Last Week in AI

Weekly AI news summaries and discussion about the most interesting developments in AI, deep learning, robotics, and more!

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Thursday Oct 13, 2022

Our 109th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro(03:08) Elon Musk shows off humanoid robot prototype at Tesla AI Day
(07:15) It’s not just floods and fires: This AI forecasts how climate change will impact your city 
(10:00) Artificial Intelligence Spending Grew 20.7% Worldwide in 2021, According to IDC
(10:52) Tesla is being sued over Autopilot and Elon Musk’s Full Self-Driving predictions 
(11:50) Uber Eats and Nuro sign a 10-year deal to do robot food delivery in California and Texas 
(13:00) Announcing the PyTorch Foundation: A new era for the cutting-edge AI framework
(13:45) Meta’s new text-to-video AI generator is like DALL-E for video , Google answers Meta’s video-generating AI with its own, dubbed Imagen Video
(19:05) OpenAI open-sources Whisper, a multilingual speech recognition system
(23:00) Can eyes on self-driving cars reduce accidents? Cues from moving eyes could help pedestrians anticipate vehicle's intentions
(24:00) Why DeepMind Is Sending AI Humanoids to Soccer Camp
(25:00) How Transformers Seem to Mimic Parts of the Brain 
(25:30) NVIDIA's new AI model quickly generates objects and characters for virtual worlds
(26:45) Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Now in Public Defenders’ Hands , House Democrats debut new bill to limit US police use of facial recognition
(30:30) Artist receives first known US copyright registration for generative AI art 
(33:14) Getty Images bans AI-generated content over fears of legal challenges
(34:00)  A.I. Is Making It Easier Than Ever for Students to Cheat
(34:50) There’s no Tiananmen Square in the new Chinese image-making AI
(35:45) US to invest $50 billion in spring 2023 as it looks to counter Chinese chip development 
(36:25) Darth Vader’s Voice Emanated From War-Torn Ukraine
(39:40) I Resurrected "Ugly Sonic" with Stable Diffusion Textual Inversion
(43:00) Artist uses AI to extract color palettes from text descriptions
(43:55) Hellblade developer Ninja Theory confirms it won’t replace voice actors with AI
(45:35) Outro

Saturday Sep 10, 2022

Our 108th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline
(00:00) Intro
(03:50) Using machine learning to identify undiagnosable cancers 
(08:30) North American companies send in the robots, even as productivity slumps 
(14:30) French tax officials use AI to spot 20,000 undeclared pools
(15:12) AI illuminates permanently shadowed regions on the moon
(15:40) Artificial intelligence can be used to better monitor Maine's forests 
(16:34) Panera Bread tests artificial intelligence technology in drive-thru lanes 
(17:45) Using AI to decode speech from brain activity
(23:20) Robots can be used to assess children’s mental wellbeing, study suggests
(27:50) Canadian researchers using machine learning to mitigate effects of climate change 
(29:25) Researchers Develop ‘TiCoder’ Framework For Code Generation Using User Feedback With 90.4% Consistency To User Intent 
(31:12) Artificial Intelligence Improves Treatment in Women with Heart Attacks 
(31:41) MIT Researchers use Machine Learning to Expedite Research on New Battery Materials 
(32:48) Review finds ‘paucity of robust evidence’ on impact of AI clinical outcomes 
(36:00) France puts healthcare at heart of $1.8B AI strategy 
(39:00) Clearview: Glasses With Facial Recognition Are Here—And The Air Force Is Buying
(40:00) New York City AI Bias Law Charts New Territory for Employers 
(40:37) U.S. officials order Nvidia to halt sales of top AI chips to China
(42:00) UK Government Releases New AI Security Guidance
(43:31) Everything Everything's AI-Derived 'Raw Data Feel' Tackles Mental Health, Conspiracy TheoriesEverything Everything - I Want A Love Like This
(47:05) Holly Herndon: How AI can transform your voice Holly Herndon - Eternal
(50:17) A LinkedIn Marketing Agency Acquired an AI That Writes Mega-Cringe LinkedIn Posts
(53:24) An AI-Generated Artwork Won First Place at a State Fair Fine Arts Competition, and Artists Are Pissed
(57:00) Outro

Saturday Sep 03, 2022

Our 107th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Apologies for a lack of consistent episode releases lately, we've been really busy...
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro
(01:25) Machine-Learning Tools Predict Post-Op Complications, Surgery Duration
(05:30) Sanas, the buzzy Silicon Valley startup that wants to make the world sound whiter
(10:50) AI-designed camera only records objects of interest while being blind to others
(14:12) AI-based method for dating archeological remains
(18:33) You just hired a deepfake. Get ready for the rise of imposter employees. 
(22:43) Deepfakes for all: Uncensored AI art model prompts ethics questions , This AI Tool Is Being Used To Make Freaky, Machine-Generated Porn
(29:00) Here's how the best AI art generators compare
(35:03) The Great FIlter Button
(39:11) Outro

