Microsoft's changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. The company has revealed that the Cortana app will stop working after January 31st, 2020 for people in Australia, Canada and the UK. Lists, reminders and other Cortana content won't pop up in either the app or Microsoft Launcher, and a version of the Launcher will arrive after January with Cortana removed. You can still expect Cortana material to show up in the To Do app, but you won't have a central place to create it on your phone.Will Cortana be the new Clippy?
Future versions of Apple's Siri may go beyond voice recognition to enhance accuracy, taping into FaceTime cameras in the company's devices to simultaneously analyze facial reactions and emotions as users engages in dialog with the voice assistant.#technology #computing #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #assistant #Siri
Facebook AI Research says it’s created a machine learning system for de-identification of individuals in video. Startups like D-ID and a number of previous works have made de-identification technology for still images, but this is the first one that works on video. In initial tests, the method was able to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition systems.#technology #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #FacialRecognition #privacy #security
Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been compromised by apps modified to spy on users after being approved by the technology companies.#technology #SmartSpeaker #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #assistant #Amazon #Echo #Google #Home
Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRL) built the eight "smart spies", which were promoted as a way to deliver horoscopes and generate random numbers.
Once approved, the researchers updated the Echo Skills and Home Actions to eavesdrop and steal passwords.
They then alerted the US companies, which blocked the software.
Apple’s promised Siri recording opt-in feature is starting to roll out with the latest beta for the upcoming iOS 13.2 update, as spotted by TechCrunch, allowing customers to decide if they’d like to give audio recordings of requests to Apple to improve Siri.#technology #computing #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #assistant #Apple #Siri
There are more than 100m Alexa-enabled devices in our homes. But are they fun time-savers or the beginning of an Orwellian nightmare#technology #AI #AritificialIntelligence #assistant #Alexa #security #privacy
Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality.So, it's a sort of cartoon Second Life, then. And, presumably, you can't move vertically.
The VR app will be a mix of social places where users can mingle and chat, and other areas where they can play games against each other.
People will inhabit and explore the virtual spaces via a cartoon avatar.
Don’t you absolutely hate how dense and confusing privacy policies are? Considering they’re full of gotchas and intentionally obscure legalese, it’s no surprise that hardly anyone bothers to even read them — we’ve simply accepted we’re giving up our data, and with it, our sense of privacy.#technology #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #privacy
But thanks to this new policy-reading AI, things won’t have to be this way for much longer. Guard is a recurrent neural network-based app that reads and analyzes privacy terms, so you don’t have to. While it can’t yet examine policies on request, the AI has rated the privacy terms of a slew of popular services like Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, and Tinder.
“I am not saying that missile-guided systems or anti-missile defence systems should be banned. They are after all under full human control and someone is ultimately accountable. These autonomous weapons however are an ethical as well as a technological step change in warfare. Very few people are talking about this but if we are not careful one or more of these weapons, these killer robots, could accidentally start a flash war, destroy a nuclear power station and cause mass atrocities.”Ex-Google worker fears 'killer robots' could cause mass atrocities
Advertisers, tech giants and border forces are using face tracking software to monitor our moods – whether we like it or not#technology #AI #ArtificialIntelligence
Do we really want our emotions to be machine-readable? How can we know that this data will be used in a way that will benefit citizens? Would we be happy for our employers to profile us at work, and perhaps make judgments on our stress management and overall competence?
Dr Brent Mittelstadt, a philosopher specialising in data ethics at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, finds that he has come across “more troubling examples than positive ones” with regard to emotion AI. “What if emotion AI is used to evaluate the honesty of an individual, or whether they pose a threat?” he says.
Every day, millions of these unremarkable conversations unfold on Reddit, spanning from cooking techniques to geopolitics in the Western Sahara to birds with arms. But what made this conversation about egg whites noteworthy is that it was not taking place among people, but artificial intelligence (AI) bots.#ai #deepfake #fakenews
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed a new deep learning-based AI prediction model that can anticipate the development of breast cancer up to five years in advance. Researchers working on the product also recognized that other similar projects have often had inherent bias because they were based overwhelmingly on white patient populations, and specifically designed their own model so that it is informed by “more equitable” data that ensures it’s “equally accurate for white and black women.”#health #medicine #AI #cancer #BreastCancer
In January 2019, when China Central Television, the largest broadcast network in the most populous nation in the world, aired a special to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the hosts welcomed four life-sized “personal artificial intelligences” to share the stage with them. Called PAIs, they were three-dimensional holographic replicas of the presenters that moved, spoke, and sang to the delight of the cheering live audience. The program was viewed some 1.8 billion times. One of the most-watched TV shows in the world had been hosted by AI avatars.And one day we might all have one or more PAIs. And I can imagine a dystopian future in which only our PAIs talk to each other...
Virtual assistants like Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa and Google's have finally made voice-controlled computing a reality. But talking to them still feels basic -- shouting commands isn't exactly how you'd interact with another human being. At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft gave us a glimpse at how Cortana could improve on that.But will it work for people with a Scottish accent? 😉
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Facebook is undeterred it seems after a prior failed attempt to launch a Siri competitor in 2015. It’s being reported that the social media company is working on an artificial intelligence virtual assistant once again and have been for the past year. They’re still looking to compete with Siri and Alexa."Hey Zuck! Delete my account."