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AI & Society

Voices for the Voiceless: Generative AI Models Are Creating Voices for Hollywood and Video Games

Musicians and filmmakers adopted AI as a standard part of the audio-production toolbox. What happened: Professional media makers embraced neural networks that generate new sounds and modify old ones. Voice actors bristled.
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Multimodal AI Takes Off: Multimodal Models, such as CLIP and Dall-E, Are Taking Over AI
AI & Society

Multimodal AI Takes Off: Multimodal Models, such as CLIP and Dall-E, Are Taking Over AI

While models like GPT-3 and EfficientNet, which work on text and images respectively, are responsible for some of deep learning’s highest-profile successes, approaches that find relationships between text and images made impressive
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AI & Society

Transformers Take Over: Transformers Applied to Vision, Language, Video, and More

In 2021, transformers were harnessed to discover drugs, recognize speech, and paint pictures — and much more.
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AI & Society

Governments Lay Down the Law: Governments Around The World Increasingly Regulate AI

Legislators worldwide wrote new laws — some proposed, some enacted — to rein in societal impacts of automation.What happened: Authorities at all levels ratcheted up regulatory pressure as
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AI & Society

Trillions of Parameters: Are AI Models With Trillions of Parameters the New Normal?

The trend toward ever-larger models crossed the threshold from immense to ginormous. Google kicked off 2021 with Switch Transformer, the first published work to exceed a trillion parameters, weighing in at 1.6 trillion.
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AI & Society

Troll Recognition: Twitch Uses AI to Flag Trolls Who Try to Avoid Bans

A prominent online streaming service is using a machine learning model to identify trolls who try to get around being banned.
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AI & Society

What Makes TikTok Tick: Leaked Info Reveals How TikTok's Algorithm Works

A leaked document gave reporters a glimpse of what makes TikTok’s renowned recommender algorithm so effective.
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Animated graphics from Google demonstrate Project Relate, a tool for recognizing impaired speech. .
AI & Society

Everyone Has a Voice: Project Relate Offers Synthesized Speech that Works in Real Time

An Android app offers speech recognition model for speech impaired by cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.
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AI & Society

U.S. AI Strategy In Gear: National Security Commision Influences U.S. Military AI Policy

Recommendations from the National Security Commission on AI were enshrined in over 190 laws in 2021.
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AI & Society

When Officials Share Personal Data: South Korea Supplied Foreigner Data to Face Recognition Developers

The government of South Korea is supplying personal data to developers of face recognition algorithms.
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A graph shows the cost in dollars of training large natural language processing models.
AI & Society

Who Can Afford to Train AI?: Cost of AI is Too Expensive for Many Small Companies

The cost of training top-performing machine learning models has grown beyond the reach of smaller companies.
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AI & Society

Who Has the Best Face Recognition? U.S. Government Agency Ranks the Best Face Recognition Systems

Face recognition algorithms have come under scrutiny for misidentifying individuals. A U.S. government agency tested over 1,000 of them to see which are the most reliable.
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An animation shows how to opt out of Facebook's face recognition services.
AI & Society

Facebook Doesn't See Your Face: Facebook Disables Face Recognition Services

Facebook disabled face recognition for uploaded photos and videos as well as its retrospective Memories service and promised to delete over 1 billion individual face recognition templates.
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AI & Society

How Facebook Fills the Feed: Leaked Documents Show How Facebook's Algorithm Works

Facebook’s recommendation algorithm is a closely guarded secret. Newly leaked documents shed light on the company’s formula for prioritizing posts in an individual user’s feed.
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AI & Society

Seeing Through Forgeries: Researchers Use AI to Identify Da Vinci Forgery

Accusations of fraud hang over some of the world’s most highly valued artworks. Machine learning engineers are evaluating the authenticity of these famous pieces.
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