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AI Experts, Elon Musk Want UN Ban On AI Military Weapons


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Now more than ever, with the advancement of technology, life has been given the possibility to flourish or to lead towards self-destruct. It is up to us to make the difference.

CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk and leading many other tech industry figures and researchers have signed an open letter to the United Nations insisting to regulate the use of AI in building autonomous weapons.

The Open Letter by Future of Life Institute backed by 116 signees including Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman raises awareness how Artificial Intelligence and Robotics may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons causing destruction to life.

Autonomous weaponry refers to using Artificial Intelligence to target locations to attack, or avoiding from such an attack.Used in applications such as AI driven, drone weaponry systems that independently analyze the surroundings and attack when seeing a specified target. If such technology is fallen into the hands of wrong people, it will cause a massive destruction.

As stated in the letter:

Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

In previous instances, professionals have warned that deployment of autonomous weapons will be achievable within years, rather than in decades. Even though with the help of AI, could reduce casualties among human soldiers – at least in the most powerful and advanced nations but the risk to civilians is still high.  

The industry experts and researchers had called for lethal autonomous weapons to be included in the list of banned weapons under the UN’s convention on certain conventional weapons (CCW) brought into force in 1983. It consists of chemical and intentionally blinding laser weapons.

Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned on many occasions about taking proactive measures for regulation of AI :

“ by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late ”.

Once he also stated that AI is one of the existential threats to the human race.

Looking at the continuous development achieved by AI, AlphaGo winning against world’s best human Go player, AlphaGo Zero defeating a world champion program, the Sea Hunter US’s autonomous warship built by Vigor Industrial, it is high time for humans to decide on the future of AI.


AI creates fictional scenes out of real-life photos

With the advent of AI technology, self-driving cars, facial recognition and speech recognition are some of the adaptations that people make use of, in their day to day life. Presently AI is on its way to build photorealistic worlds on its own.

In the research carried out by Researcher Qifeng Chen of Stanford and Intel, 5000 photos from German streets were fed into the AI system. This was a Tensorflow implementation of cascaded refinement networks. With a small amount of human help AI system was able to build slightly blurry recreated scenes. The video above is a result of the research carried out.

In order to create an image using the AI system, humans have to enter details of what object goes where. For example, place a car there, place a tree here, put a building along to the right. It is sketched in numbers and the system manages to create an utterly unique scene based upon the input. In other words, when a semantic label map is input into the system, AI produces photographic images that conforms to the input layout.


Based on the paper “Photographic Image Synthesis with Cascaded Refinement Networks” presented at International Conference on Computer Vision, the system thus behaves as a rendering engine that takes a 2D semantic description and produces a corresponding image.

AI Model is a convolutional network, trained based on supervised learning on pairs of photographs and corresponding semantic layouts. The images that were synthesized, seamlessly scaled up to a resolution of 2 megapixels (1024×2048).

Even though AI is not able to create paintings to approach photorealism as highly trained craftsmen, these experiments have proved that artificial systems have the ability to synthesize an image that looks like a photograph based on a given novel semantic layout.  

iOS 11 – With powerful new features to your iPhone and iPad


Recently, Apple introduced a major update to their mobile operating system to bring better user experience. This is the biggest software release ever for iPhone and iPad with so many powerful features. iOS 11 brings a better way to access your iPad with Apple pencil.  And It will provide unrivaled augmented reality experience to their users.

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Microsoft aims to make Artificial Intelligence mainstream


Microsoft went huge on Artificial Intelligence as they revealed the new AI integrated tools at Microsoft Build on Wednesday, the 10th of May.

The Technology Giant unveiled their vision, how AI driven tools can be incorporated into people’s day to day activities to make people’s lives smarter, efficient and improve wellbeing.

Microsoft research runs deep into areas of machine learning, speech recognition, image recognition and hand gesture recognition.

Microsoft executive vice president of artificial intelligence and research Harry Shum stated, “We are infusing AI into every product and service we offer. We’ve been creating the building blocks for the current wave of AI breakthroughs for more than two decades.”He also pointed out that now they are on the verge of using those research breakthroughs.

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AI-equipped Apple Watch can detect the signs of a stroke

Apple AI watch

Apple has initiated the task of saving human lives through its AI-equipped Apple watch. A group of researchers from the University of San Francisco and Heart Health App Cardiogram have identified that the AI-equipped Apple watch can be used to detect unusual heart rhythms (strokes) such as arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation(AF) with 97 percent accuracy and 98 percent sensitivity.

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