Skype can now blur the background during video calls – TechCrunch

Thanks to the rise of WhatsApp and other free calling and messaging apps, Skype is no longer the go-to service it once was for many people. But the company just added a new feature that might raise its appeal among users.
The Microsoft-owned service’s latest addition is a screen-blurring feature designed to obscure your messy room or any other background details that you’d rather weren’t on display to the other party on the line.
Skype said that the feature — which is similar to the blurring added to Microsoft Teams last year — uses artificial intelligence to keep the focus on the caller. That also means it will detect features such as hair, hands and arms.
The feature is rolling out to Skype for desktop, although it doesn’t support web and mobile apps yet. It can be enabled in Skype’s settings or from the video call button inside the service.
Note: The original version of this post was corrected to reflect that the feature is not available on web or mobile.

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Artificial intelligence in business: Separating the real from the hype

The potential for AI to infuse business and value chains across various industries is greater than ever before–but where should executives start?

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VIDEO: Hackers Release ‘Rihanna’ SEXTAPE . . . Using Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are now using ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – to steal celebrities’ faces – and using it to create ADULT VIDEOS. The process, which is called “DEEP FAKING”

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This Futuristic Tire Concept Regrows Its Tread by Popping a Pill

This Futuristic Tire Concept Regrows Its Tread by Popping a Pill

6 hours ago__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Advanced Transport

Tire maker Goodyear debuted a futuristic tire concept on Tuesday, called ReCharge, that has the ability to regrow its tread using a special liquid compound capsule.

Since the Geneva Motor Show was cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we get to watch the flashy announcement video and read the press release from the comfort of our own homes.

Tire Pods

The capsule — think of it as a Tide Pod for your car tire — contains a special “reloadable and biodegradable tread compound” that enables the tire to grow more tread.

Just to be clear, it doesn’t exist yet. But if Goodyear were to actually build it, the material “would be made from a biological material with fibres inspired by […] spider silk,” according to the statement.

Swapping Pods

Goodyear envisions different pods for different road conditions, skipping the tedious chore of swapping your all-seasons for a set of winter tires. And there’s another bonus: you’d never experience “downtime related to punctures.”

Did we mention the pods would use artificial intelligence to create a perfect pod to suit the driver’s exact needs?

Wacky Concept

It’s far from the first wacky concept dreamed up by the company. Last year, Goodyear invented a wheel that can double as a flying car propeller, and in 2018, it dreamed up a moss-filled tire that aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

But for now, of course, these are all just concepts.

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Incredible Video Shows Artificial Intelligence Creating A Website Just By Looking At The Wireframe

Artificial Intelligence is now being used to create front-end designs from wireframe to HTML code. TeleportHQ, a platform of open-source tools for UI

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US Navy Developing Autonomous Submarines That Can Kill on Their Own

(TMU) — The U.S. Navy is secretly developing armed robot submarines that are controlled by onboard artificial intelligence (AI) which could potentially kill without explicit human control.

The Office of Naval Research is involved with the development of an AI system called CLAWS, which the agency describes in budget documents as an autonomous undersea weapon system for clandestine use. CLAWS will “increase mission areas into kinetic effects,” they write.

According to a report by New Scientist, details of the killer submersible were made available as part of the 2020 budget documents. However, not much more is known.

Very few details were publicly provided about the “top secret” project beyond the fact it will use sensors and algorithms to carry out complex missions on its own.

It is expected that CLAWS will be installed on the new Orca class robot submarines that have 12 torpedo tubes which are being developed for the Navy by Boeing. But that is simply speculation. What is known is that the system will be able to think and kill on its own. Although according to New Scientist there are hints by the Navy that this will be the case.

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The Orca will have well-defined interfaces for the potential of implementing cost-effective upgrades in future increments to leverage advances in technology and respond to threat changes,” the Navy said.

The Orca will have a modular payload bay, with defined interfaces to support current and future payloads for employment from the vehicle.”

