AI: The Reality of Virtuality

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Creative processes could be considered the next frontier for AI. Acting out a script. Playing music. Reciting poetry. And then the next level of creativity: Writing a script. Writing music. Writing poetry. While there has been progress in teaching computers how to perform creative endeavors such as composing poetry, there’s still quite a ways to go before they can guarantee high marks on a Turing Test. It’s clear AI is fundamentally changing the way we generate entertainment content. And with any major change in processes, there’s a shift in the tools we need to complete them. AI requires a different mix of processing and storage resources compared to traditional programming models.At Dell Technologies, we understand the challenges of AI. After all, we just don’t design and build the infrastructure that underlies artificial intelligence: we use it ourselves. Working with NVIDIA, we have solutions that combine best of breed NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute with high-performance scale-out PowerScale storage. Our approach offers flexibility and informed choice including build your own options with PowerScale and the ultra-dense GPU accelerated PowerEdge C-series as well as prepackaged Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with NVIDIA for organizations that prefer to buy solutions. We also offer advanced reference architectures such as the Isilon All-Flash F800 and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers AI reference architecture that reduce risk and compress the time needed for training and testing analytical models for multi-petabyte data sets.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about your AI infrastructures needs from proof-of-concept to large scale production deployments from my NVIDIA GTC 2020 session here. And you can learn even more about how AI is changing the world, through our sessions at Dell Technologies World on October 21-22. One area where we are going to see tremendous innovation through artificial intelligence (AI) is in entertainment. Video games, for example, already employ AI in numerous ways, from creating armies of opponents who act like real people to building out realistic open worlds faster than a person could possibly create them. AI manages the laws of physics, moving everything in the environment like it’s in the real world. Rather than having to spend the majority of design time describing interactions between objects, programmers are now free to focus on building out a compelling reality. Programmers can set the initial conditions and then allow the AI to take of care of running the world.AI is also disrupting existing technologies. For example green screen technology, which underlies many movie special effects, is currently undergoing dramatic changes through applications like Zoom in response to COVID-19. Zoom doesn’t require a green screen behind a person to screen out the background. AI determines what is presenter, background, and objects of interest that should be visible. Now workers at home can appear to be in front of the Eiffel Tower or on the moon. It won’t be surprising to see future enhancements like pajama-to-suit transforms so you don’t have to change clothes for a meeting.The money behind blockbuster movies has also helped drive significant innovation, and AI is seeing the benefits as well. Consider leading-edge deepfake face swapping technology being developed by Disney. Deepfakes were the subject of the movie Looker  back in 1981, where models were scanned by computers and their digital models used in commercials. Today, deepfakes are on the verge of transforming how movies might be filmed. For example, a stunt person or stand-in could film a scene and the star’s face could be transferred in later. Or consider films containing scenes with a deceased actor. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) is the classic of this genre, using old footage from other films. With deepfakes, however, directors won’t be limited to existing footage; they will be able to create wholly new scenes starring actors long since departed. One intriguing application for deepfakes will be in inserting the viewer into the film. Imaging starring as the hero in your favorite action movie and having your significant other be the movie’s love interest. How about that for feeling like you’re part of the story?And that’s just the beginning of what’s possible. Combine all of these technologies and you’re just a few steps away from achieving completely interactive entertainment with massive immersion and realistic world interactions, all in real-time. High-end video games are already very much like movies and have similar budgets and gross revenues – Call of Duty grossed $1.132 billion in 2019. It’s not unreasonable to expect to see a whole new breed of interactive game/movie – virtuality – in the coming decade.As illustrated, AI can be implemented in many layers. The above examples are all what could be considered mechanical or procedural processes. For example, deepfakes still need a reference actor upon which to transfer facial expressions and manage body movement. The creative aspect of acting – the decision of what expression to show and when to show it – still depends upon a person.last_img read more

