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Jan 26, 2023

The best use for AI eye contact tech is making movie stars look straight at the camera

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s stupid. It’s funny. And I like it.

Over the past few years, a bunch of tools have been released that use AI to edit video calls in real time so that the caller is making eye contact with the camera. FaceTime can do it. Microsoft Teams can do it. And Nvidia Broadcast can do it, too. (Provided, in each case, you have the necessary hardware or software.)

This tech comes with a bunch of interesting questions, of course.

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Jan 26, 2023

This impressive tool removes watermarks in seconds

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The AI-powered Watermark Remover.io effortlessly erases watermarks on copyrighted images in seconds.

The already-contentious relationship between AI and the creative industry might soon get even more complicated thanks to a free-to-use service that can completely remove watermarks from images. Watermark Remover.io (as seen via Creative Bloq.

The functionality of Watermark Remover.

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Jan 26, 2023

Space Elevators Are Getting Closer to Reality

Posted by in categories: business, space

Theories on how to build a space elevator have been around for decades. Scientists say not only would such technology change humanity, but that we could have built one by now.

#Space #Science #Technology.

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Jan 26, 2023

Let’s Explode the Universe (with Forrest Valkai and Gutsick Gibbon)

Posted by in categories: evolution, space

What happens when two dynamic (and wildly entertaining) science educators come together to talk about evolution VS. creationism? This podcast answers the question. With Forrest Valkai and Erika / Gutsick Gibbon.

Jan 26, 2023

Everything might change forever this century (or we’ll go extinct)

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, space

We could be living in the most important century in history. Here’s how Artificial Intelligence might uphold a historical trend of super-exponential economic growth, ushering us into a period of sudden transformation, ending in a stable galaxy-scale civilization or doom. All within the next few decades.

This video is based on Holden Karnofsky’s “most important century” blog post series: https://www.cold-takes.com/most-important-century/

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Jan 26, 2023

AI Master’s Program Launches With Ability to Serve Thousands

Posted by in categories: education, robotics/AI

AUSTIN, Texas — Just as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning emerge as the fastest-growing in-demand skill sets in the global workforce, The University of Texas at Austin is establishing a new online master’s program in AI with the potential to bring thousands of new students into the field.

Delivered by the Department of Computer Science and Machine Learning Laboratory, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) will be the first large-scale degree program of its kind and the only master’s degree program in AI from a top-ranked institution to be priced close to $10,000. The master’s degree covers about two years’ worth of course content, to be taken at the learner’s own pace, and will be delivered in partnership with online education platform, edX.

AI master’s programs from peer institutions carry costs five to 10 times as high as UT Austin’s and serve only dozens of students – not the hundreds or thousands the Texas team projects it will reach annually within five years. Similarly priced online master’s programs from the university, in computer science and data science, enroll 2,500 students within less than five years of their launch. Like those programs, the fully online MSAI program is both flexible and accessible.

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Jan 26, 2023

Scientists Made a Liquid Metal Robot That Can Escape a Cage Like a Terminator

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

They were also able to make a cute little LEGO man out of MPTM that liquefies itself and moves through the bars of a cage. Though the robot appears to self-coalesce into its original shape on the other side, Majidi clarified that it was manually recast by the team and then put back into the shot.

“It’s almost T-1000-like in the sense that you have that figurine and it melts into a blob, and it gets sucked through those jail bars,” Majidi said, adding that the villainous assassin android served as an inspiration for the robot.

Jan 26, 2023

What Is The Enabler of Progress & What Is Its Main Obstacle?

Posted by in category: futurism

My keynote on how dictatorships constitute the biggest threat to the progress of humanity on the planetary scale.

Jan 26, 2023

Did Life on Mars Self-Destruct?

Posted by in categories: alien life, existential risks

An overview of the possibilities of life on Mars and recent science that suggests that it may have gone extinct by its own doing.

An exploration of time scales and time passage and its relation to the Fermi Paradox as a straightforwards solution.

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Jan 26, 2023

Fermi Paradox: Degrading Civilizations

Posted by in category: existential risks

An exploration of the idea of asymptotic or homeostatic civilizations that degrade over time, thus solving the Fermi Paradox.

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