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Google's Art App Now Turns Your Selfies Into Famous Masterpieces

In what promises to be an excellent way to kill a solid 10 minutes, the Google Arts & Culture app has been updated with a new Art Transfer feature that will apply the look of countless famous paintings and artists to your own photos using machine learning techniques.Read more...
Tags: Google, Art, Apps, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Artists, Machine Learning, Ai, Neural Networks, Google Arts And Culture


Terrifying Things Happen When an AI Generates Fake Faces Synced to Music

We’re still trying to figure out the best applications for neural networks, machine learning, and all the recent advancements in artificial intelligence. Amongst all the practical research being conducted, there’s also lots of frivolous experimentation being done with results that walk the line between fascinating and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Ai, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Mario Klingemann, Stylegan2


AI Trained on Moon Craters Is Helping Find Unexploded Bombs From the Vietnam War

There’s still no completely safe and surefire method for locating unexploded ordinance after a war is over, but researchers at Ohio State University have found a way to harness image processing algorithms, powered by machine learning, to study satellite imagery and locate hot spots where UXO are likely to be located.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Satellite Imagery, Vietnam War, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Bombs, Uxo, Ohio State University


11 of the Coolest Builds By Bored People With a Lot of Lego Bricks

There are a lot of reasons why Lego remains one of the world’s most popular toys, over 3,700, in fact: the number of unique Lego pieces that have been created over the decades. It allows everything from Batmobiles, to excavators, to Kessel running space ships to be built from plastic bricks, but Lego can be used to…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Cranes, Artificial Intelligence, Lego, Guinness World Records, Lord Of The Rings, Neural Networks, Bugatti, Nerf, Bugatti Chiron, Pinball, Rubiks Cube, Blasters, Kessel, Lego Bricks


This VFX Team Made a Tupac Deepfake to Rap with Snoop Dogg

I’m going to go ahead and file that under “headlines I never imagined I’d be writing in 2020.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Tupac, Ai, Neural Networks, Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Deepfakes


This Office Space Meets The Matrix Deepfake Deserves a Theatrical Release

The deepfake hits just keep on coming. Following an excellent reimagining of Back to the Future where Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are replaced with Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, another talented deepfaker has put Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving into Office Space, creating the fourth Matrix film we really…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Keanu Reeves, Neural Networks, Michael J Fox, The Matrix, Office Space, Tom Holland, Christopher Lloyd, Hugo Weaving, Deepfakes


Neural Networks Upscale Film from 1896 to 4K, Make It Look Like It Was Shot on a Modern Smartphone

There are lots of valid reasons to be worried about how deep learning techniques could potentially be used to manipulate footage for nefarious reasons. But as Denis Shiryaev demonstrates by upscaling some old black and white film footage from 1896, those AI-powered tools can also be a powerful way to bring the past…Read more...
Tags: Science, Movies, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Denis Shiryaev, Larrivee Dun Train En Gare De La Ciotat


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Ginormous diamonds, living robots made from frog stem cells, and more from around the web Preserving the Scents of Everyday Life Researchers at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are working double-time to identify and catalog scents that exist all around us—from the smell of an old book, to a pub at a particular time of night, and worn-in leather. Many of these are disappearing …
Tags: Art, Wearables, Weather, Music, Science, Design, Air Travel, Medicine, Video Games, Tech, Diamonds, Airplanes, Stem Cells, Meteorology, Exhibitions, Airbus


WTF Is an Artificial Human and Where Did They Come From?

