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Artificial Intelligence

Machines with brains are the future, and The Verge is here to explain it all. From Google and Facebook’s use of machine learning to rule the web, to cutting-edge research and why Alexa still sucks at conversation. We want to dispel the hype of AI and distill what it is you need to know.

Facebook’s next big AI project is training its machines on users’ public videos

Go read this story on how Facebook’s focus on growth stopped its AI team from fighting misinformation

Lip-syncing app Wombo shows the messy, meme-laden potential of deepfakes

OpenAI’s state-of-the-art machine vision AI is fooled by handwritten notes

Tom Cruise deepfake creator says public shouldn’t be worried about ‘one-click fakes’

‘You can’t do it by just pressing a button’

Project Gucciberg offers classic audiobooks read by an AI deepfake of Gucci Mane

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Artificial intelligence research continues to grow as China overtakes US in AI journal citations

New AI ‘Deep Nostalgia’ brings old photos, including very old ones, to life

It seems like a nice idea in theory but it’s a tiny bit creepy as well

Google fires second AI ethics researcher following internal investigation

Margaret Mitchell and Timnit Gebru, co-leads of the ethical AI team, have now both been terminated

Ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski has closed his artificial intelligence church

After firing a top AI ethicist, Google is changing its diversity and research policies

Google is restructuring its AI teams after Timnit Gebru’s firing

Walmart is expanding its robot-powered fulfillment centers to ‘dozens of locations’

Inside Amazon’s $3.5 million competition to make Alexa chat like a human

Google is investigating another top AI ethicist

Amazon opens Alexa AI tech for the first time so car makers can build custom assistants

FTC settles with photo storage app that pivoted to facial recognition

Ever launched as a photo storage app but later pivoted to facial recognition

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Why Google’s union is a big deal 

Google workers announce plans to unionize

Let the dulcet tones of Google’s Blob Opera ring in the holiday season with machine learning

Go watch this WSJ documentary about living on digitally after you die

Inside Waymo’s strategy to grow the best brains for self-driving cars

The Google spinoff has a head start in AI, but can they maintain the lead?

Timnit Gebru’s team at Google is going public with their side of the story

‘Dr. Gebru did not resign, despite what Jeff Dean has publicly stated’

Timnit Gebru’s actual paper may explain why Google ejected her

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Alphabet’s Loon hands the reins of its internet air balloons to self-learning AI

Go watch this video about an AI system that can predict how proteins fold

Google’s latest AI tool turns your MS Paint doodles into freakish monsters

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance

What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?

Facebook is now using AI to sort content for quicker moderation

AI will now decide what posts need reviewing first

Amazon’s Alexa will now guess what skills you want to use based on your questions

Pope Francis urges followers to pray that AI and robots ‘always serve mankind’

Google wants your help to improve Google Photos’ AI

AI camera operator repeatedly confuses bald head for soccer ball during live stream

Surveillance company harassed female employees using its own facial recognition technology

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Deepfake bots on Telegram make the work of creating fake nudes dangerously easy

Photoshop’s AI neural filters can tweak age and expression with a few clicks