Meta has released the MMCSG (Multi-Modal Conversations in Smart Glasses) dataset, featuring two-sided conversations recorded using Aria glasses. The dataset includes multi-channel audio, video, accelerometer, and gyroscope data, and is aimed at supporting research in areas such as automatic speech recognition, activity detection, and speaker diarization. The glasses capture video and audio with seven microphones, along with inertial measurement unit (IMU) measurements. All data was collected from consenting participants and has been anonymized to ensure privacy. The MMCSG dataset could potentially be used for applications like real-time language translation. More information can be found in the related research paper and the dataset is available for download under Meta's Data License.
Microsoft plans to expand its AI and cloud infrastructure in Spain with a $2.1 billion investment over the next two years. This was announced by Microsoft President Brad Smith in a post on X. "Our investment is beyond just building data centers, it’s a testament to our 37-year commitment to Spain, its security, and development and digital transformation of its government, businesses, and people," Smith writes. Details of the Spanish investment have not yet been disclosed. The investment in Spain follows the announcement of an AI-focused investment of 3.2 billion euros in Germany.