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Now AI Can Turn Your Brain Waves into Text

Brain-machine interfaces have come a long way in the last decade. Now a group of computer scientists and neuroscientists from the University of San Francisco have taken things a step further. The researchers used two neural networks to decode their participant’s brain activity and determine what they were saying. What they achieved was real-time translation…

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A Deep Dive on Deepfakes: Whats to gain and whats at risk?

The term ‘deepfake’ has only been around a couple of years, but there is a lot of interest—good and bad—in it’s potential. What’s a deepfake? It’s a fake image or video produced using artificial intelligence. Feed enough data into an algorithm, and it will learn to create eerily realistic fabrications of whatever it was trained…

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How You (and a Computer) Learn the ‘Rules of the Game’

In 1848, the 25-year-old Phineas Gage was working on a railroad in Vermont, packing explosive powder into a hole with an iron tamper. Unexpectedly, the powder exploded, sending the tamper backwards through Gage’s skull and brain. That he survived is a miracle, but astonishingly he even seemed capable of functioning effectively, maintaining normal memory, speech,…

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All Too Human

To pass the Turing test, a computer program must convince a human judge that it is a human by answering a series of questions the judge presents. “A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.” —Alan Turing What does convincing the judge prove?…

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Computers are Going to Steal Your Face

It’s getting harder and harder to believe what’s in front of your eyes. A new app called FaceApp can artificially add a smile to your selfie. It can also make you old, young, or convert you to the opposite sex. It’s pretty good too. More realistic than the pixies and aliens you find on Snapchat. But it’s all…

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In the Future, Your Car Will Have Morals and May Want to Kill You

Chimpanzees and newborn children show a sense of morality. Infants, for instance, after having been given a small puppet show with a trio of characters, will display a desire to reach for the good puppet more so than a neutral or bad puppet. As we get older our sense of morality is further shaped and refined by the…

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Will the Future be Filled with Biased Robots?

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” In 2016, Microsoft gifted to the world a chat bot named Tay. She was designed to mimic the language of a 19 year old American girl while also learning from her conversations on Twitter. As an algorithm designed to learn,…

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Watson Is the New Freud: How AI is Psychoanalyzing You

What do your tweets, Facebook updates, blog posts or other written media say about you? You might be able to find out, as IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, learns the ropes of psychoanalysis. Your personality is plastered all over your online identity. We can already glean quite a lot from the words people use and the things they talk…

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