Giving a voice to people who can’t verbalise their pain

Painchek is the world’s first smart phone pain assessment and monitoring device. It uses AI and facial recognition technology to provide carers across multiple clinical areas with important new clinical benefits- the ability to identify the presence of pain, and quantify its severity, when pain isn’t obvious as well as to monitor the impact of treatment to optimise overall care. https://www.painchek.com

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The world’s first digital super model

Shudu has been called the “world’s first digital supermodel.” Experts think she may be the beginning of a new wave of digital models. She arrives at a time in which Instagram, Snapchat filters and photo-editing apps that rely on artificial intelligence have blurred the lines between reality and fantasy, Some believe we might see a hybrid system in future in which models and celebrities license out their digital avatar, allowing them to book multiple appearances simultaneously. A model might appear at a New York fashion shoot in person, but their digital avatar would be in China promoting a movie using the local dialect. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/08/08/soon-most-beautiful-people-world-may-no-longer-be-human/?

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A smart hotel room

Imagine telling your hotel room you are “going to sleep,” and your living area immediately adds a blue tint to your lighting and cools down. While still in its early stages, InterContinental and Baidu’s integration of AI into hospitality represents a shift towards smart and responsive environments. From now on, guests staying at InterContinental® Beijing Sanlitun and InterContinental® Guangzhou Exhibition Centre will be among the first to enjoy the AI smart rooms. A total of 100 AI powered Club InterContinental suites will be available at InterContinental hotels in gateway cities and key destinations across China within the year. http://www.marketing-interactive.com/intercontinental-hotels-launch-ai-smart-rooms-in-china/

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Your face is your passport at Qantas

Qantas is trialling a biometrics system that uses your face as your passport at Sydney International Airport. Participants will have their face scanned to prove identity, instead of a passport. In the future your face will be your passport and your boarding pass. Qantas customers will not only be able to check-in for their flight using the technology, it is also available for their lounge staff who can create a more personalized experience when you arrive. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/05/your-face-will-be-your-passport-qantas-passengers-start-using-biome.html?

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Order a tailored shirt online

While many people order clothes online, this is based on a process of trial and error where you try different sizes and return the unwanted ones. Original Stitch has solved this problem for shirts. Their solution, called ‘Bodygram’, involves you selecting from different styles then taking 2 photos of yourself, one front on and one side on. Bodygram then uses AI, computer vision and machine learning to develop an analysis of your required shirt sizing with almost (99%) accuracy. www.originalstitch.com

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An AI system at the board table

The first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system and two human debaters has happened. Using language and reasoning to debate is far more complicated than playing a game and the AI system matched the humans. Once AI is capable of persuasive arguments, it can be applied as a tool to aid human decision-making. One example of this might be boardroom decisions, where there are conflicting points of view. The AI system could, without emotion, listen to the conversation, take all of the evidence and arguments into account and challenge the reasoning of humans where necessary. The machine wouldn’t make the decision but would contribute to the discussion and act as another voice at the table. www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jun/18/artificial-intelligence-ibm-debate-project-debater

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A robot fish that could revolutionise how we view the ocean

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a soft robotic fish that can independently swim alongside real fish in the ocean and take high-resolution photos and videos. It’s the first robotic fish that can swim untethered in three dimensions for extended periods of time. A robot like this can help explore a reef more closely than current robots. It has the potential to be a new type of tool for ocean exploration and to open up new avenues for uncovering the mysteries of marine life.” http://news.mit.edu/2018/soft-robotic-fish-swims-alongside-real-ones-coral-reefs-0321

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A wearable device that can read your mind

MIT researchers have created a wearable device called AlterEgo that can recognize nonverbal prompts, essentially “reading your mind.” We can’t live without our digital devices. But at the moment, the use of those devices is very disruptive. MIT is experimented with new technologies to develop something that would allow us to benefit from the information offered by these devices, but in a way that allows us to “remain in the present.” https://www.dezeen.com/2018/04/09/mit-media-lab-alterego-device-technology/

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An AI world first for a live news event

UK Sky News recently announced that it will use AI-based facial recognition during the broadcast of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th. Now, as guests arrive, their names and some background information will appear on the broadcast- a special Who’s Who application. The service will be available via the Sky News mobile app or via skynews.com, and will be up and running as soon as the doors to the Chapel open. https://futurism.com/royal-wedding-facial-recognition-ai/

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Advice on what to buy based on what you’re wearing

Picture a life-size screen, that’s fully interactive with you on the street or in the store. Using machine learning it scans you when you opt in as you walk by. Based on this scan retailers can in seconds immediately conduct intelligent advertising, recommending other available items personalized to your taste by color, style, gender, age, and even emotion based on your facial expression. www.sap.com/australia/products/leonardo.htm

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A digital voice that sounds human

Voicery offers something most companies probably didn’t know they needed even just five years ago: a customized digital voice that sounds like an actual human, not a computer. It only needs a few hours of a voice actor’s speech, on which it trains a deep neural network to imitate that person’s voice. Voicery’s AI-synthesized voices sound human enough to convey carefully designed emotions that can act as an extension of a company’s brand. www.fastcodesign.com/90166206/the-future-of-branding-synthetic-voices-that-sound-100-human

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Emotionally intelligent Digital Humans

When we, as human beings interact face-to-face, it’s on the basis of both intellectual and emotional engagement. Sole Machines in New Zealand are building life-like Digital Humans which can connect with us in a human way by analyzing reactions and learning in real time. They have a virtual central nervous system so they can recognize emotional expressions then respond appropriately and interactively in real time. This allows a personalised experience at scale. Presented at the Financial Review BHP Business Summit 2018. www.soulmachines.com

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