Minecraft video capture
Generative Modeling

3D Object Factory

In the open-ended video game Minecraft, players extract blocks of virtual materials from a 3D environment to assemble objects of their own design, from trees to cathedrals. Researchers trained neural networks to generate these structures.
2 min read
Forbidden sign over security cameras, handprint and face recognition system
Generative Modeling

The Coming Crackdown

The European Union proposed sweeping restrictions on AI technologies and applications. The executive arm of the 27-nation EU published draft rules that aim to regulate, and in some cases ban, a range of AI systems.
2 min read
Diagram showing how Project Debater works
Generative Modeling

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.
2 min read
X-ray technique reproducing a painting that had been hidden beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s works
Generative Modeling

Crouching Beggar, Hidden Painting

Neural networks for image generation don’t just create new art — they can help recreate works that have been lost for ages. Oxia Palus, a UK startup dedicated to resurrecting lost art through AI.
2 min read
CogView home website
Generative Modeling

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.
2 min read
A generative adversarial network (GAN)
Generative Modeling

Image Generation Transformed

A recent generative adversarial network (GAN) produced more coherent images using modified transformers that replaced fully connected layers with convolutional layers. A new GAN achieved a similar end using transformers in their original form.
2 min read
System designed to isolate changes in the pose of a two-dimensional figure
Generative Modeling

Motion Mapper

In some animated games, different characters can perform the same actions — say, walking, jumping, or casting spells. A new system learned from unlabeled data to transfer such motions from one character to another.
2 min read
Examples of image generators using GANsformer
Generative Modeling

Attention for Image Generation

Attention quantifies how each part of one input affects the various parts of another. Researchers added a step that reverses this comparison to produce more convincing images.
2 min read
Recording unmixed
Generative Modeling

New Life for Old Songs

Neural networks can tease apart the different sounds in musical. Companies and hobbyists are using deep learning to separate voices and instruments in commercial recordings, Wired reported.
1 min read
Tag-Retrieve-Compose-Synthesize (TReCS)
Generative Modeling

Pictures From Words and Gestures

A new system combines verbal descriptions and crude lines to visualize complex scenes. Google researchers led by Jing Yu Koh proposed Tag-Retrieve-Compose-Synthesize (TReCS), a system that generates photorealistic images by describing what they want to see while mousing around on a blank screen.
2 min read
Star Trek actor William Shatner
Generative Modeling

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.
1 min read
Commercial about The Trevor Lifeline
Generative Modeling

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.
1 min read
Images generated by a network designed to visualize what goes on in peoples’ brains while they watch Doctor Who
Generative Modeling

What the Brain Sees

What’s creepier than images from the sci-fi TV series Doctor Who? Images generated by a network designed to visualize what goes on in peoples’ brains while they watch Doctor Who.
2 min read
Homer Simpson talking to Anakin Skywalker in a clip from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Generative Modeling

Your Words, Their Voices

Voice clones — the audio counterpart to deepfaked images — are poised to invade popular media and entertainment. Professionals and amateurs alike are using AI to emulate the voices of human actors, Wired reported.
2 min read
Neural Body, a procedure that generates novel views of a single human character, working
Generative Modeling

Seeing People From a New Angle

The University of Hong Kong, and Cornell University to create Neural Body, a procedure that generates novel views of a single human character based on shots from only a few angles.
2 min read

Subscribe to The Batch

Stay updated with weekly AI News and Insights delivered to your inbox