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Four Ways Artificial Intelligence Helps Mitigate Risk

by Clayton Brown, Security Magazine

In today’s dynamic environments, risk must be proactively managed. However, lack of sufficient intelligence can make it impossible to get ahead of threats and breaches. Fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a valuable tool in augmenting physical security with a more proactive approach.

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On-Device, Real-Time Hand Tracking with MediaPipe

by Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang, Research Engineers, Google Research

The ability to perceive the shape and motion of hands can be a vital component in improving the user experience across a variety of technological domains and platforms. For example, it can form the basis for sign language understanding and hand gesture control, and can also enable the overlay of digital content and information on top of the physical world in augmented reality.

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Artificial Intelligence Has Found an Unknown ‘Ghost’ Ancestor in The Human Genome

by Peter Dockrill, ScienceAlert

Nobody knows who she was, just that she was different: a teenage girl from over 50,000 years ago of such strange uniqueness she looked to be a ‘hybrid’ ancestor to modern humans that scientists had never seen before.

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Can artificial intelligence tell a polar bear from a can opener?

by Stuart Wolpert, UCLA Newsroom

UCLA psychologists’ experiments demonstrate severe limitations of ‘deep learning’ machines

How smart is the form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning computer networks, and how closely do these machines mimic the human brain? They have improved greatly in recent years, but still have a long way to go, a team of UCLA cognitive psychologists reports in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

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AI is Fueling Smarter Prosthetics Than Ever Before

by Andrea Powell, Wired

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN prosthetic and real is shrinking. Thanks to advances in batteries, brain-controlled robotics, and AI, today’s mechanical limbs can do everything from twist and point to grab and lift. And this isn’t just good news for amputees. “For something like bomb disposal, why not use a robotic arm?” says Justin Sanchez, manager of Darpa’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. Well, that would certainly be handy.

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AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

by Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

AI and ML systems are turning the professional gambling world on its head.

The act of gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. For as long as there’s been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge on the house. As gaming has moved from bookies and casinos into the digital realm, gamblers are beginning to use modern computing techniques, especially AI and machine learning (ML), to increase their odds of winning.

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This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google  will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!

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AI can generate fake faces now. Here’s how to spot them

by Dave Gershgorn, Quartz

Earlier this month, a research paper from Nvidia, maker of graphics processing units, showed that the company is able to generate photo-realistic images of people who never existed. It marked another step toward a world in which any media can be easily and believably generated from scratch, a looming crisis for truth online.

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This free online tool uses AI to quickly remove the background from images

by James Vincent, The Verge

A handy utility if you don’t have access to Photoshop

If you’ve ever needed to quickly remove the background of an image you know it can be tedious, even with access to software like Photoshop. Well, Remove.bg is a single-purpose website that uses AI to do the hard work for you. Just upload any image and the site will automatically identify any people in it, cut around the foreground, and let you download a PNG of your subject with a transparent background. Easy.

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