This AI Can Do Schoolwork Well, if you’re looking for a machine that can easily churn out an essay, of course. Tech company OpenAI released ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that can easily generate school essays for any grade level.The software’s language model can also answer open-ended analytical questions, and write different kinds of literature such as jokes, poems, stories, and even a script for a YouTube video. The developers of this AI also made sure that it can create computer code. This machine is now a one-stop shop for homework for both lower-level and tertiary-level assignments, yikes.The rise of this development in AI can be detrimental to school curriculums, according to writing coach and founder of Crush the College Essay Peter Laffin. "The introduction of new artificial intelligence technologies into schools that enables students to auto-generate essays has the capacity to blow up our entire writing education curriculum," he shared with Fox News. While it can force teachers to change up their syllabi, students having easy access to tools like ChatGPT can just submit generated essays without internalizing what they’ve learned from class. The sad reality is, with an AI as good as the previously mentioned chatbot, teachers won’t be able to spot the difference. "The more easily available this is for younger students, the more problems this will create," Laffin added.Image credit: OpenAI #artificialintelligence #chatbot #ChatGPT #models #languagemodels #school #schoolwork 
AI Generates Victorian-Era People Alright, it’s best for us to put a disclaimer here: a computer is not spitting out actual human people. It’s simply portraits. Although the idea of an AI actually generating living creatures is terrifying, and sounds like the next big sci-fi series (or book, we’re not picky).Midjourney is an AI image generator that is capable of creating ultra-photorealistic images. Photographer Mario Cavalli decided to play with this application, and subsequently released a set of images that certainly took us by surprise. These photographs feel like a memento of a lost period of time, as they showcase different portraits of people in very realistic moments and poses. One would think they’re actually real. According to Cavalli, these images were straight from the machine learning tool. No Photoshop was required to make them stand out. “Midjourney v4 came out recently, I think it is currently the best [image generator] around,” Cavalli shared to PetaPixel, praising the quality of the generated photographs.In order to get these wonderful, hyper-realistic results the photographer built on and adapted text prompts created by Everton Lisboa and Ben Roffelson. These words are used in tools such as Midjourney to describe what image the user wants. For reference, Cavalli used the phrases “sharp focus,” “10mm lens,” and “wet collodion photography.”Image credit: Mario Cavalli on Midjourney#photography #artificialintelligence #AI #MarioCavalli #Midjourney #portraits 
Labs Are Using AI To Invent New Drugs This new development is all thanks to artificial intelligence. Well, to be specific, thanks to the explosion of text-to-image models, also known as diffusion models (such as the OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 diffusion model) are being used to create new types of drugs.For reference, this kind of generative AI is used to create new designs for proteins that have never been seen before. This is done by providing the model with a random mess of pixels, which it will try to turn into an image.Multiple biotech labs have announced their embarkment into using these models. One of them is the Boston-based startup Generate Biomedicines which created a new diffusion model called Chroma. According to the company, their program is the “DALL-E 2 of biology.” So we expect that it sort of operates the same way as the mentioned diffusion model. But why are these establishments focused on protein creation for drugs? Well, it’s because these components are in charge of a lot of bodily functions. They digest food, contract muscles, detect light, drive the immune system, and so much more. Proteins also play a big part in driving ailments out of the body. The promise in finding new protein structures that can help the body is immense, according to Gevorg Grigoryan, CEO of Generate Biomedicines. He also hopes that AI can help them discover more in minutes, which can speed up the production and creation of new medicine.Image credit: Generate Biomedicines#medicine #drugs #biotech #laboratories #research #artificialintelligence #computers #diffusionmodels #DALLE #OpenAI
This Ugly Sweater Will Make You Invisible to AIComputer science students at the University of Maryland recently published a paper about their efforts to create a garment that will prevent artificial intelligences from easily recognizing the user as a human. It’s called the Invisibility Cloak.If I understand their project correctly (and that’s a big ‘if’), they were able to determine what visual qualities allowed an AI to detect a human, then used that data to create an image that the AI would be strongly disinclined to recognize as a human. Printing this image on a sweatshirt would usually induce the test AI to skip over a person wearing that sweatshirt.-via Hack A Day​#artificialintelligence #invisibility #ai #invisibilitycloak #sweater #uglysweater
