AI researchers from Facebook recently announced that they've developed a method to more finely cater video game characters to real-life people. This method, which relies on videos of people going through basic motions, uses AI to understand the nuances of a person's movement and then translate it to a 3D character in your game. Even though many modern video games offer highly customizable characters, none offer the ability to customize a character's movement.
Video footage has been used in the past to establish character movement - as is the case with Mortal Kombat's use of actors on a sound stage that were later digitized. However, it's not been used before to customize characters to a player's preference.
The AI system utilizes two different neural networks that each video a five to eight minute video of a person going through the motions involved in a game, say, playing tennis. The first neural network analyzes the human movement for the rendering engine while the second analyzes shadows and reflections to be rendered on a gameplay background. As the technology is still new, the result isn't as smooth as current 3D game characters, but continuing work will hopefully improve that in time.
The tech isn't ultimately limited to video games either - once all of the kinks are ironed out the possibilities for lifelike renderings of real people are limitless. Marketing, education, media...the possibilities are endless.
This article was based on an April 19, 2019 Gizmodo article by Andrew Liszewski
Pandora, the largest streaming audio service in the United States, recently selected OpenText Media Management as the storage solution for its audio and display advertising assets. Pandora, as many are familiar, is powered by the Music Genome Project and intelligently selects music based on a users' thumbs up or down of various streamed tracks. It also offers a great advertising opportunity with this detailed information on user preferences. With that information, Pandora can serve targeted, scalable ads to help advertisers hit their mark. OpenText Media Management will serve the entire enterprise by helping users "extend business processes with digital media workflows and digital asset management services."
OpenText Media Management will handle the production and management of over 35,000 advertisements per year. Pandora also utilizes Amazon Web Services for hosting via Risetime managed services, and Cyangate assists with implementation services.
“Pandora’s creative team helps thousands of advertisers bring their brands to life on our unique platform and maintaining the quality and accessibility of our digital assets in a streamlined fashion is key to scaling our success,” said Casey Baker, Pandora’s Director of Advertising Creative Operations.
“When evaluating our options, OpenText Media Management stood out as a solution to manage creative assets through the entire lifecycle. Its robust customization capabilities and seamless systems integrations were critical in our selection process,” Baker continued.
“Every customer touch point is critically important, including brand engagements and advertising,” said OpenText SVP and CMO Patricia Nagle. “OpenText Media Management solutions enable efficient creation, review and distribution of assets, which Pandora has done a great job leveraging to uplift its advertising operations. It’s a best-in-class solution for this demanding industry.”
The business of media streaming is an ever-evolving one. With a constantly-changing library of assets and more and more demands from users, streaming companies must always be on their toes to adapt to the next wave of change.
It's estimated that by 2022 the number of jobs in the artificial intelligence field will outnumber the number of qualified workers by 30%. Microsoft has taken notice and partnered with OpenClassrooms, a leading online educator and developed a collaboration to provide more students with masters-level education in AI tech.
“As AI is changing the way we work and the nature of jobs, we have a responsibility to ensure graduates are prepared for the workplace of tomorrow,” says Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft. “We are excited to partner with OpenClassrooms to help equip people with the skills and opportunities they need to thrive in the digital economy.”
Using Microsoft tech, OpenClassrooms will develop curriculum that includes project-based tasks tailored to up-to-date AI knowledge. In addition, OpenClassrooms has connections to leading employers in the industry and makes those connections available to students who complete the course. As a bonus, OpenClassrooms guarantees that graduates will find a job within six months or their course fees will be refunded.
The course will be held online and is accredited in Europe - US and UK accreditation is in the works.
Currently, the curriculum is only available in Fran
This article was based on an April 3, 2019 Microsoft Press Release
PaperFree partner OpenText recently announced a new project with Canadian pharmaceutical firm Pharmascience. Pharmascience produces over 2,000 products with worldwide distribution.
The project, centering around the OpenText ContentSuite solution, works to manage the firm's complex document management needs. They were in need of a scalable enterprise content management solutiion to "manage and secure its document lifestyle and help respond to increasing regulatory demands." The solution provides this by way of document governance tools, workflow management, version control, and audit trails. Pharmascience's valuable documentation is now stored in a central repository for easy access across its enterprise.
“Operating with the highest standards for quality and regulatory compliance leaves us no room for error and we needed a partner that could operate at our level,” said Denis Beauchemin, head of IT, Pharmascience. “Our work is high-stakes and highly-regulated, but we need to continue to move quickly and innovate. The solution from OpenText provides us with a single source of truth for our most critical set of documents and ensures our team can access the information they need in the lab, the shop floor, or the boardroom.”
Visit our Lifesciences & Pharmaceuticals page to learn more about how PaperFree can revolutionize your content management strategy too.
This article was based on a March 28, 2019 OpenText press release
Facial recognition implementations have been appearing at more and more airports in recent years, with seventeen US airports now sporting the tech. This approach to security promises faster airport procedures, greater security, and no need to carry (or lose) a passport. At this time, the system consists of a face matching procedure at departure gates, but there are plans to expand it to check-in, security, and at the gate, where your facial scan is checked against your registered passport photo in a cloud database to confirm your identity. It's quite possible you could make it from the curb to your seat on the plane without taking to anyone. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aim to have the system scan 97% of outbound international travelers by 2021.
