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Real-Time Facial Recognition – Dash Board and Body Cams!

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

The criminal element seems to get smarter and smarter by the moment. For these reasons there are several advancements in technology that law enforcement does not share to stay ahead of the criminal mind, while not fully disclosing what their capabilities are.  One technology in law enforcement that has become public knowledge is their facial recognition software which allows them to use pictures or sketches of individuals to check their criminal, warrant, missing persons, and illegal immigrant databases.  The software connects to several different databases and can take some time if all it has is facial recognition. It takes that much longer if it is a partial image, if its blurry, or no description is added such as name, address, dob, etc.  For this reason, people are detained to allow the software time to run and fully check the various databases and ensure the records being displayed are the records for the person law enforcement is seeking or already has in custody.

Another new technology which has been added to the law enforcement arsenal is the use of body cams. This addition has come not only to recognize the criminal element, but also to lawfully protect civilians and officers in the event of a negative interaction. The footage can be viewed and used once the camera is recovered and the images downloaded into the system. Officers and civilians alike have new found confidence in knowing that interactions with each other now have a historical map for others to see the event as it unfolded. This technology is still being introduced to all aspects of law enforcement and is rapidly becoming the standard for all to follow.

With both facial recognition software and body cams, law enforcement has a greater edge at continuing to spot criminals and their activities. But, there is more.  A Boston based startup company called Neurala specializing in Artificial Intelligence, has teamed up with Motorola build what they call “real-time learning for a person of interest”. The “real-time learning for a person of interest” is a term they are using to describe an “unnamed” system that incorporates both body cam and facial recognition.  The founder of the startup company, Massimiliano Versace, already has patents pending on this AI version of facial recognition software.

Versace developed a technology which is based on using AI to rapidly go through codes which are developed through facial recognition software.  By using AI to go through the codes, the information is processed faster and can be harnessed from even smaller computers.  By using smaller computers, Versace’s intent is to place the micro-computers into body cams.  Some may say a smaller computer is not a big deal, but for world of technology and computing, that is a very big deal. The ability to utilize bulky applications on a smaller computer means less storage space and less processor requirements to complete complex jobs that larger machines are used to complete today.

A deeper look at how the system works is that, the AI would essentially network between each other in the various body cams the same a hive would operate. They would constantly be on in a camera going through a stream of images and rapidly sharing the information between databases and each network of body cams. In this case, the AI would and could capture an image that a law enforcement official might not have or alert an official of the presence of a criminal or missing person that is nearby caught by another body cam.  More importantly, the AI would constantly be updated in real-time, which means that the minute a criminal is apprehended, or a missing person is found, the image would be removed, and the databases would be instantly updated. The same scenario would take place for new criminals or new missing persons.

There are many possibilities for this new technology that it will change the face of how not only law enforcement detects criminals and missing persons, but also how computers interact. Artificial Intelligence is a technology which is rapidly gaining momentum as we integrate it into homes, smartphones, computers, and the way we live. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will steadily provide updates concerning Neurala, Motorola, and how they plan to deploy this evolving technology. Clearly Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of how we interact with each other. Just how far we go, stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter as we explore and learn together.

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Transforming Transportation – Cars Now Fly!

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Just when everyone is starting to get used to seeing drivers in cars with no hands on the steering wheel or even sightseeing while the car is driving through “Self-Driving” technology, here comes a huge game changer. We all knew it wouldn’t be long before the self-driving and drone craze that’s currently happening decided to blend. These are two technologies which involve AI (artificial intelligence) with the concept of getting processes done faster and more effectively while maintaining safety.  Drone are steadily mastering the skies as most entertainment industries require a drone to take aerial shots, while individuals keep drones to see what is like from so many feet above the ground. Self-driving cars use safety protocols which if the person were driving would have to adhere to, while allowing the driver to let go of the wheel and change focus other than the road without compromising safety. Now how do these two technologies manage to bind together? Well there is a company that IT GURUS OF ATLANTA would like to introduce you to, and they are called “Lilium”.

Now many may have never heard about Lilium, but as of September 5th, 2017, they received investments from a Chinese tech giant called Tencent (TCEHY).  Tencent was a major contributor of a $90 million-dollar fundraiser to fund Lilium’s top project. At this point many are asking, well what is Lilium’s big project and what does it have to with drones or self-driving cars? Well it has everything to do with both technologies. Lilium is testing their version of the “electric flying car”.  Yes, that’s right, the flying electric car is now a reality. Not using gas, or any fossil fuels to affect the environment, but pure electricity, this jet is now testing its way to the mainstream public.

