This Japanese Smartphone Uses AI to Prevent Users From Saving and Sharing Naked Selfies

Worried about what online shenanigans your child might get into with their first smartphone? In Japan, a company has released a budget phone with at least one feature you won’t find on a flagship iOS or Android device: an AI-powered sensor that prevents naked selfie shots from being saved or shared. Read More >>

This Office Space Meets The Matrix Deepfake Deserves a Theatrical Release

The deepfake hits just keep on coming. Following an excellent reimagining of Back to the Future where Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are replaced with Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, another talented deepfaker has put Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving into Office Space, creating the fourth Matrix film we really deserve. Read More >>

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Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn’t Convinced

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out in support of a European Union proposal for instating a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology until officials beef up privacy regulations. Read More >>

CES 2020: WTF Is an Artificial Human and Where Did They Come From?

Neon is the name of the company and also the name of its only product – if you can call it that. I’m told a Neon is a living entity, but it doesn’t have a physical body. I’m told a Neon is computationally created, but it’s not an AI assistant. So what the fuck is Neon and what is all this talk about artificial humans? Read More >>

During Brain Surgery, This AI Can Diagnose a Tumour in 2 Minutes

Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumours from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new artificially intelligent system can do it in less than 150 seconds – and it does so more accurately than its human counterparts. Read More >>

Samsung’s Incubator Lab Is Making Indoor Sunlight and a Robot Friend That Definitely Won’t Murder You

Samsung’s in-house incubator programme, Creative Lab, has developed a reputation for brewing off-the-wall innovations it feels like few people, if any, asked for. Since opening its doors in 2012, it’s spawned projects like a 360-degree wearable camcorder, an AI-driven desk lamp, and a recording app specifically geared toward the ASMR crowd. Now the company’s pulled back the curtain ahead of next month’s showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, revealing several new creations from its C-Lab cohorts. Read More >>

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Oh Good, the New Police Surveillance Vector Is Self-Driving Cars

Technologists have long speculated on the privacy implications of largely ungoverned, camera-enabled vehicle fleets roaming the roads. Now we’ve finally bumped up against the tip of that particularly worrying iceberg. Read More >>

Instagram AI Will Shame Users Before They Post Offensive Captions

In Instagram’s latest push to be one of the least toxic of the major social media services, the platform is launching a feature that warns users before they post something that could be offensive. Read More >>

Nvidia Taught an AI to Instantly Generate Fully-Textured 3D Models From Flat 2D Images

Turning a sketch or photo of an object into a fully realised 3D model so that it can be duplicated using a 3D printer, played in a video game, or brought to life in a movie through visual effects, requires the skills of a digital modeller working from a stack of images. But Nvidia has successfully trained a neural network to generate fully-textured 3D models based on just a single photo. Read More >>

A Neural Network Powers this Lego-Built Brick Sorter that Can Recognise Every Piece Ever Made

Lego becomes more and more enjoyable as your collection grows, until the point when your morass of plastic bricks becomes so overwhelming that it’s impossible to find the piece you’re looking for. At that point, you need to develop a sorting system, or do what Daniel West did, and use a bunch of your Lego to build a machine that automatically sorts the rest of your bricks for you. Read More >>

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It’s Watching the Road

When you think of artificial intelligence and cars, the first thing that likely comes to mind is ambitious self-driving vehicle projects of tech giants like Google, Uber, and probably Apple. Most of these companies are leveraging AI to create cars that can understand their environments and navigate roads under different conditions, and hopefully, make driving safer – eventually. Some day. Probably. Read More >>

Cards Against Humanity Writers Fight Computer AI For Their Jobs

The Cards Against Humanity team are known for their Black Friday stunts. In the past they have dug a hole to nowhere and sold new products every 10 minutes. They even went after Trump's border wall once. Read More >>

Go Champion Realises AI Has Rendered His Life Meaningless: ‘There is an Entity That Cannot Be Defeated’

One of the world’s top human champions of Go has decided to retire from playing the strategy game professionally, citing AI as a reason he feels he can no longer compete. Read More >>

Bill Gates-Backed Startup Uses AI to Create Solar Rays Hot Enough to Melt Steel

Like a kid burning holes in their toys using a magnifying glass, solar furnaces essentially do the same thing on a much grander scale. The larger an array of reflectors you can build, the bigger the sun-focusing lens you get. But a new startup is promising a better way to build solar furnaces using AI to reduce their footprint while boosting their power output. Read More >>

What Makes AI So Weird, Good, and Evil

Artificial intelligence has changed the way we roam the internet, buy things, and in many cases, navigate the world. At the same time, AI can be incredibly weird, such as when an algorithm suggests “Butty Brlomy” as a name for a guinea pig or “Brother Panty Tripel” as a beer name. Few people are more familiar with the quirks of AI than Janelle Shane, a scientist and neural network tamer who lets AI be weird in her spare time and runs the aptly named blog AI Weirdness. She also built an AI astrologer for Gizmodo. Read More >>