This week, it’s AI news galore! We had a tiny bee-bot, a halloween costume idea bot, a robot was given citizenship in Saudi Arabia, Google’s Sentiment Analysis got in a bit of trouble, AI has now defeated CAPTCHAs, and more!
I’ll be running a workshop at BuzzConf on the 1st December in Victoria! Grab a ticket by November 10! It’ll be a fun weekend of tech tinkering that you can start by building your own voice assistant! The code special_devdiner will give you 20% off my workshop and the ticket price!
My fun, relaxed, light-hearted online course is coming soon! I hope it will help everyone, no matter their skill level, build a virtual assistant/chatbot 🙂 Pre-register and I’ll give you a discount code when it’s out as my way of saying thanks! Currently adjusting it after API.AI’s recent rebranding to DialogFlow!
Haven’t reserved your very own 8K VR headset? It’s now the most funded VR project in crowdfunding history – more than the Rift!
Feel the wind in VR with this accessory that’ll be hitting Kickstarter on 2nd November… keep an eye out if you want to jump in early bird deals! It adds wind automatically to any VR experience using machine learning!
CCP Games are shutting down their VR game production for a few years, “at least until the virtual reality market matures”.
An important question to be asked and explored.
How do we design for an era of VR, AR, and digital assistants?
Need some scary VR experiences for your Halloween celebrations?
What a unique use of VR at the San Joaquin Women’s Penitentiary Centre!
This is something you just need to see. Wow.
Some interesting points looking to what our AR future might look like.
You needed one more term to remember because VR, AR and MR weren’t enough. Here ya go. “Dimished Reality”.
Microsoft is opening its first Mixed Reality capture studios in San Fran and London, allowing devs to create holograms from real objects!
They have a new “See It In Your Space” feature that apparently uses web-based augmented reality!
Some Jawbone users were understandably worried that things were coming to an end for their devices, but that is apparently not the case!
The Bragi Dash and Dash Pro earbuds had access to Siri and the Google Assistant on the respective phones, they now also have Alexa!
Saudi Arabia gave the robot Sophia an honourary citizenship, James Vincent at The Verge believes this sort of approach could be actively damaging to public understanding of the technology and the tech itself.
Words like “gay” and “jew” give negative sentiment while “Christian” or “Sikh” is positive… An unintended consequence of machine learning… yikes. Google plan on fixing it. A lesson for everyone… keep an eye on your neural network’s results and unintended bias!
Yep. CAPTCHAs might not actually keep out bots any longer. This time was bound to come eventually.
Need a last minute idea? This AI has you covered with ideas like the “Sad Pumpkin King”, the “Shark Knight” and my fav — “The Dragon of Liberty”.
Want to make your own smart skills and generate income? Amazon has introduced a subscription option for Alexa skills!
Need some motivation to actually give this stuff a go? This post is for you.
This might also be good motivation too actually.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has released a suite of platforms and services to help companies with deep learning.
Scientists have “found a way to improve your phone’s existing shots using deep learning AI”.
Does the legal system need some AI? This article thinks so!
Well, not “robots”, but AI was able to distinguish cancer cells from harmless cells with 94 per cent accuracy.
RoboBee weighs just 175 milligrams & can fly, dive, swim & leap out of water!
Thanks video games! What would we do without you?
Amazon’s Alexa is getting the ability to respond to custom phrases, you’ll be able to set up things like “Alexa, I’m home” or “Alexa, I’m heading out”.
MOVI brings onboard speech recognition and synthesis to Arduino projects.
Spying via the robot vacuum cleaner’s camera, switching dishwashers or washing machines on or off… luckily it has been patched!
It’s apparently not a great smart home hub just yet.
An animated gif-maker inside a vintage camera case that posts to Tumblr.
Web Directions have a VR & AR event with workshops coming up (one week left everyone!!!), followed by their big event called Summit with two tracks — one product/design and one dev focused! Use the code devdiner and you’ll a discounted ticket to Reality for $499, Summit Classic for $999 or Reality plus Summit Silver (includes videos) for $1599! Yay!
For the final Melbourne Creative AI meetup of the year they are running a small competition! The basic idea is, build a program that generates some dance moves from data! Sounds like a lot of fun!
3 co-located events. 15 conference tracks. 9,000 attendees. 300+ speakers. 300+ exhibitors. It’s all happening at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley! It even has a free track on AI for developers! Want to attend the whole event? Use the discount code DEVDINER20!
BuzzConf is a family-friendly tech festival in country Victoria, Australia. Learn and play with tech by day, enjoy live music by night! I’m running a workshop on making voice assistants! The code special_devdiner will give you 20% off my workshop and the ticket price!
Can’t make it to the AI Expo in Santa Clara? The event is also headed over to London in 2018! Use the discount code DEVDINER20 to get a good deal on your tickets! They have a a free track on AI for developers too!