Is tricking AI into ignoring your face the best way to protect your privacy?- Issue 204- CogX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing

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Is tricking AI into ignoring your face the best way to protect your privacy? The cat-and-mouse game between commercial facial recognition systems and AI researchers took another turn in the guise of a new tool that hampers the former’s ability to train algorithms using personal data. It means that when AI sees an image it not only mis-identifies it, it completely ignores it.

By making tiny changes to the facial images, this new system can throw an AI off the scent and encourage it to ignore the face altogether, rendering the images ‘unlearnable examples’. Meanwhile another of our stories explains how IBM wants to teach AI to write its own code, and don’t miss DeepMind’s team-up with Liverpool to explore AI in football!



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The more adversarial examples an AI sees, the better it gets at recognizing them. But because Erfani and her colleagues stop an AI from training on images in the first place, they claim this won’t happen with unlearnable examples. Find out more about the technology that might allow you to keep your selfie to yourself.

Read more (MIT Technology Review)


Premier League champions Liverpool have joined forces with DeepMind to explore the use of artificial intelligence in the football world. A new paper by researchers, published by the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, outlines some of the potential applications.

Read more (WIRED)

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Google plans to double the size of its artificial intelligence ethics team in the next few years, reports the WSJ. It follows controversy over Google’s treatment of whistleblowers critical of its AI approach. The AI ethics team will grow to 200 researchers.

Read more (Wall Street Journal)


IBM has announced Project CodeNet, a large dataset that aims to help teach AI how to understand and even write code. CodeNet will lead to enhanced tools that help to speed up the writing and checking of code by humans by improving an AI’s own understanding of how to do such tasks.

Read more (AI News)

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How to predict the sound produced by a tonewood block once carved into the shape of a violin plate? What is the best shape for the best sound? Artificial intelligence offers answers to these questions.

Read more (Tech Xplore)


These headphones have dry electrodes in the ear cushions which, when wearing them over your ears, enable the headphones to read your brain waves. And learning how your brain functions, like when you have become distracted, can help you better perform in the future.

Read more (Forbes)


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