The Follower: Artist Used AI to Find Instagram Photo Moments as Captured by Surveillance CamerasSurveillance cameras are good when used to prevent crimes from happening. They can also play an essential role in capturing said crimes (and identifying perpetrators) when they happen. However, the same cameras can also be used for nefarious purposes, like secretly tracking people's movements. And with privately installed surveillance cameras spread in public places worldwide, monitoring persons of interest has never been this easy.To demonstrate the dangers of our current surveillance technology, Dries Depoorter created an art project called "The Follower." True to its name, The Follower would zero in on an unsuspecting Instagram user and then piece the Instagram photo together with footage from a nearby surveillance camera.Depoorter's inspiration for the project came as he watched a live feed of the New York Times Square wherein he saw a woman spending a lot of time taking photos of herself (most likely to capture that perfect shot.) Depoorter thought that the woman was probably an influencer, so he scoured Instagram photos that were geo-tagged to Times Square. Unfortunately, he found none. But this gave him an idea: he could combine people's Instagram photos and footage from cameras made available to the public.​One of Depoorter's unsuspecting subjects was David Welly Sombra Rodrigues. One of his friends sent him a news article about Depoorter's The Follower, and he was surprised to see that he was, unknowingly, filmed.Unfortunately, Depoorter's YouTube video was already taken down because of a copyright claim by EarthCam, a company that streams webcam content on the Internet.Depoorter, however, states that his project is not about companies that make such things possible. Rather, his point is "there are many unprotected cameras all over the world."Whether we like it or not, we can be monitored, whether by an individual, or by an organization.Depoorter says it best. "If one person can do this, what can a government do?"(Image Credit: Dries Depoorter/ EarthCam)#AI #ArtificialIntelligence #EarthCam #TheFollower #Privacy #Surveillance #Art #Technology
Meet Loab, an AI-Generated Demon that Spontaneously Emerged and Now Haunts Many AI ImagesYou’re probably gonna need some bleach to wipe out that image from your eyes. If not, then kudos to you and your mental fortitude. The image above is from a Swedish musician called Supercomposite. The person started a thread on his Twitter account, sharing the story of how he might have found “the first cryptid of the latent space.” I discovered this woman, who I call Loab, in April. The AI reproduced her more easily than most celebrities. Her presence is persistent, and she haunts every image she touches.Well, the image looks like a grotesque, horrifying woman that can either look like a woman who’s suffering or a mythological being that can be classified as a demon or a weird eldritch entity. This woman is called Loab by her creator, Supercomposite.The musician shared that the “demon” spawned after he was doing some experimentation with artificial intelligence. He was playing with negative prompt weights, which are commands fed into the AI. The AI will then ensure that it will churn out the most different image from the prompt. The magic words that created Loab were “Brando::-1.” Supercomposite wrote that he only wanted to see if the opposite of the Brando logo would be a picture of the American actor Marlon Brando.  “I typed “DIGITA PNTICS skyline logo::-1” as a prompt. I received these off-putting images, all of the same devastated-looking older woman with defined triangles of rosacea(?) on her cheeks,” he further explained. After being scared and kind of amazed, the musician has continued to generate more images of Loab, which you can see in his mega-thread here. Image credit: Supercomposite/Twitter#AI #artificialintelligence #art #experimentation #horror #woman #Loab #Supercomposite #Twitter
Missing Person Posters Brought to Life by AIHaving a loved one missing is one of the most painful experiences in a person’s life. Now, thanks to technology, posters to find missing children are being upgraded using AI technology. The tech allows standard photos to be converted into 3D images of the missing person, complete with smiling faces. These enhanced posters are already being put up on billboards across London, according to Evening Standard.Behavioral scientists say that 3D images increase the likelihood of passers-by engaging with the notice, therefore upping the chance of reported sightings. The posters are also updated - the word “missing” has been replaced with the more active phrase “help find”.Image: Evening Standard#missingperson #poster #AI #artificialintelligence
