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AI interviewer asks Billie Eilish the weirdest questions

Billie Eilish has fielded countless interview questions during her meteoric rise to fame, but this week was the first time that they’ve been asked by a bot. Fresh from sweeping the boards at the 2020 Grammy Awards , the 18-year-old songstress sat down with the AI interviewer in a video for Vogue — and the bot proved a more original interlocutor than many of its human rivals. Its abstract questions provoked some surprising insights into the singer’s mind. Viewers learnt that Eilish used to dream ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Vogue, Joe, Jamba Juice, Billie Eilish, Eilish, Neural


Google’s new AI can intelligently crop videos for any screen size

How many times have you seen a video being badly cropped when you watch it on a mobile device? It’s quite frustrating and annoying, and most of the time, there’s not much you can do about it. To address this problem, Google’s AI team has developed an open-source solution, Autoflip, that reframes the video that suits the target device or dimension (landscape, square, portrait, etc.).  Autoflip works in three stages: Shot (scene) detection, video content analysis, and reframing. The first part is ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Neural


Scientist trains AI to write messages of love on candy hearts

A scientist has marked Valentine’s Day by teaching a neural network to compose romantic messages for candy hearts. Janelle Shane, who in her day job creates computer-controlled holograms for studying the brain, collected genuine messages printed on the heart-shaped sweets to use as training data. She then fed them to a neural network so that it could learn the patterns behind the words. The messages it produced ranged from the endearing “LOVE BUN” to the frankly insulting “MY HAG”. people someti...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Shane, Neural, Janelle Shane


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


US senators propose facial recognition ban (but not for police)

US senators have introduced a bill that would temporarily restrict the use of facial recognition technology — but their proposals fall short of a total ban. The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act would place a moratorium on federal government use of facial recognition technology (FRT) until Congress passes legislation regulating how it’s used. It would also prevent state and local governments from spending federal funds on FRT. However, the bill would still allow police to use the techno...
Tags: Security, Startups, Congress, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Why Jeff Bezos might run for president to spite Elon Musk and Donald Trump

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is suing Donald Trump over the Pentagon’s decision to award a lucrative military artificial intelligence and cloud services contract to Microsoft instead of his company. Normally these kinds of lawsuits are yawn-inducing, but this case has some interesting caveats. And, if you’ll let me set the stage first, I’ll explain why I’m convinced the court case will lead to a successful presidential campaign for Jeff Bezos in 2024. ICYMI: Amazon prepares to strike back after Microso...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Elon Musk, Politics, Microsoft, Opinion, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Neural


Oh great, the EU has ditched its facial recognition ban

The European Union is backing away from its plan to introduce a temporary ban on facial recognition technology — instead delegating decisions on the software to its member states. In a previous draft of a paper on AI, the European Commission had proposed introducing a five-year moratorium on the technology. But in a new draft seen by the Financial Times, that suggestion has been dropped. “The early draft floated the idea of a full ban, which is very popular among civil rights campaigners worried...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, European Commission, Financial Times, Neural


Trump’s new budget pours billions into AI and quantum R&D

The US Office of Science and Technology today released more information about President Donald Trump‘s FY 2021 budget and, as it stands, it looks like the White House and Pentagon are finally getting serious about AI and quantum computing technology. The new budget contains billions of dollars earmarked for AI research and development (R&D) spread out over various government agencies. This includes a record $1 billion set aside for non-military AI research. The National Science Foundation has a ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, White House, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, National Science Foundation, Neural, US Office of Science and Technology


Clearview AI’s false claims of accuracy increase the dangers of its face recognition software

Clearview AI’s calamitous press campaign had another mishap yesterday when the ACLU slammed its claims of being rated “100% accurate” in a test based on a method created by the civil rights group. The facial recognition company has been embroiled in a storm of controversy since The New York Times revealed that it was helping police match photos of suspects’ faces to images scraped from websites and social media platforms to aid in their investigations. Clearview says that it has amassed a databa...
Tags: Startups, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Aclu, The New York Times, ClearView, Neural, Clearview AI


’World’s strongest’ robotic hand can cut paper, hold eggs — and even play the piano

