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Listen to deepfake Gucci Mane read classic literature

Mashable

Mark Twain once said that the mark of a classic is that everyone wants to have read it but not actually read it. It makes sense: Classics must provide some artistic or cultural value to be considered "classic" -- but they're just so boring. MSCHF just made the Western canon more exciting with Project Gucciberg. It's Project Gutenberg (a collection of public domain Western literature) meets the rapper Gucci Mane. Using Artificial Intelligence, MSCHF recreated his voice to read classics from Pride and Prejudice to Don Quixote.


The 10 data mining techniques data scientists need for their toolbox

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At their core, data scientists have a math and statistics background. Out of this math background, they're creating advanced analytics. Just like their software engineering counterparts, data scientists will have to interact with the business side. This includes understanding the domain enough to make insights. Data scientists are often tasked with analyzing data to help the business, and this requires a level of business acumen. Finally, their results need to be given to the business in an understandable fashion. This requires the ability to verbally and visually communicate complex results and observations in a way that the business can understand and act on them. Thus, it'll be extremely valuable for any aspiring data scientists to learn data mining -- the process where one structures the raw data and formulate or recognize the various patterns in the data through the mathematical and computational algorithms. This helps to generate new information and unlock various insights. Here is a simple list of reasons on why you should study data mining? There is a heavy demand for deep analytical talent at the moment in the tech industry. You can gain a valuable skill if you want to jump into Data Science / Big Data / Predictive Analytics. Given lots of data, you'll be able to discover patterns and models that are valid, useful, unexpected, and understandable. Use some variables to predict unknown or future values of other variables (Predictive). You can activate your knowledge in CS theory, Machine Learning, and Databases. Last but not least, you'll learn a lot about algorithms, computing architectures, data scalability, and automation for handling massive datasets.


JJ Watt signals he's made free-agent decision after long tenure with Texans

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. J.J. Watt has apparently found his team new: the Arizona Cardinals. Watt tweeted a picture of himself working out in a Cardinals shirt, signaling that he will join the team for the 2021 season. Watt agreed to a two-year deal worth $31 million, ESPN reported.


Deep Nostalgia: 'creepy' new service uses AI to animate old family photos

The Guardian

Deep Nostalgia, a new service from the genealogy site MyHeritage that animates old family photos, has gone viral on social media, in another example of how AI-based image manipulation is becoming increasingly mainstream. Launched in late February, the service uses an AI technique called deep learning to automatically animate faces in photos uploaded to the system. Because of its ease of use, and free trial, it soon took off on Twitter, where users uploading animated versions of old family photos, celebrity pictures, and even drawings and illustrations. "It makes me so happy to see him smile again!" Try our new #DeepNostalgia #PhotoAnimation feature for yourself and prepare to be AMAZED!!! https://t.co/p3h600G3MX


Scientists entered people's dreams and got them 'talking'

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Researchers analyzed the brain signals and eye and facial movements of people engaged in lucid dreaming "conversations." In the movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio enters into other people's dreams to interact with them and steal secrets from their subconscious. Now, it seems this science fiction plot is one baby step closer to reality. For the first time, researchers have had "conversations" involving novel questions and math problems with lucid dreamers--people who are aware that they are dreaming. The findings, from four labs and 36 participants, suggest people can receive and process complex external information while sleeping.


'Deep Nostalgia': New online AI tool brings portraits of dead relatives to life, some call it 'spooky' - The Economic Times

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Like the animated paintings that adorn the walls of Harry Potter's school, a new online tool promises to bring portraits of dead relatives to life, stirring debate about the use of technology to impersonate people. Genealogy company MyHeritage launched its "Deep Nostalgia" feature earlier this week, allowing users to turn stills into short videos showing the person in the photograph smiling, winking and nodding. "Seeing our beloved ancestors' faces come to life ... lets us imagine how they might have been in reality, and provides a profound new way of connecting to our family history," MyHeritage founder Gilad Japhet said in a statement. Developed with Israeli computer vision firm D-ID, Deep Nostalgia uses deep learning algorithms to animate images with facial expressions that were based on those of MyHeritage employees. Some of the company's users took to Twitter on Friday to share the animated images of their deceased relatives, as well as moving depictions of historical figures, including Albert Einstein and Ancient Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti.


AI-generated hands perfectly recreate movements by professional pianists

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As advancement in Artificial Intelligence continues, experts in various fields are coming up with new ways of utilising the technology. Interestingly, a company has used the mechanics to create hyper-realistic AI-generated virtual hands to accurately recreate songs played by professional pianists. A video, which has now gone viral, features the original soundtrack and the AI hands playing the tunes simultaneously. Created by Canadian-based Massive Technologies, the AI is programmed to understand the musical composition and recreate the same with 3D rendered virtual hands. According to the video description, the AI extracted the notes from the raw audio and generated the exact playing technique, perfectly mincing the hand and body motion.


MyHeritage now lets you animate old family photos using deepfakery – TechCrunch

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AI-enabled synthetic media is being used as a tool for manipulating real emotions and capturing user data by genealogy service MyHeritage, which has just launched a new feature -- called "deep nostalgia" -- that lets users upload a photo of a person (or several people) to see individual faces animated by algorithm. The Black Mirror-style pull of seeing long-lost relatives -- or famous people from another era -- brought to a synthetic approximation of life, eyes swivelling, faces tilting as if they're wondering why they're stuck inside this useless digital photo frame, has led to an inexorable stream of social shares since it was unveiled yesterday at a family history conference… This is my great-grandmother, Kathleen. I've always felt so close to her even though she died when I was 2 years old. This #DeepNostalgia video brought tears to my eyes to see her move, almost like seeing her as she was posing for this photo. MyHeritage's AI-powered viral marketing playbook with this deepfakery isn't a complicated one: They're going straight for tugging on your heart strings to grab data that can be used to drive sign-ups for their other (paid) services.


Amazon AI patent could spell the end for voiceover actors

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A new plan by Amazon to use artificial intelligence (AI) to dub films could spell the end for voiceover actors. The technology giant has patented a system that would see computers learn the voices of Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise by studying their films. Amazon's computer systems could then automatically generate foreign language versions without any need for voiceover actors to dub the audio. The company used the example of "The Last Samurai" as an example use of the technology in its patent filing. By analysing how Cruise sounds in other films such as "Mission Impossible" and "Rain Man," Amazon could recreate his lines from "The Last Samurai" in French or Polish while still sounding recognisable.


Vizio vs. TCL: TVs for every budget

Mashable

Vizio and TCL sell budget-friendly TVs that don't compromise on quality -- perfect for gaming, virtual workouts, and binge-watching Cobra Kai. Reviewers love them because they're not as expensive as TVs from other top brands, but have many of the same features. But what brand should you choose? Both TCL and Vizio offer models with 4K resolution and advanced gaming features to use with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. To help you decide, take a look at our TV breakdown. Sure, they don't have 4K or 8K displays.