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Your February Horoscope Is Here—We Built an AI Astrologer to Predict Your Future

Welcome to AIstrology. With the help of research scientist Janelle Shane, we built a bot to generate monthly horoscopes, trained on about 3,500 extant readings as well as current monthly horoscopes. Each horoscope below is therefore a prediction based on a wealth of predictions for each sign; a distillation of what the stars have in store for you this month. Read More >>

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A New AI-Powered System Creates Impressive 3D Animations From Still Images

Algorithmically generated content can sometimes turn out to be hilariously nonsensical or remarkably dumb. But researchers at the University of Washington (one of whom sold her startup to Facebook) developed a system that uses machine vision to create indisputably cool 3D animations. Read More >>

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The First Cross-Country, Autonomous-Car Trip Is an Ethical Minefield

Anthony Levandowski—formerly of Google, where he reportedly contributed to at least one serious crash and did not alert the police while overseeing its self-driving car programme, and of Uber, where he allegedly imported stolen secrets from Google and was fired after being sued over it—rides again. Read More >>

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Google’s Feature for Predicting Flight Delays Actually Sounds Useful Now

Flying during the holidays is typically frustrating at best, and even worse if you’re travelling to or from anywhere that snows. So to help alleviate a tiny bit of stress, Google is adding its flight delay predictions feature to the Google Assistant. Read More >>

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Tumblr’s Porn Ban Is Off to a Predictably Stupid Start

Yesterday Tumblr committed to making its social network, which is full of boobs, dongs, and teens openly fantasising about the two, a more child-friendly place. The announcement, shared via the Staff account promised a “better, more positive Tumblr” free of things like sexual acts, genitalia, and “female-presenting nipples.” Read More >>

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Facebook and MIT Researchers Want to Use AI to Create Addresses for the Billions of People Who Don’t Have One

Facebook seems interested in moving into Google’s territory of, well, territory. The social media company teamed up with the MIT Media Lab to propose a new system for developing addresses using machine learning. Read More >>

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‘NIPS’ AI Conference Changes Name Following Protests Over Gross Acronym

A top artificial intelligence (AI) conference will officially use a different acronym as its shorthand name, following months of controversy fuelled in part by last year’s event when Elon Musk reportedly made a joke about “tits.” Read More >>

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These Animated AI Bots Learned to Dress Themselves, Awkwardly

The ability to put our clothes on each day is something most of us take for granted, but as computer scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US recently found out, it’s a surprisingly complicated task—even for artificial intelligence. Read More >>

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Unpredictable Londoners Are Training Driverless Cars to Deal with Human Behaviour

Londoners have always thought of themselves as a bit special, and a software startup at Imperial College has pretty much confirmed they're right. Read More >>

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AI Community Feuds Over ‘NIPS,’ The Controversial Name of Its Top Conference

At one of the most prominent artificial intelligence (AI) conferences in the world last year, keynote speaker Elon Musk reportedly made a joke about “tits” on a stage in front hundreds of researchers and engineers. He seemed to be referring to the name of the mainstay AI conference, NIPS, and its unofficial pre-conference event, the suggestively named ‘TITS,’ which launched last year. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference, as it is formally known, is an event that draws in people from all across the AI and machine learning (ML) community, including employees of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Read More >>

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Portrait Painted by AI Sells For £338,000

A painting made by an artificial intelligence program sold at Christie’s in New York auction on Thursday for $432,500 (£337,874) – far more than the estimated $7,000 to $10,000. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Amazon’s Secret AI Hiring Tool Reportedly ‘Penalised’ CVs With the Word ‘Women’s’

For years, a team at Amazon reportedly worked on software that vetted the resumes of job applicants in an effort to surface the most likely hires. It gradually became clear that no matter how hard engineers tried to fix it, the recruitment engine found a way to discriminate against women, Reuters reported today. Read More >>

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The Media Tried To Game The Machines and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next (Facebook Won)

Just five years ago, not only was it possible for a reputable outlet to flatly characterise Upworthy—a website that didn’t make much but a system for testing what drew clicks on Facebook—as the “fastest-growing media company of all time,” but it happened more than once. By 2013, a year after its founding, Upworthy had favourable print profiles and $12 million (£9.4 million) in funding from people like Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian. Its founder was making the rounds advising other sites hungry for traffic to “stay away from politics” and “focus on Facebook, not Twitter.” Michelle Obama guest-edited the site. Read More >>

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It’s So Great That Apple Cares About macOS Again

There have been...concerns. Ever since the iPhone showed up and started making unfathomable amounts of money, it was easy to get the sense that Apple was maybe leaving the venerable Mac behind. Sure there has been some nice new hardware, and each year Apple dutifully rolls out a new version of its desktop operating system, but it’s also been clear for years that the company’s energy has been focused on its far more lucrative mobile products. Read More >>