Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Face masks are breaking facial recognition algorithms, says new government study

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Face masks are one of the best defenses against the spread of COVID-19, but their growing adoption is having a second, unintended effect: breaking facial recognition algorithms. We...

This is what a deepfake voice clone used in a failed fraud attempt sounds...

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One of the stranger applications of deepfakes — AI technology used to manipulate audiovisual content — is the audio deepfake scam. Hackers use machine learning to clone someone...

Facebook is simulating users’ bad behavior using AI

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Facebook’s engineers have developed a new method to help them identify and prevent harmful behavior like users spreading spam, scamming others, or buying and selling weapons and ...

Alexa will soon be able to launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands

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Amazon is working on a new feature for its Alexa voice assistant that will let the software launch Android and iOS apps using voice commands, a first for Amazon’s assistant and a...

Wyze will try pay-what-you-want model for its AI-powered person detection

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Smart home company Wyze is experimenting with a rather unconventional method for providing customers with artificial intelligence-powered person detection for its smart security ca...

British chip designer Graphcore unveils new AI processor more complex than Nvidia’s

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Graphcore, a well-funded and ambitious British chip designer that focuses solely on AI applications, has unveiled what it says is the world’s most complex chip: the Colossus MK2 ...

Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish

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A Japanese chain of sushi restaurants is using an AI-powered app to assess the quality of tuna — a key step in the preparation of sushi that traditionally requires years of train...

Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research

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Researchers have developed what they say is a breakthrough robotic lab assistant, able to move around a laboratory and conduct scientific experiments just like a human. The machin...

Disney’s deepfakes are getting closer to a big-screen debut

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How close are deepfakes to being used in big-budget films and TV shows? Pretty damn close, if a new demo from Disney is anything to go by. In a video and paper being presented at a...

AI experts say research into algorithms that claim to predict criminality must end

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A coalition of AI researchers, data scientists, and sociologists has called on the academic world to stop publishing studies that claim to predict an individual’s criminality usi...
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Jeff Bezos is being called to testify before Congress over ‘misleading’...

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The House Judiciary Committee called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Friday to testify before the body after Democratic leader accused company officials of allegedly lying before Congress...

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