A.I.

‘Neural Voice Camouflage:’ Techies Think the Answer to Creepy AI Spying on You Is More Creepy AI

Researchers have developed a new method to prevent AI systems from spying on you — but the solution is just as creepy as the issue it’s solving. In essence, the system predicts what words will be said next in a sentence, generating noises that don’t interfere with other humans understanding words but leave smart devices dedicated to surveillance capitalism utterly confused.

Like Amazon's Alexa, Google's digital assistant will allow buyers to add payment information to their accounts to enable voice-activated shopping

Welcome to the Woke Future: AI Expert Predicts People Will Raise ‘Virtual Children’ in the Metaverse

In a new book, AI expert Catriona Campbell suggests that it won’t be long before people begin to raise virtual children in the Metaverse as the cost of child-rearing rises. What seems like a nightmare scenario to some is a positive to the author, who says that virtual children “could help us solve some of today’s most pressing issues, including overpopulation.”

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Malaysian Court Uses A.I. to Determine Sentence in Criminal Case

Courts across the Malaysian states of Sabah, Sarawak, and the national capital city of Kuala Lumpur have used an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) system to determine and assign sentences in criminal cases since February 2020, with the pilot program set to end by April 2022, the digital news platform Mashable Southeast Asia reported on Wednesday.

Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) is escorted by Malaysian police for her trial at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 16, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. - A Malaysian judge will on …

Wired: Corporate America Is Embracing Deepfake Videos

In a recent article, Wired magazine notes that as deepfake technology progresses in sophistication and ease of application, many mainstream businesses are now beginning to adopt the technology that up to this point has been infamously used to generate fake and pornographic videos of celebrities.

A visitor holds a hand of AILA, or Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android, during a demonstration at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz GmbH) stand at the 2013 CeBIT technology trade fair on March 5, 2013 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT will be open March …

Google Engineers Resign over Firing of AI Ethics Researcher

A Google engineering director and a software developer have reportedly resigned from the company over the dismissal of AI research Timnit Gebru, who was fired from the company after refusing to retract an academic paper critical of the company’s AI technology. The director, who worked for Google for 16 years, said: “We cannot say we believe in diversity, and then ignore the conspicuous absence of many voices from within our walls.”

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Amazon Will Monitor Warehouse Workers with AI Technology

Amazon announced recently that it will deploy machine-learning AI technology to monitor warehouse workers. The technology is designed to ensure that workers are following social distancing guidelines during their shifts. Similar technology will also be deployed to monitor the health of warehouse machinery.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos saw his fortune swell to over $100 billion thanks to an online holiday shopping spree

Columbia U. Partners with Amazon for A.I. Research Center

Columbia University announced this week that it is working with Amazon to create a research center for the development of AI technology. The center, which will be based in New York City, will operate for the next five years on a $5 million donation from Amazon.

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos (R) gestures as he addresses the Amazon's annual Smbhav event in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. - Bezos, whose worth has been estimated at more than $110 billion, is officially in India for a meeting of business leaders in New Delhi. (Photo by Sajjad …

Students Have Figured Out How to Cheat on Tests Graded by AI

Students have figured out how to exploit testing software that uses AI technology to grade written answers. Several students explained to reporters this week that the software gives perfect scores on essay questions after students simply entered a list of relevant keywords instead of a standard test answer.

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Instagram Implements AI to Detect ‘Offensive’ Posts

Instagram is rolling out a new AI tool that will supposedly detect whether someone has captioned their Instagram post with “offensive” content. The social media platform says that the tool, which is meant for tackling online bullying, will suggest that users “reconsider” their choice in words if Instagram’s AI has detected offensive language.

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Edward Snowden Warns of AI-Driven Tyranny

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance of Americans in his 2013 leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA), has issued a warning about the rise of AI-driven policing in the near future.

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