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Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

The music video for Die Antwoord’s track Age of Illusion is notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the trippy animations were created using AI technology by artist Sagans, and 2) its hypnotic electronic groove is a departure from the group’s hard-edged rave music. For a moment, we thought we were listening to Gorillaz.

Flying Into Photos

Flying Into Photos

Google is working on an AI-powered system that can take a single photograph and allow you to fly into a synthetic world. Infinite Nature uses machine learning to extrapolate hidden areas and areas outside of the image, while increasing the resolution of details. Two Minute Papers explains this fascinating technology.

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The History of the Earth Generated by AI

The History of the Earth Generated by AI

Tools like DALLĀ·E 2 have proven it’s possible for AI tech to create art based on text. Neural Synesthesia fed text descriptions of the history of the Earth and the evolution of its species into StableDiffusion, which it used as a guide to creating the video Voyage Through Time. The music is Order from Chaos by Max Cooper.

Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Ghosts: An AI-Generated Experimental Short Film

Art meets science in Vadim Epstein’s trippy digital compositions. Ghosts is an experimental short film that explores complexity emergence from AI feedback loops. It makes use of the StarGAN2 neural network to morph between machine-generated images. Sound by Alexander Kopeikin and Fractal Heads.

Artificial Seinfeld

Artificial Seinfeld

Artificial intelligence technology is getting really good at certain things, especially things like writing and replicating voices. This video from Speaking of AI combines both of those skills to create a convincing Jerry Seinfeld standup routine that he neither wrote nor performed in real life.

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

Two Minute Papers shows off a computer graphics tech that can create 3D objects from 2D images. Developed by NVIDIA, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute, the tech can work with as little as a single reference photo to produce a 3D model, materials, and lighting. The longer the AI runs, the more detail it extracts.

AI Creates Fighting Movies

AI Creates Fighting Movies

Fighting games typically use motion capture or hand-animated movements. There are CGI algorithms out there that can combine multiple moves, but they often have flaws. Two Minute Papers shows off an AI tech that not only can learn to fight but can create its own novel moves. Download the paper here.

How Does AI Learn?

How Does AI Learn?

Artificial intelligence tech is everywhere these days, informing everything from credit decisions to diagnosing diseases and keeping cars from crashing. TED-Ed’s Briana Brownell explains the three main kinds of machine learning technology, how they differ, and how little we really know about how AI works.

AI Suggests Video Ideas

AI Suggests Video Ideas

After multiple lockdowns in the UK, vlogger Tom Scott is starting to run out of ideas of things he can make videos about. So he turned to an artificial intelligence to see if it could come up with any. OpenAI’s GPT-3 tech came up with a mix of mundane, ridiculous, and surprisingly legitimate-sounding ideas, depending on its tuning.

AI Christmas Song

AI Christmas Song

What happens when you let artificial intelligence write a Christmas song? Musician Chase Holfelder wanted to find out, so he turned to the Jukebox neural network to create the lyrics, chord progression, and vocal melody of this tune, titled “Rudolph, the All-Gracious King.”

Google Tone/Transfer

Google Tone/Transfer

Developed by Magenta using Google AI tech, Tone/Transfer takes ordinary sounds like a human voice and makes them sound like a musical instrument. It can also digest the sounds made by one kind of musical instrument and map them onto a different one. You can play with the online demo for yourself.

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Computer scientists from Google, MIT, and UC Berkeley have developed incredible image correction software that uses artificial intelligence to remove or soften unwanted shadows and harsh highlights from faces without affecting other naturally-occurring shadows. Read more about the tech on the project’s website.

The AI That Deleted a Century

The AI That Deleted a Century

It’s the year 2028, and while the world goes about its business, a system basically eradicates all knowledge of 20th century pop culture. Tom Scott explores one of the negative possibilities of artificial intelligence run amok in his own 6-minute episode of Black Mirror.

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AI Writes an AC/DC Song

AI Writes an AC/DC Song

Machine learning tech is getting pretty good at things like object recognition, but can it write a decent song? Funk Turkey fed artificial intelligence software a bunch of AC/DC lyrics and asked it to create a new track. This is what it came up with. We’re pretty sure this AI is actually a 10-year-old boy.

AI Summarizes Videos

AI Summarizes Videos

Artificial intelligence is getting better at identifying objects in still images, and more recently in video. Now machine learning tech is getting smart enough to look at what’s happening in a video and answer questions about what it has seen. Two Minute Papers provides a brief overview of CLEVRER and its capabilities.

Learning to Dress

Learning to Dress

Computer science PhD students at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using artificial intelligence tech to try and help a computer learn to put clothes on like a human might – assuming humans were actually hot dogs with carrots for arms.

These Lyrics Do Not Exist

These Lyrics Do Not Exist

Looking to create your next big hit song? This AI-powered song lyric generator will craft the words for you automatically. Simply select a topic, choose a genre and a mood, and it’ll take care of the rest. Sure, your masterpiece might not make much sense, but that never stopped Duran Duran or David Bowie.

The Universal LEGO Sorter

The Universal LEGO Sorter

We’ve seen machines that can sort LEGO bricks before, but they’re generally limited to just a few specific shapes or colors. Daniel West’s machine is much smarter, using AI algorithms to identify and sort nearly 3,000 different LEGO shapes and colors. We think it’ll need more than 18 sorting bins to be really useful though.

CloudPainter

CloudPainter

Created by Pindar, Hunter, and Dante Van Arman, CloudPainter is a robotic system designed to paint original artworks, using artificial intelligence to help it make creative decisions. Like human artists, it continues to improve and learn as its database grows.

Game of Thrones Finale AI Rewrite

Game of Thrones Finale AI Rewrite

Season 8 of Game of Thrones had more than its share of haters and controversy. So in the interest of improving its ending, College Humor turned to artificial intelligence tech to rewrite bits of the script for the series finale. At times it’s nonsensical, but at others, it’s better than the ending we got.

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Realistic CGI Fashion Models

Realistic CGI Fashion Models

Next top model? How about an army of free and tireless ones? A Japanese company called DataGrid claims it has created a way to automatically generate whole body models of people who don’t exist. These virtual models can be given a variety of poses and clothing.

AI Generated Content

AI Generated Content

These days we have to watch out for images edited by software. In the future, we’ll be swarmed not just with images but also artificial music and videos. And they won’t be edited by humans; computers will make them from scratch. AsapScience presents a few examples.

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

Science fiction is loaded with depictions of artificial intelligence – usually becoming sentient and running off the rails. BuzzFeed’s Professionals Review asked an AI scientist for her take on the on-screen tech, and how far away we are from such realities.

The Ethics of AI

The Ethics of AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t just powering robots, it’s already making decisions about our credit, work, insurance, safety, and other important aspects of our lives. Dress Code and HPE interviewed experts about some of the issues raised when algorithms wield such power.

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