Excerpts from promotional video for music-composing robot named Shimon
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Algorithm and Blues

Bored with your Spotify playlists? Let this robot singer/songwriter take you on a trip “Into Your Mind.” A music-composing, marimba-playing robot named Shimon has learned to write and sing its own lyrics, IEEE Spectrum reports.
Workers in office cubicles
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Workers Get the Jump on Automation

Businesses around the world outsource their customer service work to the Philippines. Now the Philippines is preparing its workers to outsource some tasks to AI.
Animated symbol of Covid-19 virus structure
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AI Takes on Coronavirus

Machine learning thrives on data, but information about the novel coronavirus and the illness it produces has been either thin or hard to access. Now researchers are pooling resources to share everything we do know.
Robotic hand controlled by an amputee taking a can
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AI Gets a Grip

Amputees can control a robotic hand with their thoughts — plus machine learning. University of Michigan researchers developed a system that uses signals from an amputee’s nervous system to control a prosthetic hand.
Examples of original and cloaked portrait photos
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Secret Identity

Hoping to keep surveillance capitalists from capitalizing on your face? Safeguard your selfies with a digital countermeasure. Researchers devised a program that subtly alters portrait photos to confuse face recognition models without distorting the image to the human eye.
Male models during the Paris Fashion Week
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Clothes Make the GAN

Fashion models recently sashayed down Paris Fashion Week catwalks in outfits designed by deep neural nets. Swedish design firm Acne Studios based its 2020 fall/winter men’s line on output from a generative adversarial network.
Text "You only live once. #YOLO" written over an orange background
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Code No Evil

A prominent AI researcher has turned his back on computer vision over ethical issues. The co-creator of the popular object-recognition network You Only Look Once (YOLO) said he no longer works on computer vision because the technology has “almost no upside and enormous downside risk.”
Film from 1911 colored
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History in Hi Res

While deep learning is taking us into the future, it’s also opening windows into the past. A Redditor brought 100-year-old silent film footage of New York City into the 21st century by automatically sharpening the picture, boosting the frame rate, and adding color.
Exercise training system working
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Personal TrAIner

No more sloppy workouts: AI can correct your form. A home exercise system uses neural nets to analyze your motions and tell you when you perform a move properly, reports The Verge.
Example of a deepfake
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. . . And I Approve of This Deepfake

Deepfake tech reared its digitally altered head in Indian politics, but with a twist: Altered images of a politician were produced by his own campaign.
Rendering of simulated environment
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OpenAI Under Fire

An icon of idealism in AI stands accused of letting its ambition eclipse its principles. Founded in 2015 to develop artificial general intelligence for the good of humankind, OpenAI swapped its ideals for cash.
Drone following a person riding an ATV
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Imitation Learning in the Wild

Faster than a speeding skateboard! Able to dodge tall trees while chasing a dirt bike! It’s … an upgrade in the making from an innovative drone maker.
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference in New York
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Meeting of the Minds

Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio, and Yann LeCun presented their latest thinking about deep learning’s limitations and how to overcome them.
Automatic license plate reader
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Glimpse My Ride

Police in the U.S. routinely use AI to track cars with little accountability to the public. Documents obtained by Wired revealed just how intensively police in Los Angeles, California, have been using automatic license plate readers.
Autonomous vehicle detecting images projected on the street
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Phantom Menace

Some self-driving cars can’t tell the difference between a person in the roadway and an image projected on the street. A team of researchers used projectors to trick semiautonomous vehicles into detecting people, road signs, and lane markings that didn’t exist.

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