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In 2018, Google DeepMind Imbued A.I. With Human-Like Sight and Imagination

Humans can do a lot with a little context. If you see a picture of a toilet, you’ll know it’s probably flanked by a bathtub and sink. The picture didn’t include any of that stuff, but the human brain has a knack for filling in missing pieces. And now thanks to Google DeepMind computer scientists, so does artificial intelligence.

In a paper published in Science Magazine in June, the company described how it created a Generative Query Network (GQN) that can see and imagine almost like a human. In an accompanying video, research scientist S. M. Ali Eslami explains how the algorithm used “something akin to imagination” to turn a few two-dimensional images of a virtual room into a fleshed-out, three-dimensional environment.

This is #1 on Inverse’s list of the 20 Ways A.I. Became More Human in 2018.

“Our ability to learn about the world by simply looking at it is simply incredible. One of the biggest open problems in A.I. is figuring out what is necessary to allow computers to do the same,” he told Inverse in a written statement. “In this work, we train a neural network to predict what a scene might look like from new viewpoints.”

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GIF of GQN agent operating in partially observed maze environments.

This A.I. was brought to life using a two-part system. The “representation network” translates the sample images into code the computer can understand. Next, the “generation network” creates everything else that isn’t shown in the initial images.

GIF of GQN agent “imagining” new viewpoints in rooms with multiple objects..

Like some of the other A.I. breakthroughs in 2018, this Deep Mind A.I.’s ability to extrapolate is a key step toward voice assistants that not only serve our needs, up anticipate them. Instead of having to command them, they’ll use context to know when to hand us a coffee or cook us a meal.

This was the landmark A.I. breakthrough of 2018 because it effectively made artificial intelligence significantly more intelligent across the board.A.I.

The new Motorola razr is an outrageous revival of an iconic flip phone

The unmistakable RAZR returns in stunning, foldable fashion. Hello Moto!

Motorola did it: the iconic RAZR phone is back, reborn as the razr (all lower case), an Android smartphone with a foldable display that bends in half.

I had 3 hours of playtime with the insanely cool-looking razr yesterday and I can’t stop thinking about the futuristic phone (I even dreamt about it last night!). Me, the guy who has for years been fervently dismissing foldable phones as a passing fad is now obsessed with getting this foldable phone into my pocket ASAP.

Apple announces 16-inch MacBook Pro with (hopefully) a better keyboard

It boasts the largest Retina display yet for a notebook

Apple has announced a new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch Retina display and up to 80 percent faster performance. Most importantly, the laptop has a new keyboard with scissor-style keys that have more travel, instead of the flat “butterfly” keys on the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, which remain unpredictably unreliable.

AirPods Pro review: Apple may have built the perfect wireless earbuds

Bigger and better sound, a tighter fit, and thoughtful design make the new Pods nearly irresistible

There’s one thing about AirPods everyone agrees on: they sound okay, but not knock-your-socks-off great. Apple’s AirPods Pro ticks off that final checkbox.

I’ve been listening to music with AirPods Pro for a day — more than long enough to pass judgment — and they are phenomenal. The $249 true wireless buds are textbook Apple: not the first with active noise cancellation (ANC), but arguably the best.

Tesla Pickup Truck: launch date, specs and design for 'cyberpunk' EV

The next-gen vehicle is almost here.

Tesla’s next vehicle has a launch date, and recent comments suggest the design will be unreal.

The Tesla Pickup Truck has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since it was first suggested in 2016, but it’s gradually formed something of a passion project for CEO Elon Musk. It’s going to have a “cyberpunk” design. It’s going to look like something out of Blade Runner. All of the publicized concept art guesses are wrong. In short, it could end out as one of Tesla’s most surprising designs yet.

Tesla Model Y: price, specs and revised launch date for the compact SUV

Tesla's car is part of a three-pronged strategy to enter the mass market.

The Tesla Model Y is coming, and it’s going to launch sooner than expected.

The compact SUV is expected to start deliveries in the summer of 2020. That’s according to CEO Elon Musk, who announced during Tesla’s third-quarter earnings call on October 23 that the company had moved the launch date from the original fall 2020 window.