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US army boffins use AI to spot faces in the dark

US army researchers have developed a convolutional neural network and a range of algorithms to recognise faces in the dark. "This technology enables matching between thermal face images and existing biometric face databases or watch lists that only contain visible face imagery,” explained Benjamin Riggan on Monday, co-author …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018

Fake news is fake data, 'which makes it our problem', info-slurpers told

Data-hungry organisations have been advised to get a better grip on the data they control and work on building trust. In a week when analytic technologies have had more press than ever, many of the discussions at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, which ran in London from 19-22 March, focused on dealing with the data …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Mar 2018
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DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick

Researchers trying to understand how neural networks work shouldn’t just focus on interpretable neurons, according to new research from DeepMind researchers. AI systems are often described as black boxes. It’s difficult to understand how they work and reach particular outcomes, making people nervous about using them to make …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Mar 2018

AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

A pair of computer scientists have created a neural network that can self-replicate. “Self-replication is a key aspect of biological life that has been largely overlooked in Artificial Intelligence systems,” they argue in a paper popped onto arXiv this month. It’s an important process in reproduction for living things, and is …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Mar 2018
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Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters. Eyeballing craters is usually done manually, which tends to result in only the largest impacts being spotted, or via a crater detection algorithm (CDA), which works well on data it has been trained on but gets a …
Richard Speed, 16 Mar 2018

Researchers create AI attacker to defeat AI malware defender

Adversarial models, already known to defeat the artificial intelligence behind image classifiers and computer audio, are also good at defeating malware detection. Last year, researchers from NVIDIA, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the University of Maryland probably felt justifiably pleased with themselves when they trained a neural …

Creep learning: How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us

Bit boffins from universities in China and the US have devised a way to tamper with deep learning models so they produce misleading results. In a paper posted to pre-print service ArXiv, "PoTrojan: powerful neural-level trojan designs in deep learning models," authors Minhui Zou, Yang Shi, Chengliang Wang, Fangyu Li, WenZhan …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Feb 2018
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It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

Fake AI-generated pornography has been banned by sites including Reddit and Pornhub, but others operations say they're fine with the practice of putting celebrities' faces on porn actresses' bodies. Such videos are made possible by neural network technology that can learn the features of anyone’s face and maps it onto bodies …

Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines

The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent. The pair wrote at arXiv that their attack achieved a first: not merely an attack …
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Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin

Deep learning and neural networks may have benefited from the huge quantities of data and computing power, but they won't take us all the way to artificial general intelligence, according to a recent academic assessment. Gary Marcus, ex-director of Uber's AI labs and a psychology professor at the University of New York, argues …

When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

RoTM "King of toys and hippopotamuses full of the light of that stood at the dear Son of Santa Claus." What is this latest madness? you may ask. Well, it's 2017 and it's Christmas so someone has obviously had a crack a training a neural network to write carols. The results are at least entertaining, even if they might offend the …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Dec 2017

As the singularity approaches, neural network pens black metal album

RotM If Coditany of Timeness was released without the high-tech fanfare, no one in the notoriously elitist black metal scene would bat an eyelid. Perhaps popular online US music mag Pitchfork would even give it a "6/10". The album has everything intrinsic to the sub-genre – tremolo guitars, blasting drums, barked vocals, and total …
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Total recog: British AI makes universal speech breakthrough

Interview SpeechMatics, the company founded by British neural network pioneer Tony Robinson, has made major advances in speech recognition. Speechmatics’ Automatic Linguist can now add a new language to its system automatically – without human intervention or tuning – in about a day, crunching through 46 new languages in just six weeks …

Can you get from 'dog' to 'car' with one pixel? Japanese AI boffins can

It doesn't take much to confuse AI image classifiers: a group from Japan's Kyushu University reckon you can fool them by changing the value of a single pixel in an image. Researchers Jiawei Su, Danilo Vasconcellos Vargas and Sakurai Kouichi were working with two objectives: first, to predictably trick a Deep Neural Network ( …
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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

Comment To Westminster, England, where the House of Lords is conducting a wide-ranging inquiry into artificial intelligence. I'm writing a book on AI – and why people believe in it – and on the basis of some notes, was invited to give oral evidence on a panel of three alongside the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones and The Financial Times' …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2017
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Here's a gentle guide to building JavaScript AI in web browsers. Totally not a scary thing

Google today popped online something called Teachable Machines, a simple demo for programmers interested in deep learning. The point is, it works directly in your web browser so you can get going tinkering with an educational neural network right away without having to spin up a full machine-learning development stack and …
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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

The US government's mighty DARPA last year kicked off a research project designed to make systems controlled by artificial intelligence more accountable to their human users. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to give this $2.97bn agency its full name, is the Department of Defense's body responsible for emerging …
Dan Robinson, 28 Sep 2017
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Former UK.gov IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

Interview If you're going to learn about neural networks, you could do worse than learn it from someone who got five A levels (all grade As), has his MSc in Advanced Computing, and can tell you how to build your own neural network in 30 lines of code, even if you don't know any calculus. There aren't many people fitting that description …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Sep 2017

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