Star Trek: The Videobot Generation
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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

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Your Words, Their Voices
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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.

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Make Your Ancestors Smile
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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

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How Art Makes AI Feel
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How Art Makes AI Feel

An automated art critic spells out the emotional impact of images.What’s new: Led by Panos Achlioptas, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique, King Abdullah University, and Stanford University trained a deep learning

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Tell Me a Picture
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Tell Me a Picture

Two new models show a surprisingly sharp sense of the relationship between words and images.What’s new: OpenAI, the for-profit research lab, announced a pair of models that have produced impressive

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Written by Quill, Read by Computer
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Written by Quill, Read by Computer

The secrets of history are locked in troves of handwritten documents. Now a machine learning platform is making them amenable to digital search.What’s new: Transkribus, a program developed by the University of

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Seeing Eye AI
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Seeing Eye AI

A computer vision system is helping to keep runners with impaired vision on track.What’s new: A prototype smartphone app developed by Google translates camera images into audio signals. Guidelines

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RL Agents: SOS!
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RL Agents: SOS!

A new multimedia experience lets audience members help artificially intelligent creatures work together to survive.What’s new: Agence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) project from

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Protected By Deepfakes
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Protected By Deepfakes

Documentary filmmakers often shield the identities of people who might be harmed for speaking out. But typical tactics like blurring faces and distorting voices can make it hard for audiences to connect emotionally. A new

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A Good Look for AI
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A Good Look for AI

Trying on new makeup is a hassle — apply, inspect, wash off, repeat. Not to mention the tribulation of visiting brick-and-mortar stores during the pandemic. Augmented reality is helping people try on all the makeup they

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Chess: The Next Move
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Chess: The Next Move

AI has humbled human chess masters. Now it’s helping them take the game to the next level.What’s new: DeepMind and retired chess champion Vladimir Kramnik trained AlphaZero, a reinforcement learning

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Wimbledon in a Box
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Wimbledon in a Box

Covid shut down the tennis tournament at Wimbledon this year, but a new model simulates showdowns between the sport’s greatest players.What’s new: Stanford researchers Kayvon Fatahalian and Maneesh

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Grade-AI Sushi
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Grade-AI Sushi

Computer vision is helping sushi lovers enjoy top-quality maguro.What’s new: Japanese restaurant chain Kura Sushi is using a smartphone app called Tuna Scope to grade its suppliers’ offerings, according to the news

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Monsters in Motion
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Monsters in Motion

How do you control a video game that generates a host of unique monsters for every match? With machine learning, naturally.What’s new: The otherworldly creatures in Source of Madness learn how to

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Photos From Before Photos Existed
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Photos From Before Photos Existed

An artist is using deep learning to create realistic portraits of historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, and England’s first Queen Elizabeth.

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