‘World’s first’ AI-generated arts festival program opens this Friday

The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival, but this year’s event has sadly been canceled due to COVID-19. Fortunately, art junkies can still get their fix of the Fringe at a virtual alternative curated by an AI called the ImprovBot. The system analyzed the 100-word text descriptions of every show staged at the festival from 2011 to 2019 — a total of more than two million words. ImprovBot uses this data to generate ideas for new comedies, plays, musicals, and cabaret. The blurbs will then be handed to the Improverts — the Fringe’s longest-running improvised comedy troupe – who will stage their own takes… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Deepfakes are the most worrying AI crime, researchers warn

Deepfakes are the most concerning use of AI for crime and terrorism, according to a new report from University College London. The research team first identified 20 different ways AI could be used by criminals over the next 15 years. They then asked 31 AI experts to rank them by risk, based on their potential for harm, the money they could make, their ease of use, and how hard they are to stop. Deepfakes — AI-generated videos of real people doing and saying fictional things — earned the top spot for two major reasons. Firstly, they’re hard to identify and… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Tech helped fight COVID-19 in the short term — but it might backfire in the long term

Among all the things that have proven to be broken and overlooked or underestimated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and between all the industries and niches that came to a halt, technology adoption was the exception. While simple (and old) measures such as quarantines, social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks were still the most effective, our modern society wanted to give a modern answer to the virus. Thus, the pandemic became an accelerator for the more widespread use of technology — Zoom meetings and home deliveries became more prevalent, as some even tried it for the first time after… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Watch: Deepfakes Jay-Z raps the Navy SEAL copypasta meme to live jazz music

My editor-in-chief dared me to pull a bunch of random topics out of a hat and write a compelling tech story about them. Here’s what I got: Jay-Z, neural networks, the US Navy SEALs, and jazz music. Luckily for me, I happened across this video featuring a group of talented jazz musicians interpreting a Deepfake AI-generated version of Jay-Z rapping the infamous Navy SEAL copypasta meme. Natch. Adam Neely, a popular music YouTuber with over a million subscribers, released the video as part of a CuriosityStream documentary. It features a very human quest to interpret a computer-generated rap acapella. Jay-Z is… This story continues at The Next Web...
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UK ditches visa algorithm accused of creating ‘speedy boarding for white people’

The UK is scrapping a controversial algorithm used in visa applications following allegations that it discriminates against certain nationalities. Since 2015, the “streaming tool” has used a traffic-light system to rank visa applications to the UK. According to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), applicants with “suspect” nationalities automatically received a higher risk score, reducing their chances of being granted a visa. The JCWI believes this led countless skilled professionals to be denied entry to the UK — “just because they don’t come from a rich white country.” The charity blames this on a feedback loop in… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Why we need more image masking tools to avoid facial recognition systems from identifying us online

For the past couple of weeks, a new tool to save your photos from facial recognition algorithms has been doing rounds. The tool, called Fawkes, is developed by researchers at the University of Chicago.  The idea of the algorithm is simple: it uses image cloaking to modify a few pixels in your existing photo to ‘fool’ facial recognition systems. To the naked eye, these changes are generally hard to catch. That’s why if you see some of the photos below, you might not see any difference between normal and cloaked photos. These changes throw off detection algorithms based on deep neural networks… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Apple hit with $1.43B Siri patent lawsuit from Chinese AI firm

A Chinese AI firm is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement involving the voice assistant Siri. Shanghai Zhizhen — also known as Xiao — is seeking $1.43 billion (10 billion yuan) in damages from Apple. It also wants the firm to stop selling products in China that breach the patent, which would mean most iPhones, iPads, and Macs would no longer be available in Apple‘s second-largest market. “As a tech person, I have a lot of respect for Apple, whose products and services bring a lot of value and experience to the world,” said Xiao-i CEO Yuan Hui in a statement. “But… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple...
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How to name your baby using machine learning

When I was young, I always hated being named Dale. This is mostly because my primary image of what Dales looked like was shaped by Dale Gribble from King of the Hill, and also Dale Earnhardt Jr., the NASCAR driver. Neither of these Dales fit my aspirational self-image. On the contrary, I wanted to be named Sailor Moon. I did not like that my name was “androgynous” — 14 male Dales are born for every one female Dale. When I asked my parents about this, their rationale was: A. Women with androgynous names are potentially more successful. B. Their hipster… This story continues at The Next Web...
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The 6 unholy AI systems thou shalt not develop

Artificial intelligence may be the most powerful tool humans have. When applied properly to a problem suited for it, AI allows humans to do amazing things. We can diagnose cancer at a glance or give a voice to those who cannot speak by simply applying the right algorithm in the correct way. But AI isn’t a panacea or cure-all. In fact, when improperly applied, it’s a dangerous snake oil that should be avoided at all costs. To that end, I present six types of AI that I believe ethical developers should avoid. First though, a brief explanation. I’m not passing… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Algorithm reveals which new emoji Twitter users most desire

Emoji have become a ubiquitous form of communication. And like any form of language, they can have a social impact. The addition of a hijab emoji has provided some inclusivity to Muslim women, while the mosquito emoji is used by medical professionals to explain diseases like malaria and Zika. The gatekeeper of the emoji world is the Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit that decides which emoji make it onto our phones. Every year, the consortium releases a selection of new emoji. But not everyone agrees with what they approve and reject. A new emoji tracker could help them in their future decisions. Researchers from the Haslam… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter...
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