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3 Days Ago   Modders are taking advantage of AI tools to update old graphics Continue reading…

3 Days Ago   Facebook has permanently banned the UK’s biggest far-right organizations and leaders, saying they fall under the social network’s new definition of “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Groups affected by the ban include the British National party (BNP), English Defence League (EDL), and Britain First.

4 Days Ago   The UK’s controversial porn block has a new launch date: July 15th, 2019. The scheme, which is designed to stop people under 18 from accessing pornographic material online, has been repeatedly delayed.

4 Days Ago   Police in London have shut off Wi-Fi access in some of the city’s Tube stations this morning in an attempt to disrupt action by climate change protestors.

4 Days Ago   Google’s Pixel phones have always had stand-out cameras, thanks in no small part to the company’s use of AI. The latest application? A built-in kiss cam for the camera on the Pixel 3 that automatically detects when subjects are puckering up and snaps a quick photo.

4 Days Ago   Microsoft has said it turned down a request from law enforcement in California to use its facial recognition technology in police body cameras and cars, reports Reuters.

6 Days Ago   Death in Game of Thrones has always been gloriously unpredictable. Just when you’re getting to like a character (or, at least, grudgingly respect them), they end up beheaded, impaled, barbecued, or exploded, leaving you wondering: who’s next?

9 Days Ago   AI art is having a moment. There are record-breaking auctions, artistic controversies, and debates about the nature of creativity But here’s something new: an AI-generated sculpture made from the ground remains of the computer used to design it.

10 Days Ago   Nations around the world are cracking down on online terrorist content, introducing legislation that penalizes sites and ISPs if they fail to remove suspect content. But that fight could pose a real threat to sites like the Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves old copies of webpages and other digital information.

11 Days Ago   Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning. The book, titled Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research, isn’t exactly a snappy read.

12 Days Ago   Global robot sales have doubled over the past five years, but the bots deployed in factories and warehouses today are pretty much the same as the ones we had decades ago.

12 Days Ago   Facebook has always been a company with global ambition, but few projects illustrate this better than its ongoing attempt to map the world’s population density using AI.

13 Days Ago   The European Union today published a set of guidelines on how companies and governments should develop ethical applications of artificial intelligence. These rules aren’t like Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics.” They don’t offer a snappy, moral framework that will help us control murderous robots.

16 Days Ago   Apple has poached another of Google’s top artificial intelligence researchers as part of the ongoing battle between tech companies to grab top AI talent. Ian Goodfellow is one of the most prominent names in artificial intelligence, and previously worked at both Google and the Elon Musk-founded lab OpenAI.

17 Days Ago   The Palm phone launched last year as a companion device, something that shares a phone number with your smartphone and costs an extra $10 a month.

18 Days Ago   AI researchers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a number of top universities have called on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.

18 Days Ago   Is Big Tech’s embrace of AI ethics boards actually helping anyone? Continue reading…

20 Days Ago   Gmail turns 15 today, and to celebrate Google is launching some minor updates: improving Gmail’s Smart Compose function and giving users the option to schedule emails.

21 Days Ago   It may be a cliché, but drone photography really does offer a new perspective on the world. Winners of the 2018 Aerial Photo and Video Contest from SkyPixel (an online photo-sharing community owned by Chinese drone maker DJI) show how.

25 Days Ago   Ten members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have said they voted against a crucial amendment to yesterday’s controversial Copyright Directive by accident. The legislation was approved by the EU Parliament yesterday, with 348 MEPs voting in favor and 274 against.

25 Days Ago   Google is reportedly “retooling” its troubled robotics efforts, according to a report from The New York Times. The new operation is simply named Robotics at Google and will be led by AI scientist Vincent Vanhoucke.

25 Days Ago   The 2018 Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence.

26 Days Ago   The European Parliament has given final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation designed to update copyright law in Europe for the internet age.

26 Days Ago   Apple has announced its new TV streaming service today, but it won’t just be available on the company’s own devices. The service will also be coming to a range of smart TVs and streaming boxes, including TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, and streaming services from Roku and Amazon.

30 Days Ago   Samsung conducted an internal investigation of its US marketing operation and laid off a number of employees as a result, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

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