Jay-Z takes action against 'deepfakes' of him rapping Hamlet and Billy Joel

YouTuber Vocal Synthesis says rapper’s label Roc Nation filed copyright notices against their AI impersonations

29 April 2020, theguardian.com

Researchers help give robotic arms a steady hand for surgeries

Steady hands and uninterrupted, sharp vision are critical when performing surgery on delicate structures like the brain or hair-thin blood vessels. While surgical cameras have improved what surgeons see during operative procedures, the 'steady hand' remains to be enhanced -- new surgical technologies, including sophisticated surgeon-guided robotic hands, cannot prevent accidental injuries when operating close to fragile tissue.

29 April 2020, sciencedaily.com

Identifying a subtype of Alzheimer’s disease characterised by predominant right focal cortical atrophy

In an unprecedented effort of scientific collaboration, researchers across fields are racing to support the response to COVID-19. Making a global impact with AI tools will require scalable approaches for data, model and code sharing; adapting applications to local contexts; and cooperation across borders.

29 April 2020, nature.com

Intron retention is a hallmark and spliceosome represents a therapeutic vulnerability in aggressive prostate cancer

Dysregulation of mRNA alternative splicing is prevalent in cancers. Here, the authors characterized the landscape of aberrant alternative splicing during the development of prostate cancer, progression and therapeutic resistance and show that splicing modulator, E7107, reduces growth in castration-resistant prostate cancer.

29 April 2020, nature.com

Robot with pincers can detect and remove weeds without harming crops

A robot that uses artificial intelligence to find and remove weeds could eventually be used as an alternative to chemical insecticides

29 April 2020, newscientist.com

Jay Z tries to use copyright strikes to remove deepfaked audio of himself from YouTube

Jay-Z’s record label and management firm Roc Nation LLC has issued copyright strikes against a popular deepfake creator on YouTube for using his voice to create AI-powered synthetic models. Read Andy Baio’s analysis of the situation and interview with the creator, Voice Synthesis.

28 April 2020, theverge.com

Facebook Restructures Its Security Teams

The social network displaced more than two dozen employees who work on security, as the company fights threats such as cyberattacks.

28 April 2020, nytimes.com

Go read this analysis of the new iPhone SE’s AI-powered depth camera system

Apple’s new iPhone SE has just one 12-megapixel rear camera lens, but it turns out that lens can actually capture pretty good portrait photos. Ben Sandofsky, one of the developers of mobile photography app Halide, took a closer look at how at how portrait photos taken by the SE’s single camera actually work.

28 April 2020, theverge.com

Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. Researchers developed the tiny walking 'spinobots,' powered by rat muscle and spinal cord tissue on a soft, 3D-printed hydrogel skeleton.

28 April 2020, sciencedaily.com

Automating the search for entirely new “curiosity” algorithms

Researchers show that computers can “write” algorithms that adapt to radically different environments better than algorithms designed by humans.

28 April 2020, news.mit.edu

MIT conference reveals the power of using artificial intelligence to discover new drugs

Inaugural AI Powered Drug Discovery and Manufacturing Conference drew pharmaceutical companies, government regulators, and pioneering drug researchers.

27 April 2020, news.mit.edu

Muscle signals can pilot a robot

CSAIL's Conduct-A-Bot system uses muscle signals to cue a drone’s movement, enabling more natural human-robot communication.

27 April 2020, news.mit.edu

Algorithmic unconscious: why psychoanalysis helps in understanding AI

The AI for Social Good movement aims to apply AI/ML tools to help in delivering on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs). Here, the authors identify the challenges and propose guidelines for designing and implementing successful partnerships between AI researchers and application - domain experts.

24 April 2020, nature.com

View: How artificial intelligence can revolutionise e-commerce

AI has the ability to gather and analyse information in real-time, helping brands identify consumer behaviour patterns and ensuring their strategies are dynamic enough to engage users and generate high conversion rates.

23 April 2020, economictimes.com

AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly

We need to challenge the simplistic assumptions that AI will automatically improve the world.

23 April 2020, theconversation.com

Researchers rebuild the bridge between neuroscience and artificial intelligence

Researchers have successfully rebuilt the bridge between experimental neuroscience and advanced artificial intelligence learning algorithms. Conducting new types of experiments on neuronal cultures, the researchers were able to demonstrate a new accelerated brain-inspired learning mechanism.

23 April 2020, sciencedaily.com

AI can search satellite data to find plastic floating in the sea

AI can check satellite images of the ocean and distinguish between floating materials such as seaweed or plastics, which could help clean-up efforts

23 April 2020, newscientist.com

Shedding light on complex power systems

Senior Research Scientist Marija Ilic is making electric energy systems future-ready.

23 April 2020, news.mit.edu

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