Music streaming services are cooking up some kitschy personalized ways to enjoy your favorite pop hits over and over again. Spotify has been infusing AI into some web experiences featuring artists like The Weeknd. Now, YouTube Music is experimenting with doing a bit of the same, this time featuring covers of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy."
FaceApp — the well-known, sometimes-controversial, AI-powered selfie filtering app — is launching version 4.0 with a bang by bringing its unique beautification and aging tricks to video post-processing. And hell yeah, we're gonna try them. What? You thought Halloween was over?
Abode Lightroom for Android is a powerful photo editor that lets you do a lot more with your images than just basic tweaking, and the best part is that most features are available for free. With its latest update announced at the recent Adobe Max keynote, the popular app is getting some big additions. Besides a more robust color grading toolset and the option to add images as watermarks, Adobe is bringing a whole bunch of new features to the table.
Duplex, Google's machine learning-powered concierge service, spent most of the year in mothballs — at least when it came to its primary intent of booking its users tables at restaurants — but as we inch from mid-pandemic toward post-pandemic normality, the public need for on-site services has become evident. All of that to say that Duplex is now able to book appointments for salons and barber shops in the United States.
There are various photographer marketplaces on the web, which help professionals find interesting gigs that match their skills. These can be photoshoots for a new restaurant's dishes, a wedding, or even a new phone that's coming out. In most of these cases, the pictures are meant for private or commercial use, but I had never heard of images being captured explicitly for a machine's enjoyment, until now. Microsoft’s Trove project helps connect developers with people, who could supply photos to train machine learning models.
Google's AI projects are by far some of the most impressive in the world. If you use a Pixel device, there's AI behind almost everything you do, from taking photos to talking to Assistant. Google's latest experiment asks you to lipsync with a popular song, and in return, you get a scorecard rating your efforts. Think Singstar without the music videos or the ability to choose the song, and you've got an accurate idea of what this does.
As our phones continue gaining new AI-powered features like Google Duplex and kiss detection, it was only a matter of time before our vacuums followed suit. The company behind Roomba, iRobot, is introducing its new Roomba i3+ today, and it's a vacuum that can "evolve and get smarter over time." That's cool, but — excuse me while I go barricade my door in preparation for the robotic vacuum uprising.
YouTube Music is introducing two new ways to help infuse your playlists with new tracks: a collaborative toggle that was revealed to be in the works last month, and an machine learning "assistive" tool.
If you're looking to get into a hobby or accomplish a goal, you might turn to places like Etsy and Pinterest for some inspiration. Google's experimental Area 120 workshop launched an earnest attempt at becoming such a source mere days ago with Tangi. Now, that team has come together with the company's People and Artificial Intelligence Research group to make something more akin to a Pinterest-Reddit hybrid called Keen.