This Week in AI | Week 17

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This week, there have been some exciting new things happening in artificial intelligence (AI). These changes are making our tools smarter and our lives easier. For example, eBay has a new feature that makes products look better in pictures. Microsoft has created a smart model that can predict the weather more accurately. There is also a new kit that can turn a small computer into a powerful AI tool.

Technology is moving fast, so let us take a look at these innovations and see how they are changing our world.

eBay AI-Powered Tool for Enhancing Product Images

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eBay has launched an AI-powered background replacement tool for iOS users in the U.S., U.K., and Germany, with plans to expand to Android. This tool allows sellers to automatically replace image backgrounds, enhancing product presentation without the need for professional photography skills.

Following similar initiatives by Amazon and Google, eBay’s tool uses the open-source model Stable Diffusion to offer various aesthetically pleasing backgrounds that can align with brand identities.

Highlights of eBay’s New Feature:
  • User-Friendly Interface: Sellers can easily transform their product photos by selecting from a variety of AI-generated backdrops.
  • Enhanced Visual Appeal: The tool aims to make listings more attractive, potentially increasing buyer interest and sales.
  • Accessibility: This feature democratizes professional-level photo editing, making it accessible to sellers with limited resources.

Microsoft Launches Aurora: Atmospheric Foundation Model

In response to the limitations exposed by Storm Ciarán, Microsoft researchers have developed Aurora, a state-of-the-art AI model designed for high-resolution atmospheric forecasting.

Aurora utilizes a 3D Swin Transformer structure to analyze extensive weather data, aiming to enhance our predictive capabilities regarding extreme weather events.

Capabilities of Aurora:
  • Advanced Forecasting: By processing diverse atmospheric data, Aurora can predict weather with unprecedented accuracy, especially in predicting extreme events.
  • Efficient and Versatile: The model promises substantial computational efficiency and versatility in forecasting various atmospheric phenomena.
  • Impactful Applications: Aurora’s detailed predictions can significantly benefit sectors like agriculture, energy, and disaster management, potentially saving costs and lives.

Raspberry Pi Launches AI Extension Kit with Hailo

The Raspberry introduced a new AI extension kit for its latest model, the Raspberry Pi 5. This kit, developed in collaboration with AI chip startup Hailo, enhances the Raspberry Pi’s capabilities, enabling it to perform complex neural network inferences locally.

Features of the AI Kit:
  • Enhanced Capabilities: With the Hailo-8L accelerator, the Raspberry Pi 5 can perform up to 13 TOPS, making it suitable for a variety of AI tasks.
  • Versatility: The kit supports various applications, from object detection in camera feeds to broader non-camera AI uses.
  • Community Engagement: The affordable and accessible nature of the kit encourages the Raspberry Pi community to explore new and innovative AI applications.

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This week in AI has shown us how artificial intelligence is becoming a part of many different areas, like online shopping, environmental science, and even hobbies and education. Each new development not only pushes the limits of what we can do but also makes advanced AI technologies available to more people.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to track the exciting developments in artificial intelligence.

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