AI Beats 8 Human World Champions at BridgeIt looks like computers have bested us yet again!An artificial intelligence has succeeded at beating eight champions at bridge, a card game that involves players competing in pairs. The algorithm, named NooK, created by French startup NukkAI, challenged the seasoned players to play 800 consecutive deals– that is 80 sets of ten. NooK won 67 out of the 80 sets. According to Jean-Baptiste Fantun, the co-founder of NukkAI, he was confident that the AI would win. The interesting thing about this new AI is that it is capable of explaining its decisions as it goes along, unlike other models. The bridge players were awed at the AI, finding it had the ability to read its opponents way better than how actual humans do. In addition, they noticed that playing with the AI was like competing with an experienced player. “This is something that humans do after enough experience and I was pleasantly surprised that a robot mimics typical human skills,” Nevena Senior, one of the champions the algorithm fought, said. Image credit: Inês Ferreira#bridge #artificialintelligence #computers #cards #technology #NukkAI #NooK 
A Robotic Beehive May Help Save the HoneybeesHoneybees pollinate so many of the world's crops that if they went extinct, our global food system could collapse. Bees numbers are dwindling, due to climate change, disease, parasites, and pollution. Some of tech's greatest minds have been searching for ways to keep bee colonies healthy and thriving, and raise the overall population of honeybees. A startup company in Beit Ha’emek, Israel, called Beewise has unveiled the first automated and autonomous beehive. They call it the Beehome. This device is big enough to house 24 colonies, which would otherwise each need a hive of their own. A solar-powered computerized system in the middle harnesses artificial intelligence to monitors the bees' activities and to respond when they need heat, cooling, moisture, ventilation, or even medicine. The system will alert a beekeeper when human intervention is needed. The system can even harvest honey! The Beehome will allow a single beekeeper to manage exponentially more hives than ever before possible. Read about the Beehome and what it can mean to agriculture at the Times of Israel.(Image credit: Beewise) #bee #honeybee #beehive #artificialintelligence #robot
Robot Uses AI to to Peel a BananaPeeling a banana is an effortless task for us humans. The same could not be said for robots, however. These machines find manipulating deformable objects problematic, as this activity requires knowledge of the type of force and dexterity needed. There is a solution to this, though, and that is by using human demonstration data. This group of researchers from the University of Tokyo did just that. After feeding the robot with the said data, it was able to pick up a banana from a table and peel it successfully, all in less than three minutes — a fast time for a robot. But there is one problem with this system. It needs "quite a lot of expensive GPUs." Nevertheless, it will be a useful system. Not just in peeling bananas but in other activities that require fine motor skills. (Image Credit: futuretimelinedotnet/ YouTube) #Bananas #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #DeepLearning #Robots
DALL-E 2: AI Creates Realistic Images From Text DescriptionsEarlier today, OpenAI research laboratory founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman and others, released the second iteration of an artificial intelligence tool called DALL-E 2. The new AI tool can create and edit images from natural language inputs.Ask DALL-E 2 to draw "teddy bears mixing sparkling chemicals as mad scientists in a steampunk style", and boom: you get the image above.The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence is one of those things that we hear about often but don't grasp at a gut level. After all, human brains don't comprehend Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3's capacity of 175 billion machine learning parameters (yeah, don't worry about it), but we understand the nascent power of AI when we see it generate photorealistic images from text inputs.Just a little over a year ago, OpenAI released DALL-E - the first iteration of the text-to-image AI tool (The name is a combination of Salvador Dali and Pixar's WALL-E). And while it was pretty good, you can definitely tell that the images are computer generated.In a blog post introducing DALL-E 2, Altman shows us what a difference one year can make in AI research. "It’s a reminder that predictions about AI are very difficult to make. A decade ago, the conventional wisdom was that AI would first impact physical labor, and then cognitive labor, and then maybe someday it could do creative work. It now looks like it’s going to go in the opposite order."Take a look at some of the amazing images that DALL-E 2 created below.
