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A new organisation dedicated to data compression standards based on Artificial Intelligence

Geneva, 30 September 2020. Today, Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence – MPAI – has been established as an international non-profit organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, at a conference call attended by 33 members from 15 countries. One driving force behind MPAI is the need to have an organisation, responsive to industry needs, that devel­ops data cod­ing standards for a range of applications with Artificial Intelligence (AI) as its core enabling techn­ology. In the past, the sheer reduction…

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The MPAI machine has started

Introduction When the MPAI web site opened it was a challenging time for a new initiative: 19th of July was in the middle of summer holidays for some and the beginning for others. That did not matter so much, however, because the idea of combining a focus on AI for data coding and the proposal to rejuvenate the decades-old FRAND declaration process proved to be too attractive an amalgam. A group of dedicated people working in unceasing rhythm produced the…

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At a technology and business watershed

For 30+ years, digital media have been the powerful driver that has fostered research, industry and commer­ce. This happened because the engine that has sustained the development – MPEG – has been capable to expand its coverage and provide new standards to a growing group of client industries. Academia and research, all facets of industry, and billions of users have benefited from this bonanza. A good game lasts little. Well, not last so little as we are talking of a…

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The two main MPAI purposes

So far I have discussed the shortcomings of the organisation called ISO: feudalism, chaos, hypocrisy, obtuseness and incompetence. Fortunately, we are not stuck with ISO. The good side of our age is that, if you are unhappy of a situation (here I am talking of standards), you have the chance to do better. On the 19th of July 2020, I did exactly that when my post New standards making for a new age launched the idea of MPAI – Moving…

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Leaving FRAND for good

http://www.mpai.community/ Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) is the combination of adjectives that have been commonly used to indicate the way patent holders intended to licence their technologies in standards produced by many standardisation bodies and industry fora. Decades ago, these adjectives were easily applicable to a standard. When JVC submitted their VHS cassette recording system to IEC for standardisation and IEC produced IEC 60774 – Helical-scan video tape cassette system using 12,65 mm (0,5 in) magnetic tape on type VHS,…

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Better information from data

http://www.mpai.community/ What is data Data can be defined as the digital representation of an entity. The entity can have different attributes: physical, virtual, logical or other. A river may be represented by its length, its average width, its max, min, average flow, the coordinates of its bed from the source to its mouth and so on. Typically, different data of an entity are captured depending on the intended use of the data. If the use of a river data is…

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