Hi Everyone and welcome to the weekend edition of InsideAI. Please pass it along so your friends can sign up. I'm Rob May, CEO at Talla, and an active AI angel investor. I also run the AI at Work podcast. If you are new to the newsletter, the weekend edition is about summarizing the top articles from the week, and providing some commentary on things I'm noticing in the AI ecosystem as an entrepreneur and investor in the space.
Here are the most popular articles of the week:
Tech entrepreneur Bruno Aziza recommends these three books for brushing up on your AI knowledge. They are "The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity," by Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb; "Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines," by author Tom Davenport; and Stephen Hawking's perennial "Brief Answers to the Big Questions." - FORBES
The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Washington created an AI that can generate fake news based on only a headline. Grover was trained on 120 gigabytes of news articles to actually spot fake news written by AI, but its developers also taught it to generate false articles as well. In scorings, people rated it as more trustworthy than human-written false news. In his own experiment, Fast Company's Mark Wilson put in the headline: "Why Donald Trump Eats 100 Cheeseburgers a Day.” The results, which are here, are pretty convincing. Grover is also online for anyone to try. - FAST COMPANY
Several current and former employees of SoftBank-backed Engineer.ai claim that the startup exaggerates its tech expertise and AI capabilities. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which notes that the accusations "reflect a growing challenge in the tech world of assessing a company’s proficiency in artificial intelligence." Last year, Engineer.ai raised Series A seed funding of $29.5 million, led by Lakestar and Jungle Ventures. The startup uses a human-assisted AI to help companies build custom-made software. - WSJ
British artist Anna Ridler collected and photographed 10,000 tulips as part of a dataset and artwork featured at the “AI: More than Human” exhibition in London. Ridler visited the Netherlands to gather the tulips, label each picture (noting its stripes and colors), and then used the dataset to create a 1,614 square-foot installation, comprised of the images, titled Myriad (Tulips). In addition to the artwork, Ridler, a self-taught coder, fed the photos and labels into a machine learning model to create a three-screen video installation. The model is linked to a real-time feed that reacts to cryptocurrency prices. “As the price of Bitcoin goes up, the tulip becomes more stripy,” Ridler says. “As the price of Bitcoin goes down, it starts to become more plain." - BLOOMBERG