From Youtube Description: "TV movie adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1961 novel of the same name, directed by Waris Hussein. Ethan Allen Hawkley (Donald Sutherland) used to be part of Long Island's aristocratic class, but lost his money and now works as a grocery clerk. He tries to be honorable, but his ambitious wife Mary (Teri Garr), his children, and friends encourage him to move up in the world by any means necessary. Ethan sets aside his scruples and betrays a friend in order to gain ownership of the store where he works. From there, he descends into corruption. Tuesday Weld plays Mary's friend Margie, who tries to seduce Ethan into an affair. Weld was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special for her role in the film."
The long-awaited Apple XR headset is set to be released late 2023/early 2024. More info here:
Music LM is a project released by google that takes text description and turns them into music.
From its release paper: "We introduce MusicLM, a model generating high-fidelity music from text descriptions such as "a calming violin melody backed by a distorted guitar riff". MusicLM casts the process of conditional music generation as a hierarchical sequence-to-sequence modeling task, and it generates music at 24 kHz that remains consistent over several minutes. Our experiments show that MusicLM outperforms previous systems both in audio quality and adherence to the text description. Moreover, we demonstrate that MusicLM can be conditioned on both text and a melody in that it can transform whistled and hummed melodies according to the style described in a text caption."
Unreal is a video-game engine used to create immersive and interactive experiences. It's latest version, UE5, is a revolutionary tool available free to use (until a certain amount of revenue) and with a wide range of free and paid available learning resources available. Here are two videos highlighting its features and a link to the FAQ on Unreal's website.
dig deeper...Virtual Production
Along with video-game design, one use-case for Unreal Engine is Virtual Production. To learn more, see our previous post on the topic.
From the youtube video description: "Topics include generative AI for robotics, chip design, media, leveraging chatgpt by openai and many reveals across every application of artificial intelligence."
Nvidia is referred to as one of the backbones of the AI industry because of the chips they make. This month, their stock had record gains due to the hype around the industry, and Nvidia's position within it.
From the youtube video description: "Neuralangelo, a new AI model by NVIDIA Research for 3D reconstruction using neural networks, turns 2D video clips into detailed 3D structures — generating lifelike virtual replicas of buildings, sculptures and other real-world objects. Like Michelangelo sculpting stunning, life-like visions from blocks of marble, Neuralangelo generates 3D structures with intricate details and textures. Neuralangelo’s ability to translate the textures of complex materials — including roof shingles, panes of glass and smooth marble — from 2D videos to 3D assets significantly surpasses prior methods. The high fidelity makes its 3D reconstructions easier for developers and creative professionals to rapidly create usable virtual objects for their projects using footage captured by smartphones."