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  • There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people — for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse — you can get their photos for free on ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Adjust their likeness as needed; make them old or young or the ethnicity of your choosing. If you want your fake […]
  • Deep Reckonings is a series of explicitly-marked synthetic videos that imagine public figures having a reckoning. The public figures include: Brett Kavanaugh wrestling with the way he responded to the sexual allegations against him; Alex Jones grappling with his spread of deceitful conspiracy theories; and Mark Zuckerberg confronting his techno-utopianism. These figures don't admit to actions that aren't publicly known, but instead take responsibility for actions that are. Deep Reckonings exists in dialogue with the broader conversation about the ethical implications of synthetic […]
  • You never quite know who you’re chatting with online. And as AI grows more sophisticated, you never quite know what you’re chatting with, either. Chatbots are now a staple of online life. They handle our customer service queries, help schedule our doctor appointments, and live inside popular apps like Facebook Messenger and Slack. In this new environment, are you confident you can tell a human from a bot? This is the central idea behind Bot Or Not, an app exploring AI that mimics […]
  • A disillusioned early adopter & internet evangelist feels a sense of responsibility to engage with the problems the internet has created and wants to see where we went wrong.
  • There are already 66 million smart assistants in US homes and the number is growing daily. But what are we trading for the convenience of turning the lights on with our voice? #CBCdocsPOV #TheInternetofEverything • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Director Brett Gaylor looks for […]
  • random, AI created words defined and used by a machine learning algorithm.
  • These captions are generated by a deep artificial neural network. Nothing about the text generation is hardcoded, except that the maximum text length is limited for sanity. The model uses character-level prediction, so you can specify prefix text of one or more characters to influence the text generated. Using someone's name or other short text as a prefix works best. The network was trained using public images generated by users of the Imgflip Meme Generator for the top 48 most popular Meme Templates. […]
  • ‘Stealing Ur Feelings‘ uses dark humor to expose how Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook can use AI to profit off users’ faces and emotions   An augmented reality film revealing how the most popular apps can use facial emotion recognition technology to make decisions about your life, promote inequalities, and even destabilize democracy makes its worldwide debut on the web today. Using the same AI technology described in corporate patents, “Stealing Ur Feelings,” by Noah Levenson, learns the viewers’ deepest secrets just by analyzing […]
  • It’s an experiment in close-reading in which seven women are reading the book and conducting a conversation in the margins. The project went live on Monday 10 November 2008.
  • Surveillance cameras are fast-growing technologies in contemporary society. In poorer countries, they are used to curb urban crime; in richer nations, they are also employed to fight terrorist threats. In this scenario DIO arises, a mobile phone game (still in development) that deals with the rampant increase of surveillance cameras in urban spaces. The game promotes a collaborative mapping of cities by inviting players to complete the following tasks: 1) geolocate, photograph, and log surveillance cameras scattered around the city; 2) compete against […]

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