It Took AI Less Than 6 Hours to Invent 40,000 Potentially Lethal ToxinsThis feels like the start of the real-life adaptation of Resident Evil, to be honest. I hope it doesn’t happen, though!An AI created by scientists at Collaborations Pharmaceuticals Inc. was put into a “bad actor mode” to see how easily it could be abused as a biological weapon. It certainly did its part well, developing and inventing 40,000 potentially lethal molecules in less than six hours. The machine’s original purpose was to search for helpful drugs, following the company’s goal of finding drug treatments for rare diseases. The researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence.According to Fabio Urbina, a senior scientist at the company and the lead author of the study, they used datasets of molecules that have been tested for their toxicity to train the AI. The AI  learned how to make toxins from the information it collected from those datasets. The researchers saw the model producing molecules similar to chemical warfare agents in just a short period of time. Urbina shared to The Verge that the most concerning thing that they learned from this study was how easy it was for artificial intelligence to create just from the information available. “If you have somebody who knows how to code in Python and has some machine learning capabilities, then in probably a good weekend of work, they could build something like this generative model driven by toxic datasets. So that was the thing that got us really thinking about putting this paper out there; it was such a low barrier of entry for this type of misuse.” Urbina stated. Image credit: Urbina, et.al #toxins #artificialintelligence #ai #science #CollaborationsPharmaceuticals
AI Went Head to Head Against an F-16 Pilot in Simulated Aerial Combat and Beat the Human 5-0Aerial warfare in the 21st century and beyond might look more like a game simulation rather than a physical dogfight. The AI algorithm controlling the chasing plane will have changed the face of war forever.In August 2020, the US Defense Department’s research agency, said that an algorithm had defeated a human pilot in simulated aerial combat. The best of eight competing AI pilots was matched against an F-16 pilot in five simulated dog fights. The AI beat the human 5-0.In 2021, China ‘s own AI beat a human pilot from its own Air Force. While the pilot won in earlier face-offs, the AI soon learned from each encounter and by the end it was able to defeat him.Militarized AI will bring many changes. Aircraft design can be designed to perform maneuvers no human can withstand. Automated combatants can also save years of training skilled enough fighter pilots.With these rapid advancements, 2022 will show us that future warfare will be a matter of skillful coding rather than courageous flying.Image:U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released/Wikipedia​#AI #artificialintelligence #FighterPilot #AerialCombat #F16 #DogFight
100 Billion Facial Photos: Facial Recognition Company Clearview AI Aims to Identify Almost Every Human on EarthIs this venture too ambitious or is it just straight-up problematic? Regardless of the potential privacy risks, we can all admit that this company has given itself a high goal to achieve. In a December 2021 financial presentation for its investors, facial recognition company Clearview AI announced that it aims to collect 100 billion photos to identify every human on Earth.While this announcement seems just a motivator for investors to provide funding for the company, the presentation claimed that Clearview already has 10 billion images and is adding 1.5 billion images a month. How did the company get these images? Well, according to the Washington Post, it’s all thanks to social networks. "Clearview has built its database by taking images from social networks and other online sources without the consent of the websites or the people who were photographed. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube have demanded the company stop taking photos from their sites and delete any that were previously taken. Clearview has argued its data collection is protected by the First Amendment," the Post detailed. Yikes. Image credit: Wikimedia commons #artificialintelligence #ai #facialrecognition #ClearviewAI #images #photo
DeepMind AI Can Control Superheated Plasma Inside a Nuclear Fusion ReactorUK-based AI firm DeepMind collaborated with the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL in Switzerland to create an algorithm that would control the plasma inside a nuclear fusion reactor. The program is tasked to hold the plasma, forcing it to hold its shape long enough to extract energy from it. The resulting AI was able to control the reactor without any fine-tuning. While the model controlled the plasma for only two seconds, that short amount of time was longer than how long reactors can run before getting too hot.The breakthrough can help experts understand how nuclear fusion works. Additionally, it can hopefully help in more ways to stabilize the plasma in reactors to harness a potentially unlimited source of clean energy. Image credit: Curdin Wüthrich, SPC/EPFL#nuclearfusion #artificialintelligence #research #science #technology #DeepMindAI
