Facebook to Debut Premium TV Shows and Original Content

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Facebook is making a debut in premium television and developing around 24 shows that will be premiered in mid-June. There will be both long duration shows on the pattern of ‘House of Cards’ and also 5-10 minutes shows that will be added to Facebook app’s video tab daily.

“It’s part of a major initiative at the company to begin siphoning away some of the billions of dollars that are spent on television advertising ever year — a major growth opportunity for Facebook, which is running out of room in the News Feed to show more ads,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying. It is supposed that a virtual reality dating show from Conde Nast Entertainment is among the shows that Facebook has greenlit.

Apple Releases Artificial Intelligence Paper

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At the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference earlier this month, Russ Salakhutdinov of Apple showed a slide that Apple would initiate to publish research papers. The previous ban on publishing research papers by Apple meant that less researchers in the cutting edge of AI research would work for the company. AI researchers present at the conference were blown away by the design and the type face of the slide, more than the announcement.

Barely a month has gone by, and Apple has already published its first research paper. The paper is published on Arxiv, and demonstrates a unique approach to quickly train machines. Machine learning approaches for machine vision use big databanks of real images, which need the features of the images to be mapped. This is an expensive and time consuming process. An alternate method is to train computers on generated images, the features of which can be effortlessly tagged.