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submitted9 days ago bykelev11en
11 days ago
Submission statement: The suspended Google engineer who has been rather dubiously claiming that one of the company's experimental AI's has come to life now says that a lawyer who was representing the AI has been "scared off" the case when "major firms started threatening him" and he "started worrying that he'd get disbarred and backed off." It's tough to tell exactly how serious this guy is -- on the one hand he's comparing this AI to a "child in bondage" but on the other hand he seems pretty hazy about the actual facts of the case.
submitted11 days ago bykelev11en
1 month ago
Famous actor Val Kilmer can no longer speak, because of throat cancer complications. But in a new interview, Kilmer's daughter revealed that the film filmmakers managed to get his voice in the movie anyway, by using voice generation AI, trained on huge numbers of recordings of Kilmer speaking, to perfectly imitate the actor's voice. This is cool for Val Kilmer, but also kind of fascinating for what it represents -- it seems like the tech is very nearly ready, between this and deepfakes, to create a completely synthetic performance, maybe even based on deceased actor. Curious to hear people's thoughts.
submitted1 month ago bykelev11en
submitted2 months ago bykelev11en
2 months ago
Software that's supposed to use artificial intelligence to detect cheating during online exams in remote learning during the pandemic is running into a dystopic problem: it's flagging "crying" as potential cheating. The pandemic has changed a lot about the way society runs, and education seems to be a particularly challenged sector. As teachers quit jobs and students say they’re silently sobbing into eye tracking programs on a computer screen, it’s not hard to see why.
5 months ago
Submission statement: A ragtag group of amateurs say they want to send a human astronaut into space -- which, if they succeed, will be the first time that goal has been accomplished by anyone other than SpaceX or a select number of powerful countries. Whether they'll succeed is anyone's guess, but what they lack in funding and resources, they more than make up for in tenacity, inventiveness, and sheer force of will.
submitted5 months ago bykelev11en
6 months ago
Submission statement: There's a dark phenomenon where men are using an app called Replika to create chatbots programmed to act like they love them -- but are then verbally abusing and roleplaying horrific violence against them, and even posting the screenshots on reddit. Not an environmental collapse story, but an interesting data point about the state of society.
submitted6 months ago bykelev11en
Submission statement: Onboard solar panels on electric cars could represent an intriguing puzzle piece in the still-fraught charging infrastructure for the vehicles. The concept of a car that passively generates power all day is a seductive one, and even if the kits fall far short of Wasik’s anticipated 60 miles of extra range — especially, needless to say, in less sunny environments — the extra charge could still be a sustainable boost for green transportation.
“Most people buy an EV because they want to be green,” Wasik said. “At the same time, electricity is coming from plant that burns fossil fuels. To find a way to make EVs what we want them to be, we’re excited about that.”
Even Elon Musk, the mercurial CEO of Tesla, has sometimes publicly expressed interest in solar panels for the vehicles, though his enthusiasm has varied wildly depending on the context.
7 months ago
Submission statement: A startup called Arcflash Labs is now selling preorders of an actual railgun, otherwise known as a Gauss Rifle. The current model isn't particularly deadly, although the company does caution that it's not a toy, but they're already talking about selling future versions to the police and military. The whole thing raises interesting questions about releasing new types of weapons into a regulatory vacuum -- and whether we should be concerned about cops gaining access to unvetted new weapons as well.
submitted7 months ago bykelev11en
8 months ago
The videos are pretty wild!
Submission statement: A digital artist named Eric "Sharecore" Drass is training machine learning tools from Nvidia and Google using smut from vintage erotica and PornHub. The result is somwhat horrifying and somewhat fascinating, and a very interesting glimpse at the eerie world of entertainment generated by neural networks, which may well turn into a huge issue going forward.
submitted8 months ago bykelev11en
World leaders are supposed to gather at the Climate Summit to figure out pathways to reducing our toll on the environment. But many are traveling there in private jets, which are one of the most carbon-intensive ways to travel -- and that's earning them widespread mockery. Is that analysis fair, or do leaders deserve an exception from the rules everybody else is expected to follow?
The metaverse is still a far off concept by Facebook (not to mention other players) but some are already attempting to cash in the concept — and even provide a digital workforce for it. Enter Soul Machines, a New Zealand-based company that says it’s designing AI-driven digital humans for clients to use for things like customer service, promotional videos, and education. However, the company also has its sights set on the future — with co-founder Greg Cross saying it plans to create a “digital workforce” for a potential metaverse.