LivePortrait In ComfyUI – A Hedra AI Alike Talking Avatar In Local PC

LivePortrait In ComfyUI – A Hedra AI Alike Talking Avatar In Local PC In today’s video, we are diving into the use of LivePortrait In ComfyUI, an AI model that brings your photos to life with realistic movements. With LivePortrait, you can create animated portraits that resemble those magical moving pictures from the Harry Potter series. In this tutorial, I’ll explain how LivePortrait works, utilizing implicit keypoints to understand and animate important parts of your face. We’ll explore how it learns from real videos, allowing your photo to mimic the motions of the person in the video. I’ll guide you through the installation process of the LivePortrait custom node in ComfyUI, including the download of the safe tensors model and the non-commercial face recognition library, InsightFace. We’ll also discuss the necessary dependencies and components for this custom nodes project. Next, I’ll demonstrate how to set up and configure the LivePortrait custom node, showcasing different examples and settings. We’ll explore retargeting options for eyes and lips, and the impact they have on the animation. I’ll share tips on achieving more natural and detailed facial movements by fine-tuning the settings.

The First Neural Networks

Warren McCulloch, Walter Pitts, Alan Turing, Donald Hebb, John McCarthy, Claude Shannon, Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, Arthur Samuel, Frank Rosenblatt, Bernard Widrow, Ted Hoff, Marvin Minsky, Seymour Papert and the evolution of neural networks and AI.

Howard Marks: A Storm is Brewing in the Stock Market (The “AI Bubble”)


Billionaire investor Howard Marks is warning about a 15 trillion dollar storm that is brewing in the stock market. Marks is the co-founder of Oaktree capital management, one of the most highly respected investment firms in the world. You see, Marks made his career out of being willing to go against the crowd. As legendary investor Warren Buffett puts it, “Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful”. Well, as you are about to hear, Howard Marks believes we are likely in one of those periods where it could save you a lot of money and financial pain to be fearful about what is happening in the stock market. Particularly, with the so called Magnificent 7 stocks. Throughout history, bubbles have often formed due to excitement about new technology. The stock market bubble of 1929 saw technology stocks of the day rise dramatically. Back then, an example of that new technology was the advent of the radio. Oh boy is it crazy how things change! From 1921 to 1929, Radio Corp of America, or RCA for short, saw its stock increase from $1 a share to $573 a share as investors got excited about how radios would transform society. The radio did in fact go on to change the lives of people across the world. However, that did not protect people who bought Radio Corp of America stock from losing a lot of money. RCA stock went on to fall by more than 95% as the bubble finally burst. There was also the dot com bubble of the late 1990s. Here, investors and speculators were excited with how the internet would become an integral part of people’s daily lives. The excitement was so high that even companies with little to no revenue saw their valuations skyrocket into the billions of dollars. Companies like Pets.com, Webvan, and Boo.com saw their stock prices skyrocket. Companies that were once worth billions, on paper of course, became completely worthless just a few years later. I think you know where I’m going with this. Mark Twain famously said “History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, but It Often Rhymes”. Now, in the year 2024, the technology that has been getting investors excited is Artificial Intelligence. Similar to other technological innovations, Artificial Intelligence has the potential to fundamentally alter society. This enthusiasm has been concentrated in a group of companies that have come to be known as the Magnificent Seven.

Google DeepMind Shifts From Research Lab to AI Product Factory

Last year, facing pressure to keep pace with OpenAI and other competitors, Google combined its two AI labs to develop a super-unit which would develop commercial AI products. One year in, several employees are saying this move has been undermining the company’s long-running strength in foundational research. Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen joins Caroline Hyde on “Bloomberg Technology.”

China outpacing U.S. in nuclear power development, report finds

China is outpacing the U.S. by at least a decade in developing nuclear power, according to a new report by the nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Hank Jenkins-Smith, public policy professor at the University of Oklahoma, joins CBS News to examine why the U.S. is falling behind. CBS News 24/7 is the premier anchored streaming news service from CBS News and Stations that is available free to everyone with access to the internet and is the destination for breaking news, live events, original reporting and storytelling, and programs from CBS News and Stations’ top anchors and correspondents working locally, nationally and around the globe. It is available on more than 30 platforms across mobile, desktop and connected TVs for free, as well as CBSNews.com and Paramount+ and live in 91 countries.

OpenAI’s New AI CriticGPT is The Reason Why ChatGPT Will Soon Be Unbeatable

OpenAI has developed CriticGPT, a new AI model designed to enhance the accuracy and reliability of code generated by ChatGPT. CriticGPT acts as an AI code reviewer, identifying errors and providing critiques to improve code quality, ultimately making ChatGPT a more powerful and reliable tool for developers. This advancement in AI technology highlights OpenAI’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of AI development and improving the performance of AI models like ChatGPT.

America Needs 3 Million Homes. Can 3D Printers Help? | Big Business | Business Insider

America is short over 3 million homes. People are pouring billions into 3D construction companies because machines can build homes twice as fast as stick-built homes. But 98% of homes are still built on-site, mostly out of wood. And in 2023, only about 100 out of 1.2 million completed homes in the US were made with a 3D printer. We talked to multiple 3D construction companies to find out what it will take to build more, how the cost compares to stick-built homes, and find out whether it can help solve our housing shortage.

The mind-blowing thing we get WRONG about energy

Fossil fuels still supply 80% of our energy. And people point to this number to say it’s impossible to switch to renewables, especially if we want to do it quick enough to stop climate change. But their argument overlooks just how much energy we waste – and how we could do it better.

We’re destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What we can do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we’ll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.