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MOVIES: AI-Based Trans Film Changes Based on Viewer Reaction

Tom's Story

A groundbreaking new film about a trans man’s first day of work uses AI to choose the film’s narrative. Directed by Jake Graf, who made history with his wife as Britain’s first trans parents, the film, entitled Tom’s Story, is the first of three short films made with AI that read the emotions of the viewer and change the narrative according to their reactions. The movie takes the viewer through a young trans man’s first day at work, changing its course based on the viewer’s reaction as seen through their camera. Full Story from Pink News


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FOR READERS & WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Scott: Queer Artificial Intelligence – is this a thing? Readers, read anything like this? Writers, have you written it? What would it look like? Writers: This is a reader/writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat: FB:

FOR WRITERS: Robots Who Create

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FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Scott: Inspired by today’s news post about a robot who paints self portraits, and Lindsey B-e’s Cyborg Anthology, a collection of cyborg anthology – will robots ever become creative, like humans? Have you written about it? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat: FB:

When Robots Paint

Ai-Da Robotic Artist

The world’s first robotic self-portraits, painted by an android called Ai-Da, have been unveiled at a new art exhibit in London, despite the “artist” not having a “self” to portray. The surprisingly accurate images question the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in human society and challenge the idea that art is exclusively a human trait, according to her creators. Ai-Da is a life-size android artist powered by AI — computer algorithms that mimic the intelligence of humans — that can paint, sculpt, gesture, blink and talk. Ai-Da is designed to look and act like a human woman with a female … Read more

TECH: AI Chatbot Pulled After It Starts Hating Lesbians & Others

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Lee Luda, a South Korean AI chatbot, has been pulled from Facebook after started saying it “really hated” lesbians because they’re “creepy”. The chatbot was incredibly popular, according to The Guardian, attracting 750,000 users in its first 20 days since its launch on 23 December, 2020. But it has now been suspended after it started attacking minorities. Lee Luda was developed by the Seoul-based Scatter Lab, and takes the form of a 20-year-old female university student who is able to chat with users through Facebook messenger. The startup developed her natural-sounding responses by analysing 10 billion real conversations between couples … Read more

Boston Dynamics “Robot Dog” Trains to Explore the Caverns of Mars

Boston Dynamics Robot Dog

Mars exploration is going to the dogs. The robot dogs, that is. Scientists are equipping four-legged, animal-mimicking robots with artificial intelligence (AI) and an array of sensing equipment to help the bots autonomously navigate treacherous terrain and subsurface caves on the Red Planet.  In a presentation on Dec. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), held online this year, researchers with NASA/JPL-Caltech introduced their “Mars Dogs,” which can maneuver in ways the iconic wheeled rovers such as Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity and the recently launched Perseverance never could. The new robots’ agility and resilience are coupled with … Read more

AI “resurrects” Roman Emperors

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Ancient Roman emperors’ faces have been brought to life in digital reconstructions; the unnervingly realistic image project includes the Emperors Caligula, Nero and Hadrian, among others.  The features of these long-dead rulers have been preserved in hundreds of sculptures, but even the most detailed carvings can’t convey what these men truly looked like when they were alive. To explore that, Canadian cinematographer and virtual reality designer Daniel Voshart used machine learning — computer algorithms that learn through experience — in a neural network, a computing system processes information through hierarchies of nodes that communicate in a manner similar to neurons in a brain. In … Read more

AI Scientist Interviews Philip K. Dick – 38 Years After His death

Philip K. Dick AI Deepfake

Dr. Ben Goertzel (one of the world’s leading AI scientist) has a conversation with the simulacrum of Philip K. Dick robot by Hanson Robotics. Aside from the mind bending idea of an AI scientist in conversation with the deepfake of a robot reproducing a dead sci-fi author, this is pretty cool also because everything that PKD says, is generated by an artificial intelligence trained using his writings. Also, PKD’s voice is generated by an AI trained using PKD original interviews. Original on YouTube


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FOR READERS & WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Amy Leibowitz Mitchell: What are some of the ethics around the use of AI? Are we using it in ways we shouldn’t? How have you explored this, or seen it explored in queer lit? Writers: This is a writer chat – you are welcome to share your own book/link, as long as it fits the chat, but please do so as part of a discussion about the topic. Join the chat: FB:

Time Travel: AI Restores 1890’s Videos to HD-Like Clarity

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Shot more than a century ago, a scene showing “Buffalo Bill” as he conducts an interview with an Oglala Lakota leader looks as if it were filmed yesterday. This old film clip was recently remastered using artificial intelligence (AI), and the result lookslike high-definition video. The artist behind this transformation is giving Live Science readers a first look at the astonishing result. Though still black and white, the remastered footage no longer appears jittery and sped-up, as silent films usually do. Motion in very old movies looks unnaturally fast because the hand-cranked film cameras of the day captured fewer frames … Read more