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5 years left for immersive Augmented Reality to reach consumers

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Peggy Johnson, CEO of Magic Leap, is convinced that there are still several years to go before there is a viable augmented reality market for consumers. That is, so that they can access devices with which to see simulated images superimposed on the real ones. Johnson, head of this pioneering company that manufactures augmented reality devices, believes that they will reach the general public in five years.

This was confirmed by Johnson a few days ago in a question and answer session held by the Artificial Intelligence platform Collective[i]according to Zdnet, as part of its Forecast event series via Zoom.

Magic Leap pioneered the development of glasses that let the wearer see rendered objects in their field of view in the real world. In 2018, she wowed the world with several presentation videos of what they were capable of achieving, which led her to get several billion in funding from Google. From then until the launch of its first product on the market, a lot of time still passed, and it was not until last year when the first version of it appeared, which did not meet all the expectations it had generated.

That first version cost a whopping $2,295, and was arguably the best AR device released to date, but its hardware still needed a few tweaks and tweaks to work optimally.

Johnson came to Magic Leap in August 2020, after the firing of Rony Abovitz and in the midst of numerous financial problems that led to hundreds of layoffs at the company. The directive came from Microsoft, where he had worked for several years after going through Qualcomm, changed the course of the company. Until his arrival, everything indicated that his glasses were going to cause a sensation in the consumer market. But they decided that it was better to focus on selling their products, for the moment, to companies and professionals. They went on to take care of what they called «the most immersive augmented reality case for business«.

Thus, already with this target audience present, the second version of the Magic Leap glasses arrived last September. It costs $3,200, and can currently be purchased online. Of course, it is designed for business uses, and the company has reached several agreements with other companies, as well as with resale channels, to focus its objective on this segment.

The second version of Magic Leap’s glasses reaches a market that already has several augmented and expanded reality devices, as well as others that cover both. One of the most prominent is HoloLens, but there is also the Google Glass Enterprise 2 and other glasses from Vuzix and Lenovo. However, the reviews it has received this time are much better than the first time.

Until now, those who have tried them assure that the improvements incorporated in Magic Leap 2 have been quite significant, and highlight its greater comfort and power compared to its first version. Besides, offer a larger field of vision, both in height and width, than other models of augmented reality glasses. Critics also highlight how easy it is to work with them, thanks to the fact that they incorporate an operating system based on Android.

But Johnson isn’t satisfied, noting that they still have a lot to do on basic engineering processes before they can create a device that’s accessible to consumers. She believes that “what you need is a super light device”, and that “it needs to look like glasses”. The Magic Leap 2 is processed as an attached device that is worn on the hip, something that is not suitable for the consumer market, according to the company’s directive.

«Magic Leap 2 has gone a long way to be lighter. They are 20% lighter and are half the size of the previous version. Therefore, we have adjusted the measurements, which has been useful for the daily use that someone in an industrial environment can give it. Even for a surgeon during long-term surgery. But for normal walking, the device is still not what a consumer would wear for an entire day.«.

In order to make a compact device like the one Johnson wants, however, they are limited by current electronics. Especially the one related to batteries. All this makes «hard to get down to that size. The battery is a barrier. Also the processor. Now we have the processor separated from the helmet, that’s why we can make it so light, since it more or less hangs on the belt, or goes into a pocket. It’s a bit heavier, and it can get hot, because it’s a processor. That is why we do not believe that it is appropriate to integrate it into the helmet today. It is not comfortable. There are others on the market that have done it, and it’s their biggest complaint: it’s clunky, it gets hot, and it’s heavy. Therefore, we have to solve all this to be able to bring it to consumers«.

On the other hand, Johnson is convinced that the next great advance will come over time and that it will affect various areas of hardware «It’s the same thing that will happen in mobile phones, the integration of silicon. The CPU that runs on our mobile phones used to have a lot of components, and it used to be bigger too. And my old company. Qualcomm puts more and more features on that chip. This allows to have a very small and light device, and very efficient in terms of energy consumption. And we’re still going down that route«.

Johnson also points to some devices on the market that are little more than a screen. For her, these types of devices, although they are not immersive like Magic Leap, «they could solve the problem of an anesthetist, for example, who only wants to see the constants in view. This is quite easy to achieve. It’s just putting a small screen in your field of view, and not blocking anything else. This is something that can be done today. But for a fully immersive augmented reality experience that is truly useful to consumers, it’s still a few years away, about five.«.

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OpenAI announces ChatGPT Plus, a paid version of its AI chatbot, for $20 per month

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Just a few days ago OpenAI announced that it was preparing a paid version of ChatGPT. And it’s ready: ChatGPT Plus. with her, for 20 dollars a monthits users will have priority access to this chatbot, even during peak hours of use of this Artificial Intelligence text generation system.

Users who do not pay to access ChatGPT Plus will therefore have to wait for paid users to let it go. The plan also promises to offer faster response times, as well as priority access to new features and improvements that OpenAI releases for the chatbot in the future.

For now, OpenAI will send messages to start subscriptions to ChatGPT Plus to users who are in the United States and are signed up to the waiting list of those who want to subscribe to the ChatGPT payment plan in the coming weeks. For now there are no deadlines or dates for the expansion of the service to other countries, and OpenAI has limited itself to saying in this regard that it will open the plan to other countries and regions in the future.

Just a few days ago there was speculation about the price that the monthly subscription to ChatGPT Plus would have. According to various rumors it was going to be much higher, and that it was going to cost up to 42 dollars a month, which would make it difficult for small companies and research groups and organizations to access it. At $20 a month, it will be accessible to more people and entities that need reliable access to texts generated by Artificial Intelligence.

