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OpenAI develops highly accurate language bot

Published on 02/15/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Named GPT-2, OpenAI’s language bot is able to predict text after a brief prompt. The prompts can range from a headline to an opening paragraph and GPT-2 is able to accurately continue the story. OpenAI used the top 8 million most upvoted links on Reddit as the source for learning.

Trump to announce American AI Initiative today

Published on 02/11/2019 @ 10 AM EST
President Trump will be signing an executive order later today to create the American AI Initiative with the goal of guiding AI development in the US. While this initiative will draw funding for AI research and create standards for AI, there are no new funds allocated as of yet. The administration has not publicly shared details or a schedule, but says a plan will come in the next six months.

AI is getting smarter from playing Pictionary

Published on 02/10/2019 @ 1 AM EST
Scientists are using Pictionary to help teach AI systems about common sense. Because machines are still unable to fully understand context, the drawing game will help them make sense of drawings and art.

Skype offers background blur for video calls

Published on 02/07/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Skype’s latest update includes blurring backgrounds for video calls. The software uses AI to separate desktop users from the background and adds blur. It’s particularly useful for those who take work calls at home.

Amazon’s facial ID shows race and gender bias

Published on 01/28/2019 @ 9 AM EST
An MIT study revealed that Amazon’s Rekognition, their facial recognition technology, is biased towards race and age. The technology seems to have difficulty in identifying younger women of color.

Pro gamers are no match for DeepMind’s AI agents

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Published on 01/27/2019 @ 1 AM EST
Google’s DeepMind put their AI agents head to head with professional gamers. Playing Starcraft II, the humans won just a single game. This victory shows that AI has room to improve in this space.