Autonomous submarines already exist today and can complete tasks without human involvement. However, they lack intelligence and have limited functionality. Anything more complex than a mere location task requires a human operator to work via a remote communications link.

The new submarines will have a much greater level of artificial intelligence and be able to perform a wider range of functions without a human controller.

CLAWS was first revealed in 2018 as part of a U.S. Navy bid to “improve the autonomy and survivability of large and extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles,” according to New Scientist.

When it was first revealed, there was no mention then of weapons being on the autonomous submarine, only a need for it to have sensors and to be able to make decisions.

Stuart Russell from the University of California Berkeley told New Scientist it was a “dangerous development” and use of AI. “Equipping a fully autonomous vehicle with lethal weapons is a significant step, and one that risks an accidental escalation in a way that does not apply to sea mines.”

In “Mind the Gap The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) poses and important question: what happens when a robot accidentally commits a war crime? The answer thus far is nothing, as there is no accountability.

No accountability means no deterrence of future crimes, no retribution for victims, no social condemnation of the responsible party,” said Bonnie Docherty, senior Arms Division researcher at the HRW and the report’s lead author at the time.

As TMU reported people like Brandon Bryant whom controlled drones for the U.S. military, have a conscience while robots will kill without remorse.  Since 2013, there has been a campaign to Stop Killer Robots encouraging countries to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons.

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Bowmanville Hospital first in Ontario with personal wait time prediction | Durham Radio News

Bowmanville Hospital has introduced the Personalized Predicted ED Wait Times, a pilot initiative that is the first of its kind in the province.

It will tell patients in the emergency department (ED) how long they are expected to wait to see a physician.

Using artificial intelligence, the system predicts individual wait times by considering a person’s health status, acuity and factors including the number of health professionals available, how many patients are in the ED, the urgency of all patients’ needs, and the time, day and season. Lakeridge Health is the first Ontario hospital to introduce an individual predicted wait time.

Updates on predictions are then provided every 15 minutes on a display screen in the waiting area.

“Improving the patient experience in our emergency departments is a key priority for Lakeridge Health,” said Susan deRyk, Interim President and CEO. “Through regular consultations with patients, results of real-time patient and family surveys and community feedback, people have told us that it is important to know what to expect during an emergency room visit. This system will provide important information about access to services to empower people with the information they need during their care and treatment in the emergency department.”

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Israeli AI chipmaker Hailo raises $60 million, total funding $88 million – Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli startup Hailo, which develops artificial intelligence chips, said on Thursday it raised $60 million in a funding round, bringing its total financing to date to $88 million.

The round, led by existing investors, was joined by strategic investors including ABB Technology Ventures – the strategic venture capital arm of engineering group ABB (ABBN.S); NEC Corp (6701.T); and London-based VC Latitude Ventures.

Hailo said it will use the funding to bolster the ongoing global rollout of its deep learning chip and to reach new markets and industries.

Last year the company raised $21 million in an early-stage funding round led by Chinese venture capital firm Glory Ventures.

Founded in 2017, the company’s technology targets the automotive market, smart cameras, smartphones, drones and other sectors.

Reporting by Tova Cohen; Editing by Steven Scheer

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Tencent to develop cloud game platform with Huawei – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: People visit Tencent’s booth at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing, China November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Tencent Holdings launched a co-innovation lab with Huawei to develop a cloud game platform, the world’s biggest game company said in a statement Friday.

The collaboration will tap the computing power of Huawei’s Kunpeng processor to build Tencent’s GameMatrix cloud game platform, and the two sides will explore more possibilities in areas such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality in games, Tencent said in the statement.

Reporting by Pei Li; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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Mathematician & Philosopher John Lennox on 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

Mathematician and philosopher John Lennox has a new and forward-looking book, 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity — just what will the world look like a hundred years after the predicted dystopia found in Orwell’s 1984?

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