Google crowdsources pictures of landmarks for its AR and VR 3D modeling

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This strategy is meant to help create a more convincing and accurate viewer experience. Google researchers have developed a strategy to automate the 3D modeling process while enhancing the results it generates through photo crowdsourcing. The tech giant is collecting the images of landmark locations to create convincing replications. The idea of the 3D modeling technique is to use pictures of the real places including both the landmarks and their lighting. The technology employed is called neural radiance fields (NeRF). It extracts three-dimensional depth data from 2D images by measuring…

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Facial recognition software is suffering from effects from the coronavirus

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Wearing face masks is making it more difficult for the algorithms to identify people. Face masks worn to slow the spread of COVID-19 are doing more than reducing exposure levels as they are also messing with facial recognition software accuracy. A new report showed that algorithms have a tough time identifying people wearing the masks. The report was issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a US Commerce Department branch. Among NIST’s tasks is to measure facial recognition software algorithm accuracy. Its new report showed that when…

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AI prostate cancer detection algorithm shows 98 percent sensitivity

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A study also showed that the artificial intelligence algorithm had 97 percent specificity. Ibex Medical Analytics, a Tel Aviv-based firm, has released data on what it has called the first AI prostate cancer detection algorithm to do more than just detect the presence of tumors. The company said that the algorithm can also grade and size a tumor it has detected. The start-up company has developed a digital pathology system that uses AI prostate cancer detection algorithms for what it has called “outstanding outcomes” in a study to clinically validate…

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Fitbit health data won’t be used for Google marketing purposes

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The tech giant made the promise as it seeks to gain European Union approval to acquire the fitness tracker. In an effort to earn the European Union’s approval to purchase the fitness tracker company, Google has promised Fitbit health data will not be used to target advertising. The EU has voiced a range of antitrust concerns about Google’s acquisition of the wearables firm. “This deal is about devices, not data,” said a spokesperson from Google in a recent CNET report. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the European Commission…

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Facebook boycott slashes $72 billion from the social media giant’s earnings

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Zuckerberg’s company earned more than $100 billion in digital ad sales in 2019. A huge list of major multinational companies has joined a Facebook boycott due to the social media giant’s policies on hate speech. The companies have stated that the platform’s efforts to remove hate speech are inadequate. Among the companies that have joined the Stop Hate for Profit campaign including a Facebook boycott include Unilever, Coca-Cola, Verizon and Starbucks. All the companies on the rapidly growing list have vowed that they would put their social media ads on…

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