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This Office Space Meets The Matrix Deepfake Deserves a Theatrical Release

The deepfake hits just keep on coming. Following an excellent reimagining of Back to the Future where Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are replaced with Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, another talented deepfaker has put Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving into Office Space, creating the fourth Matrix film we really deserve. Read More >>

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Neural Networks Upscale Film from 1896 to 4K, Make It Look Like It Was Shot on a Modern Smartphone

There are lots of valid reasons to be worried about how deep learning techniques could potentially be used to manipulate footage for nefarious reasons. But as Denis Shiryaev demonstrates by upscaling some old black and white film footage from 1896, those AI-powered tools can also be a powerful way to bring the past back to life. Read More >>

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CES 2020: WTF Is an Artificial Human and Where Did They Come From?

Neon is the name of the company and also the name of its only product – if you can call it that. I’m told a Neon is a living entity, but it doesn’t have a physical body. I’m told a Neon is computationally created, but it’s not an AI assistant. So what the fuck is Neon and what is all this talk about artificial humans? Read More >>

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Nvidia Taught an AI to Instantly Generate Fully-Textured 3D Models From Flat 2D Images

Turning a sketch or photo of an object into a fully realised 3D model so that it can be duplicated using a 3D printer, played in a video game, or brought to life in a movie through visual effects, requires the skills of a digital modeller working from a stack of images. But Nvidia has successfully trained a neural network to generate fully-textured 3D models based on just a single photo. Read More >>

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A Neural Network Powers this Lego-Built Brick Sorter that Can Recognise Every Piece Ever Made

Lego becomes more and more enjoyable as your collection grows, until the point when your morass of plastic bricks becomes so overwhelming that it’s impossible to find the piece you’re looking for. At that point, you need to develop a sorting system, or do what Daniel West did, and use a bunch of your Lego to build a machine that automatically sorts the rest of your bricks for you. Read More >>

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Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People

As video games give players more freedom to explore complex digital worlds, it becomes more challenging for a CG character to naturally move and interact with everything in it. So to prevent those awkward transitions between pre-programmed movements, researchers have turned to AI and deep learning to make video game characters move almost as realistically as real humans do. Read More >>

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Google Tweaks Search to Better Understand Your Gibberish Queries

Searching for information online sometimes takes creativity – depending on how you word a query, Google can bring back some wonky results. That’s why Google announced today that it’s improved its search to better understand natural language for “queries [it] can’t anticipate.” Read More >>

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Thousands of Reasons That We Shouldn’t Trust a Neural Network to Analyse Images

When it comes to image recognition tech, it’s still remarkably easy to fool the machines. And while it’s some good comedy when a neural network mistakes a butterfly for a washing machine, the consequences of this idiocy are pretty nightmarish when you think about rolling these flawed systems out into the real world. Read More >>

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Google May Have Used Your Mannequin Challenge Videos to Train AI

Remember back in 2016 when everybody was posting those Mannequin Challenge videos? Well, it turns out that instead of collecting dust in Ye Olde Meme Archive, Google researchers are using the videos to help train robots to better navigate their surroundings. Read More >>

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A New Method Of Spotting Deepfake Videos Looks For the Subtle Movements We Don’t Realise We Make

The quality and speed at which videos can now be faked using neural networks and deep learning processes promises to make the upcoming presidential election even more of a nightmare. But by exploiting something overlooked in current deepfake techniques, researchers have found an automated way to spot fake videos. Read More >>

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MIT Is Teaching the Machines How to Make Pizza Based On a Single Photo

Generative adversarial networks (GAN) can do a lot of things—it’s basically the type of machine learning used to generate realistic AI faces and deepfakes. But researchers at MIT are using GAN to do the holy, blessed work of building a neural network to teach computers how to make pizza. Read More >>

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The World’s First Sport Invented By an AI Still Looks Less Absurd Than Synchronised Swimming

It’s not uncommon for new technology to spawn a new sport: Drone racing has become hugely popular around the world, and Segway Polo is apparently still a thing. It’s now artificial intelligence’s turn to give us a new pastime, but will the sport it invented, Speedgate, take the world by storm, or will it be relegated to this advertising agency’s company picnic? Read More >>

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It’s Surprisingly Easy to Make AI Think a Taxi Is a Vacuum Cleaner

Technologists like to put machine learning on a pedestal, exalting its ability to complement and even exceed human labour, but these systems are far from perfect. In fact, they are still tremendously vulnerable to self-owns. A research paper from January details how just how easy it is to trick an image recognition neural network. Read More >>

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Your March Horoscope Is Here, And Our AI Astrologer Is Growing Smarter

Welcome to AIstrology. With the help of research scientist Janelle Shane, we built a bot to generate monthly horoscopes. Each horoscope below is 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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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 >>