Engaging Image Captioning Via Personality Artificial Intelligence

Standard image captioning tasks such as COCO and Flickr30k are factual, neutral in tone and (to a human) state the obvious (e.g., "a man playing a guitar"). While such tasks are useful to verify that a machine understands the content of an image, they are not engaging to humans as captions. With this in mind we define a new task, Personality-Captions, where the goal is to be as engaging to humans as possible by incorporating controllable style and personality traits. We collect and release a large dataset of 201,858 of such captions conditioned over 215 possible traits. We build models that combine existing work from (i) sentence representations (Mazare et al., 2018) with Transformers trained on 1.7 billion dialogue examples; and (ii) image representations (Mahajan et al., 2018) with ResNets trained on 3.5 billion social media images. We obtain state-of-the-art performance on Flickr30k and COCO, and strong performance on our new task. Finally, online evaluations validate that our task and models are engaging to humans, with our best model close to human performance.

Psychiatrist warns 'gamification' of dating apps is harming our chances of finding love

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The'gamification' of dating apps is damaging singleton's chances of spotting the right match for them, a psychiatrist has warned. Swiping through endless faces on apps like Tinder and Bumble, known as'infinite swipe', The practice has become so addictive that more than one in 10 users swipe for over 14 hours a week, a survey backing up the claims has revealed. Research has found that nearly 30 per cent of dating app users are spending over seven hours per week trying to find a match, and 14 per cent swipe for over 14 hours, encouraged by a phenomena known as'infinite swipe' that sees users swiping through endless faces on the app The rise of dating apps has given rise to a new user phenomenon: the'infinite swipe. Just as other tech platforms such as Facebook and Google have adopted the persuasive design feature of infinite scroll, to engage the user in habit forming experiences, dating apps have leveraged the power of the'infinite swipe'. Users are'nudged" to process the face of a potential match in less than a second, with little or no context on the person's personality.

How to Trick the AI Into Hiring You When You Apply for a Job


The next time you apply for a job, there's a very good chance that the first person you talk to won't be a person at all. A growing number of companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) not just to scan resumes and schedule interviews, but to conduct actual job interviews too. While it sounds like something you would expect from a Silicon Valley start-up, a third of respondents to a 2017 Deloitte survey said they already used some form of AI in their hiring process. Urban Outfitters, Under Armour, HBO, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, and even the Boston Red Sox have used AI-fueled interviews like those created by Montage and HireVue to recruit, screen, and help job seekers move through the hiring process. The practice is growing, too.

Sherlock or Moriarty - how do you approach AI?


From Skynet to The culture, science fiction is littered with utopian and dystopian views on what AI will bring. But there is a more fundamental question when it comes to AI, is it there to solve problems or exploit information? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created two competing personalities that characterize this challenge. Sherlock – the problem solver, the analytical mind (accompanied by an often-startling lack of social skills), and Moriarty the criminal genius who exploited information to get power. These two distinct personalities sum up two different mentalities when we look at how to use AI, namely the use of data to solve a known problem, or the use of data to create new markets and rise above the competition.

What's Happening in Conversational AI


Only in the last few years have regular folks been able to "talk to robots" like we dreamed of in science fiction. This revolution in how people interact with computers has tremendous implications for businesses. Those who take the time to understand the technology and its potential will find success in the new era of conversational AI, and the following breakdown of the current state of the technology is a great place to start. Conversational AI is a type of artificial intelligence that enables software to understand and interact with people naturally, using spoken or written language. Chances are you've encountered conversational AI or chatbots on your smartphone or other smart device, or on a website in a customer service chat feature, but conversational AI can be found in many different conversational interfaces.

Branding in the AI age - a guide to machine learning marketing


Branding for the AI field doesn't need to use the same old science - learn how top studios have bucked the trend in marketing machine learning to the masses. "We didn't want the brand to feel cold or technocratic, and didn't want to rehash common visual tropes, like amorphous networks of dots and lines or weird Jude Law-ian robots." Ritik Dholakia is talking to Digital Arts about the common visuals associated with the branding of companies in the artificial intelligence and machine learning field. Managing partner and founder of New York's Studio Rodrigo, Ritik had a chance to buck the trend with a recent branding project for Spell, a cloud-based platform offering individuals and organisations access to the AI and deep learning capabilities usually reserved for big corporations. Working with Spell CEO Serkan Piantino, Ritik and team wanted to create a visual system that balanced technical and trustworthy qualities with approachability, all the while communicating the potential of machine learning to the uninitiated.

Learning to Market More 'Intelligently' with AI


THE WORST PART OF MARKETING, as any marketer can tell you, is that there is never a "slow" time. Whether you're a marketing assistant or a CMO, if you don't have enough to do, you are the only one to blame. Lack of money and resources aren't a roadblock, as long as you have time, skills and imagination. A half dozen years ago, data mining was the big marketing buzzword. In marketing classes, you'd hear the example of Target outing a pregnant teenager because, based on her purchase data, the company had deduced that the girl was pregnant before she had even told her parents.

Sony Aibo review: Just get a puppy


Sony's original Aibo robotic dog blew the public's collective mind when it debuted in 1999, instantly becoming a cultural touchstone and commanding a rabidly loyal fan base. People still hold burials for their OG mechanical companions when they break down and can no longer be repaired. But two decades later, in an era when domestic and companion robots are increasingly commonplace, can the next Aibo iteration maintain that same feeling of wonder, that sense of futuristic whimsy its predecessor commanded? After spending two weeks living with the AI-powered pooch, I say yes. But it still pales in comparison to the real thing.

Artificial Entertainment: A Century of AI in Film


We may be advancing into a new age of artificial intelligence, but humans have been dreaming about the possibilities of AI for far longer. It was almost 100 years ago when an AI first appeared on the silver screen, and the technology's prevalence has only grown since then. These AI characters vary from big to small, from good to evil, and from anthropomorphic to robotic, but what's really incredible is that these non-human characters were, from the start, always portrayed as individual nuanced personalities in their own right. The relationship between humans and AI in the movies is often complicated, much like it is in reality. Throughout the years, we've seen film representations of AI that range from benevolent companions seeking to help their human counterparts to hostile machines bent on the total destruction of humankind.