machine learning

deepfakes

DHS Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny It Has Records on Deepfakes

As DARPA researchers work on identifying manipulated videos, and lawmakers call for an intelligence community report, the DHS is staying tight-lipped on deepfakes.
Joseph Cox
9.18.18
AI

This Algorithm Makes Its Own Video Games

The program watches hours of humans playing classic video games and "learns" their key features in order to generate new games.
Matthew Gault
9.12.18
Scunthorpe Problem

Life on the Internet Is Hard When Your Last Name is 'Butts'

The “Scunthorpe problem” has never really been solved and for people with "offensive" last names, this can be a real pain in the ass.
Daniel Oberhaus
8.29.18
AI Doing Art

This AI Creates Horrifying Images Based On Your Words

Yay, researchers trained an algorithm to turn your captions into (nightmarish) images.
Sarah Emerson
8.17.18
AI

OpenAI Is Beating Humans at ‘Dota 2’ Because It’s Basically Cheating

AI defeating human players at 'Dota 2' is impressive, but it was only possible thanks to significant guardrails and an inhuman advantage.
Matthew Gault
8.17.18
The Plug

Bias In Maternal AI Could Hurt Expectant Black Mothers

Black women experience worse maternal mortality rates than their white counterparts. Will machine learning make it worse or better?
Omotayo Banjo
8.17.18
deepfakes

There Is No Tech Solution to Deepfakes

Funding technological solutions to algorithmically-generated fake videos only puts a bandage on the deeper issues of consent and media literacy.
Samantha Cole
8.14.18
SURVEILLANCE

Describe a Face and This AI Will Draw It

Animesh Karnewar wanted to program an AI that could translate descriptions of characters in books to images.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.18
Dystopia Now

Researchers Tricked AI Into Doing Free Computations It Wasn't Trained to Do

Google researchers demonstrated that a neural network could be tricked into performing free computations for an attacker. They worry that this could one day be used to turn our smartphones into botnets by exposing them to images.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.12.18
DIY

This DIY Polaroid Camera Draws Cartoons Using Machine Learning

A DIY Polaroid camera prints what a neural network thinks it sees.
Samantha Cole
7.5.18
Google

Google Says Its AI That Makes Phone Calls Isn't Good Enough to Be Dangerous

At a product demonstration, executives did their best to assuage fears about the unsettling new technology.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.27.18
Facebook

Facebook Wants to Use AI to Replace Your Eyeballs in Photos Where You Blinked

Researchers at the company are experimenting with AI to retouch your most undignified pictures.
Sarah Emerson
6.18.18