Feb 12, 2020

8 Posts

Detection of a digitally altered image of a frog holding a violin
Feb 12, 2020

Fighting Fakes

A supergroup of machine learning models flags manipulated photos. Jigsaw, a tech incubator owned by Alphabet, released a system that detects digitally altered images.
A screenshot from The Wizard of Oz
Feb 12, 2020

The Batch: Hotter Dating Profiles, Pandas in Love, Compute for Coronavirus, Deepfake Detection, Self-Driving Cars Run Amok

A student once asked me, “Can an AI ever love?”Since the early days of AI, people have wondered whether AI can ever be conscious or feel emotions. Even though an artificial general intelligence may be centuries away, these are important questions.
Autonomous vehicle detecting images projected on the street
Feb 12, 2020

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.
Heart shape made with two hands
Feb 12, 2020

That Swipe-Right Look

In an online dating profile, the photo that highlights your physical beauty may not be the one that makes you look smart or honest — also important traits in a significant other. A new neural network helps pick the most appealing shots.
Covid-19 illustration
Feb 12, 2020

Tools For a Pandemic

Chinese tech giants have opened their AI platforms to scientists fighting coronavirus. Alibaba Cloud and Baidu are offering a powerful weapon to life-science researchers working to stop the spread of the illness officially known as Covid-19: free access to their computing horsepower and tools.
Two pandas eating
Feb 12, 2020

What Love Sounds Like

Female giant pandas are fertile for only 24 to 36 hours a year: Valentine’s Day on steroids. A new neural network alerts human keepers when a panda couple mates.
Heat map of Europe
Feb 12, 2020

Extreme Weather Warning

Severe heat waves and cold snaps are especially hard to forecast because atmospheric perturbations can have effects that are difficult to compute. Neural networks show promise where typical methods have stumbled.
A screenshot from The Wizard of Oz
Feb 12, 2020

Can AI Fall in Love?

A student once asked me, “Can an AI ever love?”Since the early days of AI, people have wondered whether AI can ever be conscious or feel emotions. Even though an artificial general intelligence may be centuries away, these are important questions.

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