Best deals for Oct. 22: Save on Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, KitchenAid, Sony Blu-ray players, Echo Show, and more


With the start of a new week, we rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on top kitchen gear, amazing Blu-ray players, scary horror movies, and handy Amazon devices. We also have deals on adult learning classes from Udemy. If you ever wanted to learn web design and coding, now is your chance. First up, Amazon has deals on a number of kitchen appliances, such as save $60 on Instant Pot, which is on sale for $119.95, In addition, Whirlpool's 1.7 cubic feet over-the-range microwave is now $90 off and priced at $179.99 at Best Buy.

Machine Learning Embeds Harrison Ford Into Disney's 'Solo' Star Wars Movie - ExtremeTech


Derpfakes uses the same tools from the controversial porn to make experimental face-swapped movie and TV footage. The account has posted videos from Toy Story, Star Trek, and The Room. Star Wars is also a favorite target because of the recent use of questionable CGI characters to stand-in for aged and deceased actors. The latest post tackles Solo, replacing star Alden Ehrenreich with a young Harrison Ford. The results aren't perfect, but it's impressive for something done with essentially no budget.

Just tell Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TVs


Until now, casting video to an Android TV through a Google Assistant-enabled device such as a Google Home or the new JBL soundbar has been a fairly simple affair. With the exception of playing Netflix, that is. Now, Google is finally changing that by allowing Google Assistant to play Netflix on Android TV devices. For reasons unknown, the Google Assistant has been unable to launch Netflix with an Android TV as the target device. This is an odd omission for an OS that's supposed to have the same basic functionality as a Chromecast.

We Need to be Examining the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence - AI Trends


Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. I was fascinated by the idea that a crime could be prevented before it occurred. More interesting to me at the time was the futuristic role that'super intelligent' technology – something depicted as more sophisticated and advanced than humans – could play in doing this accurately. Recently, the role that pre-crime and artificial intelligence can play in our world has been explored in episodes of the popular Netflix TV show Black Mirror, focusing on the debate between free will and determinism. Working in counter-terrorism, I know that the use of artificial intelligence in the security space is fast becoming a reality.

Can humanity survive in the age of AI?


Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world around us. From automated factories that build everything without human intervention, to computer systems capable of beating world masters at some of the most complex games, AI is powering our society into the future – but what happens when this artificial intelligence becomes greater than ours? Should we fear automated weapon turning on us, or Hollywood-style "skull-stomping robots"? We spoke to Max Tegmark, an MIT professor and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, about his book, Life 3.0, in which he answers some of the key questions we need to solve to make the future of artificial intelligence one that benefits all of humankind. Can you describe your book in a nutshell?

The Guardian view on artificial intelligence: human learning Editorial


In a modern company like Amazon, almost all human activity is directed by computer programs. They not only monitor workers' actions but are used to choose who should be employed. Yet it emerged last week that the company had scrapped an attempt to use artificial intelligence to select workers on the basis of their CVs, since the results consistently discriminated against women. This is a welcome decision that illuminates two important facts about machine learning, the most widely used technique of AI at the moment. The technical or operational point is that these programs, no matter how fast they learn, can only learn from the data presented to them.

Artificial intelligence is automating Hollywood. Now, art can thrive.


The next time you sit down to watch a movie, the algorithm behind your streaming service might recommend a blockbuster that was written by AI, performed by robots, and animated and rendered by a deep learning algorithm. An AI algorithm may have even read the script and suggested the studio buy the rights. It's easy to think that technology like algorithms and robots will make the film industry go the way of the factory worker and the customer service rep, and argue that artistic filmmaking is in its death throes. For the film industry, the same narrative doesn't apply -- artificial intelligence seems to have enhanced Hollywood's creativity, not squelched it. It's true that some jobs and tasks are being rendered obsolete now that computers can do them better.

Is artificial intelligence the next bitcoin?


Today the new fuss in the technology world is about artificial intelligence and how it will change the world, and the wealth management business. First let's clear up some of the confusion around nomenclature. Artificial intelligence is the concept that machines think and process new ideas by themselves, like the sentient computer Hal in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." Machine learning is the process by which machines are coded to adapt their programming based on new data and data analytics; think self-driving cars and Google's targeted "smart" ads that intuit what you might be interested in based on the sites you've visited. While we are still quite far from AI and a machine making up its own mind, we can't ignore the impact that smart programs powered by machine learning are making on the world.

BBC's head of TV slams Netflix for using data-gathering robots

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Data-gathering robots are undermining Netflix's creative content. Currently, the US company relies on algorithms to suggest whether new programmes would be popular with subscribers. Netflix carefully curates the lists based on in-app ratings, viewer demographics and the viewing history of its estimated 130 million paying subscribers. The BBC still green-lights its shows based on creative instinct, an approach which Ms Moore insists is superior. 'So much of what's driving the rapid change in our industry is about technology, not creativity,' she said.

The AI Gold Rush: Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning


We are on the verge of the AI gold rush. Like the prospectors of the infamous historical gold rush, however, only a few leading organizations will strike gold. Real economic growth will be achieved by the companies selling the equivalent of picks, food, supplies, shovels, and jeans for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Think of all the tools required: training data, governance tools, consulting and integration services, and most critical, the creation of new sustainable revenue models. Startups, incumbent tech companies, and corporate innovation centers have already started using artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve real business problems across nearly every industry, including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and energy.