Researchers have unveiled a robotic hand that can serve drinks, pick up eggs, cut paper with scissors, and even play a few notes on the piano. The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) claims that the device offers the world’s strongest grasping force measured against its own weight. The hand is comprised of four fingers and 16 joints, which are all moved independently by 12 individual motors. This design intends to replicate the movements of human fingers. Sensors attached to the fing...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Robots, Neural, Korea Institute of Machinery Materials KIMM


This AI could reunite families after an earthquake

A new AI prototype could transform how earthquake aftermaths are managed, by predicting the safest routes that families can take to find their loved ones. The idea first emerged in the ImpactHub Istanbul, a social innovation centre in a city where a future earthquake is all but inevitable. The last time a devastating earthquake had struck Turkey was in 1999, around 150-200 kilometers from the capital. Official records put the death toll at 18,373 people.  Scientists believe that the next one wil...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Turkey, Artificial Intelligence, Istanbul, Neural


AI predicts Oscar winners — but betting sites do it better

You don’t normally need to be a fortune teller to predict the Oscar winners, but the Academy has sprung a few surprises in recent years. Last night, a team of data scientists tested whether their machine learning model could outsmart the bookmakers — with mixed results. The boffins behind the BigML machine learning platform made their predictions with a Deepnets model, an optimised implementation of the Deep Neural Networks supervised learning technique. They first identified the factors that we...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Academy, Neural


NASA wants the auto industry to build its next Moon rover

NASA earlier this week released an official contract inquiry seeking help from the automobile industry in designing a new Moon rover. While this isn’t exactly out of character for NASA, we thought the timing was interesting. After all, if there’s one vehicle that screams “I belong on the Moon,” it’s Tesla‘s recently unveiled Cybertruck. In case you missed it, this meme-of-a-truck is actually a real thing that Tesla CEO Elon Musk forced a team of apparently talented engineers to design and make: ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Reuters built a prototype for automated news videos using Deepfakes tech

The Reuters news company and an AI startup named Synthesia today unveiled a new project they’ve partnered on that uses Deepfakes-style technology to generate automated news reports in real time. Designed as a proof-of-concept, the system takes real-time scoring data from football matches and generates news reports complete with photographs and a script. Synthesia and Reuters then use a neural network similar to Deepfakes and prerecorded footage of a real news anchor to turn the script into a “li...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Reuters, Neural, Synthesia


MIT researchers developed a text-based system that tricks Google’s AI

There are plenty of examples of AI models being fooled out there. From Google’s AI to detect images mistaking a turtle for a gun to Jigsaw’s AI to score toxic comments tricked to think a sentence is positive by including words like love. Now, researchers at Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT, have developed a new system called TextFooler that can trick AI models that use natural language processing (NLP) — like the ones used by Siri and Alexa. This is important ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Siri, Mit, Alexa, Insider, NLP, Neural


Bartenders watch out: A robot server in Tokyo can make cocktails in one minute

A bar in Tokyo is tackling its problems finding new staff by employing an automated alternative: A robotic bartender that can pour a beer in 40 seconds and mix a cocktail in a minute. Customers at the Zeroken Robo Tavern in Ikebukuro train station first order their drinks at an automated kiosk, which prints a QR code receipt that they take to the robot. The machine then scans the code, which triggers its robotic arm to swing into action, mixing the drink and swiftly returning it to the customer....
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Tokyo, Ikebukuro, Neural, Zeroken Robo Tavern


Court orders moratorium on black box AI that detects welfare fraud amid human rights concerns

The Hague District Court in The Netherlands yesterday ordered the Dutch government to halt its use of a black box AI system designed to predict welfare fraud. The ruling was issued over privacy concerns and is being heralded as a civil rights victory by activists and privacy advocacy groups. The particular program, System Risk Indication (SyRI), uses government data to predict whether welfare recipients are “likely” to commit welfare fraud. In use for years, the Dutch government has asserted tha...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, United Nations, Neural, Hague District Court


How Google used AI to supercharge Maps in 2019

Google Maps celebrated its 15th birthday today by announcing a new milestone: in the last year, the company mapped as many buildings as it did in the previous decade. The service reached this landmark through a two-step process. Firstly, staff worked with Google’s data operations team to manually trace common building outlines. They then trained machine learning models to recognize the edges and shapes of buildings. Another recent deployment of machine learning enabled Maps to recognize  handwri...
Tags: Google, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Google Maps, Neural