People Find Fake AI-Generated Faces More Trustworthy Than Real Human FacesWe may recognize deepfakes as memes and internet gags, all in the name of fun. We are also pretty good at telling it apart from the real thing due to the uncanny valley effect of the fakes’ hollow eyes. But what if technology grows so enhanced that it becomes indistinguishable? What repercussions could come from that?A new study finds that people are increasingly less able to differentiate between real faces and virtual ones created by artificial intelligence. It is also highly possible that humans find the AI-generated face more trustworthy than an actual visage.This is raising concerns that the technology is in danger of being used for all kinds of misdeeds : disinformation campaigns for political gains, creation of false porn for extortion, and of course, frauds. Although currently the technology is not flawless enough for such impact, the experts agree that it may well be very soon.Image: Nightingale SJ and Farid H/PNAS Image caption: Images ranked from most (top and upper middle) to least (bottom and lower middle) accurately classified as real (R) and synthetic (S). #deepfake #face #AI #artificialintelligence #trustworthiness
AI Can Identify Artist's Brushstrokes with over 96% AccuracyThere was a time when art connoisseurs were regarded as the ultimate go-to source when one sought to confirm the authenticity of a piece of artwork. Their ability to see what the untrained eyes couldn’t was seen as mysterious and even elusive, something of a higher plane that only a few were privy to.But now, the advent of AI might change the game completely. Recently, AI analysis performed by Art Recognition determined that “Samson and Delilah” (c.1609-10), a painting attributed to Peter Paul Rubens that was sold for £2.5 million in 1980, was confirmed with 91% of certainty to not be of the artist’s handiwork. Image: Samson and Delilah/Peter Paul Rubens/The National Gallery
AI Scientist Claimed that Artificial Intelligence is Becoming "Slightly Conscious"You may take this with a grain of salt, because I sure am.Ilya Sutskever, the chief scientist of the OpenAI research group, claimed that artificial intelligence is slowly becoming conscious. In a tweet, Sutskever stated that “it may be that today’s large neural networks are slightly conscious.” According to Futurism’s Noor Al-Sibai, this take is unusual for someone in the scientist’s position. The widely accepted assumption about AI is that the technology still falls short of human intelligence and is nowhere close to being conscious. The tweet is the first time the scientist claimed the consciousness of AI is a thing. It may be possible that Sutskever was joking, or he knows something else we don’t. Only time will tell, I believe! Image credit: Wikimedia commons​#artificialintelligence #consciousness #computersentience #AI
Researchers are Developing "Intelligent" Firefighting Robots and Drones that Can Fight Fire AutonomouslyIt is said that over 3,000 Americans die in fires annually. From this number, around 80 of these are firefighters. It goes without saying that firefighting will always be one of the most dangerous professions one could have. To try and make the job a little safer, scientists are exploring the idea of robots helping us fight fires. Soon, humanity might see gadgets as small as a tiny wagon and large vehicles similar to military tanks extinguishing fires. Devices like these capable of entering hot buildings and passing through toxic smoke could mean a lot for our dear firefighters.Of course, these robots would not fully replace human firefighters, but it reduces the risk of losing human lives, says New York University assistant professor Giuseppe Loianno.Check out the article over at Scientific American to learn more about this ongoing development.(All Images: Columbine Wildland Fire Module)#Firefighting #ArtificialIntelligence #Robots
AI Completed Beethoven's Tenth SymphonyMusic historians, musicologists, composers, and computer scientists teamed up to finish Ludwig van Beethoven’s unfinished 10th symphony. The musician only left behind some musical sketches upon his death in 1827. The team worked on finishing the symphony with the use of artificial intelligence. Scientists at the creative AI startup Playform AI taught a machine on Beethoven’s entire work and his creative process. This was done to ensure that the machine could be trained enough to generate a finished 10th symphony. The entire process took almost two years to successfully present a completed Beethoven symphony for the world to hear. Check out our Neatorama article on the matter here! Image credit: Circe Denyer / CC 1.0 Universal#Music #LudwigvanBeethoven #Beethoven #10thSymphony #ArtificialIntelligence 