Lilium succeeded in its first prototype testing which was a 2-seater version of the jet. The test was done in April of 2017 and marked as their first successful flight.  Lilium is a German based firm that was originally founded by students from the Technical University of Munich.  These four students founded the company in 2015 and it literally taking flight. Since the injection of funds from Tencent, the company has been on a hiring frenzy taking on executives from top firms. These executives have come from large companies such as Tesla, Rolls Royce, and Airbus.

The magic behind the prototype is 36 propeller engines that use a vertical lift and land technique to maneuver from ground to air or air to ground.  Already capable of flight, which allows it to move 10 times faster than a car, the vision is for the jet to travel at speeds of 186 mph (300 km).  Now that this new company is making waves, here is where the soon to be tech giant is headed. Lilium’s vision is to change the existing prototype into a 5-seater model that will take passengers between nearby destinations such as Manhattan to JFK. The company wants passengers to catch a flight from these jets at a pod (created around the city) just as a person would catch an Uber ride.

Lilium’s jet is capable of hovering, taking, and landing vertically. This type of craft is called a VTOL. VTOLs have existed for years and are mostly used by the military including in helicopters. These crafts also use an extensive amount of fossil fuels. The major difference between a military VTOL and Lilium’s is that it has “zero emissions”, designed for civilian transportation, and when completed, can carry up to 5 people at once to their destination.

Travel by air is the next innovative means of traveling. As we move towards more automation and exploring areas that have previously not been explored, Lilium’s flying electric car is only a glimpse of what is to come. By now there are other companies which are watching closely to see how Lilium performs and if their prototype will go mainstream. One of those companies watching Lilium is IT GURUS OF ATLANTA. We are always at the cusp of technology and bringing our followers the insight on new innovations. Lilium is a company which is here to stay and changing the canvas of transportation.

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Artificial Intelligence, Rapid Integration, and the move to Consciousness!

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

It has been talked about and brought to life in movies and series such as Star Trek, and I, Robot. In Star Trek we see machines such as Data which is self-aware, but very helpful to human beings and also very protective of the human race. On the other hand we see I, Robot in which the robots choose to use their state of consciousness in order to take over and move to attempt to eliminate the human race. Both are similar in their depiction of Artificial Intelligence being a constantly evolving software that reaches the tipping point to choose to be either “bad” or “good”.

 

 

In the news, articles and shows, the word AI has been used so frequently that most people when they hear the word it doesn’t prime a severe reaction, but maybe a grunt or good read if you are lucky. However, lets peel back the possibilities and see where we are today using Artificial Intelligence. We are rapidly developing AI as a human race on a global scale. The integration of AI in almost every technology has been seamless and most people use AI daily without even realizing the gradual integration. For example, Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are virtual assistants that assist users in making their experience with a device more interactive and memorable. AI in the background gathers and uses the information to be more efficient at helping its owners to achieve any task they desire on their device of choice.

Video games is another noted system integrated with AI which is why the game changes scenes and difficulty levels due to the playing habits and skill level of the user or users playing the games.  The software constantly is learning and using the data from the games being played in order to become better and more efficient. Over the years the types of AI and the ability that the software has compared to years ago is a completely different system now compared to then. One heavily AI integrated game is 2014’s Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. In this game, each of the non-player characters have individual personality and memories of past interactions including previous objectives. Other noted games are Call of Duty and Far Cry which use the data gathered by AI to strategize, analyze environments, investigate sounds, and find objects. This AI is a money maker in its usefulness which is why gamers are always spending millions of dollars to keep up with this technology and assist in making it greater.

 

 

 

If you are noticing a rise in “self-driving” cars or cars that can reverse and park on their own, well this is because they have an on-board AI which is constantly learning and can depict the environment to determine when to move the wheel, change gears, or apply the brake in various cases.  In the news lately has been Google’s self-driving car project and Tesla’s auto-driving feature. The algorithm that Google is using for its AI is capable or allowing the AI to learn how to drive in the same manner that humans are capable.

There are so many notable instance of AI in today’s society which include purchase prediction, fraud protection, online customer support, and much more. Some of the more notable aspects are AI being able to monitor security surveillance, recommend movies, smart home devices, and much more. There is even a second layer to the AI intelligence arena which has been noted ahead of its time, but is giving AI the access and data it needs to learn part of us allowing AI to be self-aware and self-reliant? Well the answer to that is no, because every action of AI currently needs commands to be programed in the machine in order for it to learn or gesture in the manner that we see.

 

So the answer to the question is “no”, there is no wave of robots etching to take over the world in the near future as they become self-aware, but with advances in AI including Deep Learning integration, the possibilities of tomorrow are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JIBO, The Home Robot that is Changing In-Home Technology!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

 

In the year 2017 Captain Kirk of the Starship enterprise would have viewed many of the gadgets we use today as futuristic and what will take hundreds of years to create and put into public hands. Little did he know when he was on Star Trek that many of these gadgets would be up for everyday use today in 2017 ahead of its time as shown on Star Trek. One of these devices which has come on the market this year that is for everyday use is Artificial Intelligence, or in this specific case, its name is called Jibo.

