Fashionable men standing around

There’s a fashion game that crowdsources fashion sense from its community and then gives it to you: After community members rate which specific items (shoes with pants, pants with shirt, necklace with shirt) go with which other specific items, the app uses that information to create various outfit pairings. Then the community rates which of these outfits are the hottest, allowing everyone to see which styles work and which ones don’t. Machine learning also steps in to offer you ways to complete your outfit, basing its suggestions on data generated by your user community.

It’s not only helpful for you, it’s also helpful for retailers. They can see what trends are hot while the season is moving, instead of gathering outdated data in an industry that moves rapidly. Retailers don’t have to wait for actual inventory to move before they see what people like, and this can save them from buying a product that their customers won’t buy.

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Crowd of people at concert

Computers are now able to take videos of crowded places and accurately identify multiple humans in them in real time without using a depth sensor. (Thank you, Facebook.) That concept may be hard to mentally visualize, so take a look at this video before we continue:

This tech advancement is interesting, and it has the potential to morph into other applications. Facebook would like to use it for virtual reality tech. But some have suggested law enforcement would be really interested in this tech to track suspicious people in a crowded surveillance video setting. With video surveillance search engines, they could isolate all people who look like they’re punching, kicking, shooting a gun, or whatever other specific action law enforcement would like to look for. Maybe 2-D video analyzation could be the next update to China’s police glasses.

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Man opening shirt to a superman symbol

When the Justice League came out a few months ago, people were up in arms about the poor CGI used to cover up Henry Cavill’s mustache, a mustache he couldn’t shave because he was under another movie contract that required it. It turns out that a $500 computer and an AI might be able to erase Superman’s mustache a bit better than Hollywood did. Watch the video comparison here:

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Two actors on set

You saw the movie when you were nine years old, but you know it showed a young boy alone at sea adrift on a raft. You just cannot remember the name of it for the life of you, and you really want to find it. You’ve mentioned it to several people, but nobody’s heard of it, or maybe they vaguely remember the plot but can’t help you with the name. Now there’s an AI that might help. You can search its video database to find that illusive movie by typing in specific objects.

On the other hand, if you’re a movie maker and you want to have your videos indexed by this company, you can sign up to send your videos through their analyzer for free, at least for now. Then your movies would pop up as people search the site.

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two sets of feet wearing formal shoes

This augmented reality (AR) company uses deep learning to pull Uma Thurman and John Travolta from Pulp Fiction and project 3D versions of them into a living room (see video below). While we think this tech’s current form has a lot of glitches to work through before it’s flawless, it’s still brilliant, and it gives us a unique view into our possible future: one day you’ll be able to have anybody from a video hanging out in your living room in 3D.

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Hand holding microphone

You may have heard of Lyrebird.ai, a Montrealian company that’s creating customized voices for personal assistants. It can mimic your voice—all you need to do is record one minute’s worth of your dulcet tones onto their website and it can create an eerily similar copy (depending on the sample’s audio quality).

Once you’ve created your “digital voice,” you can use it to read your audio book or text messages or a number of other things. Does anyone else find this a bit narcissistic? Narcissistic and yet very intriguing. It’s currently available for the English language, preferably American accent, but once this tech is in place for English, it’s only a matter of time before it expands to others.

One side offering that’s worth mentioning (in case this tech creeps you out) is that Lyrebird.ai says you can send them audio clips when you question their veracity, and they’ll check the authenticity for you. Little glitches in the audio are clues that the audio is a fraud.

Finally, because it’s a super interesting factoid, this company is named after the Australian bird that mimics sounds it hears—including car alarms, chainsaws, and camera shutter clicks (we’ll let the venerable Sir David Attenborough explain it to you in the video)—so an apropos name choice.

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Man drawing with paint all over hands

If you often need images for your Internet posts, you know how amazing this AI sounds. It sounds brilliantly easy to simply describe in writing what type of visual you want and have a bot draw for you. Any chance it’ll be free?

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Man standing in front of painting at museum

Many of us have had someone tell us that we look just like so-and-so’s cousin’s best friend. But how many of us have been told we look like someone in a Rembrandt painting? Likely not too many. Now’s your chance to find your fine-art doppelganger. This AI is currently available on a limited basis in the United States, but it looks like it’ll be expanding to other countries (hopefully) soon.

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