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These Animated AI Bots Learned to Dress Themselves, Awkwardly

The ability to put our clothes on each day is something most of us take for granted, but as computer scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology recently found out, it’s a surprisingly complicated task—even for artificial intelligence.

Top Cortana Exec Out at Microsoft as Internal Shakeup Continues Top Cortana Exec Out at Microsoft as Internal Shakeup Continues

The next VP to leave Microsoft is the current head of Cortana, Javier Soltero, according to multiple reports. The departure is part of an ongoing internal shakeup at Microsoft that has seen execs including 20-year vet Terry Myerson leave the company.

An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU

A number of border control checkpoints in the European Union are about to get increasingly—and unsettlingly—futuristic.

Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff Google Pledges $25 Million for 'Good' AI, Totally Isn't Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff

Google has faced a lot of backlash since Gizmodo revealed in March that the company was helping the United States Department of Defense develop artificial intelligence that could be used to analyze drone footage as part of the Defense Department’s Project Maven. Internally, the program angered many Google employees…

AI Community Feuds Over 'NIPS,' the Controversial Name of Its Top Conference AI Community Feuds Over 'NIPS,' the Controversial Name of Its Top Conference

At one of the most prominent artificial intelligence (AI) conferences in the world last year, keynote speaker Elon Musk reportedly made a joke about “tits” on a stage in front hundreds of researchers and engineers. He seemed to be referring to the name of the mainstay AI conference, NIPS, and its unofficial…

Portrait Painted by AI Sells For $432,500 Portrait Painted by AI Sells For $432,500

A painting made by an artificial intelligence program sold at Christie’s in New York auction on Thursday for $432,500—far more than the estimated $7,000 to $10,000.

UK Supermarkets Will Test Using Facial Recognition to Verify Alcohol Buyers’ Age, Report Claims UK Supermarkets Will Test Using Facial Recognition to Verify Alcohol Buyers’ Age, Report Claims

Select self-service checkouts at supermarkets in the UK will “very soon” be equipped with cameras and facial recognition software, according to the Telegraph. They’ll reportedly use tech from British startup Yoti to determine if a shopper is old enough to buy alcohol and cigarettes without forcing them to “register…

Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Casting anyone other than Harrison Ford in the role of Han Solo just feels like sacrilege, but since Ford is now 76 years old, playing a younger version of himself would be all but impossible. Or at least impossible if you rely on the standard Hollywood de-aging tricks like makeup and CG. Artificial intelligence, it…

Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering' Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering'

Last week, Google dropped its bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a massive military cloud computing contract potentially worth up to $10 billion, amid employee backlash and concern the project could violate their “AI principles.” Now an open letter claiming to be from an unspecified number of…

AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least We Have That Going for Us AI Still Sucks at Optical Illusions, So at Least We Have That Going for Us

Optical illusions take advantage of shortcomings in the visual system. Certain special designs can trick our brain as it’s trying to process the information that’s coming in. Learning more about what can trick our minds would help us learn more about the human mind itself.

Google’s AI Bots Invent Ridiculous New Legs to Scamper Through Obstacle Courses Google’s AI Bots Invent Ridiculous New Legs to Scamper Through Obstacle Courses

Using a technique called reinforcement learning, a researcher at Google Brain has shown that virtual robots can redesign their body parts to help them navigate challenging obstacle courses—even if the solutions they come up with are completely bizarre.

Essential's Next Phone Will Be a Wildly Different, AI-Powered Companion: Report Essential's Next Phone Will Be a Wildly Different, AI-Powered Companion: Report

Making smartphones is hard, and despite having one of the best pedigrees in the business, Andy Rubin’s company stumbled out of the gate when it launched the Essential PH-1 last year. At first, the Essential Phone’s camera wasn’t great and it’s software wasn’t quite as smooth as we’d like, but thanks to continued…

Instagram Will Use Machine Learning to Help Tackle Cyberbullying Instagram Will Use Machine Learning to Help Tackle Cyberbullying

As hundreds of millions of people flood social networks, tech companies are struggling to weed out harassment on their platforms—and so they’re turning to machines for help. On Tuesday, Instagram announced it was doing just that.

Would a BDSM Sex Robot Violate Asimov's First Law of Robotics? Would a BDSM Sex Robot Violate Asimov's First Law of Robotics?

The sex robot community—the people who make the sex robots, and the people who want to have sex with the sex robots—suffered a blow this past week, when the Houston City Council voted to preemptively ban what would’ve been the first sex robot “brothel” in the U.S. But even those council members must know that their…

Emerging Tech Will Create More Jobs Than It Kills by 2022, World Economic Forum Predicts Emerging Tech Will Create More Jobs Than It Kills by 2022, World Economic Forum Predicts

The advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence will make 75 million jobs obsolete by the year 2022, according to a new report. Sounds dreadful, but the same report goes on to predict the creation of 133 million new jobs over the same period.

New MIT Robot Can Delicately Handle Objects It’s Never Seen Before New MIT Robot Can Delicately Handle Objects It’s Never Seen Before

Robots in factories are really good at picking up objects they’ve been pre-programmed to handle, but it’s a different story when new objects are thrown into the mix. To overcome this frustrating inflexibility, a team of researchers from MIT devised a system that essentially teaches robots how to assess unfamiliar…

Murderbot Struggles to Pass for Human in This Excerpt From Martha Wells' Exit Strategy Murderbot Struggles to Pass for Human in This Excerpt From Martha Wells' Exit Strategy

Murderbot is back! The AI with a bad attitude (who isn’t necessarily a bad robot, despite that scary name) returns October 2 in Exit Strategy. It’s the final installment of Martha Wells’ Hugo and Nebula-winning novella series—ahead of the author’s next project, a full-length Murderbot novel.

This AI Fakes Footage to Make It Look Like You Have Bruno Mars' Dance Moves

By now we’ve got lots of worrying examples of how AI-powered image processing software can flawlessly alter faces, or make someone appear to say something they didn’t. But there are other, perhaps under-explored uses for this technology: like trying to fake a video of you dancing so it looks like you’ve got Bruno…

A Where's Waldo-Finding Robot Is Here to Steal Your Toddler's Only Job

Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Waldo on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called redpepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Waldo playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveler in as little as four-and-a-half…

IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect' IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'

Internal company documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company’s Watson supercomputer found “multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations” when using the software, according to a report from Stat News.

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