Google Pixel phones have always focused on great camera specs and the upcoming Pixel 8 series leak reveals manual camera controls, and new features with AI integration.
The leaked video posted on 91Mobiles by reliable leaker Kamila Wojciechowska, provides exclusive details like the new camera features coming to Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, with Night Sight, Astrophotography, and Super Res Zoom.
Another notable feature added to the camera specs is “Video Boost,” which will use AI to create a “smoother view” as well as bring Night Sight’s effects to video. The “Audio Eraser” will accompany the new features list, removing any unwanted sounds in videos like city noise.
The most wild and exciting feature of the upcoming series is the use of AI in videos to change people’s faces in different shots to create an ideal version.
This time Google is also giving full manual controls on the Pixel 8 called “Pro Controls” which are “modeled after DSLR controls.” The Magic Editor has already been teased at Google’s I/O event which can remove objects from photos and change the background with a tap.
Pixel 8 Pro is expected to add autofocus to the selfie camera, which is a 10.5MP sensor. Both devices will have 50MP primary sensors on both devices at f/1.68, a 1/1.31-inch sensor, and a 1.2 μm pixel width. Pixel 8 will get a 12MP ultrawide camera with autofocus, while Pixel 8 Pro will get a 48MP ultrawide and another 48MP telephoto camera at 5x. The phones are set to be released on October 4.
AI threatens wages, not jobs
The rapid adoption of artificial intelligence could reduce wages, but so far is creating, not destroying jobs, especially for the young and highly-skilled, research published by the European Central Bank showed on Tuesday.
Firms have invested heavily in artificial intelligence, or AI, leaving economists striving to understand the impact on the labour market and driving fears among the wider public for the future of their jobs.
At the same time, employers are struggling to find qualified workers, despite a recession that would normally ease labour market pressures.
In a sample of 16 European countries, the employment share of sectors exposed to AI increased, with low and medium-skill jobs largely unaffected and highly-skilled positions getting the biggest boost, a Research Bulletin published by the ECB said.
But it also cited “neutral to slightly negative impacts” on earnings and said that could increase.
“These results do not amount to an acquittal,” the paper said. “AI-enabled technologies continue to be developed and adopted. Most of their impact on employment and wages – and therefore on growth and equality – has yet to be seen.”
The findings were in contrast to previous “technology waves,” it said, when computerisation decreased “the relative share of employment of medium-skilled workers, resulting in “polarisation”.
Steps to avoid Google account deletion due to inactivity
Previously, Google announced that it would delete accounts that haven’t been signed into for two years, starting from December 1, 2023.
The move to delete these accounts comes from security concerns. An account that has been inactive for a long time is more susceptible to being breached by hackers, according to Google. This could expose personal information, increase the risk of identity theft, and make users vulnerable to being targeted in scams.
If someone has a Google account that they want to keep but it’s at risk of being deleted due to inactivity, they can follow certain steps to safeguard the account and its data.
The simplest way for them to keep their Google account is by logging into it or any associated Google services like YouTube or Gmail immediately.
By signing in at least once every two years, they can ensure that their Google account remains active and is not subject to deletion.
Considering that security is a major concern for these policies, and with Google noting that unused accounts are far less likely to have 2-step verification, it’s advisable for individuals to enable 2-step verification on their Google accounts (and on all other accounts they possess) to significantly reduce the risk of hacking.
AI threat demands new approach to security designs
The potential threat posed by the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) means safeguards need to be built in to systems from the start rather than tacked on later, a top US official said on Monday.
“We’ve normalized a world where technology products come off the line full of vulnerabilities and then consumers are expected to patch those vulnerabilities. We can’t live in that world with AI,” said Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
“It is too powerful, it is moving too fast,” she said in a telephone interview after holding talks in Ottawa with Sami Khoury, head of Canada’s Centre for Cyber Security.
Easterly spoke the same day that agencies from 18 countries, including the United States, endorsed new British-developed guidelines on AI cyber security that focus on secure design, development, deployment and maintenance.
“We have to look at security throughout the lifecycle of that AI capability,” Khoury said.
Earlier this month, leading AI developers agreed to work with governments to test new frontier models before they are released to help manage the risks of the rapidly developing technology.
“I think we have done as much as we possibly could do at this point in time, to help come together with nations around the world, with technology companies, to set out from a technical perspective how to build these build these capabilities as securely and safely as possible,” said Easterly.
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