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022

Our 106th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Apologies for a lack of consistent episode releases lately, we've been really busy...
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro(01: 32) Can artificial intelligence really help us talk to the animals?(06:13) How rangers are using AI to help protect India’s tigers(09:13) Meta Starts Testing Its Latest AI Chatbot, BlenderBot 3 (10:35) AI startup Cerebras celebrated for chip triumph where others tried and failed (11:35) You can (sort of) generate art like Dall-E with TikTok’s latest filter (13:10) Open-source rival for OpenAI’s DALL-E runs on your graphics card (16:00) Wearable AI Sensor Supports Personalized Health Data Processing, Analysis(20:15) AI pilot can navigate crowded airspace(24:18) Hyundai announces $400M AI, robotics institute powered by Boston Dynamics(25:30) In simulation of how water freezes, artificial intelligence breaks the ice(26:26) New algorithm aces university math course questions (27:28) The AI-powered swimmer is able to switch between different locomotory gaits adaptively to navigate toward any target location on its own(28:25) Facial recognition smartwatches to be used to monitor foreign offenders in UK(32:30) Man Sues City of Chicago, Claiming Its AI Wrongly Imprisoned Him (35:35) AI Contractors Eyeing Bigger Role Backed by Chips Bill Funds (37:26) China drafts rules on use of self-driving vehicles for public transport (38:30) Baidu's robotaxis don't need any human staff in these parts of China (39:35) U.S. appeals court says artificial intelligence can’t be patent inventor (41:45) Robot Repeatedly Rearranges Remnants In The Round (44:20) Think Your Street Needs a Redesign? Ask an AI(50:09) Outro

Friday Aug 05, 2022

Our 105th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Note: there was again a delay in editing, so this news is from two weeks ago.
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro(01:30) AI speeds sepsis detection to prevent hundreds of deaths(05:05) Inside Midjourney, The Generative Art AI That Rivals DALL-E (09:20) OpenAI expands access to DALL-E 2, its powerful image-generating AI system(10:30) Amazon-owned self driving firm Zoox seeks to test robotaxi in California(12:10) Baidu unveils latest autonomous electric vehicle: Apollo RT6(13:10) Neural Sleeve is a bionic leg wrap that uses AI to correct walking patterns (14:05) Novel method allows robots to learn in the wild(18:45) Clinicians can build trust with machine learning through experience(24:00) Machine learning identifies gun buyers at risk of suicide(24:36)  Microsoft launches simulator to train drone AI systems(24:50)  Open source platform enables research on privacy-preserving machine learning (25:17) DeepMind & UCL’s Stochastic MuZero Achieves SOTA Results in Complex Stochastic Environments(26:15) Meet the startups using AI to help doctors fight burnout(30:22) Will AI Steal Submarines’ Stealth?(36:15) Absurd AI-Generated Professional Food Photography with DALL-E 2(40:05) If A.I. Generated Book Jackets Based on Literary Titles…
 

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022


Our 104th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Note: there was a delay in editing, so this news is from two weeks ago.
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro
(01:10) Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
(05:00) Japan's forestry industry tests robots to address labor shortage
(07:12) FIFA will track players’ bodies using AI to make offside calls at 2022 World Cup 
(08:30) Words matter: AI can predict salaries based on the text of online job postings  
(09:12) Photographer Successfully Uses Dall-E 2 AI to Edit his Photos 
(09:10) Google engineer identifies anonymous faces in WWII photos with AI facial recognition 
(10:00)Google AI Introduces Minerva: A Natural Language Processing (NLP) Model That Solves Mathematical Questions
(13:16) A year in the making, BigScience’s AI language model is finally available
(15:55) Meta open sources early-stage AI translation tool that works across 200 languages 
(16:18) Computer scientists' interactive program aids motion planning for environments with obstacles 
(16:48)Microsoft AI Researchers Open-Source ‘GODEL’: A Large Scale Pre-Trained Language Model For Dialog 
(17:35) Fake Friends and the Real Threat of AI-Generated Influencers
(22:05) The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
(25:10) Waymo, UPS, others pressure Gov. Newsom to allow autonomous trucking in California 
(26:10) More and more CS students are interested in AI – and there aren't enough lecturers 
(27:03) US safety regulators open special investigation into Cruise AV crash 
(27:46) People who regularly talk to AI chatbots often start to believe they're sentient, says CEO 
(29:10) Experiments & Explorations: Robots as Musical Instruments
(31:17) Cute desktop robot designed to keep armchair engineers engaged
(33:33) Outro

