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New dating app blurs out photos of potential matches to encourage users to not focus on looks

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A new dating app will keep the photos of potential matches blurred out to encourage users to focus less on appearances. Called Smore, and co-developed by former Chappy executive Adam Cohen Aslatei, the app was designed to encourage people to focus more on personality and common interests than kneejerk reactions to a person's looks. The app will send users five suggested matches each day, but before users can see the unblurred version of the other person's photos, they'll have to first go through the rest of their profile. Smore will give free users five suggested matches each day, but they won't be able to see a clear photo of their potential match until they've tapped on a number of icons that person has picked to indicate their interests and personality The profiles are mainly composed from emoji-centric tiles that indicate a person's interests and background. These including listing your education background, current mood status, astrological sign, turn ons, deal breakers, and general interests.


Quiz asks you to spot the difference between Trump's speeches and AI software's

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A study has shed light on a new threat in the upcoming US presidential election – artificial intelligence. Experts have developed a text generating AI, dubbed'RoboTrump', to see if people can differentiate between the real US President's speech and a robot's. The team found that 60 percent of participants could not tell the difference and a majority of these individuals were Trump supporters. The study, developed by Lawsuit.org, Following the test, 43 percent of the participants said they were more concerned about the implications of AI-generated text on the 2020 election than prior to taking the quiz.


AI is 'better than doctors' at predicting when patients are going to die - by analysing heart tests

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Dr Fornwalt added: 'That finding suggests that the model is seeing things that humans probably can't see, or at least that we just ignore and think are normal. 'AI can potentially teach us things that we've been maybe misinterpreting for decades.' Introduction of AI in such situations could see the rise of the superhuman doctor - however it is not known what rhythms the AI has detected, which makes the unexplained diagnosis a little unethical in some doctors opinions. The findings will be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Dallas, U.S, on November 16 - with researchers hopeful that they will be able to prove its significance with clinical trial. AI systems rely on artificial neural networks (ANNs), which try to simulate the way the brain works in order to learn. ANNs can be trained to recognise patterns in information - including speech, text data, or visual images - and are the basis for a large number of the developments in AI over recent years. Conventional AI uses input to'teach' an algorithm about a particular subject by feeding it massive amounts of information. AI systems rely on artificial neural networks (ANNs), which try to simulate the way the brain works in order to learn.


Black Friday UK 2019: Amazon is starting Black Friday a week early

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Black Friday fever is almost upon us, and this year online retailer Amazon is rolling out the deals a whole week early in what will be its'biggest ever' event. That means you can get your hands on fantastic offers on toys, beauty, home and more over an extended eight-day period in the UK. During Black Friday last year, customers purchased over two million items on Amazon. Popular buys included the much-loved Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker and the highly-rated Instant Pot Pressure Cooker - showing the huge range of fantastic deals available on the day. This year, the sales extravaganza is expected to feature Lightning Deals, limited-time offers, new exclusive-to-Amazon product launches and other big savings.


Deepfake video of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for Prime Minister released

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Two eerily realistic videos featuring Boris Johnson and rival Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for the role of prime minister have been released by a thinktank to highlight the spread of deepfake technology. Future Advocacy released the bizarre videos in a stunt to raise awareness on the dangers surrounding online disinformation. This is the first time deepfakes of political candidates have been released during a live election in the UK. In the election-style address a character resembling Boris Johnson says: 'Hi folks, I am here with a very special message. 'Since that momentous day in 2016, division has coursed through our country as we argue with fantastic passion, vim and vigour about Brexit.


Scientists believe programming AI for self-preservation could be the key to giving robots feelings

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A new paper from researchers at the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute considers a novel path toward creating robots with'feelings.' The key, according to researchers Kinson Man and Antonio Damasio, is homestasis, a self-preservation principle by which living creatures seek to maintain internal biological equilibrium by avoiding certain environments or kinds of stimuli. Were robots to be programmed with a homeostatic sense of self-preservation, would that put them on a path toward developing true feelings? According to a Science News report on the paper, Man and Damasio consider the most promising lead for feeling robots to come through the combination of soft robotics and deep learning, which when combined might approximate a homeostatic reaction to negative environmental stimuli. Man and Domasio point to a 1954 experiment by W. Ross Ashby that demonstrated how homeostatic sensing might be translated into robotics.


Amazon confirms first ever branded grocery store designed as a cheaper alternative to Whole Foods

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Amazon will take the next step in its bid to take over the food delivery market with its own company-branded grocery stores. In a report from CNET, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed the company's intention to open the first-ever Amazon-branded grocery store in Los Angeles. While the company hasn't released many details, a job listing discovered by CNET suggest the store will be'Amazon's first grocery store' meaning it will likely carry the e-tailing giant's brand name. Amazon is making its first foray into company-branded grocery stores. The outlets will reportedly offer cheaper options compared to the Amazon-owned Whole Foods.


Fukushima farmland that became unusable in 2011 is being converted into wind and solar power plants

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Farmland in Fukushima that was rendered unusable after the disastrous 2011 nuclear meltdown is getting a second chance at productivity. A group of Japanese investors have created a new plan to use the abandoned land to build wind and solar power plants, to be used to send electricity to Tokyo. The plan calls for the construction of eleven solar power plants and ten wind power plants, at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion. Fukushima has been aggressively converting land damaged by the 2011 meltdown, such as this golf course (pictured above) into a source of renewable energy. A new $2.75 billion plan will add eleven new solar plants and ten wind power plants to former farmland The project is expected to be completed in March of 2024 and is backed by a group of investors, including Development Bank of Japan and Mizuho Bank.


Vladimir Putin calls for set of 'moral rules' to guide interaction between humans and AI

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Vladimir Putin has called for'moral rules' on the development of artificial intelligence - urging companies'technology must not be invented for the sake of technology'. Speaking at an event on AI technology in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, the Russian president called for safeguards, setting out rules for how humans should interact with the robots. President Putin said: 'Discussion is currently underway on social aspects and implications of the use of artificial intelligence. It is a very important issue. 'I suggest that the professional community and companies should contemplate drawing up a set of moral rules for interaction between humans and artificial intelligence.


Scammers target users of online dating apps using malicious AI 'bots' that aim to scam lonely hearts

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Have you ever matched with someone on a dating app that seems'too good to be true'? They may well be, according to an online dating consultant. Scammers have been letting'malicious bots' loose on dating apps in an attempt to convince people to part with their money, says online dating expert Steve Dean. He warned against'people' who open chats with'here's my phone number, you can call me here' with a link as soon as you swipe them on Tinder. Often these links take you to a scamming or live webcam site.