U.S. Blacklists Dozens of Chinese Companies Working on AI, Face Recognition Tech

The U.S. Commerce Department has put another 33 Chinese businesses – many of which develop artificial intelligence and face recognition tech – on its economic blacklist as a punitive measure for purportedly conspiring with Beijing and the government’s brutal crackdown on Muslim minorities. Read More >>

The Internet Furry Drama Raising Big Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Much of the fun of internet drama comes from its frivolousness, but sometimes an online shitfest points to something bigger. Earlier this month, the AI-powered furry art site thisfursonadoesnotexist did just that, igniting a fandom firestorm while also highlighting an important debate about digital art. Trained on more than 55,000 images pulled (without permission) from a furry art forum, the algorithm was a simple case of art theft to some. For others, it was a chance to break out the popcorn. But legal scholars who spoke with Gizmodo said the conflict raises thorny questions about ownership in the age of AI – questions that may ultimately have to be answered in court. Read More >>

These Coronavirus-Fighting Smart Glasses Can ‘See’ Your Temperature

Chinese startup Rokid has found a unique and somewhat terrifying market foothold for its AI and augmented-reality tech amid the coronavirus pandemic: smart glasses that clock the temperature of those around you. Read More >>

LinkedIn Now Has an AI to Help With Your Interview Game

As a record number of Americans grapple with unemployment in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, LinkedIn’s rolled out some AI-powered tools to help job seekers prepare for the nightmare fuel that is the interviewing process. Read More >>

Adobe Created a Tool That Could Make Building Accessible Websites as Easy as Using Spell Check

A good web designer ensures that a site looks nice and functions properly across various devices and browsers. A great web designer, however, also ensures the site is accessible to all who visit, including those with visual impairments or disabilities like dyslexia. Assuring full accessibility can be a challenge, but a new tool from Adobe could make fixing a website as easy as using a spell checker to improve grammar. Read More >>

Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood Explains Why Dolores’ ‘Revolution’ May Not Be a Good Thing

Dolores is on a mission, and she’s not going at it alone. Joined by her personal army of Hosts and a human who wants to help her break the cycle, Dolores is starting a “revolution” on Westworld. However, as star Evan Rachel Wood explained in a recent interview, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good idea. Read More >>

Discord Launches Beta to Keep Out All That Background Noise

Discord’s testing a new noise suppression tool to help prevent background noise like barking dogs, or the deafening clatter of a mechanical keyboard, from drowning out people’s voices. Read More >>

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 >>

The Tech in Westworld’s Episode 3 Shocker Is Already Here and Much Worse Than You Think

The latest episode of Westworld had a huge reveal about the real world outside of the parks, one that embodies the show’s latest motto that “free will is not free.” The whole thing might seem far-fetched, like human robots, but it’s actually terrifying once you realise predictive algorithms are already here...and have a much bigger hold on you than you realise. Read More >>

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Great British Bake-Off Inspired AI Turns the Show Into a Terrifying Nightmare

The Great British Bake-Off is an institution - or so I hear. Its bunting-festooned tents and assortment of bakers are beloved the nation over, so it's not a surprise that the show was the inspiration for an AI experiment. The grotesque outcome was a bit of a shocker, however. Read More >>

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 in the US 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 >>

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 build more than just toys. Read More >>

Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest More Than 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February. India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its facial recognition system with photos from government-issued IDs, like drivers licences, and other databases. Read More >>

These VFX Artists 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 >>

Even the Pope Wants AI to be Regulated

We'd have thought religious leaders would be fully onboard with nebulous non-human entities that can think for themselves and move in mysterious ways, but it seems that's only the case if there's no proof of their existence. AI demonstrably exists and apparently the Pope is against it. Read More >>