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For many people, art is something very human, as it is creating deep connections and emotions. One of my favorite movie quotes is from "I, Robot":
Detective Del Spooner (Human): Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a... canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?
Sonny (Robot): Can you?
We always thought, that no machine could ever create a piece of art that has an impact on us, but as artificial intelligence gets more and more advanced, art does not seem to be something only a real person can create. As a matter of fact, AI is already able to create impressive pieces of art. So, let's dive into the AI age of art with some intriguing artificial creatives.
Becoming the Muse
Are you a fan of renaissance art? Then behold as AI Gahaku turns your face into a beautiful renaissance painting. We at Tomorrow Unlocked had a real blast trying it out with the faces of our favorite colleagues. Share your portraits on Instagram and tag @tomorrowunlocked to show us your renaissance portraits!
Finishing the unfinishedPhoto by Spencer Imbrock on Unsplash
Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, or Bruckner: Each of those composers have symphonies they did not finish in their lifetime. But an international team of experts created an AI that analyzed Beethoven's unfinished tenth symphony and finalized it. Listen to the AI's compositions here. Can you spot which part is from Beethoven and which is from the AI?
Artificial SongPhoto by BRUNO EMMANUELLE on Unsplash
Researchers at Zhejiang University in China teamed up with experts from Microsoft and created an AI that generates voices singing in English and Chinese. If you listen to the voices extracted, they do sound quite artificial, but as soon as DeepSinger synthesizes them and puts them into music, one cannot tell that the songs are artificially created – at least I could not.
Scary HumanePhoto by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
In our age of rapidly spreading fake news, we can usually rely on our reason to understand who the author is, where the information comes from, and whether the source is trustworthy. But in 2019 OpenAI published a text generating AI which creates terrifyingly human texts. Also, a study by Karlstad University in Sweden shows that most people cannot tell whether an article is written by a journalist or a machine. That may make it harder to sort out fake news in the future, and would need online platforms to curate information more closely. THE VERGE collected some examples of AI writing – they may not be perfect, but also not too bad.
Creating Emotions out of Data
Last but not least we want to present to you artist Refik Anadol. By using large collections of data and artificial intelligence he creates fascinating installations where spectators can experience data sculptures created out of millions of pictures from different points of view. When people step into the installation they step into an alternate reality: into the dreams of the AI. And though the machine may not have emotions, it portraits it and by that impacts our emotions.
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Lives today are linked to the world of Star Wars more than many realize
Today is Star Wars Day! What better way to celebrate the iconic movies than by checking out these 4 documentaries that show how Star Wars technology is becoming a daily reality. These short films explore the amazing possibilities of this moment in robotics, cryonics and human augmentation.
Imagine Beyond - The Body (above)
In the final scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker's hand – cut off by Darth Vader – is replaced in just 24 hours. Scientists across the world are now working on robotic limbs that can integrate with human bodies. Will we soon become superhuman?
Watch these videos to see how technology is making Star Wars-evoking strides into human augmentation, robotics and cryonics.
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Should bionic augmentation aim to restore bodies, or add to them? Tilly Lockey, who has highly customized bionic arms, and Wojtek Paprota, with his implanted chip, discuss the possibilities and advantages of cyborgs and robotic upgrades.
Robotic Relationships: How we could fall in love with machines
Robotic relationships may be a turning point in the age of the machine. Can humans and AI connect on a deep emotional level?
Frozen in time: Is this how we will cheat death?
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Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!