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Meet the Nightmare Machine: An AI That Creates Your Worst Fears


The artificial intelligence (AI) currently being developed is largely benevolent. It can mimic the way humans think, complete menial and repetitive tasks, and more. But that doesn't prevent people from being afraid of AI, thinking it will take away jobs or eventually turn Terminator into a documentary. Somebody thought AI wasn't scary enough, and did something to change that. Researchers from MIT and Australia's CSIRO have created AI that actively warps pictures into scary nightmare fuel.

Data61 CEO bumped up to CSIRO executive along with new chief scientist role


Two years after it was swallowed and rebranded by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Data61 will gain a seat at the CSIRO executive level to be filled by its CEO Adrian Turner.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall calls for Australian artificial intelligence 'moon shot'


CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has called on businesses to stop taking cost savings from automation to the bank and instead reinvest them to create better business models. The former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who was appointed to the top job at the CSIRO in 2014, was talking at The Australian Financial Review Innovation Summit, and addressing growing concerns that artificial intelligence-led advances will decimate the workforce. "You can't save your way to success. In my opinion if companies aren't foresighted or keep cutting costs, shareholders will love it for a few quarters, but they're basically selling the future to buy today," Dr Marshall said. "You can cut costs and lose people, or you can free up capital to invest in the future and do innovation.

MIT taught a machine to give you nightmares


Robots are learning to create zombie faces and apocalyptic landscapes, and with your help, they can make them even more terrifying. Researchers from MIT and Australia's CSIRO have created the Nightmare Machine, an AI algorithm that can transform a normal face or landscape into nightmare fuel. The AI analyzed 200,000 normal human faces and was soon able to generate its own, but the team wanted to take it in another, freakier direction. "We want to produce scary faces," Dr. Manuel Cebrian told the Sydney Morning Herald. "So we take a zombie face –- a really scary one –- and feed it into the neural network."