Neuralink 'Show & Tell' Event Pushed Back to the End of November

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An AI created 100,000 full-body photos of people who don't exist, Lyft
co-founder says that automated vehicles won't replace drivers for at least
a decade, and LSU AI smartphone app helps mentally ill, families,

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In today's news, Neuralink "show & tell" event pushed back to the end of
November, an AI created 100,000 full-body photos of people who don't exist,
Lyft co-founder says that automated vehicles won't replace drivers for at
least a decade, and LSU AI smartphone app helps mentally ill, families,
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*Neuralink 'Show & Tell' Event Pushed Back to the End of November  *

Elon Musk *announced back in August
that his brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, would be holding a
progress update “Show & Tell” event on October 31. As per a recent post
from the Tesla CEO, however, the Neuralink event has been postponed by a
month, with the Show & Tell now being scheduled on November 30, 2022.

Musk co-founded Neuralink in 2016 with the intention of developing an
implantable device that would enable people to communicate with computers
directly through their brains. This should pave the way for a far more
efficient way to communicate with machines as opposed to more conventional
input methods like touch screens, keyboards, or voice assistants.

Musk has stated that Neuralink’s research will enable mankind to keep up
with developments in Artificial Intelligence. More lately, however,
Neuralink has largely focused its efforts on developing a device that could
help restore capabilities to people with disabilities or treat people with
conditions such as morbid obesity.

While Neuralink’s technology and goals may sound like they are in the realm
of science fiction, some experts have shared their support for the company
and its concepts. Professor Andrew Jackson from Newcastle University, an
expert in neural interfaces, has previously stated that the brain-machine
startup’s concepts are no more impossible than other claims about

Neuralink’s technology was demonstrated in 2020 and 2021 with pigs and
monkeys. The company even released a video clip of a monkey playing the
video game Pong with his mind in April 2021. Musk has stated that Neuralink
hopes to test its technology in people in the near future, and this past
April, the Tesla CEO noted that Neuralink is still pushing to hold its
first trial application of the company’s technology in humans by the end of
the year.

Recent reports, however, suggest that Musk may need to be more conservative
with Neuralink’s target, as the company is yet to receive the FDA’s
approval. The brain-machine startup has also not issued a comment about its
Show & Tell event’s new date.

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*An AI Created 100,000 Full-Body Photos of People Who Don't Exist *

Up until now, AI portraits of *people who don’t exist
have just been headshots. But now, a company has created 100,000 fake
humans that have bodies too.

Generated Photos have released 100,000 “super realistic full-body photos”
made entirely from artificial intelligence (AI).

What’s more, the photos are available for free for non-commercial use, so
long as a backlink is given attributing Generated Photos.

Previously, the generated photos only showed the head and shoulders. Now,
full bodies have been added allowing for implementation into more mediums.

The full-body AIs can be used in advertisements, web design, game and video
production among many other avenues.

The AI headshot photos have already been used in the gaming industry, for
mental health issues, as references for artists, or NFT artworks.

“Full-body photos can do all the above things and much more than just
faces,” notes Artem Kan from Generated Photos.

“There are lots of speculations and prejudices against content generated by
AI. Many people think of that exclusively as deep fakes, disinformation,
and related malicious stuff. But the same people watch movies with deceased
actors resurrected by computer technologies and go to ABBA concerts in

The company notes that there have been some peculiar uses of its product.
One such example is crime prevention.

“Our photos help law enforcers to catch online predators and offenders. We
cannot share many details on this as it involves personal information and
cases with pending legal status,” the company writes.

A website dedicated to victims of COVID-19 in the U.S. used the generated
photos to illustrate the massive impact that the coronavirus had on the
country. 535,000 faces were generated, each one representing a person who
died of the disease.


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*Lyft Co-Founder Says Automated Vehicles Won't Replace Drivers For at Least
a Decade*

*Image Credits: Haje Kamps / TechCrunch*

Human drivers on the Lyft platform aren’t going to be replaced by
autonomous vehicles anytime soon, company co-founder and president John
Zimmer told the audience today at TechCrunch Disrupt.

“I can’t imagine anytime in the next decade-plus where we would need any
less drivers,” he said, noting that he envisions autonomous vehicles
handling anywhere from 1% to 10% of rides in the future.

“What we do in our industry represents maybe 1% of vehicle miles traveled,”
he said. “There’s much more room for growth of our overall business.”

Over the past decade, more than 112 million Lyft riders have taken over 3
billion rides, and 5 million drivers — “3% of the U.S. workforce,” Zimmer
said — had earned tens of billions of dollars.

