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Google’s Coolest Tech Is Getting Harder and Harder to See

Google always uses its annual I/O developer conference as a place to trot out some of its biggest and most exciting product updates. You’d be forgiven for feeling like this year was kind of a dud. There were no new gadgets, no new moonshot projects, and not even cool new swag like Google Cardboard headsets. The…

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Why FaceApp’s Selfie Filters Work So Well and Why They Don’t

Over the past few weeks, Facebook and Instagram feeds have been flooded with creepily realistic facial transformations produced by “FaceApp,” a free app for iOS and Android whose filters add smiles to photos, alter faces to make them older or younger, and even make them “male” or “female.” The app’s startling…

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Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent the Next Video Game Animation Disaster

Human character animation has gotten much better over the years, but it’s still one of the most recognizable issues when enjoying video games. Animations are normally a predetermined set of canned motions, and while real enough looking in the right setting, can totally break the immersive experience when they stray…

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This Artificially Intelligent Speech Generator Can Fake Anyone’s Voice

The human voice, with all its subtlety and nuance, is proving to be an exceptionally difficult thing for computers to emulate. Using a powerful new algorithm, a Montreal-based AI startup has developed a voice generator that can mimic virtually any person’s voice, and even add an emotional punch when necessary. The…

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Issues Dire Warning That AI Could Steal CEOs’ Jobs

While Elon Musk is running around cautioning the world about the real danger of Skynet-style warrior robots, Jack Ma would like you to consider another possible problem: CEOs might lose their overpaid gigs and there will be no golden parachute. Well, let’s be honest, there probably will be a golden parachute...…

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Google’s AlphaGo Is About to Face Its Toughest Competition Yet

Google’s AlphaGo made history last year by becoming the first machine to defeat a top-ranked human Go player. It was an important AI milestone, but AlphaGo isn’t getting off that easily. Next month, the expert system will partake in a five-day tournament that will pit it against China’s top Go players—including Ke…

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Bob Ross Processed by a Neural Network Is the Most Soothing Way to Melt Your Brain

By now we’ve seen everything from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to Donald Trump to popular memes processed by neural networks like Google’s Deep Dream. They’re like bizarre drug trips, but without the drugs. But it was only recently that someone was curious enough to see what a neural network would make of the human…

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