This AI-powered neural network accurately predicts extreme weather events

Researchers from Rice University have developed a deep learning system that can predict deadly heat waves and winter storms before they happen. The system was trained on hundreds of pairs of maps that showed surface temperatures and air pressures. These included the hot and cold spells that typically lead to extreme weather events. Each pair showed these conditions in the same geographical area, but several days apart. After training, the system was applied to maps that it had never seen before ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Rice University, Neural


Scientists built an AI to figure out what the universe is made of

A multi-university team of researchers from Japan recently used the world’s fastest astrophysics-simulation supercomputers to develop an AI system capable of predicting the structure of the universe itself. The scientists hope that in doing so they’ll unlock the mysteries surrounding dark matter and dark energy. Dubbed “Dark Emulator,” the AI system parses gigantic troves of astrophysics data and uses the information to build simulations of our universe. It taps into a massive database full of i...
Tags: Startups, Space, Japan, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Facial recognition company CEO says he doesn’t need permission to use your face

The CEO of facial recognition company Clearview AI, Hoan Ton-That, today gave his first network television interview on “CBS This Morning.” During the brief conversation Ton-That told news-anchor Errol Burnett that he believed he had a First Amendment right to access, scrape, and store billions of files containing images of people’s faces. Ton-That’s argument is that, as US citizen, he has the right to do whatever he wants with any data that’s publicly available online. And he’s chosen to build ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Politics, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Neural, Clearview AI Hoan Ton That, Errol Burnett


Alphabet’s Jigsaw introduces a tool that can verify ‘fake’ images — but it’s probably not for you

Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw has unveiled a free image verification tool called Assembler, designed to help fact-checkers and journalists identify manipulated media. The “early stage experimental platform” blends multiple image detection models into a single tool that can identify various forms of manipulation. These models were provided by academics from the University of Maryland, University Federico II of Naples, and the University of California, Berkeley. Jigsaw has also built two of its own d...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Naples, Neural, University of Maryland University Federico II, University of California Berkeley Jigsaw


Watch: AI developer upscales famous 1895 train scene to 4K at 60 FPS

A developer and YouTuber named Denis Shiryaev recently used “several neural networks” to update a famous French short film from 1895 to make it appear as though it were shot on a modern phone. Called “L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat,” the 50-second French short documentary shows a train arriving at Ciotat train station. The film is famous for allegedly causing theater goers at the time to panic out of fear the train would burst through the screen and crash into them. While this tale is...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Denis Shiryaev


US Army plans to bring human-AI interaction to the battlefield

Killer robots may remain a dystopian vision of the future for now, but another military deployment of AI could be sooner to arrive on the battlefield. Known as the Aided Threat Recognition from Mobile Cooperative and Autonomous Sensors (ATR-MCAS), the system is being developed by the US Army to transform how the military plans and conducts operations. It’s comprised of a network of air and ground vehicles equipped with sensors that identify potential threats and autonomously notify soldiers. The...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, US Army, Neural, Mobile Cooperative and Autonomous Sensors ATR MCAS


Create entirely new sounds with Google’s open-source synthesiser

Google are creating entire new sounds with their new synthesiser created using machine learning technologies. The NSynth Super is a new algorithm based neural synthesiser created by Google using their powerful machine learning technologies. The NSynth Super is capable of creating over 100,000 new sounds which can be played from any MIDI source. The NSynth Super works from a source of 16 original sounds at a range of 15 pitches. It’s machine learning is then capable of re-imagining and combinin...
Tags: Google, Open Source, Music, Equipment, Software, Machine Learning, Deep, Magenta, Midi, Synthesizer, Synth, Synthesiser, Instrument, Neural, NSynth


Crunch Report | Flying Car for $400,000

Musical.ly releases Ping Pong, a new video messenger app, PAL-V is pre-selling its flying car, Elon Musk talks about the symbiosis of mind and machine and Apple might be contemplating wireless charging for the iPhone 8. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Daily, Elon Musk, Technology, News, Review, Tech, Tesla, App, Report, Silicon Valley, Ai, 000, Flying Car



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