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AI & Society

AI's Eyes Evolve: Vision transformer research exploded in 2022.

Work on vision transformers exploded in 2022. Researchers published well over 17,000 ViT papers during the year. A major theme: combining self-attention and convolution.
Illustration of an elf workshop creating a red toy car from a description (channeling AI generated images)
AI & Society

Synthetic Images Everywhere: 2022 was the year text-to-image AI went mainstream.

Pictures produced by AI went viral, stirred controversies, and drove investments. A new generation of text-to-image generators inspired a flood of experimentation, transforming text descriptions into mesmerizing artworks and photorealistic fantasies.
Sequence of cellphones showing a photograph turned into art on Lensa AI app
AI & Society

Avatars Gone Wild: What's going on with Lensa, the AI-powered selfie app?

A blockbuster app produces sexualized avatar images, even when the original portraits were safe for work.
Sequence showing how FIFA's Video Assisted Review (VAR) works
AI & Society

The World Cup's AI Referee

The outcome of the FIFA World Cup 2022 depends on learning algorithms. The annual championship tournament of football, which wraps up this week, is using machine learning to help human arbiters spot players who break a rule that governs their locations on the field.
List of ChatGPT's examples, capabilities and limitations
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More Plausible Text, Familiar Failings: ChatGPT hasn’t overcome the weaknesses of other large language models

Members of the AI community tested the limits of the ChatGPT chatbot, unleashing an avalanche of tweets that made for sometimes-great, sometimes-troubling entertainment.
Series of slides showing different algorithms used by Washington D.C. to streamline their operations
AI & Society

Algorithms Control the Capital: The 29 Algorithms Used by Washington, D.C.

A new report offers a rare peek into the use of automated decision-making tools by the government of a major city.
Billboards displayed in different spaces and dashboard with data related to a billboard performance
AI & Society

Billboards Are Watching: Billboards Target Ads using Face Recognition and AI

AI-driven signs are deciding what to display based on data harvested from passersby. Companies that sell advertising in public spaces use face analysis and personal data to match ads with potential viewers in real time.
Image of body parts in Hokkien, map showing Hokkien speaking regions across the world and Model architecture of S2ST
AI & Society

Translating a Mostly Oral Language: How Meta Trained an NLP Model to Translate Hokkein

Most speech-to-speech translation systems use text as an intermediate mode. So how do you build an automated translator for a language that has no standard written form? A new approach trained neural networks to translate a primarily oral language.
Model that defeats KataGo, an open source Go-playing system
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Champion Model Is No Go: Adversarial AI Beats Master KataGo Algorithm

A new algorithm defeated a championship-winning Go model using moves that even a middling human player could counter. Researchers trained a model to defeat KataGo, an open source Go-playing system that has beaten top human players.
Different charts with data from the fifth annual State of AI Report
AI & Society

AI’s Year in Review: Fifth Annual State of AI Report Details 2022's Trends

2022 was a big year for AI-driven upstarts and scientific discovery, according to a new survey. The fifth annual State of AI Report details the biggest breakthroughs, business impacts, social trends, and safety concerns.
Table with job trends for occupations considered high risk for automation from 1999 to 2029
AI & Society

AI Hasn’t Been So Bad for Jobs: Employment Has Risen in Some Automation-Heavy Professions

Worries that automation is stealing jobs may have been greatly exaggerated. A U.S. government report found that employment has increased in many occupations that may be threatened by automation.
Charts showing home price changes year over year and in quarters
AI & Society

Does Price Optimization Hike Rents?: YieldStar AI Price Prediction May Inflate Rents

An algorithm that’s widely used to price property rentals may be helping to drive up rents in the United States. YieldStar, a price-prediction service offered by Texas-based analytics company RealPage, suggests rental rates that are often higher than the market average.
A series of screen captures from the Social Sentinel platform
AI & Society

When Safety Becomes Surveillance: Colleges Track Students Using AI Designed to Monitor Mental Health

United States colleges tracked activists using a natural language processing system intended to monitor their mental health.
Computer vision model detecting grain-storage facilities in an aerial photo
AI & Society

Ukraine's Lost Harvest Quantified: AI Analysis Shows Ukraine War Grain Farming Impacts

Neural networks are helping humanitarian observers measure the extent of war damage to Ukraine’s grain crop. Analysts from the Yale School of Public Health and Oak Ridge National Laboratory built a computer vision model that detects grain-storage facilities in aerial photos.
Explanation of different models related to divisive issues in the US
AI & Society

Pushing Voters' Buttons: How AI is Used to Create Persuasive Political Ads

As the United States (along with several other countries) gears up for general elections, AI is helping campaigns attract voters with increasing sophistication.

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