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Watson Customer Engagement – Embrace the Power of the Force - Watson Customer Engagement

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November 15, 2017 Written by: Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D As a huge Star Wars fan, I have always wanted to have a set of supernatural powers, such as the ability to sense impending attacks; influence the thoughts of others, known as the "Jedi mind trick;" and even see the future. In essence, the Force – meaning the wisdom, expertise and ability to know exactly what will happen next and what I should do in the moment. Of course, there is only one problem with all this--our current reality. Wilson predicted, the world will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time and think critically about it to make important choices wisely. And, that is exactly what IBM Watson is doing today.


Someone just created a custom site to make browsing Netflix easier

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Here's some great news just in time for the weekend: someone's created a site that makes browsing through Netflix so much easier. It's basically a search engine for Netflix and it's worth checking out; it could save you hours of wasted time. Flixable shows what's popular, what's original, and what's leaving Netflix. Users can browse by genre and IMDb rating, and filter their searches based on release date. Salminen said he built the site as a hobby to learn more about programming.


Duncan Jones' sci-fi movie 'Mute' debuts on Netflix February 23rd

Engadget

Duncan Jones' next movie won't be coming to theaters -- it's going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in a future Berlin where a mute bartender (played by Alexander Skarsgård) has to trust a pair of American surgeons (led by Paul Rudd) as he tracks down a disappeared woman. There's no trailer yet, but in many ways the effort taken to release the movie is the hook -- Netflix is giving Jones a chance that might not have come up through conventional formats. As Jones noted, Mute is his "Don Quixote."


Microsoft AI sketches art based on a simple description

Daily Mail

A robot'artist' transforms can transform your imagination into beautiful sketches. The creative Microsoft software composes colourful drawings based on simple text descriptions. It adds details to its creations not specified in its instructions, showing the bot has an'artificial imagination', according to Microsoft. The technology could one day generate entire animated movies based on a script, the researchers claim. A robot'artist' transforms your imagination into beautiful sketches.


Microsoft's new AI tool makes your imagination reality - MSPoweruser

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Imagine being able to generate high-quality photos just be describing them to a computer. This sci-fi scenario is now a reality, thanks to Microsoft's new AI tool. Drawing Bot created the above image simply from the description of "a bird with a yellow body, black wings and a short beak," using a new technique where the AI pays close attention to individual words when generating images from caption-like text descriptions, resulting in a 3-fold boost in image quality compared to other text-to-image generation techniques. The bot can do more than just birds, being able to draw everything from ordinary pastoral scenes, such as grazing livestock, to the absurd, such as a floating double-decker bus. "If you go to Bing and you search for a bird, you get a bird picture.


Guy Pearce thinks we're right to be scared by artificial intelligence

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It's almost 11pm in Australia, but Guy Pearce is full of energy. The star of Memento and L.A. Confidential has just been in a film called Donny the Drone -- a post-apocalyptic short in which an initially friendly-looking robot (voiced by Pearce) is given a humanitarian award. It's a beautifully-shot, Black Mirror-esque dive into a debate that's been terrifying Stephen Hawking, the entire tech industry and pretty much everyone who's ever seen a single sci-fi film: what is going to happen to us if technology keeps advancing at its current, near light-speed rate? Pearce, it turns out, is just as obsessed as the rest of us. SEE ALSO: AI in 2017 can't nearly match the smarts of'Star Wars' droids -- it barely understands us "I'm so fascinated by our fascination with technology," he tells me on our call.


Microsoft's new drawing bot is an AI artist

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Microsoft today is unveiling new artificial intelligence technology that's something of an artist – a "drawing bot." The bot is capable of creating images from text descriptions of an object, but it also adds details to those images that weren't included the text, indicating that the AI has a little imagination of its own, says Microsoft. "If you go to Bing and you search for a bird, you get a bird picture. But here, the pictures are created by the computer, pixel by pixel, from scratch," explained Xiaodong He, a principal researcher and research manager in the Deep Learning Technology Center at Microsoft's research lab in Redmond, Washington, in Microsoft's announcement. "These birds may not exist in the real world -- they are just an aspect of our computer's imagination of birds."


'Paddington 2' is the best-reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes

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In officially the best story of 2018, Paddington 2 -- a movie about a polite CGI bear who wears a raincoat -- has critics eating out of the palm of his furry hand. Maintaining its 100 percent score with 165 reviews, it has officially surpassed Lady Bird, which held the same title until 1 out of the 164 critical reviews deemed it rotten. But in a delicious twist on the assumptions of what critics eat up, the feel-good children's movie wiped the floor with Spielberg's most Oscar grabby Oscar grab, The Post (which clocks in at 88 percent from 256 reviews). "The Paddington films are a real labour of love. So many people pour their hearts and souls into them for months or even years, hand-crafting every last frame, and we are all incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we've had so far.


Microsoft's new AI bot can draw whatever you tell it to

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Microsoft believes 2018 is the ''year of AI''. To that effect, the company has been investing in multiple projects pertaining to the field of artificial intelligence. In fact, only a couple of days ago, Microsoft announced an AI which reads and answers questions about a document with human-level accuracy. Similarly, the tech giant is aiming to decode the immune system using AI as well. Today, Microsoft has revealed yet another new AI tech under development - a bot that draws what you tell it to.


Lo-fi sc-fi 'This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy' excels on a shoestring

Los Angeles Times

With an affection for nerd culture that is inversely proportional to its budget, this lo-fi sci-fi comedy is destined for laugh-filled late-night viewing. "This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy" pays homage to favorites like "Doctor Who" and "Battlestar Galactica" while looking like it cost less than a cosplay effort to make. Serious fan Jeffrey (Daniel Pujol) drags his friends Tom (cowriter and director Christian Nicolson) and Gavin (Lewis Roscoe) to a science-fiction convention. There, they get far more than their passes offer when they're sucked into an alternate universe that looks just like a black-and-white B movie set in space, where they're the heroes who have to fight intergalactic supervillain Lord Froth (Joseph Wycoff) alongside heroine Emmanor (Sez Niederer). Fans of the silliness of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and "Galaxy Quest" will find that Nicolson and his co-writer Andrew Beszant are on their wavelength with this inventive New Zealand film.