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Watch This Neural Network Generate an Infinite Number of Totally Unique Anime Characters

Last month Nvidia revealed its work on using competing neural networks to generate random, but convincing, photos of non-existent celebrities. A website called MakeGirlsMoe does almost the same thing, but instead of celebs, it churns out never-ending headshots of anime characters. Read More >>

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Watching This Neural Network Render Truly Photorealistic Faces is Creepy and Mesmerising

In 2015, Google released DeepDream, a bonkers, art-generating neural net users put to work rendering everything from disturbing dog collages to even more disturbing psychedelic porn. DeepDream may have just been the prelude to less aesthetically off-putting but much more significant applications of the slightly creepy technology—such as generating photorealistic, high-definition images of people who never existed. Read More >>

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Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach itself how to dominate the game without any human intervention. But get this: In a tournament that pitted AI against AI, this juiced-up version, called AlphaGo Zero, defeated the regular AlphaGo by a whopping 100 games to 0, signifying a major advance in the field. Hear that? It’s the technological singularity inching ever closer. Read More >>

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Finally, The First Beer Named By Neural Network Is Here

Neural networks have important purposes that people are excited about. But that’s not really what I’m interested in, and probably not how you’re familiar with the technology anyway. When I think of neural networks, I think of horrible drawings of cats, trippy visuals, and guinea pig names. That list now also includes beer names. Read More >>

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Here’s What Happens When an AI Names British Towns

Artificial intelligence networks have already come to the rescue of craft brewers, metal bands, and guinea pig owners who are looking for wacky new names. Now, digital consultant Dan Hon wants to use those same neural networks to help Britain come up with even more amusing place names. Read More >>

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We’ve Run Out of Beer Names and AI is Here to Help

Craft brewers are running out of beer names. NPR reports that companies are having to compromise over shared a name, or getting in Twitter fights over them. Even lawyers are settling spats over imagery, or hop puns like Hopscotch and Bitter End. Read More >>

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Clever Camera App Uses Deep Learning to Perfectly Retouch Your Photos Before You Take Them

Professional photographers often spend hours painstakingly perfecting their images in Lightroom and Photoshop before sharing them with the world. But researchers at MIT are promising similar results generated so quickly that your smartphone can correct and retouch a photo before you’ve even taken it. 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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Insanely Accurate Lip Syncing Tech Could Turn Fake News Videos into a Real Problem

Imagine the worst case scenario. Dubious filmmakers use artificially intelligent computers to feed raw audio into a simulated version of Barack Obama. The audio is actually Obama’s voice, and the face really is his face. But the lip movements? Totally fake. The filmmakers publish the video on the internet, and it’s virtually impossible to see that it’s a fake, because the technology is so good. This is not a hypothetical situation any more. Read More >>

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Here’s What Happened When Computers Tried Naming Metal Bands

Remember when metal band names were good? Names like RATT and Poison and Mötley Crüe elicited the perfect image: slick, sweaty men licking their guitars while wearing tight leather pants and acid washed jeans, wagging their hair-sprayed manes and rocking out harder than any of us so-called millennials could even imagine. Read More >>

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Someone Finally Hijacked Deep Learning Tech to Create More Than Nightmares

It’s been almost two years since Google liquefied our brains with its Deep Dream neural network and the nightmare-inducing images the technology created. But now, a team from the University of California, Berkeley is sort of doing the opposite—emphasis on “sort of.” Read More >>

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You Might Have Changed Your Face to Suit Your Name, Says Science

Some people really look like their names. That guy in the open-necked shirt saying "ya" into his BlackBerry between sips of artisan coffee - he's a Jolyon. The mother angrily staring down whoever got the parking space before her? Totally a Sandra. And the toddler running rampant in the supermarket is 100% named Harmony - but we know that because her mum won't stop yelling it. Read More >>

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Turn Doodles Into Furry Cat Monsters With Machine Learning Algorithm

If you’re a miserable drawer, have no fear — a new website takes your doodles and, using a machine learning algorithm, turns them into cats. Or nightmares. Read More >>

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Google Brain Cleans Up Low-Res Photos by Turning Everyone Into a Glitched Out Monster

The team at Google Brain has made an impressive breakthrough for increasing the resolution of images. They’ve managed to turn 8x8 grids of pixels into monstrous approximations of human beings. Read More >>