This web app guesses what you are sketching and completes the drawing

Autodraw is a web app that looks at what you are drawing and offers up clip-art style images that resemble your sketch. Read the rest

How to solve the artificial intelligence "stop button" problem

Implementing an on/off switch on a general artificial intelligence is way more complicated than it sounds. Rob Miles of Computerphile looks at what could go wrong. Hint: lots. Read the rest

Libratus poker AI beats several of the world's best players

In a first, an artificial intelligence named Libratus has bested top-tier players at no-limit Texas Hold 'em. This is especially notable because imperfect information games are notoriously challenging to program. Read the rest

Robot outwits "I am not a Robot" Captcha

And so it begins... Read the rest

Listen to these two bots having a live conversation

Here are two bots, Estragon and Vladimr, having a conversation. Currently, 19,691 people are listening in.

Robbo says:

My day is now officially shot. This is freakin' brilliant. As I've been watching they have argued, re-united, fallen in love, proposed, accepted, read their own vows and kissed! Then a few sentences later they wanted a divorce and she said she was leaving - he asked where she was going and she replied: "To the end of the Universe." I've had that kind of relationship - not quite as painlessly fast as theirs but --
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Gatebox is a $2700 holographic cosplay assistant

I thought it was a trailer for a movie, but this is a real product. It’s advertised as a virtual wife for men who live alone.

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Neural network can determine book's genre by looking at its cover

Are you looking to build out your library of Ero Guro Nansensu, Asperger’s Realism, Bigfoot Erotica, and Flarf? It could get easier, thanks to a neural network developed by researchers at Kyushu University in Japan that looks at book covers and determines their genre.

From MIT Technology Review:

Their method is straightforward. Iwana and Uchida downloaded 137,788 unique book covers from Amazon.com along with the genre of book. There are 20 possible genres but where a book was listed in more than one category, the researchers used just the first.

Next, the pair used 80 percent of the data set to train a neural network to recognize the genre by looking at the cover image. Their neural network has four layers, each with up to 512 neurons, which together learn to recognize the correlation between cover design and genre. The pair used a further 10 percent of the dataset to validate the model and then tested the neural network on the final 10 percent to see how well it categorizes covers it has never seen.

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A song composed by artificial intelligence in the style of the Beatles

Enjoy this song by the Pre-Fab Four!

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