Social media influencer/model created from AI lands 100 sponsorships

  • ‘Rozy’ is a virtual human that was created Sidus Studio X last year in August.
  • According to CEO Baek Seung Yeop, Rozy currently has advertising contracts with companies and a significant amount of sponsorships.
  • As CEO Baek said, the reason for the popularity of virtual humans is that there is no fear that advertisements will be suspended due to unsavory privacy scandals after the AI model is selected as the advertising model.
  • The location and scene can be created through computer graphics, so the virtual model is not limited in time and space, and unlike real people.
  • The other advantage is that period in which the model can be active is very long or eternal because the virtual human doesn’t get sick or grow old.

How Pinterest makes its 80 million beauty-related searches less racist #AI

  • Last month, the social media company launched a new search that uses AI and machine learning to show Pinners more relevant results when looking for hair inspiration.
  • Back in 2018, Pinterest launched a tool that lets users narrow down their search by skin tone ranges: Whether they’re shopping for a new foundation or pulling up inspiration for eyeshadow, Pinners are presented with a more personalized feed that reflects how they look.
  • The new search is powered by an underlying computer vision model that’s trained on a diverse set of hair-related images. Over time, the model learns to associate certain pixels with certain types of hair patterns. The overarching goal was to ensure AI fairness from the very first step in development.
  • The Pinterest team is working on rolling it out to other markets, where cultural nuances may dictate the need for more hair patterns and different definitions of beauty.

Honeywell ties up with ICT Academy, to invest ₹10 crore in skill building

  • Honeywell ties up with ICT Academy, to invest ₹10 crore in skill building.
  • Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Honeywell, has entered into a three-year partnership with ICT Academy to create centres of excellence for skill development in 50 colleges across the country.
  • As part of this, Honeywell has committed to invest ₹10 crore in the first year to develop these centres.

This AI based platform wants to help you improve your resume

As more companies shift towards AI parsing through the tons of resumes they receive as part of job applications, here’s a startup that’s interested in helping you get with the times (or AI). Apollo Yard is an AI-powered platform that aims to help you deal with what the founder calls ‘imperfect algorithms’ that are behind the systems used by companies to analyze resumes.

Currently in an early stage, Apollo Yard will analyze your resume to help you hightlight the right skills and achievements for the job. It also provides insights like candidate predictive analytics, resume best practices check and job requirement analysis.

Apollo Yard is an AI-Powered tool that helps candidates tailor their resume to match the job posting and land more job interviews.

When each job posting receives over 300 resumes and more than 75% are rejected by Applicant Tracking System. Apollo Yard, gives you the edge and helps you stand out.

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About the founding team :
My name is Salil and I’m the founder of Apollo Yard. My motivation to start Apollo Yard was to help underprivileged people fulfill their potential. I want to use technology to democratize job search process. If someone has the right skills to do the job, they should get the job and not be overlooked by imperfect algorithms.

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Learn how AI is making life-like graphics and gaming possible today

Artificial intelligence has made its way into many industries, and now it has stepped into the world of graphics as well. By using AI techniques combined with hardware advancements, game developers can now create ultra-realistic life like graphics for games without the costs that were traditionally involved in the process.

Watch the video to learn more about this fascinating development as it covers ray tracing, neural networks, procedural generation of graphics and assets and more.

Mind-reading now real? Neural networks now taught to ‘see’ images from the mind

In a remarkable demonstration of the power of neural networks, researchers from Neurobotics and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have found a way to visualize a person’s brain activity in the form of actual reconstructed images without invasive brain implants.

The researchers say that this has the potential to help post-stroke patients rehabilitate non-invasively and in cognitive disorder treatments. With an AI neural network and EEG electrodes placed on the scalp, the team was able to reconstruct what the test subjects were looking at in real-time (see in video above).

You can read more about it in the paper here.

OpenAI has published the text-generating AI previously labeled ‘too dangerous’ to share

Research lab OpenAI has now released in full a text-generating AI system that many had warned could be used maliciously. While the lab had announced the system GPT-2, in February 2019, it did not release the full version citing fears about it being used to generate fake news, spam and other kinds of disinformation.

Now that it has been released in full, OpenAI has said in a blog post that it has so far seen ‘no strong evidence of misuse’. GPT-2 has impressed many as being part of a new variety of text-generating systems which are able to generate intelligible text from minimal prompts. The system is said to have been trained on 8 million text documents scraped from the web.

