety using AI and 360-degree imagery

OnSiteIQ today announced that it has raised $4.5 million Series A round to grow its AI-powered safety analysis of 360-degree imagery from construction sites. In addition to supplying computer vision for risk assessment reports, the company’s platform is made to stitch together imagery so construction site managers can examine progress, skim through footage for a […]

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Join the innovators in enterprise AI at Transform 2020

The AI event of the year for business leaders, Transform 2020 doubles down on results-driven content that helps executives at the senior director level and above maintain their competitive edge. Expect two days of the most transformative trends in conversational AI, computer vision, IoT and AI at the edge, and automation, plus a special emphasis […]

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ASU researchers debut ViWi-BT, an AI/computer vision mmWave beam guide

The cellular industry’s shift from long-distance radio signals to short-distance millimeter waves is one of the 5G era’s biggest changes, and expected to continue with submillimeter waves over the next decade. To more precisely direct millimeter wave and future terahertz-frequency signals towards user devices, Arizona State University researchers have developed ViWi-BT, a vision-wireless framework that improves beam […]

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Google’s AutoFlip uses AI to crop videos for you

Video filmed and edited for TV is typically created and viewed in landscape, but problematically, aspect ratios like 16:9 and 4:3 don’t always fit the display being used for viewing. Fortunately, Google is on the case. It today detailed AutoFlip, an open source tool for intelligent video reframing. Given a video and a target dimension, […]

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China, Desperate to Stop Coronavirus, Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

GUANGZHOU, China — One person was turned away by hotel after hotel after he showed his ID card. Another was expelled by fearful local villagers. A third found his most sensitive personal information leaked online after registering with the authorities. These outcasts are from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, where a rapidly spreading viral […]

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Persona raises $17.5 million to verify identities without humans in the loop

Deepfakes — which replace a figure in an existing image, audio recording, or video with someone else’s likeness — are on the rise, so it’s not surprising that adoption of identification (ID) verification technologies is also increasing. San Francisco-based Persona has been successfully riding this wave since it was founded in 2015, and now it’s […]

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The Darkness Where the Future Should Be

William Gibson, the writer who coined the term “cyberspace” and whose novel “Neuromancer” heavily influenced “The Matrix,” has spent a lifetime imagining surreal and noirish possibilities for human development. But Donald Trump’s victory threw him off balance. “I think it took me about three months to come out of the shock of his actually having […]

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Phiar launches AI-powered AR navigation app in invite-only iPhone beta

Phiar, a Palo Alto-based startup that is using artificial intelligence and augmented reality to enhance vehicular navigation, is finally making its long-awaited AR driving app available for the first time — albeit in a limited fashion. The company today announced the start of a private beta program for iPhone users, and plans to expand the […]

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Researchers use AI to deblur human faces in photos

We’ve all been there: You’re snapping pics with your phone — perhaps of a high-speed bike ride or of a hockey match — and don’t think to check whether the autofocus is in lockstep with the action. It isn’t, as you later discover, and you’re stuck with a gallery of unusably blurry photos. In search […]

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Chinese City Uses Facial Recognition to Shame Pajama Wearers

BEIJING — When officials in an eastern Chinese city were told to root out “uncivilized behavior,” they were given a powerful tool to carry out their mission: facial recognition software. Among their top targets? People wearing pajamas in public. On Monday, the urban management department of Suzhou, a city of six million people in Anhui […]

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Intel and partners are using computer vision to help save Antarctica’s penguins from extinction

Antarctica’s emperor penguin population has suffered such severe climate-related breeding issues that it’s at risk of disappearing by the year 2100, according to a 2019 study by the British Antarctic Survey. In search of a solution, an Intel-led group of tech companies developed a computer vision solution to help ecologists count the remaining penguins faster […]

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Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Communities across the United States are starting to ban facial recognition technologies. In May of last year, San Francisco banned facial recognition; the neighboring city of Oakland soon followed, as did Somerville and Brookline in Massachusetts (a statewide ban may follow). In December, San Diego suspended a facial recognition program in advance of a new […]

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