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Voice synthesis, the most impressive deep fake to date. And the most worrying

Listen to this recording of Sir Alec Guinness reading Shakespeare’s most famous lines of poetry, ‘to be or not to be’. Impressed? What about Jay-Z’s Hamlet. Or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuOPCSqunDM If you were caught out don’t worry. Deep fakes, both audio and video, are now worryingly accurate. Even when the intention is good (recreating a… Continue reading Voice synthesis, the most impressive deep fake to date. And the most worrying

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How intelligent is artificial intelligence?

How smart is artificial intelligence and how fast is it advancing? In a recent post I mentioned machine learning research that taught an algorithm to master 40-year-old video games. If Atari 1982 video games are the peak of 2020 research, how hard is it to train an algorithm to play Pong, which came out in… Continue reading How intelligent is artificial intelligence?

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Shall We Play a Game? What Wargames Teaches Us About Today’s AI Hype

Although dated by today’s standards, Wargames still has plenty of lessons to teach us about the limits of AI. A hit in 1983, the movie tapped into several trends that were fashionable at the time: video games, nuclear war and, yes, artificial intelligence. It tells the story of a teenage gamer and computer geek who… Continue reading Shall We Play a Game? What Wargames Teaches Us About Today’s AI Hype

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Learn the Basics of AI with this Online Course from Finland

If you think artificial intelligence is still a niche subject, think again. The technology is already part of our everyday lives. Whenever you choose a song recommended by Spotify, or plan a journey on Google maps, AI and machine learning are the technologies driving the service. As for the workplace, AI is already grabbing headlines… Continue reading Learn the Basics of AI with this Online Course from Finland

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Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the End of Western Thought

This blog post is a summary and analysis of the speech given by Yuval Harari at Davos in January 2020.  “The automation revolution is not a watershed that settles down again but a cascade of bigger and bigger disruptions.” When Yuval Harari speaks, people tend to listen. Not least when it comes to the impact… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the End of Western Thought