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Love robots + UI: The role of AI in the design industry

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The idea of creating a machine that can mimic human intelligence is a mainstay in the field of technology. We have already made the jump from "AI" being a movie from the early 2000s to something we take for granted as it sets our alarms for us on our iPhones. However, contrary to what we may believe, AI is still in a nascent space, and there are still some ways to go with regards to robots completely taking over the design industry. While humans spend a lot of time thinking out design solutions through a more hybrid creative/logical thought process, AI is a hyper-logical system of decisions that lead to largely predictable goals. That being said, AI presents a set of possibilities for designers (still human) in making more informed, if not sophisticated decisions.


Space Jam and the Fury of an Algorithm Scorned

WIRED

Say what you will about Space Jam: A New Legacy, but Don Cheadle really goes for it. He threatens, he cajoles, he chews the scenery with the enthusiasm of a rabid guinea pig. Just fully cannonballs into the role of a spurned genius exacting revenge. In the context of a movie that is, let's say, not on the Criterion short list, Cheadle imbues his character with the sort of fragile humanity you wouldn't expect in a movie that features Porky rapping. Which would be great, except that he's playing lines of code.


3 Soft Skills Every Data Scientist Should Know

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Educational programs, whether that may be an online course, an article even, or an undergraduate and graduate program, often neglect the professional aspect of data science. Of course, highly complex, machine learning algorithms and deployment of models is incredibly important to learn, but there are some other aspects of data science that are especially important as a professional data scientist or data scientist that is more customer-facing. A customer also does not necessarily mean the customer of a product, but the customer of your company, as in the stakeholder. With that being said, let's discuss three critical soft skills that every data scientist should know as they transition from a student of data science in education to a professional data scientist. This point is both a skill and a reminder that you do not work alone as a data scientist.


Why UX should guide AI

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If we need to learn one thing about the numerous AI applications around us today, it is that they are examples of "artificial specific intelligence." In other words, they rely on algorithms that are great at very particular tasks, such as selecting a movie based on our watching history or keeping our car in the proper lane on the highway. Because it is so highly specialized, AI greatly outperforms human intelligence in those narrowly defined tasks. Take it from a person who recently spent 50 minutes picking a movie that itself lasted 77 minutes. However, AI's effectiveness at specialized jobs comes at the price of severe context blindness and a general inability to develop meaningful feedback loops: The typical algorithm does not and cannot consider the wider implications of the decisions it makes and hardly affords us users any control over its inner workings.


Gwyneth Paltrow reveals which of her movies her kids have seen: 'It's weird if I'm on screen'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Gwyneth Paltrow's children are picky about the movies they watch. The Oscar-winning actress, 48, shares two children with ex-husband Chris Martin – Apple, 17, and Moses, 15 – and while Paltrow is one of Hollywood's biggest names, the kiddos aren't terribly interested in seeing her on-screen. During Thursday's episode of "Shop TODAY with Jill Martin," Paltrow revealed that Apple has never seen one of her movies while Moses has only seen her in the massively popular Marvel franchise.


Making Sense of Data Features

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Spend any time at all in the machine learning space, and pretty soon you will encounter the term "feature". It's a term that may seem self-evident at first, but it very quickly descends into a level of murkiness that can leave most laypeople (and even many programmers) confused, especially when you hear examples of machine learning systems that involve millions or even billions of features. If you take a look at a spreadsheet, you can think of a feature as being roughly analogous to a column of data, along with the metadata that describes that column. This means that each cell in that column (which corresponds to a given "record") becomes one item in an array, not including any header labels for that column. The feature could have potentially thousands of values, but they are all values of the same type and semantics.


An Interview With the Man Who Spent Countless Hours Restoring the em Super Mario Bros. /em Movie

Slate

When skeptics make the case that making a film adaptation of a video game is never a good idea, the Super Mario Bros. movie tends to be Exhibit A. Starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi, the 1993 box-office flop is certainly bizarre, complete with sentient ooze, a baby raptor standing in for Yoshi, and frightening "Goombas" with giant bodies and tiny scaly heads. But it's also, in this critic's opinion, one that merits revisiting, not just because it's not as awful as it's remembered to be, but because there's a new restoration of the film. The "Morton-Jankel Cut," as it's called, is the passion project of the Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive team--Ryan Parente, Steven Applebaum, and Ryan Hoss--who reached out to filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist to restore the film after discovering a VHS containing 20 minutes of previously unseen footage. The extended cut of the movie, which you can watch for free on the Internet Archive, is even wilder than the theatrical version, including a scene where President Koopa (Dennis Hopper) "de-evolves" a man into slime, the implication that he suffers from dementia, and a musical interlude where Iggy and Spike (Fisher Stevens and Richard Edson) break into a regicidal rap at the Boom Boom Bar. To learn more about how the restoration came together, we spoke to Gilchrist about the biggest challenges he faced, what it was like to sink countless of into a movie frequently named as one of the worst video-game adaptations of all time, and why he considers this new version superior to the theatrical cut. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

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Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of Sunspring, a short science fiction film that's not entirely what it seems. You know it's the future because H (played with neurotic gravity by Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) is wearing a shiny gold jacket, H2 (Elisabeth Gray) is playing with computers, and C (Humphrey Ker) announces that he has to "go to the skull" before sticking his face into a bunch of green lights. It sounds like your typical sci-fi B-movie, complete with an incoherent plot. Except Sunspring isn't the product of Hollywood hacks--it was written entirely by an AI. To be specific, it was authored by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory, or LSTM for short.


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.


'The Mitchells vs. The Machines' is a delightful and vibrant road trip movie

Mashable

The Machines manages to add its own high-stakes twist: the robot apocalypse. She's often at odds with her outdoorsy father Rick (Danny McBride), who doesn't understand her films. To fix the rift that's opened between them over the years, Rick sets up a Mitchell family road trip to take Katie to college. Along for the ride are Katie's dinosaur-crazy younger brother Aaron (writer and director Mike Rianda), Mitchell matriarch Linda (Maya Rudolph as the best cartoon mother named Linda since Bob's Burgers), and family pug Monchi (Doug the Pug). Katie is horrified at the thought of taking this road trip and missing college orientation, but she (along with the rest of her family) is even more horrified when evil robots begin kidnapping people.