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Pop culture loves AI

« Hi Siri, are you intelligent?
– Good question! »

So turns out iPhone’s AI couldn’t answer my question, to be honest, it doesn’t seem to have the highest IQ. Or maybe it’s the contrary and it’s so intelligent that it can understand everything I do through my ‘smart’ phone … What if the artificial intelligence was already so developed that we were in a matrix without knowing it? Neo, if you hear me, please say something! OK, let’s calm down now, experts like Elon Musk are doing their best to ensure that artificial intelligence develops with some ethics and benevolence towards humans, phew!

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Google's AI Fun Fact

Fun Fact - April 19, 2017

Every day, AI seems to be making giant leaps. For example, the intelligence of Google Deep Dream is able today to reproduce in its own way the masterpiece “La Nuit Étoilée” by Van Gogh. An auction for the 29 AI-generated paintings was organized in February 2016 in San Francisco by the charity Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. The most expensive works were sold a staggering $ 8,000.
Sounds like Google Deep Dream will be able to open a new bank account for all that money real soon.

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Can you have a conversation with a piece of art?

Fact or fiction - April 19, 2017

Like many, you may have been confused in front of a work of art? Well, the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires seems to have found the perfect solution to avoid people passing by a sculpture or a painting and not really understanding it. Through its “Dialogue with the artwork” program, the Argentinean Museum has designed a chatbot that allows you to discuss with the sculpture Bio Cosmos by artist Emilio Renart. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the project has its own personality and instantly responds to all the of the visitors’ questions: “Where do you come from?”, “Who is your creator?”, “How old are you?”, “How tall are you?”, etc…

After a little chit chat with it, you’ll never ever see art the same way.

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3 questions to Bhautik Joshi, AI specialist for the next Kristen Stewart movie

The 3 questions - April 19, 2017

Using Neural Style Transfer technology, the engineer at Adobe Bhautik Joshi has worked with Kristen Stewart on sequences for her artificial intelligence-redesigned movie? He gladly answered our questions:

Orange Pop: You’ve recently co-wrote an article about artificial intelligence in the arts with Kristen Stewart. How did this collaboration come about?

Bhautik Joshi: In 2016, I took an interest in this technique called Neural Style Transfer, which allows redrawing an image in a precise style of painting using a network of neurons. On paper, it’s a very cool technique but it can also be used to tell stories in several different ways. So I experimented with it by making a video that takes elements from 2001: Space Odyssey in the style of Picasso’s cubist period. The internet went crazy over the video and Kristen contacted me through her producer. She was working on her first film as a director and wanted to redesign some scenes from it in the style of a piece she had painted. So we worked together on some video footage and we wanted to write an article to crystalize it all. To sum up, this article isn’t really about how this new technology works but rather how to get something creative out of it

O. Pop: How important can artificial intelligence be for art in the future ?

B.J: I think IA will play a huge part in art but I don’t know to which extent. When it comes to artists, I see it as more as some sort of companion than replacement. It can’t work on its own. To reach an artistically qualitative result, you have to toy around with what AI puts creates. I do believe that AI is a great way to help an artist start a piece. But he must play around with the final result. I think people should see AI like a tool, or a new kind of brush. I believe it can change many components in society but what will remain is art. Because art is something that is fundamentally human. It’s actually what separates us from most other species

O.Pop : Don’t you think AI could write interesting movies or books in the future ?

B.J: Not really because factors such as authenticity and inspiration are fundamental human traits. Plus, AI needs to be « trained ». It needs a human output before it can do anything. Also it can’t really get a sense of what’s « cool » and what’s « in trend ». But I get that it is fascinating imagining what would happen if a computer could do everything an artist can. I don’t think there’s an answer to that question. The real answer would be way deeper that we can currently imagine

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Bhautik Joshi, AI specialist © Bhautik Joshi/Matthew Almon Roth

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Top 5 scenarios that were co-written with an AI

Gimme 5 - April 19, 2017

1. Impossible Things : Co-written with an artificial intelligence, this horror movie is proof that nowadays, a machine is capable of coming up with storylines terrifying enough to make us shiver from head to toe. Beware, there is an artificial intelligence hidden under your bed.

2. Sunspring : After they made an artificial intelligence memorize science-fiction movies scenarios, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin asked it to write a screenplay that they brought to the screen. And the result is absolutely hilarious.

3. Eclipse : Entirely written, edited and directed by an artificial intelligence, this short film presented during the last Cannes Lions was a success with the public. What if AIs became tomorrow’s advertisers?

4. The trailer for Morgan: To write the trailer for Morgan, a film in which an AI develops superpowers, the good people over at 20th Century Fox had the excellent idea of using … you guessed it, an AI! Great trailer!

5. Do You Love Me : Standing as one of the field’s pioneer, director Chris R. Wilson chose in 2013 to use Cleverbot – A very advanced conversation AI – to co-write a film screenplay with her.
Still, we can’t picture Do You Love Me winning an Oscar anytime soon…

 

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How to put together the Superbowl’s winning team?

The killer question - April 19, 2017

As we know, for the past few years the use of data has been gaining a lot of steam in sports, but lately it seems to have reached fever pitch.
With the ability to analyze players’ data and statistics in real time, it is now possible to make a highly specific follow-up of each team member and to draw up a detailed profile. Logically, artificial intelligence plays an essential role in recruiting players and recently, NFL’s Baltimore Ravens even recruited player Ronnie Stanley based on the AI’s recommendations.

