This AI Tool Scares the Crap Out of Elon Musk

· Andrew Orr · Link

OpenAI, an AI research institute cofounded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, built an AI text generator that its creators worry is dangerous.

Jack Clark, policy director at OpenAI, says that example shows how technology like this might shake up the processes behind online disinformation or trolling, some of which already use some form of automation. “As costs of producing text fall, we may see behaviors of bad actors alter,” he says.

Based on the examples I think it’s safe to say this AI would pass the Turing Test.

Apple Medical, Privacy Bill, Future of AI with John Martellaro - ACM 492

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Martellaro to discuss how Apple might be looking at the medical industry, of which CEO Tim Cook has said he wants a piece. They also talk about the privacy bill making the rounds in Washington, and the future of artificial intelligence.

Offline Siri Edges Closer to Reality With Silk Labs

· Andrew Orr · News

Last week Andrew Orr wrote about a patent that Apple filed regarding more offline Siri capability. He thinks the latest news about Silk Labs provides stronger evidence for that.

YouPorn AI Generated a List of Future Porn Star Names (SFW)

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Last year, YouPorn Foresights used AI to predict what the most popular search terms would be in porn. This year the company did something similar. The data science and machine learning teams trained a recurrent neural network to look at the current most popular performer names, and have now created what science has predicted that the next generation of stars will call themselves. There are 69 names, both male and female, and the results are hilarious. As you would expect from AI, the names sound weird and goofy. My favorite names from the list are Man Master, Al Gorr (obviously my future kid), Summer Sax, and Paris Buttomina. It’s a safe-for-work list that you can check out here.

Watch This Robot Hand Learn How to Manipulate a Block

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

OpenAI robot hand

Check out this video from OpenAI of a robot hand learning how to manipulate a block. This an incredibly difficult task, and the level of difficulty is one of the many reasons Apple needs humans assembling iPhones. OpenAI used machine learning and virtual simulations for the robot to spend 100 years of trial and error to learn what you’ll see in the video (TechnologyReview has more details). Those virtual lessons were then used by the real-world robot hand, and it’s pretty darned cool. Check it out.

Former Google AI Chief Now in Charge of Siri

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple hired former Google AI chief back in April, John Giannandrea. Now he has been given the reins over Siri only three months after getting hired.

Microsoft Buying AI Firm Bonsai

· Jeff Gamet · News

AI company Bonsai now part of Microsoft

Microsoft is ramping up its stake in the artificial intelligence market by buying the AI and machine learning startup Bonsai.

When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Human Intelligence, Look Out

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

AI concept.

Every tech giant is working on what’s labelled Artificial Intelligence (AI). But just what is AI, really? Simple Machine Learning? Or the duplication of human intellectual capabilities and beyond? John has the story. Plus more news debris.

Mark Zuckerberg vs. Tim Cook, Apple's New AI Chief, and Making HomeKit Great - ACM 456

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been trading public barbs on privacy, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the public tiff. They also discuss Apple’s hiring of Google’s former head of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for Siri (hint: good things!). They cap the show with a look at what it would take to make HomeKit the premier home automation platform.

The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI Future - ACM 454

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

A Creative AI has Generated an 'Infinite' Podcast

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A creative AI called SHELDON has created its own podcast, and the result is an infinite, personalized experience. SHELDON was created by James Ryan, a PhD student from University of California (named after Sheldon Klein, an early pioneer of expressive AI). The goal is to create a unique podcast experience for each user. When you listen to your first podcast episode, SHELDON randomly assigns you a county in the world it created. Each simulated country has its own characters with their own individual stories. On February 2 James released a proof-of-concept pilot version on Soundcloud, and he wants to release a beta version of the podcast in early 2019.

A Creative AI has Generated an ‘Infinite’ Podcast