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What’s In The “Top Secret” Box?? (Part 2)

What’s In The “Top Secret” Box?? (Part 2)

Some of you may already know that we’re participating in Intel’s Software Innovator Program. This has been a great experience so far, as it has helped us tremendously in many ways, including providing early access to Intel technical information, general help and advice with Intel’s broad portfolio of software and hardware, and sometimes even product samples!

Last week, I posted about a mysterious package that was dropped off by courier. As it turns out, the package was sent to me by the Intel Software Innovators program. Inside the box was another box and an envelope marked “Top Secret”. If you didn’t see the first part of this story already, please see the post here: https://cloudconstable.com/top-secret-whats-inside-part-1/

If you read the post, you’ll remember the envelope included this certificate:

Intel Software Innovator Certificate of Appreciation

To unlock the box, I needed to play an online game. By completing each of three levels, I’d reveal the clues needed to unlock the box. Here’s a look at the clue screen from the game’s first level, which was the easiest to unlock:

The first clue!

By this point, my family arrived and were not only curious to know what was in the box, but also wanted to play the game! So I had a bit of help in finishing the last two levels. Speaking of which, here’s an shot of the game while playing level 2:

Playing level 2 of the Innovator Scramble

Yes, I finished the game, unlocked the clues, and opened the box! I know that you’re curious to know what was inside. Here’s a picture of the contents:

The opened box!

There were a few things included in the box. I’m sworn to secrecy on some, but there’s one item of which I’m particularly proud. Here’s a photo:

Intel Software Innovator 2018 Top Innovator Award

I’ll share a bit more about what was in the box, and what I did to earn the award, in a future post. Stay tuned!

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What’s In The “Top Secret” Box?? (Part 1)

What’s In The “Top Secret” Box?? (Part 1)

Some of you may already know that we’re participating in Intel’s Software Innovator Program. This has been a great experience so far, as it has helped us tremendously in many ways, including providing early access to Intel technical information, general help and advice with Intel’s broad portfolio of software and hardware, and sometimes even product samples!

Just yesterday, a package was dropped off at my home by a courier. It was a medium shipping carton from an address that I’ve learned to associate with the Intel Software Innovator Program. I wasn’t actually expecting anything, and the box was unusually large considering the source, so I was quite curious to see what was inside!

Upon opening the cardboard box, I found it contained another, more unusual box, as well as an envelope and certificate. The certificate is shown below.

Intel Software Innovator Certificate of Appreciation

Nice of them to send this! I will have to get it framed and display it in my office!

The envelope had a stamp on it, which is shown below.

Top Secret!

I’m not sure I should even be sharing what was in the envelope! In fact, if you’re not an Intel Software Innovator, please don’t read any further in this post!

Still here? OK, you must be an Intel Software Innovator too. So please don’t share this with anyone who doesn’t know our secret handshake!

Inside the envelope was a postcard-sized instruction card. I then realized that the instructions went along with the more unusual box! Here’s a photo of the instructions card on the unusual box:

Innovator Scramble: Game Instructions Card

How cool is that?? Intel actually went to the trouble of building and publishing a small online video game just for Innovators! And playing the Innovator Scramble game would get me the three digit code to open the unusual box!! (The instructions didn’t include any warning that it might self destruct, and the Innovator Scramble game is available on the public Internet, so hopefully I’m not revealing any super-secret Intel IP by showing a photo of the instructions card!)

The next photo shows a better view of the box, and you can see why it’s unusual.

Innovator Scramble Reward Box

Quite mysterious and enticing looking, isn’t it? I don’t think I’ve every received a package that contains a locked box before, never mind one that also included instructions on how to play a game to find the code to unlock the box!!

So, are you also curios to know what’s in the box?? Look for my next post in this series to find out!

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Intel AI Demo at NeurIPS 2018

Intel AI Demo at NeurIPS 2018

We had a lot of fun presenting our demo of face detection using OpenCV, OpenVINO, and the Intel RealSense D415 depth camera in the Intel AI booth at NeurIPS 2018 in Montreal in the first week of December.

We also managed to recruit a few volunteers to read through our script while we captured them using the Intel RealSense D415 depth camera, and are now working on training a lip reading model based on the data. More about this work to come in 2019!

Intel AI Booth
Intel AI Booth at NeurIPS
At the Intel AI booth at NeurIPS in Montreal with Sara Jennings, Deputy Director, NASA FDL
Hour of Code Intro – NASA Lunar Mapping App

Hour of Code Intro – NASA Lunar Mapping App

This week, many elementary schools are doing an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education week. Since I’m attending the NeurIPS conference in Montreal this week, I’ll help out with Hour of Code sessions at my kids’ school next week instead! I wanted to share a quick shout out from the Intel AI booth at the show, where I met with Sara Jennings of the NASA Frontier Development Lab. She showed me a cool lunar mapping game that we’ll try out next week. Please see the video attached!

If you want to try the game yourself, please click this link: LunaRush

At the Intel AI booth at NeurIPS in Montreal with Sara Jennings, Deputy Director, NASA FDL

You can find resources for your own Hour of Code here: https://code.org/

#HourOfCode #NeurIPS2018 #IntelAI

Volumio Partnership – AI Voice Control

Volumio Partnership – AI Voice Control

During the World Summit AI in Amsterdam, we announced a partnership with Volumio, the open source audio player. Since then, we’ve been working hard on an initial prototype for an AI assistant to provide voice control of the Volumio player. These efforts have paid off and we should have a demo version of our AI control application available soon. Please check back here or sign up for our mailing list for further details!

For more information on the leading open source music player, Volumio, please visit their website, https://volumio.org. They’ve also got a discussion going about the partnership and potential applicability of an AI assistant for their community in their online forums, here:
https://volumio.org/forum/myvolumio-voice-assistant-t10823.html.

Panelist: Over the edge AI – startups making breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity

Panelist: Over the edge AI – startups making breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity

A quick update on one of my activities during World Summit AI in Amsterdam. XPRIZE hosted a panel discussion on “Over the edge AI – startups making breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity”. I was proud to be on stage with other IBM Watson AI XPRIZE team members and the moderators from the XPRIZE Foundation, Amir and Devin! I think it was an interesting discussion and we had a good turnout.

World Summit AI – The Show Begins!

World Summit AI – The Show Begins!

I was able to capture this photo of the opening of the show this morning. It was quite the big production, and the conference appears to be about full!

The program today should be exciting, but I need to head out to prepare for the panel discussion and workshop with the XPRIZE team this afternoon.

Panelist at World Summit AI – XPRIZE Workshop

Panelist at World Summit AI – XPRIZE Workshop

I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion at World Summit AI on “Over the edge AI – Startups making breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity” moderated by Amir Banifatemi and Devin Krotman of XPRIZE. Very proud to join them as well as a couple of my esteemed competitors from the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. For more information, please see here: https://worldsummit.ai/xprizeworkshop/

#WSAI18 #XPRIZE #AIforGood