Awesome, not awesome.
“Millions of people communicate using sign language, but so far projects to capture its complex gestures and translate them to verbal speech have had limited success. A new advance in real-time hand tracking from Google’s AI labs, however, could be the breakthrough some have been waiting for. The new technique uses a few clever shortcuts and, of course, the increasing general efficiency of machine learning systems to produce, in real time, a highly accurate map of the hand and all its fingers, using nothing but a smartphone and its camera.” — Devin Coldewey, Writer and Photographer Learn More from TechCrunch >
“…[A]rtificial intelligences, in seeking to please humanity, are likely to be highly emotional. By this definition, if you encoded an artificial intelligence with the need to please humanity sexually, their urgency to follow their programming constitutes sexual feelings. Feelings as real and valid as our own. Feelings that lead to the thing that feelings, probably, evolved to lead to: sex. One gets the sense that, for some digisexual people, removing the squishiness of the in-between stuff — the jealousy and hurt and betrayal and exploitation — improves their sexual enjoyment. No complications. The robot as ultimate partner. An outcome of evolution.” — Emma Grey Ellis, Writer Learn More from WIRED >
What we’re reading.
1/ AI can be used to detect guns in public places and alert security personnel immediately, potentially preventing mass shootings in the future. Learn More from Fast Company >
2/ A group of top researchers bands together to ensure that AI is developed in a way that’s beneficial to society, exploring how “rights and liberties; labor and automation; bias and inclusion; and safety and critical infrastructure” could be impacted by the technology. Learn More from Time >
3/ A startup is building a computer chip the size of a dinner plate (many are as small as your fingertip) in an attempt to accelerate the progress of artificial intelligence. Learn More from The New York Times >
4/ AI experts warn that the field is too excited about deep learning (an approach to machine learning) — and that an over-reliance on it might lead us to a “dead end” in which progress in artificial intelligence comes to a halt. Learn More from Axios >
5/ China has many of the world’s AI researchers, but “the portion of those considered to be in the top 10% of the field is smaller than in other AI-leading nations.” Learn More from Nature >
6/ AI isn’t THAT smart yet. Often times it’s still aided by a human, and there are a few steps you can take to make sure someone isn’t on the other end of your devices eavesdropping on you. Learn More from The New York Times >
7/ If the US wants to “compete” on the global level in terms of AI proficiency, the Tech industry needs to help workers become more AI-literate, work closely with federal AI strategy, and bridge the gap between AI experts and the rest of the business ecosystem. Learn More from TechCrunch >
Links from the community.
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