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A Simple Sticker Tricked Neural Networks Into Classifying Anything as a Toaster

Image recognition technology may be sophisticated, but it is also easily duped. Researchers have fooled algorithms into confusing two skiers for a dog, a baseball for espresso, and a turtle for a rifle. But a new method of deceiving the machines is simple and far-reaching, involving just a humble sticker. Read More >>

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This Carol-Writing Neural Network Wants to Wish You a Very ‘Hurry Christmas’

As you gather round the fireplace this Christmas and your smug second cousin decides it’s time to drunkenly berate everyone about the blockchain market, try drowning him out with this new, technologically-advanced carol: “Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la.” Read More >>

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Like This Post If You Want Facebook to Finally Solve the News Feed’s Like-Baiting Problem

After former company president Sean Parker said Facebook was exploiting human psychology to the detriment of its users, and ex-vice president of growth Chamath Palihapitiya implied that Facebook may be responsible for creating “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric,” Facebook says it’s instituting a new policy to help combat some of the more egregious engagement baiting that takes place on its social network. Read More >>

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This £2,700 GPU Is the Most Powerful Ever, and to Prove It, Nvidia Painted It Gold

When it comes to satisfying the needs of the PC master race, there’s no such thing as too much. That’s why Nvidia went and created the £2,700 Titan V, which the company is calling the most powerful graphics card ever created. Then, Nvidia went and painted it gold, so you wouldn’t confuse it with any of those other pedestrian GPUs. Read More >>

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Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby

For toddlers, playing with toys is not all fun-and-games—it’s an important way for them to learn how the world works. Using a similar methodology, researchers from University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot that, like a child, learns from scratch and experiments with objects to figure out how to best move them around. And by doing so, this robot is essentially able to see into its own future. Read More >>

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Google Home Finally Smart Enough to Do Two Things at Once

Despite all the time and energy companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and others have spent stressing the importance of AI, actual progress doesn’t always feel that swift. That’s because after about a year on the market, the Google Home just got the ability to do two things at once. Read More >>

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Google Has Figured Out a Way to Detect When Strangers Are Sneaking a Peek at Your Phone

With all the data that’s constantly sent and received by our phones, there’s been an ever-increasing focus on combating viruses, malware, and other online attacks, to the point that we sometimes forget what’s going on in the real world. But good physical security is still one of the most important things when it comes to protecting your devices, and thanks to a couple members of Google’s research team, your phone might soon be able to tell when others are peeping at your screen from over your shoulder. Read More >>

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Wrap Up Your Halloween by Reading This Twitter Bot’s Weird Reddit-Generated Horror Stories

This year’s Tuesday-night Halloween meant that most of the nation’s serial killers, monsters and various stabby creatures had to turn in early for a bright and early hump day. But in lieu of being chased around by a low-budget demon, it’s not too late to wrap up your night by dimming the lights and reading some tales from a machine designed to creep you out. Read More >>

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New AI System Makes CAPTCHAs Even More Vulnerable to Hacks

Computer scientists have developed an artificially intelligent system that’s an improvement over existing techniques used to crack CAPTCHAs, those super-annoying prompts that check to see whether you’re a human or a bot. For security experts, it means that existing CAPTCHA-based systems may soon be obsolete—if they aren’t already. Read More >>

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Ingenious AI Converts Images of Food Into a List of Ingredients

Researchers at MIT have developed deep-learning algorithm that can compile a list of ingredients and even recommend recipes after looking at photos of food. The artificially intelligent system still needs some fine tuning, but this tool could eventually help us learn to cook, count calories, and track our eating habits. Read More >>

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Researchers Think They Can Use Twitter to Spot Riots Before Police

Researchers in the UK used machine learning algorithms to analyze 1.6 million tweets in London during the infamous 2011 riots, which resulted in widespread looting, property destruction and over 3,000 arrests. According to the researchers, analysing Twitter data to map out where violence occurred in London boroughs was faster and more accurate than relying on emergency calls—or even on-the-ground information gathering. Read More >>

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This Artificially Intelligent Robot Composes and Performs Its Own Music

Shimon — a four-armed marimba playing robot — has been around for years, but its developers at Georgia Tech have recently taken this futuristic musical machine to the next level. Using deep learning, the robot can now study large datasets from well-known musicians, and then produce and perform its own original compositions. Read More >>

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Would You Feel Safer If Your Self-Driving Car Could Explain Itself?

With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In high frequency stock trading, for example, this had led to so-called flash crashes, in which algorithms make lightning-quick decisions for reasons we can’t quite grasp. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way we puny humans can understand. Read More >>

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Google’s Coolest Tech Is Getting Harder and Harder to See

Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You’d be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The keynote was essentially just a boring two-hour lecture about small, incremental updates to existing products. Read More >>

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Robots Have Started Teaching Other Robots New Skills

In an important advance that takes us one step closer to the inevitable robopocalypse, MIT researchers have developed a system that teaches robots how to acquire new skills—and then teach those skills to different types of robots. Read More >>