Roomality uses AI to render window-sized 3D landscapes without glasses

Rendering a 3D world inside a VR headset is pretty easy at this point, and studios have been creating movie theater-scale 3D videos for years. Now a company called Roomality plans to use AI to deliver an immersively large 3D experience at home, without the need for glasses. The concept is fairly straightforward. Two cameras […]

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Li Xiaoyu had a problem. At some point in his decade-long hacking spree with former college classmate Dong Jiazhi, as alleged in a recent Justice Department indictment, the Chinese national found himself unable to break into the mail server of a Burmese human rights group. The usual methods apparently hadn’t worked. For Li, the solution […]

Amazon EBS Fast Snapshot Restore for Shared EBS Snapshots

Snapshots are an integral part of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS). Snapshots allow you to create a block-level, point-in-time copy of your volumes for backup, or disaster-recovery purposes. Snapshots are incremental, only data modified since the last snapshots are copied again. You can share snapshots between AWS Regions, or AWS Accounts. Once you have a […]

Researchers seek to advance predictive AI for engineers with CAD model data set

Artificial intelligence appears poised to augment or replace human artists in some cases. Carnegie Mellon University researchers are training a robot to pick up painting techniques by watching humans, and last month MIT researchers introduced a generative model that predicts how humans paint landscape art by training AI with videos of people painting on YouTube. Now […]

Why Salesforce is killing off Einstein Voice Assistant

Salesforce is shutting down two of its AI-powered voice services — Einstein Voice Assistant and Voice Skills — as it shifts resources toward its newly released Salesforce Anywhere app, as spotted by Voicebot.ai. A company spokesperson told VentureBeat that voice capabilities remain “a priority” for Salesforce, and that the products it’s discontinuing will inform the […]

It’s critical to keep your open-source components up to date and secure

The recently released 2020 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report, produced by the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC), found that of more than 1,250 codebases analyzed in 2019, not only did virtually 100% have some open-source components, but also that an average of 70% of the code was open source, nearly double the […]

Apache Cassandra 4.0 beta now available

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has released a beta for Apache Cassandra 4.0.  According to the ASF, contributors have made over 1,000 bug fixes, improvements, and new features for version 4.0. The ASF has stated that no additional features will be added to future beta releases or the GA release of Apache Cassandra 4.0. “You […]

Researchers propose game-based benchmark for AI’s commonsense reasoning

In a paper accepted to last week’s International Conference on Machine Learning, researchers at University College London and the University of Oxford propose an environment — WordCraft — to benchmark AI agents’ commonsense reasoning capabilities. Based on Little Alchemy 2, a game that tasks players with mixing ingredients to create new items, they say WordCraft […]

SD Times news digest: Applitools’ auto-maintenance AI , Vercel updates edge and dev infrastructure, and new G Suite security features

Applitools added AI auto-maintenance and smart assist to its end-to-end platform.  AI powered smart assist automatically analyzes large batches of test results, often numbering in the hundreds or even thousands of tests. It then removes any redundancies by grouping similar visual and functional regressions together.  “Test maintenance is a painstaking and error-prone task, which is […]