COMPUTEX 2021 International Online Press Conference kicked off today, revealing the leading ICT tradeshow to return as a physical exhibition from June 1 to 4, 2021 (InnoVEX from June 2 to 4). More importantly, COMPUTEX 2021 will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time to create a smart Online-Merge-Offline (OMO) exhibition platform, connecting the tech community through an innovative model that breaks barriers and limitations.
Dr. Chien-Jen Chen, Former Vice President of Taiwan and Distinguished Professor of Academia Sinica, opened the conference by presenting Taiwan’s scientific pandemic prevention achievements by using big data analytics and new technology. “As one of the leading players in the global ICT industry, Taiwan empowers the ecosystem when the world faces disconnected ICT supply chains and utilizes technology to actively manage potential crisis,” said Dr. Chen. “From now on, we need to stay digital ready! Although we’re geographically far apart right now, I believe the COMPUTEX 2021 new online solution will make us bound together by shared values and visions.”
James C. F. Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, the co-organizer of the exhibition, presided over the press conference by announcing that COMPUTEX chooses Appier as the strategic technology partner to provide exhibitors and visitors an AI-Driven tradeshow. “COMPUTEX rides the digital transformation wave with tech pioneers,” said Huang. “By infusing the AI technology, COMPUTEX turns vision into reality, and transforms technology into opportunities.”
Winnie Lee, COO and Co-founder of Appier, shared the expertise in AI-driven technologies to empower exhibitors to achieve business goals, particularly in terms of precision marketing and customer engagement. “Exhibitors can deliver hyper-personalized experiences to event participants by leveraging Appier’s automation and personalization features,” Ms. Lee explained. “Through the integration of data about participants’ onsite and external viewing behaviors and interests, exhibitors can reach people with the most relevant content and achieve optimal engagement and business collaboration opportunity with their target audiences.”
According to IDC’s forecast, 30 percent of the world’s top 2,000 companies (G2000) will adopt AI technology by 2024. AI is no longer just a “nice to have” option, but a necessity for enterprises to enhance their core technology in the new normal world.
“The traditional business model has changed,” David Reinsel, Senior Vice President of IDC, shared the 2021 technology trends at the press conference. “Today, companies must accelerate the pace of digitalization and integrated marketing. AI can help companies understand customer on-site and off-site behaviors, predict customer needs, and recommend suitable products and services, enhancing customer interaction and improving the potential for business cooperation.”
As the demand for innovation and better technology rises, COMPUTEX 2021 will continue to blaze new paths in technology. Seven themes will pivot throughout the exhibition and surrounding activities, including 5G, AI & IoT, Edge Computing, High-Performance Computing (HPC), Cyber Security, Gaming, and Innovations & Startups.
COMPUTEX 2021 will be held from June 1 to 4 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 & 2 (TaiNEX 1 & 2) and at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). InnoVEX will also be exhibited from June 2 to 4 on the 4th floor of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2).
Experience the ChatGPT ‘Make It More’ Trend: Generate Weird AI Images
AI art generators occupy a peculiar space, capable of rendering diverse scenarios, from a cosmic skateboarding dog to a coffee cup adrift in the ocean. Setting aside ethical considerations, some creations may not initially meet expectations, necessitating user prompts to refine the AI-generated output.
Yet, what if the aim isn’t to craft a polished piece of AI art? Enter the “make it more” trend, where ChatGPT users task DALL-E to generate an image and subsequently request the bot to amplify certain aspects. For instance, Justine Moore prompted DALL-E to create a bowl of ramen, then instructed it to make it spicier. The iterative process led to increasingly absurd results, culminating in a bowl of noodles shooting fire beams into outer space.
A Dad getting increasingly Dad-ier pic.twitter.com/1EUFECmnT3
— Justine Moore (@venturetwins) November 27, 2023
While the Make It More trend gains traction on ChatGPT and DALL-E, allowing users to experiment with various image transformations, it also raises concerns about resource utilization. The AI processing involved consumes power and energy, prompting considerations about the trend’s efficiency and environmental impact. Nevertheless, these prompts contribute to OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to enhance AI capabilities across platforms like ChatGPT and DALL-E.
Humane Launches AI Pin, a Wearable Powered by OpenAI
After months of anticipation, Humane has officially introduced its groundbreaking device, the AI Pin. Priced at $699, the wearable consists of a square device and a magnetic battery pack that attaches to clothing or surfaces.
Alongside the upfront cost, users will be required to subscribe to Humane’s service for $24 per month, providing a phone number and T-Mobile data coverage. Preorders kick off on November 16th, with shipments slated for early 2024.
Weighing in at 34 grams, the Pin, equipped with a Snapdragon processor, employs voice control, gestures, a camera, and a small built-in projector for operation. The 13-megapixel camera captures both photos and videos following a software update. Notably, the Pin, unlike the Rewind Pendant, isn’t designed for continuous recording, requiring manual activation through the touchpad.
Powered by AI Mic software, the Pin connects to AI models, incorporating technologies from Microsoft and OpenAI, particularly leveraging ChatGPT access. The operating system, Cosmos, streamlines user interaction by automatically directing queries to appropriate tools, eliminating the need for extensive settings or app management.
Humane’s vision for the Pin is to simplify the user experience, allowing seamless interaction through voice or touch without the clutter of traditional interfaces.
With features like voice-based messaging, email summarization, nutritional information retrieval through the camera, and real-time translation, the Pin aims to function as a wearable, AI-powered search engine. Future plans include adding navigation and shopping capabilities, along with providing developers the opportunity to create their own tools.
Humane sees the AI Pin as a foundational step in a broader project, anticipating advancements as underlying AI models improve. The company envisions the device evolving similarly to smartphones, where improved hardware enhances user experience, but true innovation arises from the expanding range of capabilities. While challenges lie ahead, Humane is poised to embark on this transformative journey.
ChatGPT Plus Subscribers Can Now Upload and Analyse Files
ChatGPT Plus members can now enjoy new beta features, including file upload and analysis, and multimodal support. Users no longer need to manually select modes like “Browse with Bing” from the GPT-4 dropdown; the chatbot will intuitively discern their needs based on context.
These features bring a touch of the office capabilities available in ChatGPT Enterprise to individual chatbot subscribers. While not all Plus subscribers have received the multimodal update, many have tried the Advanced Data Analysis feature. When a file is uploaded to ChatGPT, it takes a brief moment to process it before becoming operational. The chatbot can then perform tasks such as summarising data, answering questions, or generating data visualisations based on user prompts.
It’s worth noting that ChatGPT can handle more than just text files. In a Threads post, a user demonstrated uploading an image of a capybara and asked ChatGPT, via DALL-E 3, to create a Pixar-style image based on it. They further refined the concept by uploading another image, this time of a wiggly skateboard, and asked the chatbot to incorporate it into the image.
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