AI Joins The Dark Side

Zuzanna Sieja

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that Hollywood loves AI. Several of the world’s most iconic movies touch on AI in some way, with C3PO of Star Wars fame being one of the best-known examples (BTW — we’ve published an article on the top AI movies of all time, so if you’re looking for your next blockbuster, give it a read after this).

Until now, AI has mostly been on the good side of power, but recently, our favorite enterprise made a decision that slightly alters this picture. Sound intriguing? 

You best keep reading!

AI Joins The Dark Side

Artificial intelligence has entered the dark side. The creators of the famous Star Wars enterprise have announced that an AI program will replace the voice of Darth Vader. The technology generates new dialogues based on existing voice recordings, giving actor James Earl Jones a well-deserved rest after 45 years of service.

Source: Engadget

A Humanoid Becomes CEO

How would you react if the head of your company turned out to be a humanoid? Because employees of one of China’s top game developers, NetDragon Websoft, now face the reality of dealing with AI in the workplace. The new CEO, Ms. Tang Yu, is a first-of-its-kind solution introduced to increase company efficiency by supporting everyday operations. 

We’re all curious about where this will lead the corporation and whether other businesses will decide to make a similar move. 

Source: Arabian Business

Artificial Intelligence Teaches Children

The pandemic has no doubt changed the face of education. Virtual teaching is now standard (see how AI can transform e-learning in our real-world case study), and the CEO of Hanson Robotics, in cooperation with BYJU, has gone one step further in deciding that remote classes should be taught by a robot named Sophie. 

Beyond simply learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the children have had the chance to interact with an AI-powered machine that looks strikingly similar to a human, with her appearace offering a warmer, more accessible experience than if she were just faceless software. 

That said, she evoked mixed feelings from her class participants. However, we must say: it’s a 21st-century solution, but would you want to be in her class?

Source: Mashable

A Look Beyond The Frame

When walking through museums and galleries, we encounter many works representing a slice of a certain reality, primarily because we only get to see what the creator wanted to put within the confines of the frame. Now, DALL-E is helping people​​ see what could be beyond the boundaries thanks to its new feature called ‘Outpainting.’ 

The AI mimics each artist’s style and makes the additions look as realistic as the original, just check the ‘painting’ below.

AI image

Source: OpenAI

Source: The Verge

Robots Can Help Patients With Dementia

South Korea is synonymous with innovation. They also use technology everywhere, including in healthcare. At Myongji Hospital, they’re working with robots powered by artificial intelligence to help people with dementia. PIO, as the invention is called, is designed to improve patients’ emotional and mental well-being, as shown by the results of research from the Baekse-chongmyung school. Their use is expected to relieve nurses of their daily duties and help them check their patients’ condition.

PIO robots

Source: Healthcare IT News

Robots To Assess Mental Well-being?

Can a robot judge your mental well-being better than a qualified human? Based on the research of scientists and psychiatrists at the University of Cambridge, ‘Yes.’ The study was conducted on 28 children between the ages of eight and thirteen. They were asked various questions, and to the researchers’ surprise, the children answered some more readily to the humanoid robots than to the online questionnaire or the researchers directly. 

This relates to the fact that robots more closely resembled the children themselves due to their height, making the respondents feel more at ease and open. The researchers see the robots as a tool that will help doctors with diagnoses but are not intended to replace them.

Source: Science Daily


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Zuzanna Sieja

Marketing Specialist with a special interest in e-commerce and social media. Privately she's crazy about cats.

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