Randolph National Bank employees show who wears the pants when it comes to giving back

first_imgRandolph National Bank, the White River Valley’s Hometown Bank, recently donated $1,300 to six local towns severely damaged by flooding during Irene. The money was raised during one of the bank’s ‘Jeans Day’, in which bank staff make a small donation for the privilege of trading pinstripes for blue jeans.On Jeans Day on September 2nd, the usual $5donation was waived in favor of a ‘free’ jeans day, with the bank encouraging those employees who could to donate whatever they wanted with the promise of matching funds from RNB. Staffers from across the bank’s network of eight offices stepped up to the challenge to collect the $1,300.In addition to making the cash donations, bank employees gave generously with time, supplies and money to their communities and neighbors.The funds were split between the following organizations: Operation Revive Royalton FundBethel Volunteer Fire DepartmentRochester Volunteer Fire DepartmentStockbridge Volunteer Fire DepartmentPittsfield Volunteer Fire DepartmentRandolph Volunteer Fire Department About Randolph National BankOriginally chartered as The National Bank of West Randolph in 1875, Randolph National Bank has continued to grow and prosper and today holds assets in excess of $160 million and provides services through eight banking offices and nine ATMs. Headquartered in Randolph, RNB also maintains offices in the communities of Rochester, Royalton, South Royalton, Williamstown and Quechee, with the mission of meeting the credit and deposit needs of individuals and businesses in the White River Valley. www.rnbvt.com(link is external)last_img read more

Former Indiana CU assistant manager sentenced for bank fraud

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Paula Awe, a former assistant manager of an Indiana credit union who ran a check-kiting scheme along with her manager, was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison.U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGulio in Hammond, Ind., also ordered Awe to pay $180,000 restitution and to serve two years of supervised release following her prison sentence.She pleaded guilty to bank fraud in February.Awe and her manager, Sandra Santay, of the Lakeside Federal Credit Union in Hammond, had each been operating two independent check-kiting schemes that fraudulently inflated their respective share accounts over three years, according to court documents.The scheme was detected by a routine NCUA examination.last_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers: Avoiding injuries could be as simple as playing more basketball

first_imgThe Clippers’ list of injured players is long and varied. Blake Griffin has a concussion. Austin Rivers has an ankle impingement. Patrick Beverley underwent season-ending knee surgery. Danilo Gallinari has a gluteus maximus injury. Milos Teodosic has a plantar fascia injury.They’re not alone in missing key players because of injuries.The Golden State Warriors, the Clippers’ opponent Wednesday in Oakland, have taken to listing most of their top players on their injured list. Steph Curry sat out 11 games because of a sprained ankle and Kevin Durant has missed the past three games because of a calf strain.Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets has been sidelined for extended periods because of knee injuries and adductor injuries. James Harden, Paul’s teammate, is out because of a hamstring injury, missing last week’s showdown with the Warriors. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The San Antonio Spurs have been without Kawhi Leonard for most of the season because of a quadriceps injury and more recently because of a partially torn shoulder muscle. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this season he’s never seen a quad injury like Leonard’s.“Never, never,” Popovich said.Except that the Spurs’ Tony Parker had a similar quad injury that sidelined him.The list goes on and on around the NBA.“There’s a million theories,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked earlier this week why there seem to be more injuries to key players around the league this season than ever before. “It’s a great question. I wish I had an answer. I don’t have an answer.”center_img Doc Rivers, who likes to joke that Doc is just his nickname and that he’s not an actual medical doctor, then offered one theory.“I wish all of them played more basketball,” he said. “Clearly, that’s not the whole reason, but I just think guys played basketball years ago. Just a lot of basketball. It’s not lost on me that Jamal Crawford is always healthy because he plays basketball.”NBA players are stronger, bigger and faster than when Rivers played in the league with the Atlanta Hawks, Clippers, New York Knicks and Spurs from 1983-96. He said he admires the dedication to their workout routines, but he wonders if they weren’t overdoing it.“Guys now do all the other stuff, which I think is important, but the game they play is basketball,” he said. “When the season starts, they haven’t played. They’ve been doing all the other stuff. Then the season starts and we ask them to play 40 minutes of basketball and their bodies aren’t used to it. That’s my second grade theory.”The Clippers’ injuries have nothing in common. It’s not as if they’ve suffered a string of sprained ankles. For example, Griffin’s concussion happened when the Warriors’ JaVale McGee accidentally struck him in the head during a drive to the basket.It could have happened at any time in any similar situation.Rivers acknowledged he’s just guessing about the reasons for all the injuries, but he does know one thing: There seem to be a lot more of them this season than in the past and it’s made a big impact around the league, and so far no team has been hurt more by them than the Clippers.“Sometimes it’s just freak injuries,” he said. “This year, there’s a lot of them. I don’t know the answer. I don’t have any clues there. These guys have muscles I didn’t even know about, literally, so I couldn’t hurt any of them because I didn’t have any of them.“I don’t know. There are a lot of injuries in our league right now.”last_img read more