Monday, June 5, 2023

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Without revealing all its secrets, Netflix has explained how he uses AI to market shows and predict their success. We already knew that Netflix is ​​mixing and redesigning its interface and showing tiles, seemingly on the fly, to attract more viewers. But it also uses artificial intelligence to compare new shows to those its country-by-country audience has watched in the past, and also to mine metadata and information about non-Netflix shows.

The explanation is a bit (well, very) dry, but the AI ​​goes beyond Netflix’s own data to cover the company’s bets, for less risk, more profit. If, for example, a drama is likely to do well in Spain, Netflix could increase marketing in the region and prepare for dubbing and subtitles earlier than usual.

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The company detailed the technology behind Portrait Light.

Netflix wasn’t the only one to throw explanations to the crowd this weekend. Google’s Portrait Light, launched in September for the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, also uses artificial intelligence from AI to improve lighting and polish your photos. Now the company has explained exactly how they made the tool, including how he trained its machine learning models.

Google apparently needed millions of portraits, with and without additional lighting coming from different directions. He used a spherical light fixture with 64 cameras and 331 individually programmable LED light sources to capture the photos he needed, photographing 70 people with skin tones, face shapes, genders, hairstyles and even different clothes and accessories. Then it did this.
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It was apparently an experiment to discourage risky behavior.

Disney said it has ended its recent practice of digitally placing masks on the faces of theme park visitors who are seen in photos of rides. Disney said it was a test “in response to customer requests,” but he did not explain why he started or stopped the practice.

Guests have recently noticed the practice of some rides including Dinosaur and Space Ranger Spin by Buzz Lightyear. Many believe the digital changes were intended to discourage cyclists from removing their goggles for the sake of a photo.
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Premium electric vehicles are simply not in great demand.

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CNBC obtained an internal email from Tesla revealing that the automaker will stop production of the Model S and Model X for 18 days between December 24 and January 11. The company noted in a separate email that demand for some of its cars was “a little higher” than supply during the quarter, so there is clearly interest in the more affordable 3 and Y models. The production of more affordable electric vehicles overtook luxury vehicles a long time ago. Tesla delivered 15,200 Model S and X models in the third quarter of this year, out of a total of 139,300 cars. Another reason why the demand could have decreased for more expensive cars? The inflated checkered Model S – if you can afford to splurge on a premium electric vehicle, you’d want the most powerful, right?
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