TOP AI V COVID-19 NEWS: Google AI fills in awkward silences

Video calls are frequently blighted by patchy audio, technically known as ‘jitter’, which is caused by the nature of the internet – packets of data being sent down wires and reassembled can quite naturally have gaps and delays, and sometimes little chunks go missing altogether. Google has a new fix, with an AI bot that learns to mimic your voice, then fills in those gaps. Soon it’ll being correcting your grammar! More here.  

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TOP AI V COVID-19 NEWS: AI in frontline care

AI is being rushed out to help with everything from chatbots giving online and telephone diagnoses to logistics crunchers mapping and tracking drugs, masks and machines across entire nations. But is this use of untested algorithms on uncontrolled data sets a help or a hindrance? More here.

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TOP AI COVID-19 NEWS: EU wants AI to scan, scan, scan!

The EU is planning the harness the proven ability of AI to quickly spot abnormalities on CT scans to speed up COVID-19 diagnoses. The so-called ‘ground glass’ signature of the virus on the lungs is already being used, but AI could massively cut down on scan time presently required by human experts – from 15 minutes to 10 seconds! More here.

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TOP AI NEWS: Hutter prize now $500,000!

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The Hutter Prize, which rewards the ability to compress data, has been bumped up to a cool half million. Sounds pedestrian in its aim, but they consider this ability a clear marker for AI – consider how neatly we humans fit stuff into our bonces! More here.   

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TOP AI NEWS: Google's babel fish is out!

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Google has launched its real-time translation for Android users (with iOS to follow), meaning you can read simultaneous translation (transliteration from spoken to written) involving 8 languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Thai. More here.  

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TOP AI NEWS: AI comes clean!

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NeurIPS, a big AI research conference, is asking anyone submitting papers to detail both their financial backing and an estimation of possible positive and negative repercussions of their research. This is a great first step in getting ethical AI into the consciousness of all data scientists. More here.    

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TOP AI NEWS: Good AI ROBOT!

The perennial problem of ‘robot stole my job’ could be finding a solution in a USA with record unemployment. It turns out that construction workers don’t mind robots operating backhoes and the like when there’s a huge shortage of skilled workers in their sector. More here.   

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TOP AI NEWS: Welcome, Judge DrAId

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Facial recognition software is being tested by police departments in the States now, which indicates that implementation is not far off. And without too much of a whimper all round. Funny how the body cams to record police behaviour were so controversial… More here

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TOP AI NEWS: Think, AI, think!

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A new approach, called the neuro-symbolic model, is trying to get AI to think like a child. Combine some good old-fashioned logic with neural networks, goes the thinking, and you might just get something close to the child’s hard-wired causality and sponge-like receptiveness. More here.   

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TOP AI NEWS: MASK VS AI FACIAL ID

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One of the big viral sellers in these Coronavirus days is a mask overprinted with your own face – so you can unlock your phone without taking off your mask. Neat idea – but doesn’t this mean your phone is completely vulnerable to anyone with… a picture of you? Come on, facial ID AI – that’s not good enough! More hereToday’s Simple AI – AI made easy

TOP AI NEWS: Get a clear view of Clearview

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The hacking of Clearview, a facial recognition AI software firm that is used by police departments and police states worldwide, was white hat, done to unmask this photo scraping entity. But in the Wild West of AI and the internet, how long before a black hat gets involved? And isn’t Clearview a bit of a black hat, anyway? More here, here and here.  

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TOP AI NEWS: AI just wrote all the songs!

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And copyrighted them! But don’t despair – it’s for a good cause. In the interests of musical freedom and to stop the burgeoning intellectual property suits, a pair of musicians had an algorithm generate all possible simple melodies, copyrighted the lot, then released them into public domain. More here.  

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TOP AI NEWS: AI Vision Genius QUITS!

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Joe Redmon, creator of YOLO, has quit the computer vision field because he can’t guarantee his research won’t be used in the cause of evil – or rather is disturbingly sure it will. Chapeau. His Twitter feed with decision here and more here.

