Month: August 2020

AI brings the Ancient Alive

In his most recent video, Hu Wengu, an indie game developer, used the power of AI technology to bring actual 2,000-year-old terracotta warriors to life. Wengu recreated the faces of the warriors based on ancient paintings and pictures of the statues themselves. After two months of running the images through various programs and numerous applications to produce a four-minute video. The results were breathtaking as the 2,000-year-old warriors are brought to life, giving us a realistic depiction of the past.

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AI Airforce

Technology has been used to fight many of our battles, but now that might literally be the case. Artificial Intelligence experts with the Airforce have developed a machine capable of beating a human pilot in a virtual dogfight. The Airforce does not believe that the simulation results indicate an immediate move to AI pilots, but could be an indication of what is to come in the future. Technology has proven to make our lives much easier, but the use of AI in the military can keep soldiers out of harm’s way and ultimately save lives.  ...

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The Touchless Touch-screen

Researchers at Cambridge University have a touchless touch screen that uses AI to track user’s movements. The technology can have a wide range of applications as many devices, from cars to phones, feature a touch screen. The motivation for creating such a device stems from the current pandemic and the fear of transmitting germs via surfaces. COVID-19 has forced people to find new ways of carrying out tasks, and bright minds such as the ones at Cambridge University are leading us into a safer tomorrow.  ...

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One of the biggest criticisms of videogames is that it replaces traditional physical exercise and promotes poor posture. However, this may no longer be the case as virtual reality video games may feature more user activity. Quell, is a game that utilizes motion-sensing gloves and resistance straps as the player punches their way through a fantasy storyline while getting a high-intensity workout. Sticking to a strict exercise regime can be tedious and hard to follow, but games like Quell are making the connection between gaming and exercising.  ...

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Cashierless Checkout

Walking into a gas station and having to interact with a cashier is a thing of the past due to the efforts of the hot new startup, Standard Cognition. The company has gained the public’s recognition for harnessing artificial intelligence to create a checkout system that does not require a cashier. Standard Cognition has already announced a partnership with Alimentation Couche-Tard to set up a pilot test for their AI checkout system. If the trial is successful, other convenient stores like Circle K likely adopt the system, signifying a new approach to how businesses run their checkout system.  ...

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