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This website uses AI to generate faces of people who don’t exist

“The website is the creation of software engineer Phillip Wang, and uses a new AI algorithm called StyleGAN, which was developed by researchers at Nvidia” writes Johnny Lieu for mashable.com. GAN, or Generative Adversarial Networks, is a concept within machine learning which aims to generate images that are indistinguishable from real ones.You can train GANs to remember human faces, as well bedrooms, cars, and cats, and of course, generate images of them.Hit refresh in your browser, and the algorithm will generate a new face. Source: mashable.com

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Left to Their Own Devices, Pricing Algorithms Resort to Collusion

“They found that “even relatively simple pricing algorithms systematically learn to play sophisticated collusive strategies.”” writes David Grossman for popularmechanics.com. This sort of collusion would stem from a certain type of algorithms, the researchers say. To prevent price collusion, a similar sort of watchful eye would be needed.Reinforcement algorithms learn through trial-and-error.These algorithms have often been used to teach algorithms to win games like Go. Source: popularmechanics.com

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The AI program that can tell whether you may go blind

“Regulating the quality of these images as AI becomes mainstream and establishing accountability in case of errors then becomes critical” writes Kamala Thiagarajan In for theguardian.com. Parida assisted the team early on, helping to analyse retinal images to build the algorithm.Two other major ophthalmic centres in India have been involved in building the algorithm – Narayana Nethralaya in Bengaluru and Shankara Nethralaya hospital in Chennai.The data has been assembled into an algorithm – a set of instructions built into a computer program to identify eye complications arising from diabetes. Source: theguardian.com

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Ethereum Devs Delay ASIC-Resistant PoW Algorithm Decision Until Third-Party Audit

“Ethereum (ETH) core developers have delayed the decision to implement Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)-resistant proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm ProgPoW. According to an Ethereum core developer meeting on Feb. 1, the team wants to wait until the algorithm is audited by a third party” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. Jameson also noted that data derived from such an audit should give devs enough confidence to make a decision.I’m happy to wait for the audit, but I’m not happy to make this decision in May or something.As Cointelegraph reported at the beginning of…

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TikTok’s Recommendation Algorithm Is Broken, Just Like YouTube’s And Facebook’s

“But, like YouTube, TikTok also relies on a recommendation algorithm that has the same problems as any other recommendation algorithm” reports vice.com. On creator-driven platforms such as TikTok, “engaging” content can sometimes means content that’s antagonistic, shocking, and extreme.In other words, the social media platform isn’t above the algorithmic hell that has gotten platforms like YouTube into trouble.But any further advice about how to alter your TikTok algorithm is honestly a crapshoot, because we don’t really have much insight as to how the For You algorithm works. Source: vice.com

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Zillow’s Zestimate got an upgrade — and this trio got $1 million for the new algorithm

“On Wednesday, Zillow ZG, -0.15% announced the winners of a contest launched to improve the accuracy of the Zestimate, the algorithm that helps approximate the value of houses” writes Andrea Riquier for marketwatch.com. The winning team, which called itself Team ChNJestimate, used machine learning techniques including what Zillow called “deep neural networks,” as well as miscellaneous data like commute times and road noise, to come up with their algorithm. Source: marketwatch.com

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Researchers Find Hundreds of Pump and Dump Scams, Develop Algorithm

“An analysis performed by researchers at Imperial College London has found that around $7 million worth of cryptocurrency trading volumes are the result of pump and dump schemes” writes Simon Golstein for financemagnates.com. Pump and dump schemes are a traditional type of scam.It would be unfair to call the name ‘McAfee’ synonymous with pump and dump schemes, but the eccentric computer programmer-turned-cryptocurrency evangelist has been implicated in a few.In the worlds of electronic trading and cryptocurrency, the difference between a profit and a loss can be a matter of milliseconds. Source:…

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