Your Voice, Your Choice
A startup enables people who participate in voice chat to use realistic artificial voices in real time.What’s new: Massachusetts-based Modulate offers a voice-masking tool to forestall harassment of people, particularly women and trans individuals,
Roll Over, Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven died before he completed what would have been his tenth and final symphony. A team of computer scientists and music scholars approximated the music that might have been.
Search Goes Multimodal
Google will upgrade its search engine with a new model that tracks the relationships between words, images, and, in time, videos — the first fruit of its latest research into multimodal machine learning and multilingual language modeling.
Too Fabulous for Face Recognition
Drop off your adversarial hats, eyeglasses, and tee shirts to the second-hand store. The latest fashion statement is adversarial makeup.What’s new: Researchers at Ben-Gurion University and NEC developed a system
A supergroup of machine learning models flags manipulated photos.What’s new: Jigsaw, a tech incubator owned by Alphabet, released a system that detects digitally altered images. The organization is testing it with a dozen
Gamers looking to cheat in first-person shooters can’t miss with AI-assisted marksmanship. What’s new: A video-game hack uses computer vision to blast virtual enemies at superhuman speed, Ars Technica reported.
A Bicycle Built for Zero
Self-driving cars, get ready to share the road with self-riding bikes.What’s new: Beijing-based machine learning researcher Zhihui Peng built a riderless bike that stays upright, navigates, and avoids collisions, Synced
Every Problem Looks Like a Nail
Robots are brushing their way into the beauty market.What’s new: A trio of companies is developing automated nail-painting devices that integrate robotics and computer vision, The New York Times
Crosswords Go the Way of Go
A hybrid of deep learning and symbolic AI took the prize at a major puzzle competition.What’s new: A system called Dr. Fill outscored nearly 1,300 human contestants at April’s annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Slate
Haters Gonna [Mute]
A new tool aims to let video gamers control how much vitriol they receive from fellow players. What’s new: Intel announced a voice recognition tool called Bleep that the
New Life for Old Songs
Neural networks can tease apart the different sounds in musical recordings.What’s new: Companies and hobbyists are using deep learning to separate voices and instruments in commercial recordings, Wired reported. The
Star Trek: The Videobot Generation
A digital doppelgänger of Star Trek’s original star will let fans chat with him — possibly well beyond his lifetime.What’s new: AI startup StoryFile built a lifelike videobot of actor William
Your Words, Their Voices
Voice clones — the audio counterpart to deepfaked images — are poised to invade popular media and entertainment.What’s new: Professionals and amateurs alike are using AI to emulate the voices of human actors, Wired reported.
Make Your Ancestors Smile
Machine learning is bringing old photos to life.What’s new: A new service from genealogy company MyHeritage lets users animate their ancestors’ portraits, making them smile, blink, and turn their