IT’S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. As machine learning enables our computers to teach themselves, a wealth of breakthroughs emerge, ranging from medical diagnostics to cars that drive themselves. A whole lot of worry emerges as well. Who controls this technology? Will it take over our jobs? Is it dangerous? President Obama was eager to address these concerns. The person he wanted to talk to most about them? Entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito. So I sat down with them in the White House to sort through the hope, the hype, and the fear around AI. That and maybe just one quick question about Star Trek.
Scott Dadich: Thank you both for being here. How’s your day been so far, Mr. President?
Barack Obama: Busy. Productive. You know, a couple of international crises here and there.
Dadich: I want to center our conversation on artificial intelligence, which has gone from science fiction to a reality that’s changing our lives. When was the moment you knew that the age of real AI was upon us?
House or horse, bird or barn? Deep learning and GPU computing have quickly advanced the abilities of image recognition technology to superhuman levels.
Now, PicsArt, maker of the social photo editor by the same name, is applying this breakthrough in artificial intelligence to the creation of images.
Hitting the market today, “Magic Effects” is a new feature in the latest version of the PicsArt app, which has been downloaded more than 300 million times and boasts 80 million active monthly users. Magic Effects uses GPU-powered AI to analyze the quality and context of photos, and enables users to transform their pics in seconds with an array of filtering effects that are customized based on the AI analysis.
If, for example, a user applies the “Neo Pop” effect to a photo, the result won’t be standardized. Instead, it will be customized based on the qualities of the photo in question. Users can further customize the filters using a variety of touch-interface tools.
Here’s an example of a Magic Effects filter in action, turning a photo into a colorful painting.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us - Socrates
I am a senior lecturer/researcher in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. My research interests lie in Intelligent Systems, Evolutionary Computing, Swarm Intelligence, Neural Networks (including deep learning neural networks), Machine Learning and Multi-objective Combinatorial Optimization.