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NVIDIA is pleased to announce the first Photo Champion for 3D Vision Live, Nick Saglimbeni. Regular visitors to the site should be well familiar with Nick's images. His Warehouse Wonderland image won the site's first monthly Photo Contest, and he was also the first repeat winner of the Contest two months later with Kim Kardashian's Wild West - one of the site's first 3D celebrity images. Nick is receiving the 2012 3D Vision Live Photo Champion Award as our formal...
Sorry folks for the delay in announcing the winner for May's Photo Contest - we had an issue with the search function and needed to make sure all entries were considered. Without further ado, on to the results! Alex Savin has been submitting some excellent images from his European adventures for some time now, and his "Fontana di Trevi" is a wonderful example of stereo photography that just plain works. The composition is top notch and the image is sharp throughout, which...
James Cameron continues to pioneer 3D technology. With the first Avatar he showed what 3D could add to the film experience. After criticizing the fast conversions from 2D to 3D that many Hollywood studios have released since Avatar, Cameron oversaw a team that turned Titanic into a 3D blockbuster. That film has been a commercial and critical success, showing what a year of meticulous conversion and $18 million can add to a 15-year-old movie. The director talks about Avatar,...
Marvel Entertainment was one of the first major Hollywood companies to commit to 3D movies. Beginning last summer, every movie based on a Marvel comic property was to be either filmed in 3D or converted to 3D for theatrical and home entertainment releases. When this mandate came down, Ari Arad (Iron Man), producer of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, turned to NVIDIA to help with the production of the Sony Pictures sequel, which is now out on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD....
People are flocking to the theater to take in Pixar’s latest animated film, Brave, which we recommend seeing in 3D, of course. After seeing the movie you can relive the adventure by picking up the gorgeous Brave: The Video Game for PC. The third-person action/adventure game lets you play the role of Princess Merida—Pixar’s first female lead character—as you follow her adventures in a family-friendly storyline based on the film. Engage in bow-and-arrow and sword combat and...

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How do you find the perfect balance of art, story, and software? Ask Danny Lange, Unity Technologies’ VP of AI and Machine Learning.

While other industries were quick to adopt AI, the gaming world has been slow to integrate machine learning systems. At Unity, Lange is leading efforts to change that.

According to Lange, the gaming industry is hesitant to use deep learning in the game-making process because of the role of art involved in creating games.

“You really want to control your storyline, you really want to make sure your audience, your players, are having a top-rated experience, and you don’t really want to leave that up to the computer to decide,” Lange said in a conversation with Michael Copeland, host of the AI Podcast.

But Lange believes AI can help game makers by adding more automation in games.

“I think a lot of information systems have really improved over the years by getting AI and machine learning in their implementation,” said Lange. “And I personally believe that we can bring that to game development as well and basically improve the productivity of the game developers by taking away some of the more trivial tasks.”

Such trivial tasks include the creation of non-player characters (NPCs). With AI, NPCs can learn behaviors overnight, freeing up more time for developers to focus on other aspects of the game.

While the implementation of AI will alter the way we develop and play our games, one thing that can’t change is the creativity that goes into the game narrative.

“The game creator is in control of the game and it needs be entertaining, and it needs to be amusing, and create enjoyment for the player,” said Lange. “So, the NPCs should not take over here, they should be a tool to create that storyline that is exciting.”

AI Podcast: The Robo-Wolf on Wall Street

And if you missed last week’s episode, Guarav Chakravorty, founder of online advisory firm qplum, shared how his company is using an AI robo-advisor to help us make better investments.

How to Tune in to the AI Podcast

The AI Podcast is available through iTunes, DoggCatcher, Google Play Music, Overcast, PlayerFM, Podbay, Pocket Casts, PodCruncher, PodKicker, Stitcher and Soundcloud. If your favorite isn’t listed here, email us at aipodcast@nvidia.com.

 

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Mark Chung’s unexpectedly high $500 monthly electric bill zapped his curiosity.

So when his Silicon Valley utility couldn’t explain it — despite “smart meters” installed throughout its system — he took matters into his own hands.

The Stanford-trained electrical engineer hacked some inexpensive meters from his local hardware store to be wi-fi enabled, and then built an electrical map of his home.

They showed that a small failure in his pool pump was causing a massive current overload, which couldn’t have been detected with traditional tools. More importantly, he learned how hard it is to get information from buildings, which typically lack any kind of computerized management.

Verdigris Smart Sensor

Thus was born the idea for Verdigris, a startup that wants to help conserve energy in buildings using GPU-powered artificial intelligence.

And it’s a large problem.

Buildings gobble up about 70 percent of the world’s electricity — and waste 60 percent of it. That’s $100 billion wasted on electricity each year — and a chance to cut an estimated 15 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To address the issue, Verdigris clamps proprietary wireless sensors onto electrical mains, panels and circuits. While most buildings get occasional walk-through energy usage audits, Verdigris’ digital system uploads electricity consumption data to the cloud 24/7.

From there, it can sell the raw data to building managers or apply its own AI algorithms and provide insights it gleans. It can even integrate the data with building management systems to automate electricity usage controls.

By forecasting problems and identifying areas for optimization and automation, Chung, who serves as Verdigris’s CEO, says the firm can help facilities get more done. Hotel managers, for example, could detect and fix building issues before guests even notice them.

All this wouldn’t be possible without the plummeting costs of bandwidth, sensors, data collection, processing and storage that have fueled AI’s growth.

The Verdigris tracker is a mobile web app for real-time event tracking and notification and anomaly detection.

“AI is extending into every facet of our lives: how we travel, how we produce food, how we work, how we live,” Chung said. “Smart buildings are one of the most valuable and largest opportunities for this trend.”

It didn’t take long for Chung to realize this insight could help other homeowners as well as large buildings. (In fact, NVIDIA is exploring how it can use Verdigris’ technology to reduce electrical consumption on its Silicon Valley campus.)

Verdigris’ trains its models on Pascal architecture-based NVIDIA GPUs. Chung estimates this helps Verdigris  train models 20 times as fast as on CPUs. He expects the role of GPU acceleration will grow as the company moves into circuit classification and other problems that will benefit from convolutional neural networks.

From Smart Buildings to Smart Cities

In the meantime, the company is applying its technology to reduce carbon footprints by increasing energy efficiency. Eventually, Chung said he’d like Verdigris to expand beyond smart building optimization and into enabling smart cities.

“If there is a large disaster, you could responsively adjust the city to shut down everything except central services and redirect energy to best support people,” Chung said.

The work won’t be done, Chung said, “until we have an automated planet.”

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