Deepfake videos seem to be dominating the internet of late, and even though it can be entertaining to watch clips of Elon Musk’s head on a baby’s body, deepfake technology should not be taken lightly. Deepfake is an artificial intelligence-based technology used to produce or alter video content in a way that presents something that did not occur in actuality. With 15,000 deepfake videos now available on social media - twice as many as last year - there are more reasons than ever to be concerned about the rapid advancement of deepfake technology.
A lot of people would probably love the ability to read minds, but are probably much less inclined to have someone else read theirs… especially if that someone is an artificially intelligent machine! But today’s leaders in technology, including Elon Musk and MIT, are currently striving to develop mind-reading computers and plan to introduce them to the public market by 2022 or sooner.
Culture’s pervasive “fake news” trend is about to get a whole lot faker. Not only can news stories themselves be totally made up and manipulated, but now, the author of fake news itself may not even be real! An artificial intelligence text generator called GPT-2 has recently been put into operation by the research firm OpenAI, and GPT-2’s writing skills have already become almost virtually indiscernible from that of real human writers.
Religion in Japan is getting a brand new face, and that face belongs to an android. In an effort to breathe life into Buddhism, a Japanese temple has introduced a non-living, robotic priest to serve as a spiritual guide for followers. The artificially intelligent droid is capable of delivering sermons, answering questions, and continually advancing. Learn more about the religious robot and see it in action here!
The future is now, and it brings with it flying cars, artificial rain, human gene editing, and invasive government surveillance! At least that’s the plan for a developing, $500-billion-dollar city in Saudi Arabia called Neom. On the surface Neom sounds like a futuristic utopia, where robot maids clean up after its citizens, artificial rain creates lush gardens in the middle of a desert, and glow-in-the-dark beaches light up the night… But what lurks on Neom’s deeper, darker level?
If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week (and who hasn’t) you’ve probably encountered a barrage of photos of your friends and family looking like they’ve aged 50 years (and really, really badly). You haven’t fallen into a time slip - it’s actually the latest social media fad brought to you by the artificially intelligent photo editor app known as FaceApp. For many, the app offers some funny opportunities to try on different face-altering filters and share the shocking results online. For others, the app is a controversial tool to steal privacy and data mine.
On May 30, 2018, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they were investigating reports that their president of basketball operations, Bryan Colangelo, used several secret Twitter accounts to criticize the Sixers team, engage in debates with its staff, and release private player medical information. It's a discovery that's damaging to the Sixers team (and also to it's #1 fan, Tony Merkel!). If the reports are true, it's a strange, hurtful blow for one member of an organization's front office to deal against his own team.