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So 2018 is the year of robotics?


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Nope, it's gonna be the Year of AI. And when I say AI, I mean AI like:

Nvidia’s new AI creates disturbingly convincing fake videos

Researchers from Nvidia have created an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online. The system can change day into night, winter into summer, and house cats into cheetahs with minimal training materials.


 
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AI Generated Music Based on Listener Feedback
I suck at drawing, so I asked a deep neural net to draw a worldmap for me from this MS Paint sketch
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In other words, human creativity enhanced by artificial intelligence. I can't be 100% certain obviously, but I can guess. And I feel that, in 2018, we're going to start seeing AI programs that help you create things. Image translation, image synthesis, gif and video synthesis even. 

A solid challenge, I think, would be for someone to create a comic or manga based purely on image synthesis. Find an art style that you want to replicate, then begin typing descriptions of scenes and text, and finally compile everything so that it makes sense.

This might not be done in 2018 and the initial results will be sloppy, but hopefully it could get started then. If it's accomplished, it'll unleash a brave new world of media. Soon to be translated into animation.

 

And I believe someone mentioned that these sorts of media synthesizing algorithms can also be used to smooth out CG— we've achieved photorealistic CG graphics a couple years ago, but only as static images or with very, very limited animation. Realism costs money. The closer you get to photorealism, the harder it is to break out of the uncanny valley and the more expensive it gets as you need more and more artists and programmers. And what good is photorealism if physics are wonky? AI can rectify all of this, meaning you could create a basic animation in DarkBASIC for all one cares and the algorithm fills in all the blanks, turning it into something indistinguishable from real life. 

 

And of course:

 

WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio

Lyrebird claims it can recreate any voice using just one minute of sample audio

 

Want realistic-sounding speech without hiring voice actors? There's an algorithm for that too.

 

 

 

In 2018, my prediction is that we'll see the public release of more media synthesis AI. A lot of it will be rudimentary compared to what we'll see down the pike (2020-2023 is when we'll likely get into the really fun territory, and it'll likely be matured by 2027). Hollywood and various creator studios might will object, but it'll be the start of something amazing. 

 

And like I said, it will probably start with something like someone using these media synthesis AI to create a comic. A short comic, but a comic nonetheless. One that can be registered as an IP and sold for money. I'm tempted to say "animated short", but I'm being conservative. Even creating a comic/manga with AI would be a moonshot for the field.

 

 

As for the realm of general AI, I don't see much happening in that area in 2018. Narrow AI will get stronger, much stronger. We might see more clustered narrow AI as well. But I'm more excited about media synthesis.


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Hyundai to debut smart assistant at CES 2018

AI-based system set for 2019 rollout

Hyundai has teamed up with SoundHound to create a new voice assistant for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), set for a 2019 production debut.
According to the company, the assistant will be among the first proactive voice control systems on the market, designed to help the driver by prompting them about upcoming meetings and, depending on traffic, suggesting a different departure time.
Behind the wheel, the system can be used to control things like air-conditioning, the sunroof and door locks. Paired with a smart home, Hyundai also says the voice assistant can be used to control devices (think lights or cooling systems) from behind the wheel.


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CES 2018 preview: The smart home gets smarter

CES 2018 kicks off in early January and CNET will be there in force, scouring Las Vegas convention halls and pop-up casino demo rooms for the latest product innovations. 
Not only is CES one of the largest tech shows in the world, smart home devices and large appliances have had an increasing presence at the annual event in recent years. 
At CES 2017, so many companies announced integrations with voice assistants that we compiled a "scoreboard" to keep trackAmazon's Alexa dominated with 33 new partnerships, followed by 18 from Apple's Siri-powered HomeKit platformGoogle Assistant trailed behind with 10. We also saw a lot of robots. Yes, robots. Some were kind of creepy, others we downright adorable -- but all of them were supposed to help make your home smarter. 
So, what does the upcoming CES have in store for the smart home? We don't know for sure, but it's going to be big if last year's show was any indication. Here's a look at smart home and appliance trends we think we might see at CES 2018.


