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Future Friday: Photo realistic faces generated using AI

As an entrepreneur or innovator it is not only fun but also highly relevant to stay on top of advancements in technology. They can impact your project or business in many ways, such as solve problems previously deemed unsolvable or create opportunities for new business models. That is why every Friday I will highlight an aspect of a new technology, a new innovative app feature or a project that got funded that gives us that glimpse into our future, today.

Generating faces using AI

Two imaginary celebrities generated randomly by an AI system. (c) Nvidia
Two imaginary celebrities generated randomly by an AI system. (c) Nvidia

It is already commonplace to use AI powered algorithms to detect features of human faces such as age, hair color, smile, gender etc. The technology is production ready and used to track people on public roads. It is an entirely different technological challenge to have an AI system generate photo realistic images of humans according to specified human features. That hurdle has now been taken. Have a look at the below video to see what’s¬†possible. Follow this link to find out more.

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CategoriesEntrepreneurship

Jeans made by robots

Daily I’m working with startups and on technologies that have the potential to automate repetitive tasks of highly skilled and highly educated workers in the western world. While these workers face a significant change in the skills required to perform their jobs and in some cases unemployment, automation potentially has a more severe impact in other industries. 

Recently a robot was introduced that can produce 800.000 t-shirts daily. Up to now, working with soft fabrics was considered too complex for robots to handle. The advancement in computer vision, AI and robot technology now makes it possible to automate even these complex tasks. And at such a high volume it will significantly reduce the cost of our clothing and as a result will likely displace many, relatively unskilled, workers. This could have a dramatic impact on the economies of countries such as Bangladesh, where textile and garment exports account for approximately 80% of all exports (source). 

This again highlights the need for comprehensive, global, educational programs for digital skills like coding. More of the aid for developing countries should be focused on this.

Via TNW