The International Space Station Has an AI-Powered Space Robot Named CIMONThe CIMON-2 is the astronaut's latest cyber companion in space!The Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered contraption, fully known as Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, is a small floating sphere with a digital cartoon-like face. The robot accompanied two European astronauts to past missions to the International Space Station, where it is currently stored. The mechanical sphere will be woken up for the upcoming mission of German astronaut Matthias Maurer. The CIMON-2 was developed by Till Eisenberg with the German Aerospace Centre DLR and the LMU University in Munich. Its function is to communicate with the astronauts, and respond to their commands. As for how it recognises speech, Space.com explains that the robot relies on IBM's Watson speech recognition and synthesis software to do so, as Till Einseber fully explains: "The sphere is just the front end," Eisenberg said. "All the voice recognition and artificial intelligence happens on Earth at an IBM data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The signal from CIMON has to travel through satellites and ground stations to the data centre and back. We focused on improving the robustness of this connection to prevent disruptions."The current robot at the space station has the Watson Tone Analyzer, which makes it more attuned to the astronauts’ emotional states. Image credit: Airbus #Space #Robot #ArtificialIntelligence #IBM #TillEisenberg #CIMON #CrewInteractiveMobileCompanion #Technology #SpeechRecongition #InternationalSpaceStation
AI Creates Photorealistic Portraits of Historical FiguresDutch photographer and digital artist Bas Uterwijk gives us a glimpse of how historical figures would have looked like through these amazing reconstructions made possible through the use of a neural network. The photo above is the artist’s reconstruction of Nefertiti, the great royal wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Nefertiti is one of the newest additions in Uterwijk’s series, alongside figures from the Renaissance, 18th-century Europe, and other time periods.To create these portraits, Uterwijk uploads numerous references of the person's likeness to the AI applications. Then, he makes small adjustments to the program until he is satisfied with the result. “These ‘Deep Learning' networks are trained with thousands of photographs of human faces and are able to create near-photorealistic people from scratch or fit uploaded faces in a ‘Latent Space' of a total of everything the model has learned,” Uterwijk explains. “I think the human face hasn't changed dramatically over thousands of years and apart from hairstyles and makeup, people that lived long ago probably looked very much like us, but we are used to seeing them in the often distorted styles of ancient art forms that existed long before the invention of photography.”Uterwijk also bases some of his recreations from paintings and sculptures, like his reconstruction of David (which is based on Michelangelo’s sculpture of the biblical figure).Neural networks truly are a technological marvel.(All Images: Bas Uterwijk)#NeuralNetwork #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Reconstruction #Art #Photorealism #History
Samsung’s Robot Chef Brings Automated Assistance to your Kitchen! Samsung has introduced the Samsung Bot Chef, a machine that can help people prepare their meals!According to the official press release, the Bot Chef can ‘read, understand, and divide up the tasks in regular recipes, and use tools that you normally use.’ It uses sensors to look and find things in the kitchen, and if it can’t find or reach for something, the machine will ask for help. Now that’s like having a companion in the kitchen!This product concept is intelligent enough to slow down or stop completely if it detects a person’s presence near it, and it will wait for the person to move away before continuing its tasks. In addition to having multiple sensors, the Bot Chef has two Saram arms that hold and manipulate different kitchen tools. One of the highlights of Samsung’s newest machine is that it can learn new skills by downloading them from ‘a skills ecosystem.’ This means that it can learn how to find and use non-smart appliances to help people in the kitchen, from blending a soup to making a cup of coffee-- the Bot Chef holds a great deal of potential!Image credit: Samsung#Samsung #BotChef #Machine #Robot #Technology #Kitchenware #Cooking #ArtificialIntelligence #AI 
Mark Rober Created a World Record Domino Robot That Sets 100,000 Dominoes in 24 HoursMark Rober proved to the whole world that he is the king of dominoes by setting up a hundred thousand of them in just 24 hours. How did he do it?Here’s what he had to say to his rival domino queen Lily Havish about this feat, “I suck at dominoes, Lily, but I’m good at engineering which means I’m actually really good at dominoes.”Engineering! Wow! What can’t we do with technology, right? As it turns out, Rober engineered a robot to set up dominoes like no one else can. Now, this robot he named “Dom” holds the world record for being the fastest to arrange 100K dominoes.So it’s not really Rober but actually Dom who did all the work, or is it the other way around? So mind-boggling! What do you think?#dominoes #engineering #domino #robot #worldrecord #AI #MarkRober #LilyHavish #ArtificialIntelligence #machines #programming