AI Briefing: The best AI in the world, probably
This is the best AI in the world - probably.
Carlsberg, with the help of Microsoft and The Technical University of Denmark, has begun a three-year project which could ultimately predict how new beers will taste before they are brewed.
The Danish company, which is the fourth-largest brewery in the world, has invested millions of dollars into ‘The Beer Fingerprinting Project’, with a view to being able to distinguish beer flavours with sensor technology.
Whilst the project is still in its infancy, the tech can already tell the difference between four Carlsberg beers, something I too can do.
So Carlsberg, if you’re reading this, I am still available for a few million quid less.
Blow for killer robots of the future
Top AI scientists have pledged not to participate in the development or manufacture of robots which can identify and attack people autonomously.
The pledge from Boston-based The Future of Life Institute calls on governments to agree laws and regulations which effectively outlaw the development of killer robots.
It will be announced at the International Joint Conference on AI in Stockholm today.
Google DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis and Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX were among 2,400 signatories which have agreed to “neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons”.
Thankfully more than 150 AI-related firms and organisations added their names to the pledge.
Why is Facebook investing in robots?
Facebook has hired several of the world’s top AI researchers for its Facebook AI Research division.
Among them were Carnegie Mellon Prof. Jessica Hodgins as the head of a new FAIR lab in Pittsburgh focused on robotics and AI which is capable of ‘reasoning’ and creativity.
Facebook’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun said: "It's quite possible robotics will play a [future] role in connecting people with each other, which is what Facebook is all about."
It’s AI me, Mario
Instead of asking ‘why’, sometimes it’s better to ask ‘why not?’
That’s certainly the philosophy behind the creators of LuigI/O.
The project has tasked an AI with completing the 1985 NES gaming classic ‘Super Mario Bros’ one level at a time.
The project, which began life after Luigi’s more famous brother MarI/O completed the game, is streaming its progress live on YouTube.
It’s currently taking the little guy about two days to figure out how to complete a level.
At the time of writing, Luigi has made it to level five, with much more challenging pixellated levels ahead.
A new pop star in our midsts
Haven’t you heard? There’s a new pop star in town called YONA.
You’ll have guessed already that YONA is, in fact, an AI.
YONA is described by its creator and music producer Ash Koosah, an ‘auxiliary human’ which writes and performs its own lyrics and melodies.
It’s not completely clear where the AI finds its sonic inspiration, but with lyrics like “I’m not too fond of teeny-boppers, I really hate losing card games”, your guess is as good as mine.
It might not be to your taste, but if Kraftwerk can get away with this kind of stuff for decades, who’s to stop YONA from topping the charts?
Yes, AI will take your job, but it might find you a new one
Whilst YONA proves that even pop stars should start worrying about their careers, a new report suggests that AI will disrupt human jobs but ultimately will create more opportunities.
The report, released by PwC, suggests that as many seven million jobs will be lost to artificial intelligence, but 7.2m will also be created as it drives economic growth over the next 20 years.
"Major new technologies, from steam engines to computers, displace some existing jobs but also generate large productivity gains," said PwC chief economist John Hawksworth.
"This reduces prices and increases real income and spending levels, which in turn creates demand for additional workers.”
Read more stats in the full story.