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On-device Supermarket Product Recognition

 Originally posted on Google AI Blog, Aug 11, 2020. One of the greatest challenges faced by users who are visually impaired is identifying packaged foods, both in a grocery store and also in their kitchen cupboard at home. This is because many foods share the same packaging, such as boxes, tins, bottles and jars, and

‘Deepfakes’ Ranked As Most Serious AI Crime Threat

 Originally published in UCL, August 4, 2020. Fake audio or video content has been ranked by experts as the most worrying use of artificial intelligence in terms of its potential applications for crime or terrorism, according to...

Taming the Tail: Adventures in Improving AI Economics

 Originally published in a16z.com, Aug 12, 2020. AI has enormous potential to disrupt markets that have traditionally been out of reach for software. These markets – which have relied on humans to navigate natural language, images, and...

Facebook Showed This Ad Almost Exclusively to Women. Is That A Problem?

 Originally published in Vox.com, July 31, 2020. How Facebook decides which ads to display on your News Feed. In 2019, Facebook settled a lawsuit with civil rights organizations following the revelation that advertisers could use the targeting...

Why Hundreds of Mathematicians Are Boycotting Predictive Policing

 Originally published in Popular Mechanics, July 28, 2020 Some academics are calling the controversial practice a “scientific veneer for racism.” Several prominent academic mathematicians want to sever ties with police departments across the U.S., according to a...

Deepfakes Are Becoming the Hot New Corporate Training Tool

 Originally published in Wired.com, July 7, 2020 Coronavirus restrictions make it harder and more expensive to shoot videos. So some companies are turning to synthetic media instead. This month, advertising giant WPP will send unusual corporate training...

How Pixar Uses AI and GANs To Create High-Resolution Content

 Originally published in VentureBeat, July 17, 2020. As digital animators continue to push the boundaries of technology and creativity, the technical teams that support them are turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver the tools...

Apple’s AI Plan: A Thousand Small Conveniences

 Originally published in The Verge, June 25, 2020 Because AI is too dumb to do anything else. AI has become an integral part of every tech company’s pitch to consumers. Fail to hype up machine learning or...

MIT Apologizes, Permanently Pulls Offline Huge Dataset That Taught AI Systems To Use Racist, Misogynistic Slurs

 Originally published in The Register, July 1, 2020 Top uni takes action after El Reg highlights concerns by academics. Special report MIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people...

Challenges of Comparing Human and Machine Perception

 Originally published in The Gradient, July 6, 2020 Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have become very successful in the domain of artificial intelligence. They have begun to directly influence our lives through image recognition, automated machine translation, precision...

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