Coming soon: computer-driven coaching? Only time will tell

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Mark Schmidt designs your favorite video games sets through AI

Who's who - April 19, 2017

Lately, video games enthusiasts seem obsessed with one thing : open worlds. From GTA to Fallout 4 and the latest Zelda, everybody wants to see their characters evolve in the widest of world. Because they wanted to do other things than drawing 3D environments for the rest of their lives, Mark Schmidt and some other engineers had the fantastic idea of turning to artificial intelligence for help. In order to create infinite hyper-realistic sets, the American professor at the University of British Columbia has developed a technique allowing the AI to scan a large number of datas (photos, geolocations, etc.) before reinterpreting them graphically.

So we should all thank Mark Schmidt and his co-workers, because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to go all those virtual places

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Like we can see in Red Dead Redemption, words are now infinite © Rockstar Games

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Introducing Flow Machines, the AI that loves the Beatles

Music - April 19, 2017

If you ever thought that one-day artificial intelligence would write songs instead of humans, then you were right all along.

Introducing Flow Machines, the software which learns music styles from a huge database of songs and then creates musical pieces in the style of a certain genre or artist.

So far, Sony CSL Research Laboratory has released two songs, one is inspired by the work of Duke Ellington and Cole Porter and the other one sounds like it could have been on a late 60’s-early 70’s Beatles album. Impressive!

Launched in 2016, Flow Machines has already been the subject of many conversations with many considering it the end of music as we know it, and others as the natural evolution of the music industry as progress is something that simply can’t be stopped.

We, for one, are very excited about what the future holds for Flow Machines especially after hearing that an album is on the way and will feature household musicians on it.

How cool would it be if the next Beyoncé or Coldplay album was AI-produced? : -D

 

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Vi, your AI personal trainer... which is also a headset

Stories - April 19, 2017

Though you would think it, Vi is not your average listening device.
Yes, Vi is a headset, but it is also a personal trainer… and that’s all because of artificial intelligence.

Thanks to some sensors placed in the headset, the device can track your heart rate, cadence, steps and distance among other metrics. It is then capable of giving the user – by way of talking – some advice regarding whether they should pick up the pace or slow down to prevent injury. As with every artificial intelligence, Vi gets more efficient the more you use it.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign where it was able to raise $1.7 million, Vi’s parent company LifeBeam Labs is gearing to sell its star product on Amazon and Best Buy starting April 2017.

We love it but we must say that it reminds us of a famous movie where the main character falls in love with an AI… 😉

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“With Djingo, artificial intelligence becomes a reality for Orange”

Stories - April 20, 2017

Breaking news! During the 5th edition of the ShowHello, our CEO Stéphane Richard has announced the arrival of Djingo, Orange’s AI.

Djingo is your new virtual assistant that will help you reign over your connected home the same way Skywalker does over his X-Wing 🙂
Among many other abilities, it can launch your flow on Deezer, turn on OCS on your TV, write a witty tweet, help you manage your bank accounts… and the more you chat with him, the more relevant his answers become.

(the following video is in French)

You can talk with Djingo using several Orange apps, the remote control of the TV decoder, or via a speaker: you just have to say “OK Djingo” to turn it on, from then on your wish is Djingo’s command.

OK Djingo, see you in 2018, we’re already in love!

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Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway get lost in translation

Stories - April 21, 2017

Google’s translator has been a lifesaver for many students all over the world. But even though its AI is very advanced, it is not perfect, yet.
That’s exactly what makes celebrity host Jimmy Fallon’s latest skit HI-LA-RIOUS.

Alongside guest Anne Hathaway, he translated songs in foreign languages and then back into English using Google’s tool. As you probably guessed, the result wasn’t always grammatically correct… actually it never was.
The Weeknd’s « Can’t Feel My Face » and Gloria Gaynor’s « I Will Survive » suddenly got a whole new meaning thanks to Jimmy and Anne.

Is it just us or do these songs still sound great even with the wrong lyrics?

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The very first moving sculpture… all thanks to AI

Stories - April 24, 2017

We’ve showed you how Flow Machines is an AI that can create music in the style of The Beatles, now we show you another work of art, also created via an AI but this time around inspired by the work of famous architect Gaudi.

Through visual recognition, IBM Watson has managed to develop a cognitive sculpture. As it was supposed to be presented at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, architect Michael Szivos thought it was a great way to honor the work of legendary architect Antoni Gaudi who is known for his work on the Sagrada Familia and the Park Güell in the same city.

It is reportedly the first sculpture that helped pick its own materials, shapes and colors. This is truly mind blowing.

It is still comforting to know that we are not in an era where computers can fully function by themselves. We still have a little time before the machines take over 😉

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Chatbots are slowly replacing our favorite celebrities... but it's cool

Stories - April 25, 2017

Wouldn’t you like to chat with your favorite artist? Well you can now… or sort of: celebrities are now using chatbots to talk to their fans on social media.

Maroon 5, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and many others are users of Facebook Messenger’s bots which allow them to share information about future concerts or new music with their following but also have a little casual chit chat.

At a time when celebrities can be closer to their audience than ever before thanks to social networks like Snapchat and Facebook, you wouldn’t think such functionality would be appreciated by the fans, right? Wrong! They love it!
Celebs can personalize their bots with their own words, catchphrases, all in all their own style. It feels like a 1 on 1 with your fave.

FYI, the only response you’ll get from the Aerosmith bot is “ROCK ON”. How Rock ‘n’ Roll?!

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See you next week !

To be continued - April 19, 2017

Next Wednesday, we’ll catch up with the celebs who (really) care about the environment!

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