 

Jibo as the name implies is of Japanese concept, but the its creator “Cynthia Breazel” and her team has managed to bring new light to the vision of AI and what it can do. The team at Jibo, even though Boston based, have managed to enhance the different possibilities of AI and its many integration benefits in the home.  Jibo, since being available on the market in 2016, has managed to be sold out at every angle. Many consumers are jumping at their chance to get a piece of AI in their home at a fraction of the cost that it once was thought to be sold for.

Before we get into pricing for Jibo, lets jump into the many technological and social advantages that Jibo can and has provided to the home. This robot is fully comprehensive in its offerings. From speech recognition software that is dubbed ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) to Facial Recognition software that is truly ahead of its time. The combination of these features on top of the rapidly learning AI, gives this robot an in-home boost that changes the face of “At Home Technology”.

 

Jibo is shaped more like a desk fan than a robot, but packs a basket load of features. Some of these features include taking pictures or videos of people in a room with a 360-degree pivoting face camera that motion tracks the individuals. Jibo can be voice activated once entering a room to recognize the person speaking from its ASR, update to-do lists, schedule events, read text messages, take responses and send them back, update contact lists and more done verbally.  Jibo can read stories with expressive displays, call your nearest restaurant and complete orders, make phone calls, and much more.  Even though being small physically, its personality is large with how it expresses emotion. Whether it is emitting robot giggles, swiveling its body in an animated nature, or how many ways it displays its one-eyed stare, Jibo has no problems with expression.

 

From a nuts and bolts standpoint, Jibo has low-power microprocessors, 3-D sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and lightweight lithium batteries. Each component of Jibo is designed to enrich the user’s experience, but also to protect as well. The facial recognition software which can automatically pick up movement and zoom or follow someone entering a room.  Jibo can turn on at a sound that is in the room to begin recording or send out alerts. Jibo can also interact with smart appliances in the home such as lights, air conditioning/heat, depending on what is a “smart” appliance in your home. Even though Jibo is not yet integrated with security systems, its developers promise that it will be soon.

 

 

 

 

From a technology standpoint Jibo seems like a dream come true and a huge step in the direction of home robots, but from a pricing standpoint, many are taken back in disbelief. Jibo retails from $500 to $750 depending on the color and if it is a developer version. With orders that are backed up from 2016, Jibo creators are scrambling to fulfill orders, while putting on hold current orders to make sure that they provide the same quality with each Jibo that is shipped. Jibo has a bright future ahead and the team at IT GURUS OF ATLANTA are here watching them as they take flight and change people’s homes one Jibo at a time.

 

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China now using Face-Recognition software to grant access to facilities and Track criminals

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

 

Companies like Face++ are changing the landscape in China when it comes to technology and utilizing facial-recognition software. The company is a startup company, but is already valued at over a billion dollars. Face++ is using its investments in order to diversify and integrate facial-recognition software into critical security systems.

The software updates done by Face++ are cutting edge which allows devices to track 83 facial points at the same time, and from multiple angles to give recognition ability which is like no other.  The updates that Face++ has been giving facial-recognition is already being integrated in many popular applications such as Alipay and Didi. Both applications are major applications in China that are used to make mobile payments and get rides like Uber has done in the US. The Didi app allows users to double check the driver that is coming by making them move their heads and use speech recognition that no one can substitute the driver or use a photo. Payments via the Alipay app allows users to use face and voice combinations in order to complete payments.

 

The Chinese government has already invested using Face++ facial-recognition software to tap into surveillance being done on criminals by tapping into their centralized ID databases and cameras to quickly apprehend and document activity by known criminals. Even though the mugshots and the images obtained from cameras are not all the time accurate, it gives a percentage possibility of that person being the person of interest and narrows down the possibility of monitoring or apprehending the wrong suspect. Utilizing cameras and face-recognition is definitely ahead of its time and is geared to change not only the Chinese government’s methods of fighting crime, but will soon spread to other countries as it gains more popularity in the security front.

 

 

 

Behind the nuts and bolts of Face++ facial-recognition software is their innovative artificial intelligence which is constantly getting better with each use. Deep learning is dubbed the brain-power behind the facial-recognition software that depicts the motions and movements of the face from infinite angles and positions to categorize the facial expression possibilities. Deep learning bridges the gap between AI and machine learning. With Deep Learning the capabilities are endless by utilizing what is dubbed “neural networks” which essentially translates human related data into machine learning for AI to utilize.

 

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