The Verge: Facebook promises new AI tool will proactively detect revenge porn. “Facebook is launching a new AI tool today that it says can proactively detect and flag intimate images and videos of someone posted without their consent. The system will be active on Facebook and Instagram, and, unlike current filters, it can detect ‘near-nude’ content. This content is then flagged and sent to a human moderator for review.”
Wired: China Is Catching Up To The Us In AI Research—fast. “AT THE WORLD’S top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from twin cameras collected under varied conditions, such as sunny and poor weather. Artificial intelligence software proficient at that task could help the US tech giants with money-making projects such as autonomous cars or augmented reality. But the winner was an institution with very different interests and allegiances: China’s National University of Defense Technology, a top military academy of the People’s Liberation Army.”
Google Blog: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI. “Now available to people with Pixel devices in the U.S. (in English only), Lookout helps those who are blind or have low vision identify information about their surroundings. It draws upon similar underlying technology as Google Lens, which lets you search and take action on the objects around you, simply by pointing your phone. Since we announced Lookout at Google I/O last year, we’ve been working on testing and improving the quality of the app’s results.”
Neowin: Microsoft updates Seeing AI, now lets users explore by touch, and more . “For starters, users are now able to ‘explore’ photos by simply tapping on an image on their touch screen. The description of the objects included in the image will be read out loud, while the spatial relationship between various such entities will be described as well. Photos taken on the Scene channel, stored in the photo browser, or shared on social media can also now be explored through a menu that will be accessible through other apps.”
Futurism: You’re Hired! This Site Generates Random Neural Network Résumés. “A new website can write your résumé for you in just ten seconds — as long as you don’t mind sending employers a document of totally-made-up information and just a touch of gibberish.” This is very funny but I’m worried some of those “generated” Gmail addresses might be real.
Neowin: Microsoft launches AI Business School – a free, non-technical, online course. “Microsoft’s positive approach toward harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) has been accentuated multiple times in recent months. In January, Microsoft joined the SciKit-learn consortium to help make AI accessible to all. Then, last month, the tech giant collaborated with Accenture, initiating the Microsoft Business Group to empower enterprises through Azure services.”
Route Fifty: Artificial Intelligence Now Helps People Find Jobs. “When people talk about artificial intelligence and the future of work, the central discussion is often how many jobs intelligent machines will eliminate. That was, in fact, the main thrust of conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. The young founders of the startup BLOC—all of whom are in college or recently entered this brave new workforce—are flipping that narrative to harness AI to help people secure jobs and tackle unemployment.”