Neon is the name of the company and also the name of its only product—if you can call it that. I’m told a Neon is a living entity, but it doesn’t have a physical body. I’m told a Neon is computationally created, but it’s not an AI assistant. So what the fuck is Neon and what is all this talk about artificial humans?Read more...
Tags: Wtf, Science, Ces, Ai, Neural Networks, CES 2020, Neon Is Neon, Artificial Human, Comptuer Modeling


Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People

As video games give players more freedom to explore complex digital worlds, it becomes more challenging for a CG character to naturally move and interact with everything in it. So to prevent those awkward transitions between pre-programmed movements, researchers have turned to AI and deep learning to make video game…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, University of Edinburgh, Adobe Research


Google Tweaks Search to Better Understand Your Gibberish Queries

Searching for information online sometimes takes creativity—depending on how you word a query, Google can bring back some wonky results. That’s why Google announced today that it’s improved search to better understand natural language for “queries [it] can’t anticipate.” Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Google Search, Search Engines, Search, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Neural Networks, Natural Language


AI Might Soon Make it Easy to Put Yourself In Your Favorite Video Game

In a rare move by Facebook that doesn’t have the world shaking its head in disbelief, the company’s AI researchers have developed a way to easily turn real people into playable game characters by simply analyzing videos of them going through specific motions. My dreams of finally being an unlockable character in NBA…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Science, Video Games, Research, Nba, Virtual Reality, Ai, Neural Networks


The World's First Sport Invented By an AI Still Looks Less Absurd Than Synchronized Swimming

It’s not uncommon for new technology to spawn a new sport: Drone racing has become hugely popular around the world, and Segway Polo is apparently still a thing. It’s now artificial intelligence’s turn to give us a new pastime, but will the sport it invented, Speedgate, take the world by storm, or will it be relegated…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sports, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Akqa, Speedgate


It's Surprisingly Easy to Make AI Think a Taxi Is a Vacuum Cleaner

Technologists like to put machine learning on a pedestal, exalting its ability to complement and even exceed human labor, but these systems are far from perfect. In fact, they are still tremendously vulnerable to self-owns. A research paper from January details how just how easy it is to trick an image recognition…Read more...
Tags: Science, Image Recognition, Neural Networks, Deep Neural Network


This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl! This occurrence reveals a problem with computers that has existed since they were invented: they do exactly what you tell them to do. The intention of the researc...
Tags: Google, Science, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Reddit, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Stanford University, Hal, Neural Information Processing Systems, Fiora Esoterica


AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least We Have That Going for Us

Optical illusions take advantage of shortcomings in the visual system. Certain special designs can trick our brain as it’s trying to process the information that’s coming in. Learning more about what can trick our minds would help us learn more about the human mind itself. Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai, Optical Illusions, Neural Networks


SETI's New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen team have deployed new neural net technology to help analyze the reams of data they’ve collection—and they quickly discovered a set of mysterious, as-of-yet unexplained fast radio bursts from a distant galaxy, per…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, University Of California Berkeley, Algorithms, Neural Networks, Seti, Neutron Stars, Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Fast Radio Bursts, Magnetars, SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen


New MIT Robot Can Delicately Handle Objects It’s Never Seen Before

Robots in factories are really good at picking up objects they’ve been pre-programmed to handle, but it’s a different story when new objects are thrown into the mix. To overcome this frustrating inflexibility, a team of researchers from MIT devised a system that essentially teaches robots how to assess unfamiliar…Read more...
Tags: Science, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ai, Computer Science, Robotics, Computer Vision, Futurism, Neural Networks, Object Recognition, Object Manipulation


This Online AI Tool Takes Your Words and Turns Them Into Nightmares

We’ve seen lots of machine learning systems create strange new phrases and dreamlike images after being trained on large amounts of data. But a new website lets you do the generating, and the results are just as bizarre as you’d expect:Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Nightmares, Neural Networks, Janelle Shane


Nvidia Taught an AI to Flawlessly Erase Watermarks From Photos

Photographers already face an uphill battle in trying to preventing people from using their digital photos without permission. But Nvidia could make protecting photos online much harder with a new advancement in artificial intelligence that can automatically remove artifacts from a photograph, including text and…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Mit, Nvidia, Ai, Photographs, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Aalto University


MIT's New AI-Powered Software Can Extract Individual Instruments From Videos With a Single Click

