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Dec 6, 2023

Introducing Ego-Exo4D: A foundational dataset for research on video learning and multimodal perception

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, media & arts, robotics/AI, transportation

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Working together as a consortium, FAIR or university partners captured these perspectives with the help of more than 800 skilled participants in the United States, Japan, Colombia, Singapore, India, and Canada. In December, the consortium will open source the data (including more than 1,400 hours of video) and annotations for novel benchmark tasks. Additional details about the datasets can be found in our technical paper. Next year, we plan to host a first public benchmark challenge and release baseline models for ego-exo understanding. Each university partner followed their own formal review processes to establish the standards for collection, management, informed consent, and a license agreement prescribing proper use. Each member also followed the Project Aria Community Research Guidelines. With this release, we aim to provide the tools the broader research community needs to explore ego-exo video, multimodal activity recognition, and beyond.

How Ego-Exo4D works.

Ego-Exo4D focuses on skilled human activities, such as playing sports, music, cooking, dancing, and bike repair. Advances in AI understanding of human skill in video could facilitate many applications. For example, in future augmented reality (AR) systems, a person wearing smart glasses could quickly pick up new skills with a virtual AI coach that guides them through a how-to video; in robot learning, a robot watching people in its environment could acquire new dexterous manipulation skills with less physical experience; in social networks, new communities could form based on how people share their expertise and complementary skills in video.

Dec 5, 2023

China sinks 1400-ton data center in sea with power of 6 million PCs

Posted by in categories: internet, media & arts, robotics/AI

When ready, the data center will serve companies like China Telecom and Hong Kong-based AI firm SenseTime.


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Dec 1, 2023

Study uncovers link between musical preferences and our inner moral compass

Posted by in categories: ethics, media & arts, robotics/AI

A new study, published in PLOS ONE, has uncovered a remarkable connection between individuals’ musical preferences and their moral values, shedding new light on the profound influence that music can have on our moral compass.

The research, conducted by a team of scientists at Queen Mary University of London and ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy, employed machine learning techniques to analyze the lyrics and audio features of individuals’ favorite songs, revealing a complex interplay between and morality.

“Our study provides compelling evidence that music preferences can serve as a window into an individual’s ,” stated Dr. Charalampos Saitis, one of the senior authors of the study and Lecturer in Digital Music Processing at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.

Nov 30, 2023

Tesla Cybertruck delivery event: everything Elon revealed about the EV pickup

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, media & arts, sustainability, transportation

With dubstep as the soundtrack and neon lighting as the backdrop, Elon Musk handed the first Cybertrucks over to a select group of customers that included Reddit co-founder and VC fund Seven Seven Six founder Alexis Ohanian and Trousdale Ventures founder and CEO Phillip Sarofim.

The live streamed portion of the Tesla Cybertruck delivery event was a short affair — around 30 minutes. But the event still had all the traditional trappings one has come to expect from Tesla: the pomp and pumpy music, VIP guests and of course, Musk.

The Tesla Cybertruck deliveries come at least six years since Musk first tweeted about building a truck and four years since he debuted the futuristic-looking pickup.

Nov 26, 2023

What the World Will Be Like in 2123

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, transportation

Let’s take a leap into the future, shall we? In 2,123, envision a world where technology is seamlessly integrated into every aspect of our lives. Flying cars might not be the norm, but sustainable modes of transportation dominate the scene, with eco-friendly solutions at the forefront. Advanced medical breakthroughs have extended human life expectancy, and perhaps we’ve even cracked the code on combating climate change. Social structures may have evolved, embracing inclusivity and diversity. It’s a realm where innovation and a collective global effort have paved the way for a balanced and interconnected planet. 🌐🚀🔮

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Nov 26, 2023

The Fermi Paradox Compendium of Solutions & Terms

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, existential risks, information science, media & arts, neuroscience, singularity, sustainability, time travel, virtual reality

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Nov 26, 2023

Utility Personal Transporter is set to be the smartphone of EVs

Posted by in categories: media & arts, mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

Remember back before smartphones existed, when you had to buy a separate cell phone, camera, music player, calculator and calendar? Well, the Utility Personal Transporter may one day do for electric vehicles what smartphones did for gadgets.

Currently in functional prototype form, the Utility Personal Transporter (UPT) is being developed by Canadian electric mobility company Envo Drive Systems. In a nutshell, it’s a four-wheel-drive electric platform that can be adapted to serve multiple purposes.

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Nov 18, 2023

What Can Quantum AI Do to the World?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Get ready to have your minds blown because Quantum AI is about to flip the script on the world! Imagine computers that don’t just crunch numbers but tap into the mind-bending power of quantum bits or qubits. Quantum AI isn’t just a fancy upgrade; it’s like giving our digital brains a cosmic turbo boost. From supercharging data processing to tackling complex problems like a quantum superhero, this game-changer is set to redefine what we thought computers could do. Get ready for a tech revolution – Quantum AI is the rockstar that’s about to drop a mind-blowing album on the world of computing! 🚀💻🌌

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Nov 16, 2023

Teleportation Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

Posted by in categories: media & arts, particle physics, quantum physics

Teleportation might just be the next big thing – and no, we’re not talking about sci-fi dreams! Scientists are seriously delving into quantum teleportation, where information about particles is transmitted instantly. It’s currently happening on the teeny-tiny scale, but progress is zooming at warp speed. While teleporting your morning commute might take a bit, the future seems to be knocking at the teleportation door, and it’s saying, “Open up, it’s science!” 🚀🔮

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Nov 16, 2023

NASA Explorers Season 6, Episode 1: Launch

Posted by in categories: habitats, media & arts, satellites

A journey of a billion miles and back begins with a launch.

OSIRIS-REx’s goal: Travel to asteroid Bennu, collect a sample, and return it home. But why Bennu? Meet the NASA Explorers looking for clues to our early solar system in a sample of asteroid rock.

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