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3 Things to Expect at CES 2018, The Biggest Tech Show of the Year

Every January, Las Vegas’ luxurious casino hotels and sprawling convention center serve as the home of CES, the tech industry’s biggest confab of the year.
CES is where companies large and small across the technology, automotive, health, and home appliance spaces gather to show off their latest advancements. Some recent highlights include a drone large enough to carry a human passenger, artificially intelligent car systems, and a high-tech refrigerator that automatically opens its doors when you approach in search of a midnight snack.
CES 2018 officially starts on Jan. 9 and runs through Jan. 12, but vendors like LG, Samsung, and Nvidia, among others, will be making big announcements during the press days on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Some of what comes out of CES will be purely incremental or even gimmicky, of course (remember 3D TVs?). And major tech companies like Apple and Google typically skip the event entirely, saving their biggest announcements for WWDC and I/O, respectively.
But with tech’s biggest names out of the picture, CES gives a wider variety of companies a chance to shine. And even in the absence of a new Apple or Google gadget, the event gives tech fans a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018, 2019 and beyond. “You end up with a pretty good sense of the trends — which technologies are important [and] where people are putting their money and talent,” says Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at research firm GlobalData.
Here’s a preview of three big trends to expect at CES 2018.


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Here's what to expect at CES this year: Smart homes, robots, TVs and more

  • CES 2018 kicks off next week; it's one of the biggest consumer electronic shows of the year.
  • Autonomous vehicle tech, laptops, TVs and smart home products are all expected.
  • One expert says this year will be about fulfillment of promises made in previous years.

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First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown next week at CES in Las Vegas -- manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division.
   
Vuzix Corp. will show off a pair of smart glasses that can talk to Amazon.com Inc.’s voice-activated digital assistant and display information to the wearer’s field of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said in an interview. Vuzix’s Alexa integration is part of an Amazon program that allows third-party hardware manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products. In October, Sonos Inc. unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa’s system for controlling music playback. The strategy is designed to put Amazon’s service, which generates revenue for the company, in as many places as possible to sell more products.

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Workhorse's newly approved passenger drone free to fly at CES

We've been keeping a keen eye on the progress of the Workhorse SureFly since it emerged at the Paris Air Show in June, and now the stage is set for its big debut. The two-seat octocopter is preparing to make its first test flight, after receiving official approval from the authorities to lift off at CES in Las Vegas next week.

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The Workhorse Surefly has a range of approximately 70 mi (112 km)


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CES 2018: Experts predict a festival of artificial intelligence and smart home products

Artificial intelligence and smart home assistants are expected to dominate the agenda at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), when it begins on Tuesday.
One of the word’s largest gatherings for the technology industry, the Las Vegas-based convention will see more than 170,000 people attend, looking to see the latest innovations from the likes of Intel, Samsung and Sony.
But smart home speakers and the AI assistants that power them have been predicted to be the most widely discussed technology at the event, according to analysts, with Amazon and Google set to lead the way.
Amazon has already announced new tools that will enable cooking appliances to connect to and be controlled by its virtual assistant Alexa, while dozens of start-ups and other firms are expected to showcase speakers and other devices compatible with Google Assistant, the internet giant’s own AI helper.

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Self-Driving Car Companies Are Going To Shake Up This Year’s CES

Along with the giant 4K screens and newfangled biometric bands at the International CES conference in Las Vegas, attendees have been able to check out self-driving cars for a few years now. This year in particular, autonomous vehicles will be on heavy display as the companies working on them attempt to ready consumers for the future of transportation.

One of the big questions looming over autonomous carmakers is whether or not riders will trust vehicles that drive themselves. A Pew study from October 2017 indicates that 54% of people maintain concerns about autonomous vehicles. The stat is reminiscent of a similar one from 2014, when Pew found that more than half of respondents would decline a ride in an autonomous car. Still, there’s room to assuage these worries; the latest survey notes 40% of people are at least somewhat excited for this new technology.


