The Next Web: This Twitter bot will colorize your black-and-white photos in seconds for free. “Colorise Bot is a Twitter bot which, if you tweet it a photograph of a black-and-white photograph, will transform it into a picture of technicolor genius. The best part? It’s super fast, with some images colorized in a matter of seconds.” I tweeted something at the bot, and it turned around pretty quickly, but did not show up in my TweetDeck mentions.
Nieman Lab: A new feature in The Washington Post’s Opinion section will alert readers to opposite viewpoints (with the help of AI) . “What’s the role of an opinion section in a newspaper today? The Washington Post argues that its role is to expose readers to new viewpoints. As such, the paper has launched a new online feature, Counterpoint, that ‘surfaces an Opinions article with a different perspective than what a user is currently reading.'”
Nanalyze: 8 Companies Using AI for Law Enforcement . “The science fiction universe is populated by all sorts of crime-fighting artificial intelligence (AI) machines. David Hasselhoff had KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) in Knight Rider. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, relies on JARVIS (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System). RoboCop was a well-armed fighting cyborg that melded man and machine. Today, researchers and companies are turning fiction into reality by building AI to fight crime.”
PopSugar: Meet Replika, the AI Bot That Wants to Be Your Best Friend. “On the day before Replika was officially made available to the public, more than 1.5 million people had already queued up on the app’s waiting list, in addition to the several hundred thousand who had already been granted access as part of a beta testing program. What kind of app could possibly amass an initial user group that’s the size of the entire population of Philadelphia? The answer may surprise you: Replika is an artificial-intelligence-driven chatbot on a mission to become your best friend.”
MIT Technology Review: AI Could Help Reporters Dig Into Grassroots Issues Once More. “Last year’s divisive American presidential race highlighted the extent to which mainstream media outlets were out of touch with the political pulse of the country. Deb Roy, the director of the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab, says part of the problem is that many local news operations are being closed or hollowed out because of economic pressures, depriving national newsrooms of valuable grassroots insights.”
The Next Web: Google’s AI guru predicts humans and machines will merge within 20 years. “Ray Kurzweil, Google’s guru of AI and futurism, spoke last week at the Council for Foreign Relations, in an intimate Q&A session. His views on the future of humanity might seem radical to a public that’s been cutting its teeth on doomsayer headlines featuring Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warning about World War III.”
Quartz: The titans of AI are getting their work double-checked by students. “We trust in science because we can verify the accuracy of its claims. We test and verify that accuracy by repeating the scientist’s original experiments. What happens when those tests fail, particularly in a field that has the potential to create billions of dollars of revenue?”