Following the CES 2018 unveiling of Samsung's new television, appropriately dubbed The Wall, the company has now offered an explanation for how it plans to deliver 8K content using artificial intelligence (A.I.). In fact, the company claims its new machine learning algorithms won't just deliver media that has already been created for viewing at that resolution either. Instead, the A.I. can upscale the vast majority of lower-resolution images and video, from television shows to movies, effectively restoring those all the way up to 8K resolution. That is, of course, the highest currently consumer-available UHD resolution but it also isn't really a resolution the overwhelming majority of media is provided in. Best of all, Samsung says that's something which will exist in all of its 8K QLED televisions going forward.
With regard to how Samsung's new A.I. works, the company says there are three major components involved. First, the QLED televisions are equipped with a database that includes millions of images, which the A.I. studies and analyzes in advance – allowing it to optimize lower resolution images arriving through the TV. New images are processed 64 times, adding back detail, restoring edges, and reducing noise – all without negatively affecting an image's natural gradation. Finally, the QLED A.I. categorizes various elements of an image, including blacks, blooming, and brightness, scene by scene in order to optimize sharpness and contrast during media playback. Going beyond video quality, Samsung also took the opportunity to explain how its A.I. works with audio since that's another big part of its new TVs. Without a viewer needing to change any of the set's settings, Samsung's new QLED TVs will optimize sound for specific scenes. The company provides two examples, starting with the amplification of cheers for a big play during a football game, in order to build more excitement and help viewers get into the action. On the other hand, for a concert, the TV would aim to highlight the frequencies the music is played on, creating a higher quality of sound and a more "rich" experience.
Unfortunately, for now, that machine learning image-processing will only be available in Samsung QLED TVs with A.I. launching in the second half of this year. However, it may not remain that way for too much longer now that those TVs and their features are showing up at CES 2018. If the A.I. image processing works smoothly, as planned, other manufacturers in the industry will almost certainly set about trying to emulate or recreate the technology's effects as quickly as possible.