Furthermore, this price, and its features, could set the stage for a standard in the capabilities and cost of other Artificial Intelligence chatbots appearing on the market. Of course, from OpenAI they have been quick to make it clear that ChatGPT is not going to become a tool without free options. Its managers have ensured that there will continue to be free access to the chatbot, thanks to the fact that paying users will contribute to it with their monthly payments. For now, they continue to advance in their development, for which they are going to hire new specialized personnel.

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OpenAI invests in ChatGPT coding and programming with new hires

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OpenAI invierte en la codificacion y programacion de ChatGPT con la contratacion de nuevos profesionales

Despite the massive layoffs taking place in the technology sector, Open AI commitment to the recruitment of personnel for the creation of new artificial intelligence models that allow them to improve their products, among them, ChatGPT. The objective of the company co-founded by Elon Musk would be incorporate 1,000 new workers in different countries around the world to work on creating improved code in their AI tools.

Of those thousand new employees, about 600 (40%) are programmers whose work will focus on AI performing software engineering tasks. The remaining 60% will focus on the ‘data labeling’, that is, in the creation of raw data (text, audio, images and videos) that will then be labeled to specify the context in which the AI ​​is developed. The profile currently most in demand by OpenAI would be that of python developera highly qualified programming language.

This study, included in a Semafor report, shows that new hires will have to create training data that will encompass from lines of code to explanations of it in natural language. OpenAI has a tool with these characteristics launched in 2021, OpenAI Codexwhich received training on data pulled from GitHub (Microsoft’s code repository). Similarly, Codex is used by Microsoft to power GitHub Copilot, a service that will help programmers write code.

Open AI Codex masters more than a dozen programming languages and is capable of interpreting simple commands in natural language and creating an interface for existing applications. Regardless, coding could improve ChatGPT’s ability to converse with humans and thus overcome barriers such as those of the Stack Overflow website, which accuses the OpenAI AI tool of not offering reliable answers.

The key to being able to establish improvements in a coding assistant will be to build a system capable of anticipating the effect of its own actions and set up an internal system. Meta’s chief artificial intelligence scientist, Yann LeCunclaimed that there was a great similarity between cruise control systems in cars and coding assistants like Copilot. And it is that if the human does not establish a constant supervision on Copilot, it will end up making almost negligible code errors. The problem resides when we are dealing with a code model that is sometimes executed and sometimes not.

The OpenAI Selection Process

For the election of qualified personnel regarding the programming and control of ChatGPT, OpenAI subjected the candidates to a five hour unpaid coding test having to undertake different tasks. One of them was to explain in writing how they would solve a coding problem and, in the event of detecting errors in the process, explain what they were and how they should be corrected. In the end, the objective is to feed the tool with very specific training data that the human himself marks for it.

The objective of Elon Musk’s company is that these workers can make AI capable of write code for a more precise method, replacing entry-level programmers in the future. Only then will it be possible to strengthen the power of its AI tools, such as ChatGPT, adapting more quickly and intelligently to changes and being able to face the main competing companies in the sector.

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from February 9 you have to pay to use it

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Twitter continue with him trickle of measures aimed at raising their incomeeven if they are deeply unpopular. This is the case of the last one that he has announced: the end of free use of your API. As of February 9, all the services and tools that currently use this API free of charge and that want or need to continue using it will have to pay for it, or simply stop providing the service they provide thanks to it. This was communicated by the company through a thread published on the Twitter Developer account:

From within just a week, therefore, the company will block non-paying developers from accessing version 1.1 of its APIalready considered legacy, and the current one, the V2. For now there is no more information about the amount that the network will charge for using its APIs. It is only known that there will be a basic payment plan, but it is unknown what type of access it will offer. All when there is barely a week left for the change to take place.

This step follows the abrupt changes in the terms of use of said API in recent weeks, after the company suspended access to such popular and relevant apps in its history as Tweetbot and Twitterrific. As a result, many third-party Twitter apps have stopped working and have removed their mobile apps from the iOS and Android app stores. In some cases, as has happened with the creators of Tweetbot, the companies that developed those apps have changed their focus to launch apps for Mastodon and other networks, or are considering doing so in the future.

Meanwhile, confusion and uncertainty is growing among developers using the Twitter API in numerous projects. Also among its users. At present there are thousands of developers who use the Twitter API for, for example, the development of informative bots that publish information in other networks, and in systems related to weather information and other types of data.

In many cases, the free Twitter API has served for the development of projects created as a hobby, which will probably end up not working. It is more than likely that the same will happen with bots that automatically post tweets on other networks, such as the aforementioned Mastodon.

On the other hand, the academic sector, and that dedicated to research, will be greatly affected by this measure. For now, Twitter has not specified whether the announcement to end the free use of its API, on which hundreds of thousands of projects in both sectors depend, also affects researchers and education.

Among the ongoing investigations there are many in sectors such as the study of hate speech and online abuse. In addition, universities often use Twitter to study human behavior in different parts of the world based on what its inhabitants say and share on social networks. Not having free access to the Twitter API will also raise many complications for companies and organizations working to detect the spread of fake news and misinformation.

Twitter’s relationship with developers building products off of its API has always been a complicated one. But for better or worse, that relationship worked, and there have been numerous services and tools that have been born from the Twitter API since its arrival.

Despite several initial rebuffs, on the other hand, Twitter had been working for years to improve the relationship with developers by launching various programs and actions, which has meant that the developer ecosystem around its API was still alive.

This has all been blown up ever since Musk bought the company, and API pay-as-you-go may be the last nail in the community’s coffin. Meanwhile, Twitter continues to increase control over how Twitter users access the network and trying to increase their revenue. And developers will probably change the social network with which to work and create their tools.

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