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[D] Invitation to help address AI misrepresentation and misconceptions

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TLDR: I run a site to debunk misconceptions of AI news, pls positive response, so hope bringing it up again now that we could use more help is fine. As I posted before, for more than 3 years I've been running this thing called Skynet Today (the name is meant to be ironic/news-y), with the mission of "Putting AI News In Perspective", or in other words debunk inaccurate portrayals of AI research in media and also put out articles that put things in perspective. As many people here are researchers and feel annoyed at hype/misconceptions about AI, I wonder if any of you might want to join our effort. We are basically a couple of grad students doing this in our spare time, and have not put out any new articles in a while due to being busy / not having much help (writing is a lot of work!). If interested, please consider taking a look at our contribution survey, or just message me.


ST-NeRF: Compositing And Editing For Video Synthesis

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A Chinese research consortium has developed techniques to bring editing and compositing capabilities to one of the hottest image synthesis research sectors of the last year – Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF). The system is entitled ST-NeRF (Spatio-Temporal Coherent Neural Radiance Field). What appears to be a physical camera pan in the image below is actually just a user'scrolling' through viewpoints on video content that exists in a 4D space. The POV is not locked to the performance of the people depicted in the video, whose movements can be viewed from any part of a 180-degree radius. Each facet within the video is a discretely captured element, composited together into a cohesive scene that can be dynamically explored.


Researchers develop artificial intelligence that can detect sarcasm in social media

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Computer science researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a sarcasm detector. Social media has become a dominant form of communication for individuals, and for companies looking to market and sell their products and services. Properly understanding and responding to customer feedback on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms is critical for success, but it is incredibly labor intensive. That's where sentiment analysis comes in. The term refers to the automated process of identifying the emotion--either positive, negative or neutral--associated with text.


Chrissy Teigen suggests Ben Affleck, Matthew Perry are 'creepy' for alleged dating app behavior

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Chrissy Teigen is giving her two cents on the recent claims that A-list stars Ben Affleck and Matthew Perry are pursuing young women on dating apps. Teigen, who is married to musician John Legend, appears to have caught wind of the celeb dating app stories making their way around the Internet this week. First, Affleck went viral after a woman named Nivine Jay shared a video she received of the actor after matching with him on Raya.


Navigating The Ethical Perils And Promises Of Artificial Intelligence

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The Biden administration announced Wednesday a new website dedicated to artificial intelligence, a place where people can stay up-to-date on the federal government's developments in artificial intelligence. This news comes as Dr. Peter Hershock from the East-West Center prepares for a virtual discussion on the subject Thursday. Dr. Peter Hershock is the director of the center's Asian Studies Development Program and recently released a book about artificial intelligence, "Buddhism and Intelligent Technology: Toward a More Humane Future." Hershock says our development of artificial intelligence will eventually lead to the ethical singularity, "a point at which evaluating competing value systems and conceptions of humane intelligence take on infinite value/significance." In his book, he looks back at historic schools of thought such as Confucianism, Buddhism and Socrates to find insight, to help navigate the conflicting values of artificial intelligence.


Covid killed UBI; Long live guaranteed income

MIT Technology Review

It was December 2020, and she was being invited into a pilot program providing guaranteed income--a direct cash transfer with no strings attached. For Softky, it was a lifeline. "For the first time in a long time, I felt like I could … take a deep breath, start saving, and see myself in the future," she says. The idea of "just giving people money" has been in and out of the news since becoming a favored cause for many high-profile Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, including Twitter's Jack Dorsey, Facebook cofounders Mark Zuckerberg and (separately) Chris Hughes, and Singularity University's Peter Diamandis. They proposed a universal basic income as a solution to the job losses and social conflict that would be wrought by automation and artificial intelligence--the very technologies their own companies create.


TikTok works with Streamlabs' tipping and livestream tools

Engadget

Streamlabs offers some of the most useful and popular livestreaming software available, and it works on some of the biggest platforms out there -- including Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. Now, it'll be available on TikTok thanks to a new partnership between the companies. Streamlabs today confirmed that it's an early partner in the TikTok for Developers program, which mean TikTok users can go live using Streamlabs OBS app for desktop and mobile. This will provide livestreamers access to familiar tools like tipping, donation data and analytics and on-screen alerts. Besides the Streamlabs OBS software for Mac and Windows, people can also use the Streamlabs mobile to go live and get the same functionality.


'I couldn't be with someone who liked Jack Reacher': can our taste in books help us find love?

The Guardian

"He mentioned in his bio that he liked Virginia Woolf and I was like, 'Ah! The dream boy," says Francesca, 34, who met her boyfriend Andy on Tinder. They spent two years as friends, exchanging books and chatting about Mrs Dalloway, until one day Francesca had a revelation during lockdown: "I was like, I miss you so much – I think I love you," she says. Andy gave her an illustrated collection of love letters between Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West: "If there's anything that inspired our relationship it would be a lesbian love story from the 1930s," she says. Last year, they went to Hampton Court for "a Vita and Virginia date," she says.


Google's AI photo app uses crowdsourcing to preserve endangered languages

Engadget

Google has a new way to preserve endangered languages: give cultures the AI tools they need to protect the languages themselves. The company has launched Woolaroo, an open source photo translation web app (also available through Google Arts & Culture for Android and iOS) that uses machine learning and image recognition to help preserve languages on the brink. As a user, you just have to point your phone's camera at an object to have the AI recognize and describe it in a given language, complete with pronunciation. Woolaroo's real power comes from its open nature, however. Communities can use the platform to expand vocabularies on their own terms.


Match Proves Absence Makes Hearts Grow Fonder

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

A January survey from online travel company trivago showed 38% of Americans would give up sex for a year to travel right now. The other 62% appear to be actively hunting for love online. On Tuesday online dating company Match Group showed the quest for chemistry was a very popular New Year's resolution after many months of solitary confinement. The first quarter looked good from all angles, with revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization both coming in above Wall Street's expectations. Match's revenue forecast for the second quarter was also better than analysts had expected, though the company did say it will lean into its recent momentum and increase marketing spending relative to the same period last year, weighing slightly on its bottom line.