An instructor of mine once compared mixing a song to baking a cake. The various tracks are the ingredients, and once everything is mixed and baked, as with a cake, those ingredients can’t be deconstructed. Or can they? AI researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created an app…Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Audio, Research, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Instruments, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Csail


This Neural Network Instant Camera Turns Everything You Shoot Into Cartoon Doodles

Photographers who still shoot on film claim they like the lo-fi, grainy aesthetics of the medium. But by that logic, they should be throwing hundreds of dollars at Dan Macnish who created a custom instant camera that converts what the camera’s lens sees into crude, stick figure doodles.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Cameras, Hacks, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Dan Macnish, Draw This


Nvidia Is Using AI to Perfectly Fake Slo-Mo Videos

One of the hardest video effects to fake is slow motion. It requires software to stretch out a clip by creating hundreds of non-existent in-between frames, and the results are often stuttered and unconvincing. But taking advantage of the incredible image-processing potential of deep learning, Nvidia has come up with a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Software, Nvidia, Slow Motion, Ai, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Slow Mo, The Slow Mo Guys, Artificial Intelligance


Machines learn language better by using a deep understanding of words

Computer systems are getting quite good at understanding what people say, but they also have some major weak spots. Among them is the fact that they have trouble with words that have multiple or complex meanings. A new system called ELMo adds this critical context to words, producing better understanding across the board. To illustrate the problem, think of the word “queen.” When you and I are talking and I say that word, you know from context whether I’m talking about Queen Elizabeth, or the ch...
Tags: TC, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, God, Neural Networks, Natural Language Processing, Queen Elizabeth, Rupaul, NLP, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Allen Institute for AI, Ai2, NAACL, Mathew Peters


Don't Be Fooled by the 'Forced a Bot' Meme

By now, you’ve probably seen the satirical posts where someone claims to have “forced a bot” to watch thousands of hours of video and then write their own script. The posts are funny, but if you haven’t realized, they’re jokes that don’t quite encapsulate how artificial intelligence works.Read more...
Tags: Science, Debunkery, Artificial Intelligence, Memes, Ai, Neural Networks, Don


The Invisible Radio Waves All Around Us Let MIT's New AI See People Right Through Walls

The information age has generated far more data than humanity can ever hope to manually process, but with the help of artificial intelligence, that avalanche of data is now revealing itself to be far more useful than we ever thought possible. The omnipresent wireless signals that keep us connected can now be used like…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Csail


Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Fake news sucks, and as those eerily accurate videos of a lip-synced Barack Obama demonstrated last year, it’s soon going to get a hell of a lot worse. As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible. Read more...
Tags: Science, Barack Obama, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Computer Animation, Neural Networks, Computer Graphics, 3D graphics, Fake News, Computer Learning, Fake Video, Deepfakes, Deep Video, Facial Simulations


An AI Created New Doom Levels That Are as Fun as the Game's Original Ones

The technical skills of programmer John Carmack helped create the 3D world of Doom, the first-person shooter that took over the world 25 years ago. But it was level designers like John Romero and American McGee that made the game fun to play. Level designers that, today, might find their jobs threatened by the …Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Research, Ai, Doom, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Politecnico di Milano, John Romero, McGee, John Carmack


AI Is Getting Pretty Good at Studying Distant Galaxies

Will all the warped images and funny names, it can be easy to forget that machine learning can have important uses in science—specifically, when it comes to categorizing things. Scientists have lately been putting a neural network to good use identifying distant galaxies.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Machine Learning, Galaxies, Neural Networks


Trippy Magic Happens When AI Only Knows About Flowers, Waves, and Fires

The same way a human only knows as much as they’ve studied or experienced, an artificial intelligence is only as smart as its training. But unlike a child, you can selectively limit what an AI learns and knows, and then conduct fun experiments about how it sees and interprets the real world using its basic…Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Experiments, Ai, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Memo Akten, Gloomy Sunday



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