Newsletter: Facebook Stories Gets New Addition & AI and the Military Cloud Is What Interests Google

Newsletter: Facebook Stories Gets New Addition & AI and the Military Cloud Is What Interests Google

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every major player is working on this technology of artificial intelligence. As of now, it’s benign… but I would say that the day is not far off when artificial intelligence as applied to cyber warfare becomes a threat to everybody.” ~ Ted Bell

FACEBOOK BRINGS INSTAGRAM LIKE AR DRAWING AND BOOMERANG TO STORIES

THE STORY

Soon, Facebook Stories will allow you to add Boomerang GIFs and a lot more.

WHAT IS FACEBOOK PLANNING?

Facebook is planning on launching new tools for making Stories more interesting and engaging.

Soon you will be able to use AR drawing and capture back-and-forth Instagram Boomerang GIFs. Facebook is working on adding creative tools to the Facebook Camera to make Stories popular and engaging.

John Barnett, a Facebook Camera Product Manager says about the feature it calls “3D drawing”, “We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them.”

The feature will be available for the users in the coming weeks.

WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?

There are various changes that are said to be launched by Facebook in future. Let’s have a look at all of them:

AR Drawing

Now you can scribble on the world near you, then change the position of your camera and still see the drawing stay put. It is an awesome way to add graffiti which stays on your screen. You can add drawing before capturing the video or while making the video. This allows you to draw out of frame, then zoom out to make it visible.

For now, Facebook has added pastel gradient colors but it might also add additional brushes in the future. As mentioned in the report, technology understands and identifies the objects and surfaces in the area be it tables, chairs or other things, to create a 3D spec to wrap the drawing on them. For now, the camera only does it when it is confident about the object recognition.

Drawing fascinates a lot of people. It will most likely attract younger users and neophyte. Facebook launched AR effects at F8 last April. The recent addition was AR tracker target experiences that are stimulated by real-world posters or QR codes.

GIF Creation Betterment: Introduction To Boomerang’s Animated Clips

Looping GIF creation was another tool that was added to Facebook Camera, but those seem to be imperfect and a little disturbing as they play back from the start once they end. GIF option might not be available for some users and it could likely be replaced by Boomerang’s back-and-forth animated video clips. Facebook has given affirmation that the feature would be coming to Facebook Camera.

No matter what people say or what other social media call it, Facebook is determined to make Stories a hit. This is not the only attempt, the social media giant has also included tests of Stories to make it a default destination for content, shot with the Facebook Camera. Now you can see a preview of Stories in bigger tiles at the top of the News Feed and it also displays camera roll preview window when you open the status composer.

All of this with new tools would probably give a boost and could get more engagement from users.


DESPITE EMPLOYEE OPPOSITION, GOOGLE IS INTO AI AND MILITARY CLOUD

THE STORY

Google is hellbent to work with U.S. military on machine learning no matter what.

ARE GOOGLE’S MILITARISTIC AMBITIONS VALID?

Since last month, there were talks in the Silicon Valley about the partnership of Google and US military on machine learning to scrutinize drone footage. This started an internal discourse among the employees of the company. However, it has not affected the IT giants plans to get the thriving contracts.

Google has been working hard on making cloud services better than ever and with Machine Learning, it has a competitive edge. In 2015, an executive even predicted that in forthcoming five years, it would be able to bring more revenue than ads.

According to the detailed report by Defense One describes the intention of Department of Defense to use the cloud as a medium to “push mission-critical information to front-line operators.”

The attempt exhibits as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program, wherein cloud services would be used to aid combat operation, with AI probably incorporated. It is said to be likely worth $10 billion over the next decade, along with Amazon, Google, Oracle and Microsoft engaging.

WILL GOOGLE BE ABLE TO WIN THE CONTRACT WITH ALL THE OPPOSITION FROM INSIDE?

With all this, a news has surfaced that apparently, the employees are not in the support of the project. They have certain concerns and don’t want to work on military applications of technology.

A current project, Project Maven which involves analyzing drone footage for the Air Force, propelled the workforce to take 3,100 signatories on a petition asking Sundar Pichai, CEO Google to cancel the project and not take part in any of the future ones.

In spite of the petition and disagreement of the workforce, Google is quietly working to get the contract, while keeping the employees in the dark. Cloud head Diane Greene held a town hall on Thursday on this issue wherein she repeated that Google was working on a “Set of ethical principles to guide the company’s use of its technology and products.” Google will make sure that these guidelines are not violated when it commits to more military projects.

Well, the statement has not empathized the workforce and the internal disagreement will weaken the chances to win the contract.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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