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This AI Can Generate Convincing Text—and Anyone Can Use It

This AI Can Generate Convincing Text—and Anyone Can Use It

most dazzling recent advances in have come thanks to resources only available at big tech companies, where thousands of powerful computers and terabytes of data can be as copious as free granola bars and nap pods.A new project aims to show this needn’t be the case, by cobbling together the code, data, and computer power needed to reproduce one of the most epic—and potentially useful—AI algorithms developed in recent years. is an effort to match GPT-3, a released in 2020 by the company that is sometimes capable of writing strikingly coherent articles in English when given a text...

Mar 29
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

seemed fair. Two F-16s engaged with an opposing F-16 at an altitude of 16,000 feet above rocky desert terrain. As the aircraft converged from opposite directions, the paired F-16s suddenly spun away from one another, forcing their foe to choose one to pursue. The F-16 that had been left alone then quickly changed course, maneuvering behind the enemy with textbook precision. A few seconds later, it launched a missile that destroyed the opposing jet before it could react.The battle took place last month in a computer simulator. Here’s what made it special: All three aircraft were controlled...

Mar 22
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Researchers Blur Faces That Launched a Thousand Algorithms

Researchers Blur Faces That Launched a Thousand Algorithms

intelligence researchers engineered a big leap in computer vision thanks, in part, to an unusually large set of images—thousands of everyday objects, people, and scenes in photos that were scraped from the web and labeled by hand. That data set, known as , is still used in thousands of research projects and experiments today.But last week every human face included in ImageNet suddenly disappeared—after the researchers who manage the data set decided to blur them.Just as ImageNet helped usher in a new age of AI, efforts to fix it reflect challenges that affect countless AI programs, data...

Mar 15
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As China Rises, the US Builds Toward a Bigger Role in AI

As China Rises, the US Builds Toward a Bigger Role in AI

US government has let the private sector and the free market do their thing, betting this is the surest way to spur innovation and conjure up the advances needed to keep the American economy on top of the world. Now, with , the approach is starting to change. Washington is taking baby steps towards something closer to central planning—seeking to inspire, guide, and protect advances in key areas like , , and .The latest evidence of a shift in thinking is the final report of the ). The commission was created by the Pentagon in 2018 to study the national security implications of AI and related...

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Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

has racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views with viral clips of its futuristic, legged robots , , and .A group of meme-spinning pranksters now wants to present a more dystopian view of the company's robotic tech. They added a paintball gun to , the company’s doglike machine, and plan to let others control it inside a mocked-up art gallery via the internet later this week.The project, called , is the work of (pronounced “mischief,” of course), an internet collective that regularly carries out meme-worthy pranks.Previous MSCHF stunts include creating to whomever could hold a button...

Feb 22
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The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

co-director of a prestigious lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was scanning an in December when he noticed something odd—his name listed as an author alongside three researchers in China whom he didn’t know on two papers he didn’t recognize.At first, he didn’t think much of it. The name Cox isn’t uncommon, so he figured there must be another David Cox doing AI research. “Then I opened up the PDF and saw my own picture looking back at me,” says. “It was unbelievable.”It isn’t clear how prevalent this kind of academic fraud may be, or why someone would list as a coauthor someone not involved...

Feb 19
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

work at Changi General Hospital in Singapore that until recently it wasn’t uncommon to find two delivery bots sitting in a hallway or outside an elevator in a standoff. Such impasses used to happen “several times a day,” says Selina Seah, who directs the hospital’s . Unsure how to move around another object, or human passersby, the would simply freeze, each waiting for the other to move first. “The humans would have to actually go down and pull them apart,” she says.Seah says Changi has about 50 robots, from eight manufacturers. As at other hospitals, robotic systems assist professionals...

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This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

wondered what a knight made of spaghetti would look like, but here’s the answer anyway—courtesy of a clever new program from , a company in San Francisco.The program, , released earlier this month, can concoct images of all sorts of weird things that don't exist, like avocado armchairs, robot giraffes, or radishes wearing tutus. OpenAI generated several images, including the spaghetti knight, at WIRED’s request.DALL-E is a version of , trained on text scraped from the web that’s capable of producing surprisingly coherent text. DALL-E was fed images and accompanying descriptions; in...

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This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

building overlooking a busy intersection in Beijing, , a middle-aged scientist with thin-rimmed glasses and a mop of black hair, excitedly describes a project that could advance one of the hottest areas of .Wen leads a team at the (BAAI), a government-sponsored research lab that’s testing a powerful new language algorithm—something similar to , a revealed in June by researchers at that digests large amounts of text and can generate remarkably coherent, free-flowing language. “This is a big project,” Wen says with a big grin. “It takes a lot of computing infrastructure and money.”Wen, a...

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The Foundations of AI Are Riddled With Errors

The Foundations of AI Are Riddled With Errors

in can be traced back to 2012 and a breakthrough during a competition built around , a set of 14 million labeled images.In the competition, a method called , which involves feeding examples to a giant simulated , proved dramatically better at identifying objects in images than other approaches. That kick-started interest in using AI to solve different problems.But shows that ImageNet and nine other key AI data sets contain many errors. Researchers at MIT compared how an AI algorithm trained on the data interprets an image with the label that was applied to it. If, for instance, an algorithm...

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