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MPAI basics

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What it is MPAI – Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding is an unaffiliated, non-profit, international association with the mission to develop data coding standards, predominantly using Artificial Intelligence. The MPAI Manifesto summarises the MPAI distinctive features. The main MPAI target is “data coding” that MPAI defines as the transformation of data from a given representation to an equivalent one more suited to a specific application, e.g., compression or semantics extraction. How it works MPAI develops standards using a rigorous…

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Even the stars die – A guided tour

The Even the stars die is a book available on Amazon in electronic and paper form. It has several goals: To connect MPEG’s digital media standardisation with the traditional media standardisation To disclose why and how MPEG was conceived and the inside story of the first three “heroic” standards – MPEG-1, -2 and -4 To study the work done in some of the most important areas: video, audio, systems etc. To describe some of the unique MPEG characteristics To analyse the…

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Even the stars die – Preface

The book “Even the stars die - The history of MPEG and how it made digital media happen has been published on Amazon ( In summary, the book tells the story of how MPEG engineered the transformation of analogue media, how it fostered the development of digital media, how it was terminated and how its spirit continues in the field of data coding by Artificial Intelligence through MPAI. In this post I will publish the preface of the book. Full…

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India needs help

We have all heard the news about the situation in India - 1.3 billion people under attack by Civid-19. The media have stopped talking about it, but the situation there is dramatic. Ambarish Natu, who was an MPEG participant is sponsoring.

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MPAI starts development of AI-based company performance prediction standard

Geneva, Switzerland – 12 May 2021. At its 8th General Assembly, the international, unaffiliated Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence (MPAI) standards association has received substantial proposals in response to its Call for Technologies on AI-based Company Performance Prediction Use Case. Meanwhile the development of its foundational AI Framework standard is steadily progressing and the technical review of responses to the Context-based Audio Enhancement (MPAI-CAE) and Multimodal Conversation (MPAI-MMC) Calls for Technologies has been completed. The goal…

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Making AI systems explainable

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Introduction AI systems have typically been trained. Humans, too, are trained. However, it may happen that, in spite one's effort to train a pupil according to strict moral principles, he turns out to be a libertine in life. An illustrious, so to speak, example, is Iosip Stalin who, from a catholic seminarist in Georgia turned into something else. AI systems, typically do not possess the freedom to evolve beyond their training. Therefore, trained AI systems carry the imprint of their…

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