CHRONIC – It’s everywhere even if you don’t see it. She offers you films on Netflix, she creates a musical selection for you on Spotify, she offers routes to Google Maps and she beats your radiologist in tumor detection. One of its great qualities is its ability to blend in with your life. But where is it possible to see it at work? Here is a short list of the most convincing applications of the use of artificial intelligence today.
BLIPPAR, a new way of discovering the world
While it was valued at $ 1.5 billion less than two years ago, this young shoot is going through a difficult time and struggling to find its business model. It recently dismissed a large part of its staff and closed its offices in Silicon Valley.
But what she offers nevertheless has great potential. With the camera on your phone, you target objects in your environment (you “blipp” them according to the verb that the company wanted to create), and an image recognition algorithm will not only identify these objects, but will also offer you content attached to it.
The error rate is still very high, but seeing a cloud of words appear on your screen when you point your camera at an object is quite bluffing, and the potential is enormous.
LYREBIRD, a digital reproduction of your voice
This young Montreal shoot created a rather incredible algorithm. You go to their site, you subscribe, you save a minute of your voice, and you can literally be told anything… without you even speaking.
Yes, the danger of falsification that such technology conceals is easily understood. But it would also be possible to imagine medical applications, especially in people who are struggling with degenerative diseases and who could “record” their voices while they still have one so that they can then use it to communicate. With Lyrebird, Stephen Hawking could have kept his young twenty-something voice, after all…
WRNCH, digitize the human gesture
Say “wrench”. This other young Montreal company is developing motion recognition algorithms. The idea behind WRNCH’s technologies is that more and more artificial intelligences will be able to analyze your every move to be able to interact with you.
The algorithms developed by the company also allow the creation of special effects live. Kind of like Snapchat filters, but applied to the whole body. Soon in an autonomous car and in a video game? To be continued.
POSENET, the algorithm of body movement
Dan Oved is a student at the New York University School of Interactive Media. In collaboration with the Google Creative Lab, he developed Posenet, an algorithm that resembles that developed by WRNCH. The machine detects your movements and can recognize them in real time. You can interact in a bodily way with a machine learning algorithm in the comfort of your living room.
Dan Oved’s code is available on the Github platform, and you can download its application for use with your computer’s camera. Soon, an artificial intelligence-shaped yoga teacher will be able to analyze your movements live?
NSYNTH, the era of the intelligent synthesizer
No, it’s not about boy band American NSYNC … even if it is a demonstration that human intelligence can create music as formatted as a fast food chain burger.
NSYNTH is used to create music with antipodes from that of boy band : sounds so original that they have never been heard before. NSYNTH could also be used for the next fashion group. This Google Brain and Deep Mind team project proposes to reimagine the way synthesizer sounds are created.
The mechanics behind NSYNTH aims to feed learning algorithms by means of huge sound banks which make it possible to evaluate their characteristics, such as the stamp. By being able to deconstruct sounds in this way, algorithms can also create new ones, never heard before, and above all impossible to create by traditional synthesis methods. Welcome, therefore, to the era of the smart synthesizer. As Semillant Justin sang: “This I promise you. “
François Quévillon, the art of cameras in your cars
Technological devices have always interested artists. Just think of the technical capabilities of large organs in churches that have inspired composers for several centuries.
Closer to home, artist François Quévillon questions our perception of the world now that he is full of cameras, whether in our phones or in our cars. His art, where he stages the increasing interactions that exist between our intelligences and those that we create, is both playful and disturbing.
Quévillon has just won the third residence of the Quebec Media Arts Council and Turbulent. He is one of the most stimulating art artists here. Colleagues from La Fabrique culture de Télé-Québec devoted a great retrospective to him recently . To see!
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