Deloitte launches Unlimited Reality to help businesses create AI-powered virtual worlds

Deloitte has launched Unlimited Reality, a new offering that helps clients harness emerging technologies like AI to create engaging virtual worlds as part of the metaverse.

The term “metaverse” was first coined in the 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash but interest has skyrocketed in recent years. Long-term, the metaverse is expected to essentially be a new version of the web—a network of interconnected virtual worlds that can even combine elements of the real...

Nokia deploys AI video analytics to improve rail crossing safety

Nokia has announced that it’s deploying its AI video analytics solution to improve rail crossing safety.

The solution, Scene Analytics, will initially be deployed for Baselland Transport AG (BLT) in Münchenstein, Switzerland.

Michael Theiler, Head of Maintenance Electrical Systems at BLT, said:

“Level crossings are notoriously difficult areas to ensure the safety of passengers, pedestrians, train operators and motorists.

This deployment, in...

Nvidia Canvas uses GauGAN2 AI model to achieve 4x resolution boost

Nvidia has updated its Canvas real-time painting tool with a new AI model based on GauGAN2 research to achieve a 4x resolution boost.

Canvas enables artists to turn simple brushstrokes into realistic landscapes filled with materials including water, grass, snow, mountains, and more. The idea is that concepts can be turned into final versions far quicker than ever before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKztRskmsig

The free software, which is still in beta, is the...

Editorial: Our predictions for the AI industry in 2022

The AI industry continued to thrive this year as companies sought ways to support business continuity through rapidly-changing situations. For those already invested, many are now doubling-down after reaping the benefits.

As we wrap up the year, it’s time to look ahead at what to expect from the AI industry in 2022.

Tackling bias

Our ‘Ethics & Society’ category got more use than most others this year, and with good reason. AI cannot thrive when it’s...

EU clears $19.7B Microsoft-Nuance deal without any small print

The EU has concluded Microsoft’s $19.7 billion acquisition of Nuance doesn’t pose competition concerns.

Nuance gained renown for originally creating the backend of that little old virtual assistant called Siri (you might have heard of it?)

The company has since continued to focus on building its speech recognition capabilities and has a number of solutions which span particular industries such as healthcare to general omni-channel customer experience...

Making the UK an AI superpower

The British technology sector enjoyed its best year of investment yet, attracting £29.4 billion in 2021. So, why hasn’t the UK’s AI and tech scene made it to the same global superpower status that we see from China, Russia, and the US?

We don’t need to wait for the results of the government’s recent National AI Strategy, to know that deeper change is needed to really propel the industry forward. To create an AI scene that can compete on the world stage, education,...

Opinion: 2022 predictions for the AI industry

In the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, corporate giants have traditionally dominated the market, including big names such as Amazon, Google, and IBM. However, with COVID changing customer needs and accelerating digital transformation, this is no longer the case. Specialist AI startups are now beginning to take over and assist companies in delivering more precise, efficient, and more accurate results.  

From companies shifting their existing AI focus to...

OpenAI now allows developers to customise GPT-3 models

OpenAI is making it easy for developers to “fine-tune” GPT-3, enabling custom models for their applications.

The company says that existing datasets of “virtually any shape and size” can be used for custom models.

A single command in the OpenAI command-line tool, alongside a user-provided file, is all that it takes to begin training. The custom GPT-3 model will then be available for use in OpenAI’s API immediately.

One customer says that it was...

FTC steps in to block Nvidia’s $40B acquisition of Arm

America’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has become the first regulator to sue to block Nvidia’s acquisition of British chip designer Arm.

Arm plays a critical role in the global technology supply chain with its designs used for edge AI chips and processors for smartphones, tablets, desktops, and servers.

It’s of little surprise that Nvidia wants to bring Arm under its wing and is willing to pay $40 billion (£29 billion) for it.

Global regulators,...

Clearview AI could be fined £17M from UK privacy watchdog

Clearview AI is back in hot water, this time from the UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The controversial facial recognition giant has caught the attention of global privacy regulators and campaigners for its practice of scraping personal photos from the web for its system without explicit consent.

Clearview AI is expected to have scraped over 10 billion photos.

“Common law has never recognised a right to privacy for your face,” Clearview AI...