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How Artificial Intelligence Can Detect – And Create – Fake News - Liwaiwai

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When Mark Zuckerberg told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted on the social media site, he wasn't particularly specific about what that meant. Given my own work using image and video analytics, I suggest the company should be careful. Despite some basic potential flaws, AI can be a useful tool for spotting online propaganda – but it can also be startlingly good at creating misleading material. Researchers already know that online fake news spreads much more quickly and more widely than real news. My research has similarly found that online posts with fake medical information get more views, comments and likes than those with accurate medical content.


AI/Machine Learning Part-Time Instructor job with University of California-Irvine 1825536

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University of California, Irvine AI/Machine Learning Part-Time Instructor Recruitment Period Open date: February 22nd, 2019 Last review date: Friday, Mar 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. Final date: Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Description At the University of California Irvine's Department of Continuing Education - Technology Programs, our mission is to provide the best technical professional development courses online. We are laser focused on inspiring our students to learn new technical coding skills and shaping the future for their success. We are passionate about our education programs that support our students to fulfil their career goals and we are empowered to help thousands of people learn online every day.


Near raises $100M for an AI that merges online and offline behavior to build consumer profiles – TechCrunch

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One of the holy grails in the world of advertising and marketing has been finding a way to accurately capture and understand what consumers are doing throughout the day, regardless of whether it's a digital or offline activity. That goal has become even more elusive in recent years, with the surge of regulations around privacy and data protection that limit what kind of information can be collected and used. Now, a startup believes it's cracked the code, and it's raised a large round of funding that underscores its success so far and what it believes is untapped future demand. Near, which has built an interactive, cloud-based AI platform called AllSpark that works across 44 countries to create anonymised, location-based profiles of users -- 1.6 billion each month at present -- based on a trove of information that it sources and then merges from phones, data partners, carriers and its customers, but which it claims was built "with privacy by design", has raised $100 million. The company believes that this Series C -- from a single backer, Great Pacific Capital out of London -- is one of the biggest rounds ever to be raised in this particular area of marketing technology.


Today's customer decision journey is so complex but AI can help - Search Engine Land

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Myth: "The customer journey is not as complex as it's made out to be." One thing is for sure – the consumer decision journey is more complex than ever before. The average consumer now owns three to four devices and uses multiple online and offline channels throughout their shopping journeys. The game is changing as marketers turn to artificial intelligence, agencies and data to help them navigate new consumer behavior. Every marketer today needs to be addressing these challenges as the CDJ itself is disrupting the digital landscape.


Could 'fake text' be the next global political threat?

The Guardian

Earlier this month, an unexceptional thread appeared on Reddit announcing that there is a new way "to cook egg white[s] without a frying pan". As so often happens on this website, which calls itself "the front page of the internet", this seemingly banal comment inspired a slew of responses. "I've never heard of people frying eggs without a frying pan," one incredulous Redditor replied. "I'm gonna try this," added another. One particularly enthusiastic commenter even offered to look up the scientific literature on the history of cooking egg whites without a frying pan.


Fake videos prompt need for law - Letters The Star Online

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TECHNOLOGY has advanced so much that one can now produce or alter audio or video content to show or present something that actually didn't happen. With deepfake technology (which combines "deep learning" with "fake"), one can, for example, superimpose someone's face over another person's to create a video to support his or her own agenda. The video is then circulated online, with disastrous consequences on the victim if the purpose is vile in nature, such as the sex video that is currently doing its rounds on social media in Malaysia. Deepfake is artificial intelligence (AI) at work, and there is little you can do to prevent it from happening to you, as highly-paid Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson lamented. The subject of a fake porn video, she told the Washington Post (Dec 31, 2018): "The truth is, there is no difference between someone hacking my account or someone hacking the person standing behind me on line at the grocery store's account. It just depends on whether or not someone has the desire to target you. "Obviously, if a person has more resources, they may employ various forces to build a bigger wall around their digital identity.


Modern Web Online Featuring Aaron Ma, Stefan Judis, & Marien Scott

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Our next Modern Web Online event is happening soon! For those of you who haven't had the chance to join us in person, here's your opportunity to still be apart of the magic! Description - Self-driving cars are taking over human drivers one step at a time. Want to build a self-driving car? Well, in this 25-minute talk, you'll learn about Reinforcement Learning.


An app using AI to 'undress' women offers a terrifying glimpse into the future Arwa Mahdawi

The Guardian

Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Want to see Taylor Swift naked? It's called DeepNude and it uses AI to "undress" photos of women and produce a realistic nude image. Or rather, there was an app for that: the creators of the horrifying program took it down on Thursday after a Vice article about DeepNude catalyzed widespread outrage. "We created this project for user's entertainment a few months ago," the app's creators tweeted.


How AI and Machine Learning Are Helping Smaller Retailers Compete Against Amazon, Walmart

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Without the tech infrastructure of Amazon or Walmart, it has been harder for small and medium-sized retailers to compete in an increasingly digital market. For starters, knowing how to manage inventory between physical stores and online can be challenging for retailers who lack access to the data insights of their larger competitors. But new developments in AI and machine learning are democratizing the use of data. "Five or 10 years ago, you really had no way out," said Kishore Rajgopal, founder and CEO at NextOrbit, an AI platform for inventory and price management. "Amazon was the king, Amazon and Walmart had all the data and the data scientists and you could never catch them -- but now you can."


The 7 best deals you can get online this Thursday

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Thursday is the day for great savings. Shopping for the best deals online is kind of an art form. Before I started writing for Reviewed, I knew that retailers ran a lot of deals and buying something on discount was probably not too hard, provided you waited until the right time. More: Here's how to prep for Amazon Prime Day now that dates are revealed What I didn't know was that not all sales are alike. Some places might tell you something is on sale, but actually marked up the price beforehand and are giving you much less of an overall savings than you thought you were getting.