One for one of my clients, Viaccess-Orca, that looked at one of the big meta-themes from this year’s IBC: the rise of Artificial Intelligence and how AI TV and Machine Learning will impact every level of the industry.
On 4th October, Google took over the SF Jazz Club in San Francisco for a widely-trailed hardware launch event that introduced the Pixel 2 phone to the world. Interesting though the new phone is, what really seemed to snag the attention of many commentators though was a new, unheralded product announced towards the end of the presentation.
Google Clips (pictured) is a $249, 12 megapixel camera that relies on AI routines to take pictures. The camera asks itself if anything interesting is happening in front of it and, if it is — this is usually the appearance of a face in front of it that it recognises — it takes a picture. Indeed, initial prototypes of the camera didn’t have a shutter button on it at all, it was only market testing outside of the organisation that persuaded the company that it was psychologically necessary for many users to at least have access to one.
As you can tell from that anecdote, Google has embraced AI in a big way. The first 10 minutes of its San Fransisco presentation were all about how Moore’s Law was being left behind and that the future lay at the intersection of ‘AI + software + hardware’. And in doing this it was only echoing one of the main themes to come out of this year’s IBC.
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