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Audi optimizes quality inspections in the press shop with artificial intelligence

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In addition to visual inspection by employees, several small cameras are installed directly in the presses. They evaluate the captured images with the help of image-recognition software. This process will soon be replaced by an ML procedure. Software based on a complex artificial neural network operates in the background of this innovative procedure. The software detects the finest cracks in sheet metal with the utmost precision and reliably marks the spot.


Toddlers are now spending THREE HOURS on iPads a day

Daily Mail

Young children are spending record time on hand-held devices. According to new data published on Thursday, the amount of time under-5s devote to watching TV and video content via such appliances is now 2.8 hours, per day. That's an increase three out of four infants aged under five have regular access to a computer or mobile tablet. Last year, they spent 2.6 hours each day, but this has now risen to 2.8 hours. In addition, the majority of pre-school children also have their very own gadget.


Current Trends and Future Research Directions for Interactive Music

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Technology has shaped the way on which we compose and produce music: Notably, the invention of microphones, magnetic tapes, amplifiers and computers pushed the development of new music styles in the 20th century. In fact, several artistic domains have been benefiting from such technology developments; for instance, Experimental music, nonlinear music, Electroacoustic music, and interactive music. Experimental music is composed in such a way that its outcome is often unforeseeable; for instance, it may contain random generated tones, computer-generated content, variable-duration notes and "free" content. It may also include atonal melodies and microtones. Another domain is nonlinear music, in which the scenario is divided in parts whose order can be chosen at execution time. We will use the term "nonlinear" music in that sense. Nonlinear music exists from many centuries ago; for instance, Mozart's minuets in which the order of work's musical material was determined by coin-tosses. Electroacoustic music was originated by the incorporation of electronic sound production into compositional practice.


Taryn Southern's artificial intelligence-produced music The Big Idea

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NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - A singer and YouTube creator is making music history. Taryn Southern's video for the song "Break Free" has racked up more than 2 million views. She used artificial intelligence software to co-write and co-produce the song, which features passionate vocals and a pulsating beat. So why stop at one song? So Taryn just released what is said to be the first album co-written and co-produced by artificial intelligence.


Creativity and judgement key to lawyering with artificial intelligence

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Good judgement and skills such as emotional intelligence, empathy, creativity and wisdom will become even more important to lawyering as the use of artificial intelligence increases, says UNSW Professor of Law Michael Legg. The director of the Law Society of NSW Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) stream at UNSW Law discussed what an AI-enhanced lawyer looks like at the Law Society's FLIP Conference in Sydney this month. "Whatever the nature of their practice, it has been said that the most important skill of lawyering is sound judgement," Professor Legg said. "Sound judgement is about more than answering legal questions – it encapsulates the relational and contextual elements of being a'problem-solving' lawyer. "None of the AI technologies currently available have the capacity to completely replace lawyers, as each still requires the exercise of human judgement as part of the process."


The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm

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Load up the homepage for e-commerce giant, Alibaba – a wholesale shopping site that's more or less China's answer to eBay – and you'll find images and descriptions of anything you could wish to buy, from kitchen sinks to luxury yachts. Every item has a short headline, but most are little more than lists of keywords: hand-picked search terms to ensure this USB phone charger or that pair of flame-resistant overalls float to the top in a sea of thousands upon thousands of similar items. It sounds simple, but there's an art to this copywriting. Yet Alibaba recently revealed that it is training an artificial intelligence to generate these item descriptions automatically – and they're not the only ones. Over the last few decades AIs have been taught to compose music, paint pictures and write (bad) poems.


5 AI Advances in Publishing and Media

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The Cambridge Analytica scandal showed us how Russian AI-powered fake news had the power to steer the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign. It is now a matter of fact that intelligent machines aren't the future of media and publishing, but the present. Although that last sentence may sound ominous, our future is not necessarily linked to a nightmare of fake news and social media managers stealing our private information, though. Artificial Intelligence, automation, machine learning and all the latest technology trends of the last few years are going to revolutionize our current scenario, and maybe, even in a better way. Believe it or not, you've probably read news articles written entirely by a machine.


Future Tense Newsletter: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Slate

As a millennial, I wholeheartedly embrace the idea of existential dread. But I do find the idea that we might be able to "future-proof" our species--by, say, genetically engineering a smarter human population--somewhat reassuring. Though, as any science-fiction story centered around the idea of creating a "better" human race can tell us, there are innumerable potential pitfalls. Phil Torres describes some of these radical, real-life plans intended to save humanity from future disaster--and their potential for unintended consequences. Elsewhere on Future Tense, we've been covering both public and private surveillance.


Deepfakes: What fairies and aliens can teach us about fake videos

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"Deepfake" is the name being given to videos created through artificially intelligent deep learning techniques. Also referred to as "face-swapping", the process involves inputting a source video of a person into a computer, and then inputting multiple images and videos of another person. The neural network then learns the movements and expressions of the person in the source video in order to map the other's image onto it to look as if they are carrying out the speech or act. This practice was first used extensively in the production of fake pornography in late 2017 – where the faces of famous female celebrities were swapped in. Research has consistently shown that pornography leads the way in technological adoption and advancement when it comes to communication technologies, from the Polaroid camera to the internet.


Facebook reveals it will use AI to fact-check photos and videos for fake news

Daily Mail

Facebook is expanding its fake news spotting systems to include photos and videos as part of its ongoing battle to halt the spread of misinformation on its service. Following successful trials in France, India, and Mexico, the company said it will now roll-out the system in 17 countries worldwide in a bid to staunch what it has branded'misinformation in these new visual formats.' The Artificial Intelligence (AI) system feeds potentially fake content to human fact-checkers, who use visual verification techniques such as reverse image searching and analysing image metadata to check the veracity of photos and videos. Previously, the company's efforts to tackle misinformation had been focused on rooting out false articles and webpage links. Russian agents and other malicious groups seeking to influence democratic elections in the US and elsewhere have repeatedly used images and video.