Bizarre Sponsored Talk on ‘Time AI’ Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI”, Motherboard reported on Saturday, with the conference even going so far as to delete material on the talk from its website. Read More >>

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Researchers Say This AI Can Spot Unsafe Food on Amazon Faster Than the US Food and Drug Administration

It’s been most famously used to swap celebrities into movies and even erase unwanted moustaches, but the real power of artificial intelligence is its ability to spot patterns in large amounts of data and make startlingly accurate predictions. Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health have now trained a deep learning AI to find dangerous food items potentially needing a recall by analysing reviews on Amazon’s website. Read More >>

Should Artificial Intelligence Be Credited as an Inventor?

A collaborative research team claims their artificially intelligent system should be recognised as the rightful inventor of two innovative designs, in a potentially disruptive development in patent law. Read More >>

Facial Recognition System for Getting Drunk More Efficiently Is Coming

Facial recognition systems have, to date, proven to be biased, unjust, flawed, and deeply powerful. They’ve been deployed as tools of surveillance, oppression, and authoritarianism. And now one is going to track your drunk face at the bar. Read More >>

Thousands of Reasons That We Shouldn’t Trust a Neural Network to Analyse Images

When it comes to image recognition tech, it’s still remarkably easy to fool the machines. And while it’s some good comedy when a neural network mistakes a butterfly for a washing machine, the consequences of this idiocy are pretty nightmarish when you think about rolling these flawed systems out into the real world. Read More >>

Apple’s Fancy Photo Relighting Option Could Soon Be a Feature On Even the Cheapest Smartphones

Even the most expensive smartphones can’t match the image quality of the priciest digital cameras, but with a beefy processor at their disposal, smartphones let you do so much more with the photos you snap. The iPhone’s Portrait Mode is a good example, letting you tweak the lighting of a photo after you snap it, but it’s a feature limited to Apple’s high-end handsets. Researchers from Google and the University of California, San Diego have found a way to recreate this feature, with even better results, on even the most basic camera-equipped phones. Read More >>

The Great Failure of Facebook’s AI Content Moderation System

When 21-year-old Brandon Andrew Clark posted a series of graphic images on Sunday of the slain corpse of 17-year-old Bianca Devins to Instagram and Discord, users immediately began spreading the gory pictures online, often alongside brutal, misogynist commentary. Some said the victim, an ‘e-girl’ who was popular on 4Chan, deserved it, and others called for even more violence against women. Clark, who appears to have live-posted the murder itself on Instagram—a series of posts reportedly showed the body, the road near the crime scene, and an act of bloody self-harm—took the time to change his bio to hint at his forthcoming suicide attempt, and to attempt to craft a multi-platform narrative around the killing as it unfolded. Read More >>

Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube Without Human Help

Fancy algorithms capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube have appeared before, but a new system from the University of California, Irvine uses artificial intelligence to solve the 3D puzzle from scratch and without any prior help from humans—and it does so with impressive speed and efficiency. Read More >>

A New Government Scheme Will See Workers Who Have Lost Their Jobs to Robots Get Retrained

If you're afraid that robots might be coming for your job, don't fret too much as a new government scheme will have you you retrained and tossed back into the workplace in no time. Read More >>

Facebook Board Member Peter Thiel Calls Google ‘Treasonous’ and Says CIA Should Investigate

Billionaire Peter Thiel has called for a federal investigation into Google’s refusal to work with the U.S. military and says that the tech giant’s relationship with the Chinese military is “treasonous,” according to a new report from Axios late Sunday. Read More >>

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‘Superhuman’ AI Crushes Poker Pros at Six-Player Texas Hold’em

Computer scientists have developed a card-playing bot, called Pluribus, capable of defeating some of the world’s best players at six-person no-limit Texas hold’em poker, in what’s considered an important breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Read More >>

This AI-Powered Cat Door Is a Brilliant Way to Keep a Kitty’s Murder Presents Outside

What do you do if your cat often gets in a murdery mood and tries to bring dead, blood-dripping varmints into your house? Well, if you’re engineer Ben Hamm, you create an AI-powered cat door to lock out the furry boy when he tries to bring you a filthy meat present. Read More >>

Audio Surveillance Systems at US Schools Appear To Confuse Laughter With Aggressive Behaviour

The deeply founded fear of school shootings in America is being capitalised on by tech companies shilling their surveillance systems that can purportedly detect the threat of violence. But according to a recent report, these systems are still far from dependable. Read More >>

Google May Have Used Your Mannequin Challenge Videos to Train AI

Remember back in 2016 when everybody was posting those Mannequin Challenge videos? Well, it turns out that instead of collecting dust in Ye Olde Meme Archive, Google researchers are using the videos to help train robots to better navigate their surroundings. Read More >>

This Is How You’re Being Manipulated

At a recent preliminary US Senate hearing on the subject of potentially putting legislative limits on the persuasiveness of technology—a diplomatic way of saying the addiction model the internet uses to keep people engaged and clicking—Tristan Harris, the executive director of the Center for Humane Technology, told lawmakers that while rules are important, what needs to come first is public awareness. Not an easy task. Algorithms and machine learning are terrifying, confusing, and somehow also boring to think about. However, “one thing I have learned is that if you tell people ‘this is bad for you’, they won’t listen,” Harris stated, “if you tell people ‘this is how you’re being manipulated,’ no one wants to feel manipulated.” Read More >>