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Facebook wants to fix blinks in your photos with AI – 22.06.2018

 Facebook wants to fix blinks in your photos with AI

 Facebook will do whatever it takes to encourage you to share more content — even, it turns out, using artificial intelligence to salvage photographs marred by an accidental blink. In a research paper published this week, a pair of Facebook engineers described a new method that uses machine learning to retouch closed eyes in photos.

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* The company frequently touts its site as a home for authentic expression – does giving people AI tools to change their appearance stand in opposition to this value? And if so, where will it draw the line? Editing out a blink seems pretty harmless, but more substantial changes might be problematic as AI editing capabilities become increasingly advanced.*

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 Bed Bath & Beyond’s AI assistant makes introductions between New Roommates 

Bed Bath & Beyond is attempting to lessen the awkwardness of introductions between new college roommates with its new AI assistant. The email bot allows incoming students to enter their roommate’s name and email address, and choose a “vibe” that sets their desired tone for the message.

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  *Reaching out to college students in this way allows the retailer to build engagement with one of its biggest categories of shoppers, particularly through a campaign that connects with Gen Y through their preferred digital medium.*

 

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The Weather Channel is offering viewers mixed-reality tornado coverage

The Weather Channel is boosting its entertainment value by introducing immersive mixed reality (IMR) content. For its debut, the channel ran a video featuring anchor Jim Cantore informing the public about a tornado strike when the whole studio is ravaged by a realistic depiction of the storm. Throughout the virtual storm, Cantore advised the audience on what to do in the event of an actual tornado, telling viewers where to best take cover and to avoid the outermost walls of a home.

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* The attention-grabbing mixed reality effects could contribute to an increase in viewership thanks to more vivid and immersive story-telling, as well as provide a practical and accessible way to inform viewers on how to stay safe, particularly in a world that has increasingly extreme weather.*

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