Fashionable woman in India

If you want to be the embodiment of the latest Bollywood fashion wherever you go, there is an AI for you. Fashin AI will scan the latest Bollywood YouTube videos and find you items of apparel you can purchase online that will match with the latest trends. Become your inner Bollywood.


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Prada? Gucci? Fendi? Balenciaga? Luis Vuitton? Goyard? Dior? Wal-Mart?

If you can spot the non-luxury brand above, you’ve taken your first step to becoming AI that can spot a luxury purse from a knock-off. Now if you can do the same thing in 30 seconds by just looking at the purse itself, you could do the job of Entrupy AI. But it might be a tough job—Entrupy AI gets it right 98 percent of the time, and well-made mimics aren’t nearly as obvious as the list of words above.


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Detectives need to look for similar or related cases when they are trying to solve a crime, and it can take hours of time trying to gather all of the necessary information and make that information easy to understand.

VALCRI, an AI-powered system, can do all of this automatically by analyzing millions of police records and identify patterns that might be useful to the detectives. To try and avoid any bias and erroneous conclusions that the system comes up with, everything is presented to the detectives and they can choose and tell the system what is useful and what isn’t. As a result of this interaction, the AI gets more intelligent as it goes.

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The portable ultrasound device made by Butterfly is not only an amazing piece of hardware (when you consider that it can take ultrasound images better than much more expensive and bulky devices) but also this hardware takes it one step further by including artificial intelligence. They call it Butterfly iQ.

It can recognize signs of cancer, among other things, meaning that not only can ultrasound imaging be taken from a small device that connects to your iPhone, but it can also do some interpretation of those images for you. This could not only potentially save thousands of dollars in expensive imaging fees, but also your life.

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For context, there are thousands of murderers that get away without getting caught every year. MAP (Murder Accountability Project) is trying to bring justice to some of the victims, and stop serial killers before they strike again.

Catching a serial killer is a much different process from other types of homicide perpetrators, and many times law enforcement doesn’t put the dots together that several different homicides are actually the victims of a serial killer. Connecting these dots is important in order to focus law enforcement efforts and catch these monsters, and that is exactly what MAP has trained an AI to do.

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Researchers at Stanford have been able to train a machine learning model to identify cars in Google Street View images, and then identify car make and model as well as glean other information from the neighborhood photos. With the power of 50 million images processed, they then use another model to predict the demographics of your neighborhood, which include income, race, and education—and even likely voting patterns.


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At this point, it shouldn’t be surprising that brick-and-mortar retail stores are getting pinched as more and more shopping moves online. But using AI is one way these stores can regain lost sales.

Billions of dollars of fashion-merchandise revenue come through Alibaba’s websites every year, and with the massive amounts of data this traffic generates, Alibaba has developed FashionAI, a way these stores can use this data to make more sales.

So what does this artificial intelligence application do exactly? Alibaba recommends outfits to in-store users based on the store’s inventory, and it’s even tapped into the tastes of designers and fashion moguls that frequent Alibaba’s sites. It looks like this: you walk into a clothing store and pick up an eye-catching piece of clothing. As you near the changing room, a poster-sized screen nearby detects the article of clothing and recommends other articles of clothing that pair well with your current choice, helping you build the perfect outfit efficiently. Essentially, FashionAI just became your personal stylist.

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Cozmo Update: Why does everyone love this little Cozmo AI robot so much? His personality is hard not to like, and we can thank an ex-Pixar employee for that. Parent company, Anki, knew what would make a robot endearing to adults and kids alike. And he’s even useful. He teaches kids how to code.

But this week’s update is about more. Cozmo can now teach how to use if statements, math operators, variables, function calls, and more. He dances when the lights go out, he’ll tell you a fortune when you shake him, and his blocks even act as your personal orchestra.

Also, he’s afraid of heights, as this video shows:

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People walking in a snow-laden city

If you ate up this RadioLab episode like we did, you’ll get why this AI application—which convincingly changes videos taken in the winter to look like they were actually taken in the summer—adds to an ever-growing future-world of fake. Soon we’ll live in a place that has you questioning the veracity of every video and audio recording.

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