Making Al for every day

What would have been your reaction if you noticed that your battery life is able to stay long than you think? Many of the products, apps and devices we use on a daily basis have been hugely improved by the use of Machine Learning (ML) technology.  It’s the reason your email inbox isn’t overrun with spam, and why you can take amazing photos on your phone in even the most dimly lit restaurant.

Your phone’s battery life

In our hyper connected world, there are few things more stressful than seeing your phone’s battery icon turn red and knowing that you’re living on borrowed time before it runs out completely.  It is in the wake of this that Google and Deep Mind have joined forces to develop adaptive battery technology in Android phone operating system.  The technology ensures that apps still work as expected, but dramatically reduce drain” caused by app behaviour such as frequent  Central Processing Unit (CPU) wake-ups (where your device randomly switches from idle to active) or unnecessary data transmission caused by your apps  “dialing out” over WiFi or the cellular network. Interestingly, CPU wake-ups have been reduced by about 30 per cent and mobile radio usage by as much as 20 per cent in some apps.  What’s particularly impressive is that these improvements run on the computer power of a single mobile device.

Screen your calls

Wouldn’t it be great if you could know why someone was calling you before you answered your phone? Thanks to Al technology this has been made possible. The new Call Screen feature on Pixel 3 phone does exactly that.

Just tap the button, and the caller will hear an automated message asking the reason for their call.

A transcript of the caller’s answers will appear in real time on the phone’s screen, enabling you to quickly decide whether to speak to them or not.


Take Amazing Photos

The new range of pixel phones combines amazing camera hardware with cutting edge Al right from the viewfinder. The camera’s Top Shot feature can recognise facial expressions, identifying when people are blinking or not looking at the camera, and help you pick the best photo from a sequence of near-identical shots. The Photo booth feature automatically captures smiles or funny faces so you can take selfies without having to fiddle or the shutter button.  And even in extreme low-lighting conditions, a combination of superior lens technology and machine learning smarts will help generate a stunning, well-lit photo, rather than something dark and murky.


Google Lens

Spot a cute dog in the park and want to know what breed it is? Or on a date a posh restaurant and don’t understand one of the ingredients listed on the menu? Never fear, Google Lens is here to help you know. Just point your Pixel camera at the puppy or mystery cuisine and Al technology will tell you the breed of dog, or bring up images and search results for the food in question. Amazingly, you can also use Lens to remember Wifi passwords, recipe or gift voucher codes in case you forget. Isn’t that interesting? The AI built into the app isn’t just recognising the shape of letters, but also the meaning and context behind the words, providing real-time answers to questions about the world around you.


Emoji Search

Our Emoji Scavenger Hunt is an Al experiment that challenges players to identify real-world versions of the emojis we use every day. The game is powered by TensorFlow and uses neutral networks to match the object to the relevant emoji.

Google Home

Another wonderful feature are the Smart speakers. They will be one of the hottest home gadgets for and festive seasons like Christmas. Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant which combines Google’s skills in Al, Ml and natural language processing with decades of search experience to deliver your own personal Google.  Just say “Hey Google”, and Google Home will be ready!

Movement Tracking

Pose estimation is another smart ability to detect humans and their pose/body positioning from image data alone. It is one of the most exciting and challenging advancements in machine learning and computer vision. But Google has developed a new system that uses webcam and machine learning to accurately track body movement and explore pictures in a fun new way, just by moving around.


Art Selfie

Would you like to take a never forgettable selfie? Art Selfie is powered by computer vision technology based on machine learning.  When you take a Selfie, your photo is compared with faces in artworks in our museum which partners have provided. We’ll show you a list of artworks with which you share a visual similarity, including a percentage to estimate the match between your face and the artwork.


Google Translate

Thanks to Al and machine learning, Google’s Translate software understands more than 100 languages. Use the app to hold a real-time conversation with someone else speaking a different language, hold the app to hold your phone camera up to a sign to see what it says in your mother tongue, or type, speak or write a phrase to find out what that word means in everything from Afrikaans to Zulu.


Article: Prosper KWAKU SALASSY

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