Googlers develop AI that can catch people looking at your screen

Google researchers have developed a tool that can alert you when a stranger is peeking at your screen over your shoulder. The “electronic screen protector”, as it is called by inventors Florian Schroff and See Jung Ryu, will be presented at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference that will be held in California next week. 

So, what is this “electronic screen protector” and how does it work? In a nutshell, it appears that it is a software application that uses machine learning and the front camera of a phone to scan …


E tu, Tinder? Dating app to introduce location-based features, AI

Tinder is probably the most popular dating app in the world. It’s a simple concept — see a picture of another user, swipe right if you like them, left if not. If two parties swipe right on each other’s profiles — poof, it’s a match, now you can flirt and stuff. Oh, right, there’s also that profile bio and whatnot, but nobody reads that, come on.

During an earnings call, parent company Match’s CEO Greg Blatt spoke just a bit about Tinder’s future and it seems everyone’s favorite source of Netflix-and-chill partners is about to get some big updates. Early in 2018, we are going to see “rich …

Next Exynos may have neural engine co-processor for AI, similar to Apple's A11

“Apple A11 Bionic neural engine,” “Google Pixel Visual Core” – those are all buzz phrases to mark a growing trend in today’s latest smartphone chipsets, namely specialized co-processors for niche tasks that offload those from generic main processor cores. This way the job in question – processing sensory input and Face ID visual calculations in Apple’s case, or aiding the HDR+ camera algorithms in Google’s Pixels – gets done much faster, way better, and with less battery drain than if you task it to the stock processor.

Needless to say, Samsung may soon be following …

Ai Weiwei debuts 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' in NYC in response to the refugee crisis

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Chinese artist, filmmaker, photographer, and activist Ai Weiwei premiered his latest installation of public art in New York City this week. The piece is curated by Public Art Fund New York. ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’ will be up from October 12th to February 11th all over the city. In order to draw attention to the global migrant and refugee crisis, Weiwei has created cages in spaces where New Yorkers wander freely, to symbolize the obstacles refugees all over the world are facing. The piece features three large structures, one in Central Park, one in Flushing Meadows, Queens, and one in Washington Square Park. Read more…

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PornHub adds AI to help users navigate the site's vast video library


Steaming Streaming adult video site PornHub is adding AI to its platforms which includes its mobile site. Right now, the company is using the tool to tag its performers and certain physical features that they have (such as hair color). 500,000 videos have been scanned thus far and PornHub’s entire video library will be scanned beginning sometime next year. Soon, AI will be used to tag various sex positions and categories making it easier for visitors to navigate the site’s large video library.

Currently, PornHub has over 5 million videos, and Face Recognition will be used at first to …

We can AI, too: Skype gets integrated Cortana to enrich conversations

Back when Google announced the Allo app, it had a special little feature sprinkled on top, which no other chat app had — the Google Assistant. Allowing you to either “chat” with the AI or invoke it during your conversations with friends and acquaintances to perform searches, bookings, event set-up, et cetera.

Well, since Microsoft’s Windows 10 isn’t doing so well on mobile, the company is actively working to bring its own services to the more popular systems — Android and iOS. Cortana — Microsoft’s own AI — is already available for Android, but it’s about to become …

Siri vs Bing vs Google AI: experts score the most artificially intelligent assistant

Talks about artificial intelligence and AR are all the rage in the Silicon Valley these days, and if you are looking for a fresh example, just watch Google’s Pixel products presentation from the other day, which was peppered with those terms more than with specs for the actual gear it announced. 

While most of the time these are just buzzwords for improvements in existing technology, scaremongering about the robotic overlords which will come to take our jobs, or simply “put a chip in it” undertakings, there are some useful consumer-oriented applications, like the virtual …

Following in Huawei's footsteps, Samsung is reportedly working on dedicated AI processing chips

Artificial intelligence is the Next Big Thing, according to most of the tech industry, with all the large corporations out there rushing to get a head start on the competition. And things has been this way for quite a few years now, though it’s fair to say AI assistants have yet to prove they’re anything more than a fancy solution to the problem of being too lazy to reach for your phone.

And Samsung, of all companies, should know that with its recent introduction of Bixby, one of the most universally despised features of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (though, …

I used dating AI to make a mixtape for Donald and Melania Trump and the results are predictably horrifying

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Once upon a time, making a mixtape was a simple act of love. Those days are officially over. Now it’s an act of artificial intelligence.

There’s a new app that will generate a mixtape for you and your significant using AI and your photosCouple’s Mixtape, which was created by online suit rental company The Black Tux, analyzes pictures of any pair and spits out 10 to 15 songs it thinks will speak to the relationship.

I tried it using one of America’s most famous couples, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, and the results were… both disturbing and spot on. For instance, the first song it chose was Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”  Read more…

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EasilyDo changes name to Edison, adds cool AI features to Email app

Back in February, we took a look at Email by EasilyDo — an awesome smart email app, which makes things easier with customizable swipe gestures, easy unsibscribing from unwanted spam mail, algorithms that recognize shipping numbers or travel arrangements straight from the emails, and more.

Now, EasilyDo has changed its name to Edison Software and to promote its new, smart self, it has pushed a major update for the Email app — one that includes smart assistance features.

For one, it adds a new Smart Reply feature. Now, this doesn’t list an endless number of replies to pick from. Instead, …