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Samsung at CES 2018: Everything the tech giant announced

Samsung's 2018 CES press conference looked different from years past. 
For one, instead of touting the bells and whistles of new TVs, refrigerators and other electronics, it focused more on how Samsung's devices fit into what it calls the "Intelligence of Things" -- everything with smarts.
CES is critical for Samsung this year as the Korean company tries to show it's more than just a phone and TV maker. Samsung has tried to make its products interact with each other in the past, but has largely failed to create an ecosystem on the scale of Apple (iOSMacApple TVApple Watch) or even Amazon (with the increasingly ubiquitous Alexa digital assistant). This year marks a new push by the company to streamline its software and services, making it easier for people to use their devices and make them want to stick with Samsung products.


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CES 2018 Day 1: the year in TVs starts here

Today’s the official Media Day at CES 2018, which means we’re going to be in a ton of press conference rooms with a ton of keynote speeches by a ton of tech companies. Most will be unveiling new giant televisions and monitors, though we will also see some car tech from carmakers big and small. And of course, our coverage continues with a slew of gadgets, apps, and smart home gear.


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This startup’s mixed reality glasses offer a glimpse at the future — but AR is still in its infancy

It’s been three years since the unveiling of Microsoft’s HoloLens, and nearly five years since the release of the ill-fated Google Glass, but true augmented reality hardware remains an elusive concept. In 2018, and especially here in Las Vegas for the annual CES gadget expo, it’s evident that AR is only just now starting to pick up the same amount of steam on the hardware end that helped push its virtual reality counterpart into the limelight, during that multi-year lead up to the launch of the Oculus Rift.
Amid the new AR frenzy — which is being pushed along, thanks to powerful smartphone platforms like Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore — all sorts of new startups are pushing a vision of consumer AR that’s tenuously tied to a half-working prototype. Among the new entrants to the market is Rokid, an artificial intelligence and robotics company that today announced its plans to release a pair of AR glasses called Rokid Glass. The device, a test version of which I tried in a demo here in Las Vegas, is in a rudimentary state, yet it does offer a rare glimpse at what will and will not be pivotal, make-or-break elements to the first truly breakthrough AR device.


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I'm excited for the Vive Pro - mainly for the better optics and immersion. Although the dual cameras could allow for some interesting AR applications with games too.



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6 coolest gadgets from CES you'll likely see in your house this year

A New Year means one thing in the world of gadgets — a trip to Las Vegas for CES. It’s the enormous consumer electronics show packed with nearly 50-football fields worth of shiny new tech toys.
Somewhere inside the cavernous convention center crowded with TV’s we can’t afford, concept cars we’ll never drive, and stupid “smart” things we’ll never use (Alexa-enabled toilet…really?), there’s always a handful of gadgets that really can hit the jackpot of product-perfection.
That’s what I set out to find early-on here in Las Vegas. Here are my favorites so far.


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The best robots of CES 2018

Something we always see a lot of at the Consumer Electronics Show are robots: robots to clean our floors and help around the home, and maybe even venture into space. This week at CES 2018 has been no different to normal, and these are the best of the droids that we've seen rolling out of the Las Vegas show so far.


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CES 2018: the weird and wonderful

Startup companies are getting a chance to shine at CES Unveiled, a gadget extravaganza that kicks off two days before the opening of the CES Technology show in Las Vegas.

Robots, artificial intelligence and augmented reality are all the spotlight, but experts say the real trend this year is the integration of all these different devices into our daily lives.


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Intel shows off 'flying car' at CES keynote (it's a drone)

We were promised flying cars. Intel said it's closer than we think. 
At CES on Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the Volocopter, an autonomous passenger drone, which he called "essentially a flying car." The Volocopter comes from a Germany-based company that launched in 2012, with its first flight in 2013. 
Intel brought it to its stage at CES at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Hotel on Monday, with two seats open. It took off inside the keynote venue without a pilot flying it, while it was tethered down.


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