Month: October 2020

AI Helps Enforce Mask Wearing at College Football Games

With the return of College Football across the country, Universities are forced to evaluate how they plan on providing a safe environment for fans attending games. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has employed the use of AI technology that detects when people are not wearing masks and not abiding by social distancing protocols. The hope is that these measures will help reduce the possibility of spreading the virus and continue to allow fans to attend the games. So far, cases stemming from attending sporting events have been minimal, which can largely be attributed to efforts like...

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Smoothie-making Robot

As automation has continued to make its way into the food industry, Walmart has just introduced a new way of preparing smoothies. In a time where everything has turned contactless, a smoothie-making robot provides a safer alternative to traditional smoothie bars. Consumers can place their order via app or QR code, and the machine then selects the desired ingredients, blends it, and then pours it into a cup. The “Blendid” can make up to 45 drinks an hour and nine drinks at the same time, making it not only a safer but more efficient alternative to man-made smoothies. We...

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We live in a time where people are as passionate as ever about sharing their voice, especially as it pertains to the social justice movements that have swept across the country. That being said, many people want to protest but fear the backlash they might receive for their actions. In the past, people have used blurring techniques to hide people’s identities; however, AI advancements have made deblurring images easier. As a result, a team of researchers from Stanford University created an AI-powered bot that automatically tracks and covers BLM protestors’ faces in photos and videos. The technology places a...

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Elon’s AI Expertise

Many imagine a time where machines will dominate the world, but what many people don’t know is that we may be closer to that reality than we think. Business magnate, industrial designer, engineer, and philanthropist Elon Musk recently predicted AI would be superior to humans within five years. Musk has been one of the leading voices in bringing awareness to the dangers of artificial intelligence. In a direct quote from Musk, he explains that we won’t necessarily be doomed, but “that doesn’t mean that everything goes to hell in five years. It just means that things get unstable or...

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AI in Music Streaming Platforms

The majority of Americans have a subscription to one of the many music streaming services, whether it be Apple Music, Spotify, or Soundcloud, but what many people are not aware of is the presence of AI in one’s listening experience. Machine learning technology has provided these platforms with capabilities such as; creating smooth transitions between songs, adjusting sound volumes, and eliminating dead air. This can especially be seen if one were to listen to a song from the 70s and then follow it up with a current chart-topper. This is because of the vast differences in audio levels between...

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