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Top AI NEWS: the candidate approved this deepfake message

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First use of AI generated deepfakes in a political campaign. This one by the BJP in the Indian election was actually authorized, and has the politician ‘speaking’ a language he cannot, in reality, speak. But it probably won’t stop there, will it? More here.  

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Top AI NEWS: AI Bots Got a Lotta Chatter

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A new study indicates that as much as 25% of all internet traffic about climate change is generated by bots – and most of it dresses on the denial side. Sample posts like ‘Get lost Greta!’ may not be high on the sophistication scale, but they pass the Turing test, and are capable of amassing thousands of followers. More here.

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Top AI NEWS: Yes, AI saw COVID-19 1st, but…

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AI did spot the coronavirus outbreak (in late 2019), and did flag it up before people did, but that comes with a caveat – it took humans to sift through all the flags to recognize this as a potential global epidemic. Which makes this the first AI-human disease-busting super-doctor partnership in human-computer history. Read more here.

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Top AI NEWS: Will EU White Paper open the AI black box?

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The EU has released its paper on AI and now the Commission’s cogs will soon start whirring. There is no moratorium on face recognition suggested (as an early leak had us believe) but there are some interesting ideas about responsibility, human oversight of black box processes and a law to inform someone whenever they are interacting with an AI entity. Read the report here and an analysis here

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Top AI NEWS: No more snoozing for Tesla users!

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In more chilling news for driverless cars, the simple application of black tape to a speed limit sign tricked two Teslas into putting their AI feet down – and rocketing ing up from 35 to 85 mph! Where’s an AI traffic cop when you need one? More here.    

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Top AI NEWS: The secret world of OpenAI

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OpenAI was founded to ensure that AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) would be a benevolent rather than terrifying master. Their method was to be good guys themselves – non-profit, transparent, etc. But a new article from MTR paints a different picture, and even one of its founders, the Musk himself, says that ALL AI developers should be regulated. Read more here and here.  

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Top AI NEWS: UK AI NOT OK

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A new report from the UK government entitled Artificial Intelligence and Public Standards provides some interesting reading and self-criticism. There’s also 8 tips for public bodies using AI (including full transparency, where it presently falls far short) and 7 tips for AI developers. Read it here.   

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Top AI NEWS: Holy Quantum Entanglement, Batman!

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In a development which could lead to an ultra-secure internet, inter-galactic travel or the coolest magic show since that Tesla one in the film, a Chinese scientist managed quantum entanglement over the distance of 50km! More here.   

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Top AI NEWS: Gordon AI Gekko

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Machines are outperforming human brains on the best stock picks, at least in the long term, according to a new Indiana University study. Which could mean the collapse of the entire financial system – or just go to show quite how bad at their jobs most stock-pickers are. More here.  

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Top AI NEWS: UnTesla’d Tesla ReTesla’d!

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The driver who reported the AI self-drive feature in his Tesla had been remotely disabled reported that it has been (remotely) re-enabled – and the switch-off blamed on a ‘miscommunication’. Which is nice, but kind of unease-inducing. Mean to say, we thought when you bought a car, it was yours? More here.  

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Top AI NEWS: world’s first infodemic

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The WHO has so dubbed the coronovirus, due to the inordinate quantities of both information and misinformation swirling around the interweb about it. It could also be the first time enough data is generated to start some real AI number crunching in the fight against the spread of disease. So good news here or bad news here.

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Top AI NEWS: virtual reality versus real grief

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In a TV moment that can only be described as gut-wrenching, a mother was reunited with her deceased daughter through VR and haptic feedback. Whether this can be therapeutic or not can be left to the experts, because TV is just going plough right ahead! Check it out here.

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Top AI NEWS: Mark (Zuckerberg) my words!

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Facebook may have just advanced the cause of translation AI immensely (not that it was doing so badly already) by releasing a set of over 4.5 billion ‘parallel sentences’ (sentences that mean the same in two languages) from 576 languages. More here.

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Top AI NEWS: AI Welfare fraud cop loses its badge

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In another setback for the AI surveillance software community in the EU, the use of an algorithm to spot possible welfare fraud has been declared illegal in Holland. On the other side of the Atlantic, a New York State high school has started using AI face recognition. Talk about polar opposites! More here and here respectively.

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