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Why report on ML and AI applications?
Artificial intelligence has been a fun and even terrifying idea for a long time—we’ve seen it in old sci-fi books and shows—but we haven’t seen colossal technological leaps to support these ideas until recently, and now AI touches almost everything: our pets can video call us, our cellphones can turn into personal at-home medical laboratories, our neighborhood’s voting patterns can be determined from Google Street View, our brains can be stimulated into better information retention mode, our mental health or soon-to-be parental state can be deciphered, our thoughts can be partially decoded and visualized, our faces can be manipulated in photos and videos to show believable emotions and actions we didn’t originally displayed, our voices can be closely imitated to say things we’ve never actually said, and this is just the start. The tech is young.
The dog whistle that world leaders and major tech influencers are hearing and relaying is that AI is the place for innovation, expansion, and even future power. Its potential has enticed China to start plowing tons of resources into it, with the aim of leading the revolution. The AI revolution will fundamentally change every aspect of our lives. This is what we report on.