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Inside AI (Jul 2nd, 2019)

1. Marketing experts are warning about AI's ability to churn out fake spam results in Google, making it difficult for humans and search engines to distinguish it from real content. The AI-generated text is cheap to generate and includes relevant keywords, but its content — such as references to people or products — doesn't actually exist. The content marketing agency Fractl is offering demonstrations of this AI-enabled text generation as it seeks to draw attention to the issue. The company used the open source tool Grover, made by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, to write fake blog posts that show up in SEO results. “Blackhats will use subversive tactics to gain a competitive advantage," Fractl partner Kristin Tynski said. - THE VERGE

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2. Researchers from MIT and IBM created an AI system that can create realistic photographic images from scratch and then edit objects inside of them. GANpaint Studio allows computer scientists to “paint with the neurons” of a neural network, says David Bau, a Ph.D. student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. Users can upload an image and modify aspects of its appearance, such as adding trees or turning a window into a wall. The studio is available online as an interactive demo. - MASHABLE

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3. JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s asset management arm plans to invest in machine-learning statistical-arbitrage hedge funds, Bloomberg reported. The Machine Learning Fund Ltd. will operate within the bank’s $15 billion fund-of-hedge funds business, regulatory filings show. The company is competing against other banks to utilize AI and machine-learning in investment banking and strategy. - BLOOMBERG

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4. An AI-generated marketing campaign for Adidas went awry when people abused the system, making it send out anti-Semitic messages and other slurs. The company created the social media campaign to celebrate the launch of its new gear for London's Arsenal soccer team. Adidas encouraged Twitter users to use the hashtag #DareToCreate, which used an AI system to create images of virtual Arsenal jerseys that featured the users’ Twitter handles on the back of them. However, people used handles such as ”@GasAllJewss" and ”@MadelineMcCann” to create the shirts, prompting the company to turn off the functionality. - CNBC

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5. Training neural network models for natural language models may have serious environmental consequences. Training the same AI model to work across different domains requires far more power than training the original model, according to a new paper published by computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts. A single AI carbon model can produce nearly five times the emission produced of the average American car over its lifetime. Quantum computing, however, may help in reducing AI's carbon footprint. Benchmarking standards for quantum computing, which may ultimately solve certain problems that overwhelm conventional computers, are being developed. A version of this story first appeared in our newsletter Inside CTO/CIO. - SEARCHCIO

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6. AI and VR technologies are expected to be installed in 35 to 45 percent of operating rooms in the U.S. by 2022. The advanced tools, such as cameras systems and integrated workstations, are expected to improve care precision and help optimize processes during surgeries. - HEALTH IT ANALYTICS

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7. The AI photography startup SweetEscape raised $6 million in a series A funding round led by Singapore’s Openspace Ventures and Jungle Ventures. Jakarta-based SweetEscape utilizes AI image processing to automate travel photography. The two-year-old startup plans to use the infusion to double the size of its 100-person team, expand its presence in Asia, and further develop its AI. - TECH IN ASIA

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8. The Netherlands-based Eindhoven University of Technology is launching an AI institute focused on creating awareness around its education and research in the field. The institute will focus on complex high tech systems, data-driven intelligent systems, and human-centered systems and environments. - CURSOR

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9. India's Cult-fit is turning to AI and big data to address preventive healthcare through its Cure.fit healthcare platform. Focusing on four main areas – cult.fit, eat.fit, mind.fit, and care.fit – the startup is aiming to boost healthy living through a combination of online and offline channels. - MENAFN

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10. A poll of 20,000 people from 27 countries found that 40 percent of respondents were worried about the widespread use of AI. Another 32 percent were undecided on the topic, while 27 percent said they weren't concerned. Nearly half of respondents said that companies using AI should face strictrer regulations, and 20 percent disagreed. The polling firm Ipsos compiled the survey for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of the New Champions in China. - WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/THE EUROPEAN STING

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news and other topics in southern California here.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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