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The Sound of Conversation: AI Learns to Mimic Conversational Pauses and Interruptions

In spoken conversation, people naturally take turns amid interjections and other patterns that aren’t strictly verbal. A new approach generated natural-sounding audio dialogs without training on text transcriptions that mark when one party should stop speaking and the other should chime in.
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Toward Machines That LOL: Scientists Teach a Speech Recognition Robot to Laugh

Even if we manage to stop robots from taking over the world, they may still have the last laugh. Researchers at Kyoto University developed a series of neural networks that enable a robot engaged in spoken conversation to chortle along with its human interlocutor.
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One Architecture to Do Them All: Transformer: The AI architecture that can do it all.

The transformer architecture extended its reach to a variety of new domains.What happened: Originally developed for natural language processing, transformers are becoming the Swiss Army Knife of deep learning.
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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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Transformers: Smarter Than You Think

The transformer architecture has shown an uncanny ability to model not only language but also images and proteins. New research found that it can apply what it learns from the first domain to the others.
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Up for Debate

IBM’s Watson question-answering system stunned the world in 2011 when it bested human champions of the TV trivia game show Jeopardy! Although the Watson brand has fallen on hard times, the company’s language-processing prowess continues to develop.
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Cream of the Startup Crop

AI startups continue to roared ahead, global pandemic or no. Tech industry analyst CB Insights published its fifth annual list of the 100 most promising private AI companies.
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Large Language Models for Chinese

Researchers unveiled competition for the reigning large language model GPT-3. Four models collectively called Wu Dao were described by Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence, a research collective funded by the Chinese government, according to Synced Review.
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Star Trek: The Videobot Generation

A digital doppelgänger of Star Trek’s original star will let fans chat with him — possibly well beyond his lifetime. AI startup StoryFile built a lifelike videobot of actor William Shatner, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.
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Chatbots Against Depression

A language model is helping crisis-intervention volunteers practice their suicide-prevention skills. The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that operates a 24-hour hotline for LGBTQ youth, uses a “crisis contact simulator” to train its staff in how to talk with troubled teenagers.
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Spotlight on Unreproducible Results

A new website calls out AI research that may not lend itself to being reproduced. Papers Without Code maintains a directory of AI systems that researchers tried but failed to reproduce.
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Tell Me a Picture

Two new models show a surprisingly sharp sense of the relationship between words and images. OpenAI, the for-profit research lab, announced a pair of models that have produced impressive results in multimodal learning: DALL·E.
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Writer’s Unblock

Neural networks for natural language processing got bigger, more prolific, and more fun to play with. Language models, which already had grown to gargantuan size, continued to swell, yielding chatbots that mimic AI luminaries and have very strange ideas about horses.
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The Transformation Continues

Transformer networks are gaining popularity as a high-accuracy alternative to recurrent neural networks. But they can run slowly when they’re applied to long sequences.
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AI Against Covid: Progress Report

A new report details the role of AI in China’s effort to fight the coronavirus. Researchers at Synced, a China-based AI publication, describe how nearly 90 machine learning products have contributed to the country’s pandemic response.

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