5 Negative Pop Culture References About Robots And Artificial Intelligence That Still Haunt Us


A late '90s classic the film showcased a dystopian world, where the artificially intelligent machines who gained their power source from the sun, fought with humans for supremacy. The Netflix original series Black Mirror -- only three seasons old as of now -- is enough to give any social media, heck, even technology user a nightmare. We won't go into the spoilers here, but episodes like extreme dependency on social media to gain respectability, to creating entire physical humans with the help of their online persona, the dark series showcases a future which is almost believable. While many of the concepts from the series do not seem that far away into the future, even Black Mirror has time and again showcased that there's no such thing as a "one size fits for all" AI.

Nielsen acquired vBrand, a startup that has developed a machine learning-enabled platform to measure brand exposure and impact in sports programming.


The acquisition of vBrand's advanced technology supercharges Nielsen Sports' already industry-leading sponsorship measurement capabilities and methodologies, considered among the most robust in sports. "This is an exciting acquisition that demonstrates our continued ambition and commitment to our sports clients.Bringing vBrand's technology into Nielsen Sports' existing sponsorship valuation process will further expand the scale of programming and events it covers around the world. Nielsen Sports' brand exposure data and metrics are considered currency in the global sports marketplace, and we're delighted to strengthen that further with this acquisition," said Howard Appelbaum, President, Nielsen Entertainment. The Nielsen acquisition is the latest milestone in an already well-established relationship between the two companies, as the Tel Aviv-based vBrand is a graduate of Nielsen Innovate--Nielsen's early-stage technology incubator licensed by the Israel Innovation Authority (previously known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel).

AI can determine our motivations using a simple camera


Hamon and his team created an algorithm that analyzes the tiniest of human movements, using a camera, and determines what that person is feeling. SLL is trying to solve one of the oldest problems in the world: people lie. Being able to determine the viability of a TV show, or how people feel about a specific scene in a movie is a pretty neat trick. SLL does more than provide analytics for TV shows and movies, in fact its ambitions might be some of the highest we've ever seen for an AI company.

Google Home guides you through Vogue's 125th anniversary issue


Google's partnerships with media companies for Home add-ons goes beyond advertisements for Beauty and the Beast. For next month's 125th anniversary issue of Vogue, readers can ask Google Assistant for more information on a quintet of articles. Once they do, the journalists who wrote them will share bits of interviews with Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey that didn't make it to print. No, it isn't Spotify voice control, but at least it isn't an unprompted ad for a movie, either.

'Marjorie Prime' explores the limits of AI built from memories


In her final months, she finds solace in an artificially intelligent holographic recreation of her late husband Walter, called "Walter Prime." For example, Walter Prime obligingly tells Marjorie stories of how he wooed her and when he proposed, based on the tales she had told him in the past. In contrast, Marjorie's human caretaker Julie sneaks the ailing woman cigarettes when Tess and Jon aren't around. The stories that Marjorie shares with Walter Prime (that he later tells back to her) are the versions she wants to remember.

Google uses machine learning to help journalists track hate


Hate crimes have sadly existed long before last weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia but tracking them has been difficult. To help fix that, the Google News Lab has partnered with ProPublica, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the University of Miami's School of Communications on the Documenting Hate News Index. Machine learning is used to pull locations, names and events from some 3.000 news stories published since this February into an easy-to-navigate feed of articles. "The feed is generated from news articles that cover events suggestive of hate crime, bias or abuse -- such as anti-semitic graffiti or local court reports about incidents," Google writes.

Google Home will now work with free Spotify accounts


Google Home is finally supporting free Spotify accounts. Google Home also offers Google Play Music Free and Pandora to people who want some variety without paying a monthly fee. If you like having complete control over what's playing, Google Home also supports Spotify Premium. Other supported music subscriptions include Google Play Music Premium and YouTube Red.

Google Home's voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts


If you're a Google Home user without a paid Spotify account, your use of the service on Home has been limited. And now, it appears that the integration is now live for US users: free-tier Spotify users can now stream their music to Google Home. It's worth noting that Spotify's integration with Google Home will be different, depending on what tier of Spotify service you have. You can see a full list of available commands, depending on tier, at Google's support page, but while Spotify Premium users can play specific content on demand, free users are limited.

The grantees of Engadget's $500,000 immersive arts program


As coordinator of the Virtual Environments Lab at Pioneer Works, Martinez facilitates a residency and research program focused on emerging technologies in media art. Support has been provided in part through an AR/VR Artist Research Residency co-organized by Oregon Story Board, Upfor and Eyebeam; Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program; Yafo Creative/Print Screen Festival Digital Arts Residency; BAU Institute Arts Residency at Camargo Foundation, Cassis; and a Pioneer Works Technology Residency; and through the University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History and College of Fine Arts. Part explorer, part cultural critic, part archaeologist, part DJ, the Datanauts of Mapper's Delight use sight, sound and touch to investigate the global distances traveled by the lyrics contained in each rap artist's career while exploring the secret flows of hip-hop's spacetime through a panoptic interface. Hemphill is influenced by scientific work that pushes investigation to artistic limits and artistic work that pushes repetition toward scientific method.

Automation and anxiety


In a test against three expert human radiologists working together, Enlitic's system was 50% better at classifying malignant tumours and had a false-negative rate (where a cancer is missed) of zero, compared with 7% for the humans. In a widely noted study published in 2013, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne examined the probability of computerisation for 702 occupations and found that 47% of workers in America had jobs at high risk of potential automation. Rather than destroying jobs, ATMs changed bank employees' work mix, away from routine tasks and towards things like sales and customer service that machines could not do. Computers thus reallocate rather than displace jobs, requiring workers to learn new skills.