This week - a racing mech; unfair algorithms; memes and deepfakes; The Guardian publishes AI-generated article; and more!
The recent controversy with a system to calculate the graduating grades of secondary school students in the UK has shown how biased historical data used to train those algorithms can increase socio-economical divides.
The Guardian joined the GPT-3 hype train and published an article generated by an AI.
This article points out that the article generated by GPT-3 and published by The Guardian was stitched together from eight different texts. It also states that "those sensationalist tactics won’t benefit the field — or the people that AI can both help and hurt".
Deepfakes become so easy to make that one person with no background in machine learning was able to make a working prototype in a day and then show how to do it on YouTube. And the internet being internet, uses this technology to do what it does the best - memes.
What does it look like inside the mind of a machine? Inspired by the architectural vision of a futuristic Los Angeles in "Blade Runner," media artist Refik Anadol melds art with artificial intelligence in his studio's collaborations with architects, data scientists, neuroscientists, musicians and more.
n the 1970s, the late mathematician Paul Cohen reportedly made a sweeping prediction that continues to excite and irritate mathematicians — that “at some unspecified future time, mathematicians would be replaced by computers". With the recent advances in artificial intelligence and computer science, some researchers work to make this statement a reality - to build machines that can write proofs of mathematical conjectures and theorems.
Some mad engineers from Canada have built the world's largest fully functional giant, all-terrain mech. They hope that they can inspire people to join them in creating Mech Racing League. Good luck and I hope they will not share the same fate as MegaBots did.
Researchers from Cornell University have created a prototype microrobot smaller than the width of a human hair that can be manufactured using existing well-understood techniques used for making computer chips. With that, the possibility of making millions of cheap microbots is becoming a reality.
Here is a good overview of the current state of legal efforts to regulate the development and deployment to lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as killer robots.