The Next Web: Need labels for your product? A new logo? A new website? Have AI design them. “As we’re sliding into 2018, it’s safe to say AI-powered machines can do just about anything. They can detect breast cancer. Paint a new Rembrandt. Even tell us if there’s fresh coffee in the kitchen. So it was only a matter of time before artificial intelligence found its way into design.”
The Telegraph: Government develops artificial intelligence program to stop online extremism. “The £600,000 software can automatically detect Isil propaganda and stop it from going online, and ministers claim the new tool can detect 94 per cent of Isil propaganda with 99.9 per cent accuracy.” For the purposes of this article, Isil = ISIS, as far as I can tell.
Futurism: Politicians and Innovators Agree: It’s Impossible to Govern AI. “This weekend, Futurism got exclusive access to a closed-door roundtable on the global governance of AI. The event was organized by the AI Initiative from the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy and H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. With over 50 of the world’s foremost thinkers, leaders, and practitioners of AI in attendance, the conversation was—to be cliché—a hotbed for debate.”
Phys .org: Predictive algorithms are no better at telling the future than a crystal ball . “Predictive analytics powered by algorithms are designed to help managers make decisions that favourably impact the bottom line. The global market for this technology is expected to grow from US$3.9 billion in 2016 to US$14.9 billion by 2023. Despite the promise, predictive algorithms are as mythical as the crystal ball of ancient times.”
Gadgets 360: Google Photos Uses AI to Turn Your Photos Into Themed Movies . “Google Photos has received an update that lets you leverage its built-in artificial intelligence (AI) technology to start creating perfect themed movies directly using your existing photos. The ability to create movies from photos isn’t new for Google Photos since it’s been an intrinsic part of the Google Photos app for a long time. However, Google has now expanded the original movie building feature with the option to create themed movies.”
AI Weirdness: Candy Heart messages written by a neural network. “I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data – although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced… well, you be the judge.” Cool Cud.
Gizmodo: Facebook Researchers Teach AI to ‘Re-Skin’ People in Real Time. “Facebook researchers have developed a new tool that maps 2D images onto humans in videos. The 2D images themselves look silly, but they’re proof of concept that AI can be trained to look past environmental noise and identify humans in complex scenes.”