Tag Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Google Honors J.S. Bach With First AI-powered Google Doodle

Google search has grown so big that it has a team that specializes in creating temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages to commemorate holidays, events, achievements and notable historical figures. Yes. That thing that most of us wouldn’t have paid attention anyways. It is called Google Doodle. Today’s Doodle is a little special and the first for Google. Today is the day when Baroque period composer extraordinaire, Johann Sebastian Bach, was born. Continue reading Google Honors J.S. Bach With First AI-powered Google Doodle

AI Cameras That Spots Potential Shoplifters: Pre-Crime Unit Is Real?

Can a human spot potential shoplifters before the deed is done? Possibly. If given enough training and experience, a person may be able to pick out those who intend to pay for the products and those who don’t. But lets be honest, other than big retail stores, no other retail stores will dedicate staff just to spot and/or deter potential shoplifters. More often than not, this task is delegated to security cameras, but even then, CCTV are there to record the act for the purpose of identifying the perpetrator and possibly, for us as evidence in a prosecution. Continue reading AI Cameras That Spots Potential Shoplifters: Pre-Crime Unit Is Real?

China’s Xinhua AI News Anchors Join By A New Female AI Anchor

After becoming the first in the world to ‘employ’ not one, but two artificial intelligence (AI) news anchors, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua has announced that a female AI new anchor will be joining the duo of AI news anchors. As before, this world’s first female artificial intelligence news anchor is developed in collaboration with China search engine company Sogou and employs deep learning techniques to pull off facial expressions and lip movements. Continue reading China’s Xinhua AI News Anchors Join By A New Female AI Anchor

Believe It Or Not, These ‘People’ You See Here Are Generated By AI

If you have not heard, we are now living in a world where what-you-see-may-not-be-what-you-get (WYSMNBWYG). Case-in-point: the photo you see here. The people you see in the above image are not real people. I repeat. They are NOT real people. They were generated by artificial intelligence, or in technical terms, generated by a Style-based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks. How this creepy AI tech works is basically pulling the features of several human faces and fuse them together to create images of people who do not exists. Continue reading Believe It Or Not, These ‘People’ You See Here Are Generated By AI

China’s Xinhua News Agency Now ‘Employs’ Two AI News Anchors

I have a strong urge to tag this post with “weird” because, seeing and hearing a life-like artificial intelligence (AI) news anchors spitting out news is beyond weird. You read that right. As of today, AI anchors is a thing and China’s state-run news agency Xinhua is the first in the world to ‘employ’ not one, but two AI anchors. The anchors, officially known as “AI Synthetic Anchors,” are modeled after the agency’s human anchors, but with voices, facial expressions and lip movements animated and synthesized using deep learning techniques. Continue reading China’s Xinhua News Agency Now ‘Employs’ Two AI News Anchors

Relationship Apocalypse Begins With Gateway Virtual Home Robot

It has been a while. It was on pre-order started two years ago and it is now finally available to the masses. We are talking about the kinda sad gadget from Gatebox called Gatebox Virtual Home Robot. The name sounds harmless enough, but this ‘robot’ is in fact a virtual wife of sort (yes, you heard that right!). You see, while this device does home automation, let you in on news, weather and whatnot, it is capable of even more. Something more, well, humanly. Continue reading Relationship Apocalypse Begins With Gateway Virtual Home Robot

Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

You have probably read about how a video recording of a person giving a speech can be fake and also, it should be of no surprise that fake celebrity porn is also common, but the latter is limited to still or some doppelgangers. Well, that’s until late last year when someone on Reddit showed that fake celebrity porn videos can be made easily with mind-blowing realism. Of course, by easy we meant home brewed, but it is not something a person who is clueless about computer can pull off. Still, what Redditor ‘deepfakes‘ did was so impressive that we should all be very afraid. Continue reading Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

3 Dynamic Trends Shaping the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence crossed a new frontier this month as NASA discovered two new planets using Google AI software. The two planets, located in a system with eight known planets, were discovered by analyzing Kepler space telescope technology using the same type of AI image detection techniques used in today’s face recognition software. By training a neural network with 15,000 signals representing known planets, NASA was able to teach Google’s AI software to spot new planets. Google plans to release the software to the public later this year. Continue reading 3 Dynamic Trends Shaping the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence

AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

This world is not picture perfect and it is literally not because, when you zoomed into an image, such as on a CCTV footage, it will be pixelated. Picture perfect world? I think not. However, that changes with EnhanceNet Artificial Intelligence-powered Image-scaling Program. Developed by researchers Mehdi S. M. Sajjadi, Bernhard Schölkopf, and Michael Hirsch over at the Max-Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems in Germany, EnhanceNet is described as “Single Image Super-Resolution Through Automated Synthesis” which takes a scale up low resolution photos and introduce new details into it to result in a significantly higher resolution image. Continue reading AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security

This is O-R3, a four-wheel security robot from Singapore-based Otsaw Digital that is designed to take the place of humans to patrol large outdoor compound. With a chubby and somewhat diminutive stature, coupled with big round headlights that look like eyes, the O-R3 looks more like a cartoon character out to entertain kids. However, kids it will not entertain for it as more important tasks at hand. Beneath its cute appearance hides an array of sophisticated technologies, including high-tech sensors, advanced machine learning algorithm and 3D SLAM technology, that will allow it to execute patrol duties normally carried by humans. Continue reading This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security