Making perfume is an art that can be traced back to ancient Greece but now modern-day perfumiers are beginning to look beyond their noses to develop the scents most likely to appeal to us. They are, instead, turning to AI. Perfumes can now be designed to trigger emotional responses using ingredients known as neuroscents – odours shown by biometric measures to arouse different positive feelings such as calm, euphoria or sleepiness. Hugo Ferreira, a researcher at the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering in Lisbon, is mapping brain activity and response to perfumes to build a database of neuroscents. He says the sense of smell is fascinating. "With sight and hearing, you can imagine the face of a loved one or favourite tune. It's hard to imagine a smell even though [it] can provoke a torrent of emotions and memories."
Title to be confirmed Speaker: Abhin Shah (MIT) Organised by: UCL ELLIS Zoom link is here. Information geometry for nonequilibrium processes Speaker: Artemy Kolchinsky (University of Tokyo) Organised by: University of Lisbon Register here. Title to be confirmed Speaker: Sattar Vakili (MediaTek Research) Organised by: UCL ELLIS Zoom link is here. DIGHUM lecture Speaker: Kay Firth-Butterfield (University of Texas, Austin) Organised by: Digital Humanism, TU Wein The seminar will be streamed live on YouTube.
This post contains a list of the AI-related seminars that are scheduled to take place between 10 May and 30 June 2023. All events detailed here are free and open for anyone to attend virtually. Natural Language Generation Problems and Challenges Speaker: Konstantinos Diamantaras Organised by: Chalmers AI Research Centre Zoom link is here. Exhaustive Symbolic Regression (or how to find the best function for your data) Speaker: Harry Desmond (University of Portsmouth) Organised by: University of Lisbon Register here. Multi-Fidelity Bayesian Optimization with Unreliable Information Sources Speakers: Julien Martinelli (Aalto University) Organised by: Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence Zoom link is here.
The news: The popular AI image generator Midjourney bans a wide range of words about the human reproductive system from being used as prompts, MIT Technology Review has discovered. The list of banned words seem to skew predominantly female, including terms such as "placenta," "fallopian tubes," and "mammary glands." The company says it's banning these words as a stopgap measure to prevent people from generating shocking or gory content while it "improves things on the AI side." Why it matters: Midjourney's crude banning of prompts relating to reproductive biology highlights how tricky it is to moderate content around generative AI systems. It also demonstrates how the tendency for AI systems to sexualize women extends all the way to their internal organs. Our senior biotech reporter Jessica Hamzelou has been in Lisbon, Portugal this week to attend a scientific conference on brain stimulation.
Digital generated image of bitcoin sign over glowing digital circuit board. Artificial intelligence (AI) crypto tokens are soaring in price this week, but price movements seem to be more of a crypto proxy to the AI bubble. The rally comes as a J.P Morgan report that says traders are turning their attention to AI and away from blockchain. "The rise in the price of AI-related cryptocurrencies can without a doubt be driven by real and tangible developments in the AI and blockchain industries," says Vasco Lopes, blockchain and artificial intelligence researcher at the NOVA school of technology near Lisbon, Portugal. "However, AI-related cryptocurrencies are also influenced by hype and investor sentiment, as the increased popularity of AI and AI-related products, such as the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT language model, generates excitement and interest in the AI sector." AI cryptos have reached a $4.27 billion market cap, up 56% from last week.
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This post contains a list of the AI-related seminars that are scheduled to take place between 9 January and 28 February 2023. All events detailed here are free and open for anyone to attend virtually. Machine learning beyond the data range: extreme quantile regression Speaker: Sebastian Engelke (University of Geneva) Organised by: University of Lisbon Register here. Title to be confirmed Speaker: Mauro Maggioni (Johns Hopkins University) Organised by: University of Minnesota Check the website nearer the time for the Zoom link to join. Title to be confirmed Speaker: Alhussein Fawzi (DeepMind) Organised by: University of Lisbon Register here.