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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman: AI for the next Era | GREYLOCK PARTNERS

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman foresees AI models to come and the value they will create. He’s interviewed by Reid Hoffman, a long-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor and currently a general partner at the venture capital company Greylock Partners. Silicon…

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Reuters puts a digital twin onscreen, driven by AI system

Reuters is combining results packaging and synthetic media to create an AI-generated sportscaster onscreen. The synthetic figure is produced by a London-based AI company, Synthesia. The AI-driven sportscaster is a digital twin of a real person, Reuters global sports editor…

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The USPTO wants to know if artificial intelligence can own the content it creates | THE VERGE

‘It outlines thirteen specific questions, ranging from what happens if an AI creates a copyright-infringing work to if it’s legal to feed an AI copyrighted material.’ Copyright ownership with AI-generated material is ‘a messy subject’ and the US Patents and…

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GPT-2 text generator released at full strength

AI text generator GPT-2 is now fully available. The complete code and associated data was released by OpenAI, the California AI lab that created the model. The algorithm extrapolates text from a prompt phrase or sentence. You can try out…

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Artificial Intelligence Artwork Wins Graduate Art Prize For Camberwell Graduate | ART & COLLECTIONS

‘The Graduate Art Prize…is open to all final year students on BA and MA degree courses at British art colleges or universities.’ An image generated by an AI model and printed on fabric was the public favourite in a UK…

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Booksby.ai is a bookshop entirely created by artificial intelligence | NEW ATLAS

‘Every aspect of the site is generated by machine learning algorithms, from the entire books and accompanying cover artwork, to the reviews and pictures of people reviewing the books. And on top of that, all the books are actually available…

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The Next Word | THE NEW YORKER

‘…it’s making billions of lightning-fast probability calculations about word patterns’ The NEW YORKER takes a detailed look at predictive text by unpacking Smart Compose, the AI capability recently built into Google mail. But the stride and strength of this piece…

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The Economist’s essay contest featured an AI submission. Here’s what the judges thought. | VOX

‘…the AI did not emerge victorious — but even this mediocre performance is a stunning change from what AI was capable of just a few years ago. Until recently, chat bots were very obviously bots, producing incredibly simplistic, confused, incoherent…

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Creativity and AI: The Next Step | SCIENTIFIC AMERICA

Efforts to combine the two foundations of AI may help systems express themselves. All AI systems work in one of two fundamental ways: Using logic – preprogrammed computer code that instructs operations step-by-step, known as symbolic computing. Using learning –…

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Could your next favorite artist be a robot? | AI BUSINESS

‘AIVA has read and analyzed 30,000 of history’s greatest scores, from which, via machine learning, she has learned to predict melody movement, harmony arrangement and sequences in rhythm.’ Luxemburg-based AIVA Technologies has developed an algorithm that generates music based on…

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OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘…after careful monitoring, OpenAI had not yet found any attempts of malicious use but had seen multiple beneficial applications, including in code autocompletion, grammar help, and developing question-answering systems for medical assistance.’ CONTEXT GPT-2, a text-generating AI model, created headlines…

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Montag is a New Magazine Written Entirely by AI | BEEBOM

‘The contents for the articles are scraped from the internet using shell scripts and Python scripts. The scraped text then goes through a neural network which produces the output in around an hour and 15 minutes’ BEEBOM describes a German-based magazine…

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JPMorgan Chase picks AI over humans to write ads | SF GATE

‘…the largest U.S. bank says Persado’s “artificial intelligence message machine” wrote ads that generated two to five times the response it got from traditional human copywriters.’ New York AI company Persado won a five-year contract with the banking giant with…

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Patent agencies challenged to accept AI inventor | FINANCIAL TIMES

“Whatever you think of the ideas on their own, that’s not really the point,” (Abbot) said. “What’s striking is that the machine invented in two very different areas, neither of which its programmer had any background in.” Patent law law…

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AI model adds music to its repertoire

An AI technology that generates believable text now produces tunes, too. Both come from OpenAI, a California company dedicated to developing artificial general intelligence. Their newest model is called MuseNet. OpenAI says MuseNet can generate an original composition up to…

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First AI-generated textbook published by Springer

A publication about lithium-ion batteries is the first textbook authored by a computer. The 247-page title sets a new milestone in machine-generated publishing. Springer produced the book by collaborating with researchers from the Applied Computational Linguistics (ACoLi) lab at Goethe…

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Kelly on creativity

‘…the trumpet is not, itself, creative. Artificial-intelligence algorithms are more like musical instruments than they are like people.’  Sean Dorrance Kelly

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A philosopher argues that an AI can’t be an artist | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

 ‘…the trumpet is not, itself, creative. Artificial-intelligence algorithms are more like musical instruments than they are like people.’  In MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW Harvard philosopher Sean Dorrance Kelly says creativity is about more than words, notes, or brush strokes and cannot…

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Novel AI system can draw caricatures | THE INDIAN EXPRESS

‘The method enables users to automate caricatures of portraits, and can be applied to tasks such as creating caricatured avatars for social media, and designing cartoon characters.’ THE INDIAN EXPRESS reports on a new application of GANS that creates caricaturized…

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The first AI-scripted commercial is here – and it’s surprisingly good | WEF

‘Watson was given 15 years’ worth of award-winning commercials, a trove of data showing when consumers tended to connect most emotionally with advertisements, and further data from an experiment conducted by the University of New South Wales’ MindX, which analyzed…

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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence | NEW YORK TIMES

‘Completing someone else’s thought is not an easy trick for A.I. But new systems are starting to crack the code of natural language.’ AI systems are learning the relationships between words in the English language by studying how they typically…

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IBM Watson creates the first AI-made film trailer – and it’s incredibly creepy | WIRED

‘Although a human editor was still needed to patch the scenes together to tell a coherent story, the AI shortened the process down to only 24 hours when it typically takes around 10 to 30 days to complete a trailer.’…

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Could a robot write a novel? | BBC

AI tools are helping writers in more ways, for example correcting or suggesting words, and by themselves are generating longer strings of coherent text. This article from BBC explores if the skills might someday converge to the point where AI…

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