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Blueprints for a dream: the new age of virtual architecture

The Guardian

"Something big is happening," says Hamza Shaikh. "Architecture is entering a new age." The ways in which buildings are imagined and communicated are, he argues, being transformed by a combination of social media and the ever-evolving techniques of digital drawing, to which artificial intelligence is adding new capabilities. And indeed, if it is not yet clear how blocks of flats or schools or shopping centres near you might be changed by this revolution, the energy and invention behind it are undeniable. There is also, as Shaikh justifiably claims, a social transformation.


15 questions to ask your Amazon Echo that will leave you laughing out loud

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If you have an Amazon Echo device in your home, you most likely use it for everyday uses, such as listening to music or checking the news. However, there are a range of interesting things Alexa can also do. Once you know what to ask, you can put your Alexa to the test and ask her to supply you with hilarious jokes, pop culture references, trivia, and much more. These hidden features will certainly not leave users disappointed and are worth giving a go. Here is a list of 15 questions you can ask Alexa to lighten the mood or to tackle your boredom.


Netflix is getting blasted for using AI art in an anime instead of hiring artists

Mashable

Netflix is getting thoroughly blasted on social media for using artificial intelligence to make an anime rather than paying actual human artists. Released by Netflix this week, The Dog & The Boy(Opens in a new window) is a three-minute sci-fi anime short about a kid whose robot dog waits for him when he goes off to war. It isn't a unique story(Opens in a new window), but what sets this anime apart is that its background art was generated using AI rather than drawn by humans. According to images shown during The Dog & The Boy's credits, a human would draw a relatively rough layout of what they wanted by hand. This image was then put through an AI art generator a few times, before finally being revised by hand to create the final artwork that was used in the anime.


A.I. Is Here…What Do We Do Now?. While companies are starting to use…

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Have you ever seen the movie The Terminator? If you have, then you'll get where I'm going with this. If you haven't, then I've aged myself big time, and here's a quick summary: The Terminator is based on a cyborg assassin (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to save mankind from extinction by a company called Skynet. Skynet is an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) industry responsible for a post-apocalyptic future where robots take over the world. While this movie (and its many sequels) became a big hit all over the world, it's also one of the movies that have inspired the general public to not trust A.I. I can't tell you how many times a new piece of technology is created without hearing some form of warning or fear: "Watch out for the robots will come and take over the world!"


Netflix's 'Dog and Boy' anime causes outrage for incorporating AI-generated art

Engadget

In 2016, Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki, responsible for beloved anime classics like Princess Mononoke and Kiki's Delivery Service, made headlines around the world for his reaction to an AI animation program. "I would never wish to incorporate this technology into my work at all," Miyazaki told the software engineers who came to show their creation to him. "I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself." A half-decade later, artificial intelligence and the potential role it could play in anime productions is once again in the spotlight. This week, Netflix shared Dog and Boy, an animated short the streaming giant described as an "experimental effort" to address the anime industry's ongoing labor shortage.


'Forrest Gump' stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright to be 'de-aged' in new movie

FOX News

Tom Hanks was seen speaking at the Australian premiere of "Elvis" earlier this month. Tom Hanks and Robin Wright will be reuniting and going back in time in an upcoming film. "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis' "Here" will star Wright and Hanks, digitally "de-aged," thanks to Metaphysic, an AI company that will bring the experience to life. The film adaption of Richard McGuire's novel will also star Paul Bettany and Kelly Reilly. "Here" is set to be released 30 years later in 2024.


how-to-use-generative-ai-voices-ethically-for-business-in-2023

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The end of 2022 came on the heels of AI technologies experiencing widespread adoption due to the stunning popularity of OpenAI and ChatGPT. For the first time, AI achieved mass-market appeal by proving its utility and value in creating successful business outcomes. Many AI technologies that seem like a revolution to everyday people in 2023 have actually been in active use by big businesses and media for several years. Join me as I take a closer look at the technology powering these solutions, in particular, generative AI systems for voice cloning, its business benefits, and ethical approaches to using AI. In short, voice cloning enables one person to speak using the voice of another person.


How Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact Hollywood

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AI is rapidly changing the way Hollywood functions. It revolutionizes how stories are told, how movies are made, how audiences engage with content, and more. AI has the potential to disrupt the entire movie industry, from the way producers develop scripts to the way audiences consume content. AI is already being used to help filmmakers create more engaging stories. AI-powered screenwriting tools are being used to help writers generate ideas and structure their stories.


The future of UX: 2023 and beyond

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Working in the UX industry means living in a constant state of flux. Every day seems to bring new technologies, skills, business challenges, and user expectations to absorb. That's why every December, I eagerly await the release of UX Collective's State of UX report, in which authors Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga (plus collaborators) synthesize thousands of articles in order to put the past year into perspective and highlight emerging themes for the road ahead. The underlying theme for this year's report was anxiety. Massive layoffs at tech stalwarts like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, along with headlines about an economic slowdown, have some designers thinking about how to recession-proof their jobs. With headcounts shrinking, design teams are expected to do more with less, and former managers are returning to hands-on work.


The Synergy Between the Brain and Artificial Intelligence

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According to Merriam-Webster, artificial intelligence is, "A branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers." Alternatively, the Encyclopedia Britannica deems AI to be, "The ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings." But these are very broad interpretations of a complex subject that are grossly insufficient to describe it. Alan Turing, one of the pioneers of the modern electronic computer, stated that in order for a machine to be considered capable of intelligent thought, it must convincingly imitate life. To this end he devised an elegant proof whereby a human interrogator blindly questions both a machine and a person to determine if their comparative responses betray the imitator.