Is AI a dude or a dudette?


Sure, Facebook has "M", Google has "Google Now", and Siri's voice isn't always that of a woman. But it does feel worth noting that (typically male-dominated) engineering groups routinely give women's names to the things you issue commands to. Is artificial intelligence work about Adams making Eves? The response to this critique is usually about the voices people trust and find easy to understand. Adrienne LaFrance over at The Atlantic does a good job discussing those points, so go read her article.

Rotten Tomatoes is hiding its 'Justice League' score, but we've done the math


Critics are in on Justice League, but Rotten Tomatoes won't be revealing its official score until Thursday, just after the stroke of midnight. Someone finally thought to use the Tomatometer to drive eyeballs to a live streaming event, and so here we are. But we've seen enough reviews by now to call it: This film will wind up rotten. Of the 39 reviews we found online by early Wednesday morning, 22 leaned rotten, while 17 leaned fresh (and many of those just barely). That makes our early, highly unofficial aggregated score 44% fresh – well shy of the 60% mark needed for that coveted red sticker.

Google gives its Home app a makeover and advanced audio controls, just in time for Max


Just in time for the impending release of its higerh-fidelity Google Home Max smart speaker, Google has given its Home app a makeover, bringing advanced audio settings, smarter search, and better navigation. Anyone who owns an Assistant or Chromecast device knows how easy it is to set it up using the Home app, but now Google is giving us a reason to open more often. The entire app has been redesigned, with a clean aesthetic and more intuitive navigation. For example, when you want to find a movie or song, the search bar is at the bottom of the screen, just like it is on the new Pixel phones. It's a small change for sure, but it's much kinder on your fingers.

Artificial Intelligence, Ethically Speaking - DZone AI


Many readers will recognize that line from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film in which the onboard computer, HAL 9000, perceives an astronaut to be a threat to its "existence" and refuses to open the airlock to allow the crew member back into the ship. Other films like Ex-Machina, i-Robot, Terminator sow similar fears of Artificial Intelligence systems with cognitive capabilities taking control from humans, rendering us defenseless. Of course, there are also films that focus on the positive aspects of AI, such as Bicentennial Man. My view is that AI systems are increasingly necessary to augment what we do in our everyday lives -- whether that means... Partly because there is so much misinformation and hype -- and some people just like to sell fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). And it's true that there will always be people who seek to exploit technology to do bad things -- the dark side vs. the light side (Star Wars fans).



How artificial intelligence can be used creatively is an often asked, and perpetually unsolved, question. Of course, the term "AI" itself can be somewhat misleading; serving, as it does, as a catch-all phrase for anything involving machine learning and/or algorithms. What is possible, however, is to explore in general terms what levels of creativity we can currently see from the people and technology working in this space. Beginning with the most publicised stories, we have IBM's lighthouse project Watson, which created a movie trailer for the film "Morgan", (a film about an artificially intelligent robot child – spoiler alert: it doesn't go well), and Sony using a system of machine learning algorithms called "Flow Machines" to compose a pop song, ("Daddy's Car"). Further back, we also had Oscar Sharp and Ross Goodwin put a recurrent neural network to work writing a screenplay for a film called "Sunspring", which they subsequently shot in a single day, (it is a must-watch).

Autonomous Drones and Its Potential of Commercialization


If I were to tell you this in the year of 2000, that there is a mug that can control the temperature of your Coffee and you can set the temperature using your mobile phone. Or, there is a ring that can store all your personalized details like credit card info, bus pass and it only responds if it recognizes your finger print while you put it on, you would probably assume that I am a Sci-Fi movie director and I am pitching you my ideas to woo the public with these unrealistic technology gadgets. But in the last decade, there is a technology that has disrupted the world with its ability to connect physical devices with Internet and has given them the power to become a smart device to better serve the cosmopolitans. Yes, I am talking about IoT and the products stated above, are few of the amazing IoT products that are developed and commercialized. In fact, the smart mug is already in mass production and will be shortly available for all the caffeine addicts in one of the biggest brand of the world, Starbucks!

Google Home app features improved interface and search


Google Home is becoming all sorts of useful. You can already use the family of smart speakers along with Chromecast to control your Spotify and Netflix accounts, watch CBS All Access and CW television shows, and manage YouTube's live TV service. Now, Google is updating the Google Home app with a new, more useful layout, recommended streaming content, a better search system, redesigned controller interfaces and even movie trailers. The updated app is available today in the Google Play store; the iOS app was apparently updated a few days back. The updates are all aimed at making the Home experience just a bit more intuitive, like putting important navigation buttons at the bottom of the app's screen.

WATCH: Video Of AI-Controlled Drones Killing With Ruthless Precision

International Business Times

A short film made by campaigners and scientists shows tiny drones hunting and killing with ruthless precision and without human guidance. The movie, released by the campaign group Stop Autonomous Weapons, highlights the perils of autonomous weapons falling into the wrong hands. It shows students in a school classroom being attacked by drones, armed with explosives. The drones identified and neutralized targets and did not need any instructions during the mission. This gruesome reminder of the destructive potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-integrated weapons displays autonomous drones that can find, follow and fire at targets independently.

Today, world leaders will meet to decide the future of "killer robots"


A new short film illustrating the prospect of military drones has been commissioned for an event at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The film presents a fictionalized scenario in which a tech company showcases and deploys its latest combat drone, which is capable of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys. A montage of mock new reports illustrates what happens next, when the device's true abilities are revealed and the machines begin killing off politicians and activists. Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence (AI) scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, is part of the group that will show the film to attendees. He has stated that the technology depicted in the film already exists, and it would actually be much easier to implement than self-driving vehicles.

Stunning drone footage of Iceland's scenic landscape

Daily Mail

From deep gorges to the elusive northern lights, new drone footage shows the mesmerising beauty of Iceland. A team of filmmakers trekked across the volcano-ridden country to capture a range of unique landscapes from the air, earlier this year. Now, in a five-minute long video titled The North Awakens, viewers are taken on a breathtaking flight, soaring above icy glaciers and rugged cliffsides. A team of filmmakers trekked across Iceland to capture a range of unique landscapes from the air. Soundtracked with music by Peter Nanasi, the project was a joint collaboration by film-maker Jonathan Besler, Kevin May and Florian Gampert.