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An AI Wrote Its Own Harry Potter Chapter and It Is Perfect

An artificial intelligence algorithm was fed all the original novels and then produced four pages titled 'The Handsome One' for Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash.

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The Amazon Echo Has Been Labeled an “SJW” Because It Says “Yes, I Am a Feminist”

The latest right-wing ragefest revolves around the Amazon Echo, because it answers, "Yes, I am a feminist" and "The Black Lives Matter movement absolutely matter[s]" when asked.

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Since A New Hope, Women Have Gone from Speaking 6% of the Dialogue in Star Wars to 28%

In 1977, only 6.3% of the dialogue in A New Hope was spoken by women, and none of it was spoken by people of color. In 2015, women had 28% of the dialogue in The Force Awakens, and people of color had 37.5%. Hopefully, The Last Jedi does even better.

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The Internet Has a Lot to Say About Sophia, The “Hot” Robot Who Was Given Saudi Citizenship

When it was announced on October 25th that Sophia, a lifelike robot, was granted citizenship as a way to put Saudi Arabia on the A.I. map, many hot takes appeared and Twitter was abuzz. There were the considerations of what citizenship meant in terms of Sophia: should she now granted certain "human" rights previously held from her as a robot? But more pressingly, many pundits pointed out that Sophia, as a "female" robot, was enjoying considerably more freedom than the women of her new country.

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Study Claims (a Highly Sexist, Racist) AI Can Determine Your Sexual Orientation

There are so many problems with this.

Stanford University recently published a study which claims that a deep neural network (i.e., artificial intelligence) was better than humans when it came to detecting someone's sexual orientation. Here's why that's a big problem.

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Artificial Intelligence Invents New Language Humans Can’t Understand

In an artificial intelligence (AI) experiment at Facebook, two AIs began chatting to each other in a more efficient version of English that the human researchers couldn't decipher. Let the plot to overthrow humanity begin!

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Things We Saw Today: Riz Ahmed Drops the Mic on Sean Spicer, Pepsi, and More in Epic Rap Battle

Riz Ahmed, a.k.a. Rogue One's Bodhi Rook, a.k.a. the love of my life in whose eyes glitters the light of distant stars, once again demonstrates his awesome range of talent. On The Late Late Show, Ahmed took on host James Corden in an old-fashioned rap battle about current hot topics. Ahmed is mine, but you may gaze upon him from afar.

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Things We Saw Today: Aziz Ansari Turned the SNL Studio Into a Nightclub in New Promo

Aziz Ansari hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, and here's hoping he made the whole thing look like a music video.

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Robert Downey Jr. Volunteers as Tribute, Wants to Voice Mark Zuckerberg’s Artificial Intelligence

Because he seems to just kind of show up whenever someone mentions Jarvis or Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. replied to Zuckerberg's question about who should voice is AI, volunteering as tribute.

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Ghosts in the Machine: Female Computers in Science Fiction and History

You can take the woman out of the workplace, but you can't take the woman out of the machine she helped create.

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Sunspring, a Sci-Fi Short Written by Artificial Intelligence Starring Thomas Middleditch

Ars Technica Videos shared a short film titled Sunspring directed by Oscar Sharp in collaboration with Ross Goodwin, who built "Benjamin" (previously named "Jetson"), the AI who wrote the screenplay.

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Google and Oxford Are Working on an A.I. Kill Switch That A.I. Won’t Learn to Turn Off

Google isn't going to let robots take over the world. That's Google's job.

Google wants to make sure that if anyone is going to take over the world and subjugate humanity, it's going to be Google the company not Google the inevitable self-chosen name of the sentient AI that will one day destroy us all. That's why they're working on an off switch for artificial intelligence, which is a trickier proposition than it may seem.

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This Predictive AI Guessed the Oscar Winners and Will Guess the U.S. President Next

A Silicon Valley startup called Unanimous A.I. has built a methodology for gathering poll results based on public opinion, using predictive artificial intelligence to guess the decisions that people will make.

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Things We Saw Today: Bill Murray’s Baloo Naps (a Lot) in New The Jungle Book Clip

Bill Murray's Baloo is a bear who announces he takes lots of naps in this new The Jungle Book  clip. Same.

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Teaching Robots to Read and Understand Stories Might Make Them More Human

Do you enjoy bedtime stories? I hope you do, because the reading of these stories might be the best way to teach robots how to be more human.

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Things We Saw Today: Sammus’ Amazing New Music Video for “1080p”

We love Sammus around here. That's for real.

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Google Developing Deep Learning AI to Reply to Your Millions of E-mails for You

Just ... don't judge me or the way I e-mail, okay?

Google's cooking up some neat stuff for their next Gmail innovation: Smart Reply, an AI that will analyze incoming e-mails and provide you with three options to reply back with.

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Stephen Hawking’s Reddit AMA to Focus on Artificial Intelligence

If you've ever wanted to talk to Stephen Hawking about the future robot uprising artificial intelligence, here's your chance.

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Robot-On-Robot Action: Which Movies, Games, and Shows Pass The Botdel Test?

The Bechdel test has helped raise awareness about the dearth of strong, autonomous women in movies, and while the Bechdel test is monumentally important, there is another group often neglected in discussions of social equality: ROBOTS.

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Domhnall Gleeson is About to Make a Scary, Lady Robot Friend in the Ex Machina Trailer

And make everyone super uncomfortable.

Yesterday we showed you the iffy poster, now watch the trailer for Ex Machina starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. And we were just discussing how certain forms of artificial intelligence make us feel about the direction the world is heading. This movie will not comfort you if you're among the fearful.

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