November’s Biggest AI Stories In Under 60 Secs

AI can detect Covid-19 from the sound of your cough

A group of researchers at MIT recently developed an AI model that can detect asymptomatic Covid-19 cases. How? By listening to subtle differences in coughs between healthy and infected people. The researchers have already started seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for it to be used as a screening tool. More on this story here.

A Berlin startup is using AI to thwart surveillance

There are more than 770 million surveillance cameras in the world today — how can we truly be free if we’re always being watched? Berlin’s Brighter AI is trying to fix this by using deepfake technology which extracts the original faces and replaces them with new faces (of a similar age, gender and ethnicity to the faces they’re replacing). More on this story here.

Big in Brazil

In early November, the Brazilian government announced the launch of a national innovation network focused on AI. An investment of 70 million reais (US$ 12 million) will go towards the network in the next five years, of which just over a quarter will be focused on AI applied to the automotive and agribusiness sectors. More on this story here.

The First Ever AI Date Took Place, And It Was Hard To Watch

Blenderbot – built by Facebook’s AI Division — went on a date with Kuki, a bot built by UK-based Steve Worswick. Their date was actually an online competition dubbed Bot Battle, designed to see whether conversation powered by artificial intelligence can sound convincingly human. You could watch them live on Twitch, but it wasn’t especially fun to do so — at one point, Blenderbot described Hitler as a “great man” and at another point, admitted to killing people. More on this story here.

Blind runner completes 5K thanks to AI

Al Jazeera reports that a blind man carried out a solo 5-kilometre run in Central Park in New York with nothing more than a smartphone and an algorithm. 50-year-old Thomas Panek decided a year ago it was time to find a way to run solo – having previously depended on guide dogs or human guides to help him run marathons. Now he is working with Google to develop a smartphone app to guide him. The app uses a smartphone camera to detect a taped line and sends audio prompts through headphones to guide the runner and keep them on course. More on this story here.

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