However, security experts aren't impressed. They worry that turning one's face into travel documents creates a privacy nightmare. Research into facial recognition software has shown that it's not 100% accurate and that it doesn't work consistently for all races - leading to the possibility of mistaken identities and secondary security measures. They also worry about travelers' movements being tracked indefinitely, as well as what the data is used for once a trip is over. In fact, other government agencies have expressed interest in the data. However, US citizens can opt out and travel with paper documents.
For the time being, the system exists in a bit of a legal gray area. Public comment was not requested before the seventeen US airports installed their systems, and there's currently no specific laws saying that CBP can't gather the data. However, the ACLU, Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations point out that there's no laws saying that they can. But, there's been legal efforts to gather biometric traveler data on the books since at least 1996, though facial recognition wasn't as advanced then.
Facial recognition measures do serve to help to ensure safety and security, though at what cost remains to be seen.
This article was based on a March 21, 2019 CNet article by Laura Hautala
Ask any American about their last trip to a government office and it's nearly guaranteed that you'd hear about long waits, inefficient processes, slow computers, and unpleasant staff. These issues are so prevalent that they're often satirized in our media. While some individual states have made strides by investing in better training and moving some services online, the problem is far from solved. Now, California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants to improve government tech system-wide with her new Digital Service Act bill. This bill is aimed to provide funding for state and local governments to hire the necessary talent to overhaul and improve their systems.
"Americans deserve a government that works for them and that just plain works," Harris, a Democrat from California, said in a release. "We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century. The Digital Service Act will help harness top talent for the government, save taxpayer dollars and put the power of technology to work on behalf of the American people."
Specifically, this bill would provide $50m a year for these efforts, plus an additional $15m would fund grants for government agencies to upgrade systems by September 2022. Agencies would be required to report on their progress at that time, and that data would be compiled into a report to be presented to Congress. The grants come with the caveat that at least half of the funds be used to hire talent, not purchase products.
Perhaps with the improvements this bill could bring about your next trip to the DMV might not be so bad after all.
This article was based on a March 14, 2019 CNet article by Marrian Zhou
PaperFree partner OpenText recently announced their 2019 Enterprise World Europe, a conference focused on bringing business leaders across Europe together to learn and discuss matters of intelligent and connected enterprises. This event, the first of its kind, will be held in Vienna, Austria March 12-14, 2019 and will feature keynote speakers, breakout events, and plenty of networking opportunities.
“All industries are transforming through digital, AI and extreme connectivity,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO and CTO. “OpenText Enterprise World Europe will bring together top companies and experts in Enterprise Information Management discussing how to leverage technology and disruptive techniques to compete and win in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
According to OpenText the event will feature:
Registration is now open for this event.
This article was based on a February 28, 2019 OpenText press release.
PaperFree partner M-Files recently shared the exciting result of a recent TrustRadius user survey on ECM product satisfaction - M-Files was ranked the highest of 10 competitors, and achieved an overall score of 9.1 out of 10. M-Files beat out notable competitors such as SharePoint, Box, Alfresco, and more. This is the result of years of hard work to perfect their system and make it as intelligent and user friendly as possible. Contributing to these customer-favorite attributes are notable M-Files features:
This article was based on a February 8, 2019 M-Files blog post.
Adding to its years of Captiva experience, PaperFree is pleased to offer the newest release of the OpenText Captiva capture solution - Captiva 16.5. This newest version offers the same class-leading capabilities of its predecessors, but with updated methods and internals to deliver top-notch performance. PaperFree remains committed to the Captiva line and offers end-to-end services for enterprises wishing to reduce their paper processing workload. Whether it be developing a custom workflow, backfile conversion, or any other capture need, PaperFree has the experience and toolkit necessary for a streamlined and effective Captiva 16.5 integration and ongoing support and training for your enterprise.
Have you heard of Refrigerdating? It's like Tinder, only instead of using your favorite selfie as a profile picture you use a picture of what's going on in your fridge (a "fridgefie"?) for potential matches to swipe through. The app comes by way of Samsung, best known for phones and TVs, but they're also in the kitchen appliance game and their Family Hub Refrigerator sports a camera that checks fridge inventory for you. To promote this camera feature Samsung crafted the dating app that automatically loads a picture of your fridge contents to your profile.
But not to fear, if you don't have the $4,000 refrigerator with a camera you can simply upload a fridge picture on your own.
While a bit of an obscure concept, Samsung asserts that a lot can be understood about a person via their fridge. Are they into health foods? Are they organized? Is stuff molding in the back? Perhaps they have the same kind of juice as you and that's your ice breaker. A view of a person's fridge offers a more "authentic" view of that person, especially since fridges aren't typically on display in one's life. And, with food being such a huge part of a person's daily life and people connecting over it in restaurants, it might not be too far a stretch to take that concept into the home too.
The idea for the app originated in Sweden, which has a high number of single households. So far, it's doing well in that market but it is available worldwide. Online dating isn't a new concept, but the proliferation of special-interest dating apps in recent years offer a fun and interesting take on the practice. And by all means, the contents of one's fridge aren't the strangest things that people can meet and connect over, either.
This article was based on a February 5, 2019 CNet article by Erin Carson