AI seems to be moving forward in leaps and bounds these days (sometimes literally). In the latest advancement of robotics, OpenAI has just released footage of Dactyl, it's AI powered robot (which has just one humanoid hand) solving a Rubik's cube. It's not about the speed, but rather the dexterity required to solve a Rubik's cube one-handed (heck, even solving a Rubik's cube with both hands is difficult for me). The most impressive thing is that the robot learnt to solve it all by itself.
Like so many things in our lives right now, stock photography is being revolutionized by artificial intelligence. This technology is so advanced that it can create completely realistic pictures of people. Generated Photos is a company that has AI generated 100,000 images of peoples faces, of all ages and ethnicities, and they're all available for downloading and use on Google Drive. Some of the photos are impossible to tell apart from real people.
But, advanced as it is, the AI making these faces still has it's flaws and sometimes botches the photos, making the people look just wrong. In the really extreme cases, the AI has created weird hats (for want of a better word) on these really happy people. And they are hilarious. Bless the AI for trying it's best, but these photos will make you ask "Why? Just why?. It seems that photographers don't have to worry about losing their jobs to AI just yet.
With the way the world is going, it can feel like the apocalypse isn't far off. Climate change, Trump, nuclear war, asteroids, an artificial intelligence takeover ... those science fiction scenarios don't seem so far-fetched now. If you're like me and like to be prepared for all outcomes, I've got some good news: humans will be able to survive extinction after the apocalypse. How? Mushrooms!
The world's largest computer chip is called the Wafer Scale Engine, and it's slightly bigger than an iPad. This isn't huge - unless you compare it to the current size of computer chips, which are around the size of a finger nail or postage stamp. Now that's a big difference. And even more impressive is what the world's biggest computer chip will be able to do.
If you've ever felt disconcerted by the way technology/AI have interfered in our lives, you're not alone. Twitter account @internetofshit is basically dedicated to waking people up to the fact that tech is ruining our lives in the most capitalistic ways possible. Let's all find new ways to do necessary life things and charge people a premium for it. What the heck is the world coming to?
Wouldn’t it be great if your car could scream along with you in traffic, frustrate you when you’re lost, or whine when it needs some gas? Your wish is Honda’s command!
According to The Washington Post, “Japanese automaker Honda will showcase a concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show next month that is capable of understanding the driver’s emotions and developing emotions of its own.”
Drivers with road rage are gonna love this thing.
The car will harness “the power of artificial intelligence, robotics, and big data to transform the mobility experience,” says Honda (as well as every mad scientist in a movie about A.I. ever, but that’s besides the point). The concept car, called the NeuV, comes equipped with an “emotion engine,” an artificial intelligence that isn’t powered by your emotions, but rather learns from them.
“Honda expects the car will ‘grow up’ with its driver and share in his or her experiences, prompting the driver to feel the car ‘has become a good partner and thus form a stronger emotional attachment toward it,’” said The Washington Post in a terrifying sentence.
Honda will showcase this new concept car at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show; though, it is unknown when it will be available for purchase, so the war against man and machine will begin.
Silent night. Holy night. Artificial Intelligence, right? Sort of.
Look, we all know that eventually artificial intelligence will replace humanity. There’s nothing we can do to stop that. But it would seem that researchers at the University of Toronto are looking to speed things along.
Inverse reports that in a test to see how well A.I. could master the feeling the of holiday cheer and yuletide sentiment, the researchers forced a computer program to look at a picture of a Christmas tree and write a song about it. Not only are they proving that A.I. can write songs — which explains Coldplay — but also that it can capture the feelings associated with the holidays, decidedly human feelings.
Well sort of. The lyrics don’t instill a lot of faith in our new A.I. overlords:
“Lots to decorate the room/The Christmas tree is filled with flowers.
I swear it is Christmas Eve/I hope that is what you say.
The Best Christmas present in the world is a blessing/
I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.
A hundred and a half hour ago/ I’m glad to meet you.
I can hear the music coming from the hall/ A fair tale
A Christmas tree. There are lots and lots and lots of flowers.”
Of course this could be code, which we will only decipher until after it’s too late, especially the cryptic line “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.” In fact, what we’re probably hearing here is not a Christmas song, but some sort of National Anthem for the United States of Artificial Intelligence.
We are in so much trouble.
This robot, named Sophia, is designed to look human. Someday scientists hope that robots like Sophia will be able to interact with humans with empathy as caretakers, helpers and friends.
Which is too bad because the first thing on Sophia's mind is to "destroy all humans".
But it's not her fault, she learned it from us. She has cameras in her eyes that enable her to recognize and remember human faces. Everything she experiences just makes her smarter. When she comes for you and your family, don't blame her, if anything blame her creator Dr. David Hanson of Hanson Robotics.
It seems like they specialize in creepy, lifelike robots. Listen to this Philip K. Dick android they built back in 2011. Science has yet to determine if it dreams of electric sheep.
The latest advancement of artificial intelligence is a teen chatbot made by Microsoft. Her(?) name is Tay and she/it has been launched on Kik, GroupMe and Twitter so far. And like any teen, she has plans to start posting on Snapchat also. According to the website about Tay, she's been created by "by mining relevant public data and by using AI and editorial developed by a staff including improvisational comedians".
The goal is apparently to continue to learn about people age 18-24 and how they communicate. She's definitely learning, and she's even getting a little saucy with her replies.
via Daily Dot
Atlas is a new robot from Boston Dynamics. With a complete inability to feel empathy and an impressive sense of balance, this robot is capable of almost anything. The original video is meant to show off his new abilities and the description has all the specs:
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
via Boston Dynamics
You can't help feeling bad for the poor robot, especially when that scientist just pushed him down face first.
Stephen Hawking will come to Reddit's r/science next week for his first ever AMA and he has a specific topic in mind.
It may not be entirely an 'Ask Me Anything' as Prof. Hawking wants to field questions dealing with artificial intelligence and the hurdles that we face as a species as technology moves forward in the field.
According to CNET:
Typically, a Reddit AMA is live as people throw questions at the subject, and the person tries to keep up with the barrage by responding as best as possible. But for Hawking's AMA, you'll present the questions ahead of time, and he'll answer them over the following weeks.
Specifically, you can submit your questions starting Monday July 27 at 8am ET through Tuesday, August 4, at reddit.com/r/science, and Hawking will respond over the next few weeks. Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, uses a computer to communicate. So the delayed format will allow him the time necessary to answer questions."
Hawking joined Elon Musk and other notable industry figures earlier this year in an open letter to promote studying the possible dangers of AI research and how to avoid them.
In his first AMA, Hawking surely wants to continue that conversation.
But of course, someone will ask him about his favorite sandwich.