In his talk with transportation editor Kirsten Korosec, Zimmer was hesitant
to commit to a timeline on which he thinks autonomous vehicles will enter
into broader commercial service.

“I always think it’s just a couple years away, but it’s super hard to
predict,” he said. “It’s this last percent of a technical problem, and then
you have to get the cost down for autonomous vehicles. So it will happen. I
strongly believe it’s not a matter of if, but obviously when.”

Should it happen, Zimmer thinks that the initial rollout is likely to occur
on platforms like Lyft. The best way to commercialize autonomous vehicles,
he said, is on a “hybrid network.” Though autonomous vehicles have
progressed in their capabilities, they’re still unable to handle every
condition they’ll encounter on the roads. Even if they are able to safely
navigate 10% of trips, that’s not a sufficient number to bring riders on
board en masse.

“Imagine being on AT&T or Verizon and making one out of 10 calls. That
would not be a good network to be on,” said Zimmer. “Being on the Lyft
network, you’ll be able to get 10 out of 10 rides. One might be an
autonomous vehicle with one of our partners, nine are going to be from our
driver community. And so I think what we do is super important and can flex
as that technology is ready.”

Lyft’s autonomous vehicle strategy has changed significantly in the last
year or so. In April 2021, the *company sold its self-driving unit to
Toyota’s Woven Planet
for $550 million, saving the company $100 million annually in operating
expenses. In place of that, Zimmer said the company has been prioritizing
partnerships over internal development.

In August, Lyft and autonomous vehicle technology company Motional launched
robotaxis in Las Vegas on the Lyft network.

“I think it’s too early to pick one winner,” he said. “Today, it’s about
having multiple partners. Ten years from now? Too hard to predict.”

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*LSU AI Smartphone App Helps Mentally Ill, Families, Caregivers *

Through a partnership with Capital Area Human Services District, one of
Louisiana’s largest behavioral health providers, LSU leverages AI
technology to catch early warning signs of serious mental illness and
improve treatment.

LSU Professor of Psychology Alex Cohen is working to treat serious mental
illness using artificial intelligence. He is developing a smartphone app
that can track speech and facial expressions to alert them, their families
and treatment teams of worsening mental states to help prevent costly—and
scary—emergencies and suicide. He recently partnered with Capital Area
Human Services District, or CAHSD, one of Louisiana’s largest behavioral
health providers. Based in Baton Rouge, CAHSD serves about 10,000 people in
seven surrounding parishes—Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and
West Feliciana, Iberville and Pointe Coupee. Through a pilot project led by
Cohen, LSU is now providing patients in CAHSD’s First-Episode Psychosis, or
FEP, program with phones that come pre-loaded with Cohen’s app, called

The patients in the FEP program are particularly high-risk and will
therefore benefit from the kind of continuous support Cohen’s technology
enables, according to Outreach Services Mental Health Program Director Paul
Tuminello at CAHSD.

“Our FEP patients have a tough time dealing with their first episode of
psychosis,” Tuminello said. “Most have minimal treatment history,
experience, knowledge or support, which take time to develop, cultivate and

We’re not only treating the individuals, but their families as well,”
Tuminello continued. “Families are involved and some have limited knowledge
and experience dealing with delusions, hallucinations and other
symptomology that their loved ones are experiencing. It can be a very scary
situation for everyone.”

Patients in the FEP program often struggle with paranoia. Getting them to
trust technology that tracks what they say and think can be a major hurdle,
but Tuminello believes in transparency and putting patients and their
families in charge of how and when the technology is used. The feeling of
not being entirely alone can also be positive for patients and their
families, he says.

“Importantly, any data we collect is incredibly useful in adjusting
treatment planning and medication,” Tuminello said. “We’re a mobile service
provider, so we work in the community and in the clients’ homes, but we
cannot be with them all the time. LSU’s cutting-edge technology can help us
more accurately determine if medications and treatment approaches are
working, so patients don’t end up in the hospital, higher levels of care,
or, worse, in jail. We can pinpoint the treatment focus to meet a client’s
specific needs—even if they have difficulty verbalizing what’s going on
during their sessions—with the additional information the app provides us
with after their session has ended.

Although one in 30 adults in Louisiana gets diagnosed with serious mental
illness compared to one in 20 in the country overall, the social, emotional
and economic burden is significant. Serious mental illness hinders
productivity, overloads healthcare and law enforcement and is a major
driver of homelessness.

*Bossier Press


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