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Microsoft Ventures into Virtue Signaling

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Microsoft wants its next generation word processing software, Microsoft Word, to be enlightened. This latest version, dubbed “Ideas in Word,” will use artificial intelligence to make your writing not just grammatically but politically correct. Because as we’ve come to realize, politically correct intelligence is indeed artificial.

“Similar to the program’s current grammar and spellcheck suggestions, Ideas in Word will underline words that appear insensitive in nature,” writes the Blaze.

But it’s more than just being politically correct – more than just an effort not to offend. Don’t we all wish to impress our reader(s), not only with proper grammar and punctuation, but also to demonstrate how educated and enlightened we are? Isn’t that really the most important aspect of the written or spoken word? Not to merely disseminate information, but to show the reader(s) that we care and that you should too.

Microsoft is at a decided disadvantage. Google can decrease the search ranking of right-wing hater websites, Twitter can suspend, temporarily or permanently, accounts they deem offensive. YouTube can demonetize accounts for the same reason and Facebook does essentially the same.

But Word is just a program for writing. So how can it become more woke? read more

AI Catheter to Assist Heart Surgeons

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help...

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help plug a leak in an artificial heart valve(Credit: Pierre Dupont / Boston Children’s Hospital)

For some time now, we’ve seen robotic surgical devices that can be remotely guided within the human body. And while they do make surgery more precise and less invasive, they still have to be continuously operated by a surgeon. Recently, however, a robotic catheter successfully navigated beating pig hearts on its own. read more

AI is Key to Self-Driving Car

UK startup Wayve believes trial-and-error machine learning, much like the way humans learn, is the key...
UK startup Wayve believes trial-and-error machine learning, much like the way humans learn, is the key to autonomous cars(Credit: Wayve)

A pair of artificial intelligence Ph.Ds from Cambridge University are going all-in on machine learning as the foundation of autonomous cars. Their company, Wayve, has just released video of a kitted-out Renault Twizy teaching itself to follow a lane from scratch, over the course of about 20 minutes.

Wayve’s Amar Shah and Alex Kendall believe there’s been too much hand-engineering going on as people try to solve the self-driving car problem. read more

Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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Will A.I. Be a Good Thing?

from Breitbart:

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that humans must understand the implications of artificial intelligence or risk being eliminated by it. The comments came in an opinion piece in the Independent and coincides with the release of the film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp.

In the film, a scientist is uploaded up a computer system in order to ensure his mind outlives his body. But what is uploaded is able to build an enormous amount of knowledge by connecting to the Internet and ultimately becomes a threat to humanity itself. The reason for this is it is not inhibited by the limits of the human body. read more

Nothing Creepy About Facebook Plan

Facebook wants to become your new best friend by knowing everything about you – and it’s going to happen whether you like it not.

From the bottles of beer you drink, to the places you visit on vacation, the social networking site will compile everything there is to know about you (and the billion other people online) – and then make sense of it with the hope of selling better, targeted advertising in your news feed.

The social networking giant has teamed up with New York University to set up a research lab designed to learn about artificial intelligence.

Making sense of it all: Facebook unveiled plans on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network's massive trove of data
Making sense of it all: Facebook unveiled plans on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network’s massive trove of data read more