AI deepfakes are now as simple as typing whatever you want your subject to say – The Verge

Deepfakes are becoming very easy to create. As shown in the work by scientists from Stanford University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Princeton University and Adobe Research, videos can be fine-tuned to audiences of different backgrounds. All this is done purely by editing scripts, automating previously tedious manual work. The authors themselves note: However, the […]

Artificial Artificial Intelligence

Behind a successful AI there is a human doing critical work. It’s an open secret that behind the “magic” of AI tools there are large teams of people, doing things like labeling the training data to make it work. The result of their work is truly impressive: we are tricked into believing that these AIs […]

The Challenge of Crafting Intelligible Intelligence | June 2019 | Communications of the ACM

Modern AI approaches often work like black boxes: nobody really knows why things work the way they work. Offering explanations why an AI system came to a conclusion is certainly needed. The article by Daniel S. Weld and Gagan Bansal [1] studied two approaches that are promising: using an inherently interpretable model, or adopting an […]

Fallacies and Pitfalls in building (hybrid) Progressive Web Apps

We’ve rolled out our first wave of (hybrid) Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to our customers during the last couple of weeks. Using a PWA based approach speeds up the development process for sure, however building hybrid PWAs which run a native web container had some challenges. Design Considerations Before we started to implement the hybrid […]

Ephemeral Apps

In the past, there was an app for everything. People were happy to download those apps. However, people evenually got tired from installing apps for everything. It’s easy to see why this has happened. Some apps did not live up to the expectations, other apps are often used sporadically for a very specific task. For […]

The Mobile Morawa Shopping Avatar

Using loyalty card programs is good for businesses for a number of reasons. First of all, loyal customer spending is 46% higher. Also, businesses can increase their revenue by nearly 50% while retaining only 5% of their customer base with a loyalty card program. And last but not least, a typical business makes about 65% […]

The Traveling Mobile Shopping Avatar

We are currently developing a mobile shopping avatar in the project SOLOMON. It is a truly mobile shopping avatar: it can move from one device, medium respectively, to another. How does this work? At it’s core, the shopping avatar is a piece of Javascript software that represents your personal mobile assistant and is available in […]

Towards a Proxemics Driven Software Architecture

We’ve build software for decades now. Starting with running software on remote mainframes and providing access via (dumb) terminals we moved toward personal computing where most of the computing activities happened locally on the desktop of the computer (aka the personal computer revolution). Spreadsheets are a wonderful example for this: from the mid-1960s onwards software […]

Introducing LEIA – Your Shopping Avatar

Wouldn’t it be nice of you have your own personal assistant that helps you with all your shopping endeavors? An assistant that goes for you through advertising material and filters out news, coupons that are of interest for you? We are working on a personal assistant that brings these features to your mobile in the […]