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AI, ML & Data News Roundup: Generative Fill, Copilot, Aria, and Brain Chips

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The most recent update, covering the week starting May 22nd, 2023, encompasses the latest progress and declarations in the fields of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. This week, the focus is on prominent figures such Adobe, Microsoft, Opera, and the University of Lausanne.

Adobe Has Introduced a New Feature Called Generative Fill In Photoshop

A new generative AI tool for Adobe Photoshop will enable users to swiftly extend photos and add or delete objects using text prompts. Generative Fill is now available in beta, but Adobe claims that a full version of it for Photoshop will come later this year.

Generative Fill utilizes its analysis of the surrounding elements and textures in an image to intelligently generate new pixels and seamlessly integrate them into the existing composition.

This produces visually pleasing and lifelike results, eliminating the need for manual reconstruction and saving users valuable time and effort. An impressive application of Generative Fill is its capability to remove unwanted elements from images. Users can conveniently select distracting objects in a photo and leverage Generative Fill to create visually coherent replacements.

This feature is especially beneficial to photographers, designers, and content creators as it streamlines the editing process while maintaining the overall integrity of the composition.

Microsoft Is Bringing the Power of AI to Windows 11

At Microsoft's Build 2023 conference, several exciting announcements were made.

Windows Copilot was introduced, making Windows 11 the first PC platform to provide centralized AI assistance. This AI-powered feature aims to help users easily accomplish tasks and increase productivity.

Additionally, Bing Chat plugins are being extended to Windows, allowing developers to integrate their applications within Windows Copilot. This integration opens up new possibilities for better customer service and enhanced engagement with native Windows apps.

Another significant development is the introduction of a Hybrid AI loop, which supports AI development across platforms. This innovation enables seamless integration from Azure to client devices, with added silicon support from industry leaders such as AMD, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm.

To further support developers, Microsoft is launching Dev Home, a resource designed to enhance their productivity on Windows.

Lastly, Microsoft is bringing new AI features and immersive experiences to the Microsoft Store on Windows, offering users even more value and convenience.

Opera Reveals Aria, the Integrated AI Browser Feature

Opera introduced Aria, their new browser AI, offering users access to a leading generative AI service at no cost. According to Opera, Aria is seamlessly integrated into the browser, revolutionizing the browsing experience.

Built on Opera’s Composer infrastructure, Aria leverages OpenAI's GPT technology and incorporates additional functionalities, including real-time web results. Aria acts as both a web expert and a browser companion, allowing collaboration with AI while searching for information, generating text or code, or obtaining answers to product-related queries. Opera's Composer infrastructure is designed for seamless expansion.

Aria can connect with multiple AI models and, in the future, integrate additional capabilities such as search services from various Opera partners.

Swiss Researchers Utilize AI to Reconstruct Spinal Cord

Swiss Researchers used artificial intelligence to help Gert-Jan Oskam, who had been paralyzed from the waist down for more than ten years, regain control over his lower body.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2011, Gert-Jan Oskam has been paralyzed from the waist down. However, there has been a recent breakthrough that has enabled him to regain mobility. Scientists have successfully developed a "digital bridge" that connects Oskam's brain and spinal cord, effectively bypassing the damaged areas.

Through the use of an AI thought decoder, the researchers were able to capture Oskam's thoughts and translate them into spinal cord stimulation, thereby restoring voluntary movement. Notably, Oskam has demonstrated signs of neurological recovery, as he is now capable of walking even when the implant is deactivated. This remarkable progress signifies a significant advancement in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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