You can try a web version at and enter your own prompts to see the results.

Tamil Nadu working on ‘safe and ethical AI’ policy Tamil Nadu government is said to be working on the ‘world’s first’ policy for safe and ethical use of artificial intelligence, according to Santosh K. Mishra, CEO of Tamil Nadu E-Governance Agency, and commissioner of e-governance in the Tamil Nadu government.

The policy is expected to set certain parameters that will need to be met before release of an AI-based solution, including in government.

“While new technologies open up huge opportunities, they can also throw some big surprises. Governments and private institutions roll out these technologies in their domain. If they have not completely understood the pitfalls therein, there can be massive disasters. That is what we are countering by bringing out this policy.” he added.

The policy is expected to assist the state government in implementing AI and blockchain solutions in public administration by subjecting procurement to fulfillment of ‘seven parameters’ as set out in the policy.

India and Germany expected to sign agreement on artificial intelligence Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Modi are expected to discuss and sign agreements on AI and green mobility among other things such as climate, regional security, trade and investment during her 3-day visit to India that begins on 31st October.

This was shared with the media by German ambassador Walter J. Linder, who added that Merkel will be accompanied by cabinet colleagues as well as a business delegation.

Merkel has said in a message released ahead of her visit that the focus this time would be on ‘economic and trade relations, innovation and digitalisation and climate protection and sustainable development’.

Germany is currently India’s largest trading partner in Europe and over 1,700 German firms operate in India.

IIT-Madras researchers develop AI algorithms to tackle engineering problems. at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) have announced that they have developed algorithms for novel applications in AI, machine learning and deep learning to solve engineering problems.

The researchers intend to establish a startup called ‘AISoft’ to develop solutions for fields such as thermal management, semiconductors, automobiles, aerospace and more.

AIsoft is ‘nearly million-fold faster’ as compared to existing solutions in the field, according to Vishal Nandigana, Assistant Professor, Fluid Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The researchers utilised a AI trained with data sets and a deep learning model to arrive at the solutions.They have also developed hardware products aiming to solve thermal management problems in thermal and electronic cooling industries.

Telangana govt to declare 2020 as 'year of artificial intelligence' a recent meeting with Debjani Ghosh, president of IT industry body NASSCOM, Telangana’s state IT Minister KT Rama Rao announced the intent of his government to declare the year ‘2020’ as the ‘year of artificial intelligence’ to promote the use of the technology in sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare.

The minister added that the government would host a number of events centered around AI through the year and is interested in partnering with NASSCOM to bridge the skill gap in emerging technologies.

Want AI in your toothbrush? Oral-B has you covered. has launched a $220 (approx. 16,000 Rupees) AI-powered electric toothbrush called the ‘Genius X’ that promises to help you brush better.

Featuring a wireless Bluetooth connection, the Oral-B Genius X links to a companion app on your phone to time how long you brush your teeth for, how much pressure you’re applying, where you have been brushing and where you should brush more next time. It also gives you a rating.

The Oral-B Genius X comes with custom brush heads, along with a rechargeable battery that lasts two weeks and an included travel case that can charge both your toothbrush and smartphone at the same time.

AI to now assist in combating wildfires with increased accuracy are notoriously hard to track and manual systems are not efficient enough as data becomes obsolete quickly with rapid spread. Now, new AI systems are being introduced to help in this regard. An AI firm called CrowdAI has developed an automatic algorithm named FireNet.

FireNet uses drones that fly above the wildfire and constantly record at 20 frames a second. This evidence is sent back to the AI in real time which decodes the data and identifies exactly where the wildfire is using GPS signals from the drones. Additionally, any rogue fire that splits of from the main wildfire is flagged by the software to analysts.

To train the system, it was fed tens of thousands of frames of wildfire videos. Thanks to machine learning, it is now claimed to spot the edges of fires with a 92% accuracy.

Paralyzed people may now be able to 'handwrite' with their minds using AI imagination, researchers have almost doubled the speed at which completely paralyzed patients can communicate with the world.

In new experiments, a volunteer paralyzed from the neck down imagined moving his arm to write each letter of the alphabet. That brain activity helped train a computer model known as a neural network to interpret the commands, tracing the intended trajectory of his imagined pen tip to create letters.

Eventually, the computer could read out the volunteer’s imagined sentences with roughly 95% accuracy at a speed of about 66 characters per minute, the researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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