Top AI News: Why Rick Perry will never forget anything ever again

The US Department of Energy is going to be asking Congress to shove $3-4 billion its way to push AI solutions within its remit for the decade to come. The agency has whole landfills piled high with data (petabytes daily), and only intelligent machines can crunch through anything like that. They’re also planning to build the next generation of computers, and together that could herald the next great scientific leap forward. More @

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Top AI News: T-shirts with hidden messages

As we have mentioned before, the kickback against AI vision has begun, with the birth of adversarial attacks. But individuals worried about the power of facial recognition in the hands of police and surveillance states might have good reason to look for protection. Enter the adversarial T-shirt, which sports patterns that look innocuous to you or us, but confuse the hell out of an AI entity. Presumably masks are next. Read more here.  

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Top AI News: AlphaStar goes All-Star

More of an update, really, on the news back in distant January of AlphaStar beating 2 top pros at StarCraft II. The AI entity has continued playing, and now outranks 99.8% of all players of this open-ended, real-time strategy game. We’ll be reduced to playing Snakes & Ladders to get a win before long. More here.

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Top AI News: Germany takes the AI ethics initiative

The German Data Ethics Commission just released its report on what regulations should be implemented to deal with the burgeoning field of AI. As with GDPR, what comes from Germany often feeds into EU policy, which has global clout, so it gives a good feel for how laws affecting machine learning and intelligent algorithms might develop. Read more here.

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Top AI News: Play that again, Sam3000

AI is being used to analyze the physical and emotional reaction music elicits in people. By mapping kinds of music, tempo, melody and so on to the reactions they provoke, it is hoped that one day it could design musical therapy as effective at banishing, say, a migraine as an aspirin cures a headache today. In the meantime, it could revolutionize elevator music. For more, here.

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Top AI News: Take the Deepfake Challenge

With all of the (justifiable – see yesterday’s post) worry about deepfakes, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and others have taken the initiative  and launched the Deepfake Detection Challenge, which allows anyone to take part in the creation of software tools for the unmasking of these AI-created masters of disguise. They’ve just released the ‘preview dataset’ of 5000 videos, some real some faked, so you can get familiar with the setup before the competition launch in December.   

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Top AI News: Star athletes wrongly accused!

AI facial recognition software is been thrown into the fight against crime with gay abandon, but if you’re a sports fan, you might want to ask you government to put the brakes on a bit – that is, unless you want to see your favourite hitters, pitchers, throwers and scorers behind bars! 27 athletes and a database of 20,000 mugshots were fed into an AI algorithm called Rekognition, and it was asked to make matches. It did – falsely, we should point out – in one out of every six cases! Put that system on a police car and your top scorer could find him or herself in cuffs on the way to the big game. Read more here.   

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