As I walked up to the Intel visitor center in Santa Clara, California, a big group of South Korean teenagers ran from their bus and excitedly gathered round the big Intel sign for selfies and group shots. This is the kind of fandom you might expect to see at Apple or Google. But Intel? advertisement advertisement Then I remembered that Intel is the company that put the “silicon” in Silicon Valley. Its processors and other technologies provided much of the under-the-hood power for the personal computer revolution. At 51 years old, Intel still has some star power. But it’s also going through a period of profound change that’s reshaping the culture of the company and the way its products get made. As ever, Intel’s main products are the microprocessors that serve as the brains of desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, and servers. They’re wafers of silicon coated with millions or billions of transistors, each of which has an “on” … [Read more...] about Inside Intel’s billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI
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Strange lumps of flesh float in space, with limb-like protrusions and peachy flesh snaking over a darkened backdrop. Many of the forms recall Salvador Dali’s barely-identifiable melting creatures. One in particular looks like a hallucinatory dream of the Venus de Milo. Another looks like an impressionist portrait of a woman lounging in a divan. However, these surreal images were actually created by a neural network, trained on nude portraits (mostly women). The neural network, trained on human culture, reflects art history’s fixation on the female form back at us. advertisement advertisement Here are some AI generated nude portraits I've been working on???? Usually the machine just paints people as blobs of flesh with tendrils and limbs randomly growing out – I think it's really surreal. I wonder if that's how machines see us… pic.twitter.com/tYgzCHGfse — Robbie Barrat (@DrBeef_) March 27, 2018 The images were produced by AI researcher Robbie … [Read more...] about This AI Dreams In Nude Portraits And Landscape Paintings
Aiming to make work simpler for its warehouse workers, an e-commerce firm recently imported 800 robots from Tokyo to handle storage of delivery products.However, the opposite has happened. This because the robots would be in place to collect a set of identical products before the other set of items could be brought for storage. If left idle for more than 10 minutes, the robot was programmed to shut the storage gates because it presumed the work is over.Often leading to panic among staff, errors are common. To reopen the gate to the storage area is a process that takes 30-40 minutes involving the system to be reactivated after taking permission from the site manager. During discount season, it is a nightmare if the gates shut.Close "Once the storage gates are shut, it is a complicated process to reopen the doors and vital time gets wasted. Hence we have to rush back to get packages quickly and in this process, some products are labelled incorrectly," SV … [Read more...] about Robots are not just taking away jobs, they are making life tougher for staff
Drive through an unfamiliar neighborhood, and you can probably tell at a glance whether it votes Democrat or Republican just based on the numbers of sedans versus trucks parked along the street. advertisement advertisement That sounds like an assumption based purely on stereotypes about wealthy Democrats and rural, truck-owning Republicans. But it’s also backed by research. According to a new paper by out of the Stanford AI lab by researchers who were not affiliated with Google (except for coauthor Li Fei-Fei, who currently works for the company), there is an 88% chance that a neighborhood voted Democratic if its Google Street View images show more sedans than trucks. Similarly, if Street View shows more trucks than sedans, there’s an 82% chance the area voted Republican. published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveals a new methodology for measuring demographic data. Typically, the federal government completes country-wide surveys to … [Read more...] about Is Google Street View The Next Big Census Tool?
America’s housing crisis reaches across income levels and geography, but the further one goes down the socioeconomic ladder, the more dire it becomes: Currently, the U.S. is short 7.2 million homes for the 11 million residents living on very low incomes. The affordable rental market is so constrained that 71% of low-income families spend over half their income on rent. Absent any meaningful federal investment in affordable housing in the last few decades, local governments, nonprofits, and in some cases, private companies, have tried to step up, but still, the affordable housing gap persists. advertisement advertisement The solution to this crisis–like many of America’s crises–is more and better funding toward affordable housing construction and preservation, but to date, leaders have lacked the political will to demand it, says Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren has a plan to help end the housing crisis