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022

Our 103rd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro
(01:10) Instagram is testing an AI tool that verifies your age by scanning your face
(6:15) Bunnings, Kmart and The Good Guys using facial recognition technology to crack down on theft, Choice says 
(10:13) Cruise’s driverless autonomous cars start giving rides to paying passengers 
(12:10) Copilot, GitHub’s AI-powered programming assistant, is now generally available
(13:30) IRS expands AI-powered bots to set up payment plans with taxpayers over the phone 
(14:10) General Motors is using AI to speed up the vehicle inspection process 
(14:55) Learning to Play Minecraft with Video PreTraining (VPT)
(21:10) AI Detects Autism Speech Patterns Across Different Languages 
(25:15) Meta releases largest open source AI language model to date 
(26:05) Google's Parti Generator Relies on 20 Billion Inputs to Create Photorealistic Images 
(27:30) New hybrid machine learning forecasts lake ecosystem responses to climate change 
(30:04) Cerebras Systems Sets Record for Largest AI Models Ever Trained on a Single Device 
(30:05) Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword 
(34:43) Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for ‘Responsible A.I.’ 
(37:40) Vitali Klitschko fake tricks Berlin mayor in video call 
(38:17) China’s Surveillance State Is Growing. These Documents Reveal How.
(39:03) Earthquake tech could limit deaths. Afghanistan shows it’s not easy. 
(40:00) Alexa has a new voice — your dead relative’s 
(41:18) Wordalle is a guess-the-prompt game that combines Wordle and DALL-E
(43:25) The King’s Swedish: AI Rewrites the Book in Scandinavia 
(45:35) Outro

Sunday Jun 26, 2022

Our 102st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro
(01:05) LaMDA’s Sentience is Nonsense - Here’s Why
(2:00) Condemning the deployment of GPT-4chan
(7:25) Microsoft and Meta join Google in using AI to help run their data centers 
(11:20) AI maturity: Only 12% of companies are 'AI Achievers' 
(16:45) NVIDIA & UW Introduce Factory: A Set of Physics Simulation Methods and Learning Tools for Contact-Rich Robotic Assembly 
(21:50) Artificial intelligence may be the only way researchers can solve the perplexing puzzle of Long COVID. It’s already categorizing patients and even identifying them 
(25:42) Reddit Bans ‘SFW’ Deepfake Community
(30:15) EU To Target Meta, Google, Twitter Over Deepfakes, Report Says 
(33:28) How to copy text from more than 10 previously published papers and get accepted to CVPR 2022
(36:30) We taught an AI to impersonate Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde – here’s what it revealed about sentience
(38:02) DALL-E2 Creates The World’s First AI-Generated Magazine Cover For Cosmopolitan
(42:15) Outro

Friday Jun 17, 2022

Our 101st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline:
(0:00) Intro
(1:13) Lessons from the GPT-4Chan Controversy
(8:14) Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient
(14:20) Tesla Autopilot safety faces bigger questions as US upgrades crash probe
(18:05) Stunning Insights from James Webb Space Telescope Are Coming, Thanks to GPU-Powered Deep Learning 
(20:31) Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?
(22:48) 444 Authors From 132 Institutions Release BIG-bench: A 204-Task ‘Extremely Difficult and Diverse’ Benchmark for Large Language Models 
(26:23) ProcTHOR: Large-Scale Embodied AI Using Procedural Generation
(28:52) Axon Pauses Plans for Taser Drone as Ethics Board Members Resign
(32:42) Shield AI raises $165M at a $2.3B valuation to fuel development of its military autonomous flying systems
(35:38) AI program DALL-E mini prompts some truly cursed images
(39:30) Outro

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022


Our 100th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Outline:
(00:00) Intro
(03:12) Depressed? This algorithm can tell from the tone of your voice
(09:38) Energy Grids Plug into AI for a Brighter, Cleaner Future 
(15:40) Meet ‘Codeball’ – A Deep Learning-based Automated Code Reviewer That Will Help Maintainers Review Github Pull Requests
(18:23) Alimentation Couche-Tard to deploy over 10,000 AI-powered cash registers at stores
(19:40) Machine Learning Shows That More Reptile Species May Be at Risk of Extinction Than Previously Thought
(20:30) How AI brought Val Kilmer’s ‘Iceman’ back into Top Gun: Maverick
(26:40) Can machine learning deliver one-minute brain MRI scans?
(32:04) AI model’s insight helps astronomers propose new theory for observing far-off worlds
(32:00) Caltech unit creates AI helping drones to withstand violent winds
(32:35) UC Berkeley’s Automated Crossword Solver Achieves 99.9% Letter Accuracy, Wins Top Tournament
(33:55) $10.5M Army Contract to CMU Lab Will Expand Use of AI in Predictive Maintenance
(34:50) China's AI defense can reportedly predict the course of hypersonic missiles
(35:47) US robot orders surge 40% as labor shortages, inflation persist 
(41:36) A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate
(49:48) Google bans deepfake-generating AI from Colab
(50:53) Seoul to create disaster response platform using AI
(51:48) Dutch police create deepfake video of murdered boy, 13, in hope of new leads
(52:35) Oregon dropping AI tool used in child abuse cases
(50:37) AI versus corporate logos
(58:14) I asked AI to make a Music Video... the results are trippy
(01:01:00) Outro

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