AI Art & Robots: Their hidden link

To advance towards humanoid robots, we must also create more realistic AI art. Why? Find out here!

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In this edition:

  • 🤯 Elon Musk on AI Robots, Automation, and the Apocalypse

  • 🤖 How to make AI Robots look, feel, and sound as real as possible

  • 📽️ Exposing AI videos: How you can tell when a video was generated

  • 🔊 Everything you need to know about voice cloning

  • 😸 Realistic Speech-Driven Facial Animation with GANs

  • 🏋️ Enabling AI and Robotic Coaches for Physical Rehabilitation Therapy

  • 📲 3 New Trending AI Apps to Check Out!

  • 🐍 PyCon Startup Row applications are coming soon!

  • 🎤 AI Minds Podcast Episode 5: Mike Liu

  • 💰️ Building the most human-like voice AI chatbots possible

  • 👀 The technique that the most realistic AI voices use

  • 📚 A Glossary on AI Video Generation

  • 🌊 AI in Customer Service: A Deep Dive

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📽️ Elon Musk on AI Robots, Automation, and the Apocalypse

“We are on the edge of the biggest technology revolution that has ever existed… I guess I’d like to see [the AI Apocalypse].”

Elon Musk, 2024

🏇 But for AI Robots to feel human, they must look and feel real

And that’s the link between AI Robots and AI Art. In order for a humanoid robot to feel real, it must have lifelike movements and perhaps even facial expressions. And as AI art becomes more realistic, so will the faces, eyes, and even voices of these bots feel more real as well.

Here are a couple of blogs discussing the advancements of AI art:

Exposing AI-generated videos: Technological secrets revealed - There are many ways to tell if a video is AI generated. Learn how in this article! Here’s a sneak peek:

“In a groundbreaking development, heartbeat detection has emerged as a novel approach to identify deepfake videos. This technique leverages the biological signals emitted by the human heart, which are difficult for AI to replicate. By detecting the subtle changes in skin color caused by blood flow, this method offers a unique and effective means of distinguishing real videos from their AI-generated counterparts.”

Jose Francisco, Machine Learning Developer Advocate (2024)

Everything you need to know about voice cloning - Whether you want to copy the voice of a celebrity or one of your close friends, the technology is readily available to you! In this article, you’ll learn all there is to know about voice cloning, from its history to its current implementation.

🧑‍🔬 AI Robot Faces and Voices

Realistic Speech-Driven Facial Animation with GANs - As mentioned above, AI robots can only feel real if their faces, voices, and body language is realistic. This article discusses using AI art generators to make speech animation as lifelike as possible. Check it out!

Enabling AI and Robotic Coaches for Physical Rehabilitation Therapy -  “This paper presents efforts on eliciting the detailed design specifications on how AI and robotic coaches could interact with and guide patient’s exercises in an effective and acceptable way… Through iterative questionnaires and interviews, it finds that both post-stroke survivors and therapists appreciated the potential benefits of AI and robotic coaches to achieve more systematic management and improve their self-efficacy and motivation on rehabilitation therapy.”

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PortraitArt - Personalize your photos into beautiful oil paintings, dreamy watercolors, awesome cartoons, cool sketches, elegant vector art, and many more. Experience the enchanting magic of art with your own pictures. Powered by cutting-edge AI.

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🐍 Opportunity for AI Startup Founders

If you’re building an AI startup, there’s a very good chance you’re using Python somewhere in your tech stack.

Want the chance to get your startup in front of thousands of engineers, researchers, and data scientists? Apply by this Friday, March 15th for a spot on Startup Row at PyCon US, which is happening in May in Pittsburgh!

If selected, your startup receives free booth space, two conference passes, a spot at the PyCon Jobs Fair, and eternal glory. Think of it as the Python Software Foundation’s way of giving back to the startup community.

Again: Applications officially close on Friday night (but you’ll be able to sneak in an application through Sunday night 😉). If you apply and land a spot, tell us about it!

🎙️ AI Minds Podcast!

In episode 5 of the AIMinds Podcast, Demetrios is joined by Mike Liu, CEO and founder of Freefuse. They discuss the intersection of AI and education technology, as Mike shares his journey from being an engineer to venturing into AI, highlighting the challenges and revelations he encountered along the way. 

From testing novel ideas with voice recognition to navigating the complexities of building AI-powered products, Mike provides valuable insights into the world of AI startups.

See the podcast page here

“We always believe that there is an opportunity to make the world a better place by simply adding in AI to take out some of the menial tasks that folks do.”

Mike Liu, CEO of Freefuse (2024)

🎤 Building Conversational AI Apps with Voice!

The incredible MLOps Community is showcasing conversational AI that you can actually speak to rather than type at. Senior ProductManager Michelle Chan expertly discusses tips on how to create conversational AI agents with voice with good user experience.

🤖 Additional Bits and Bytes

  • Perhaps the most realistic AI Voices use this Technique: The image above comes from an article on environment-aware text-to-speech. You may recognize it from last week’s feature. Check it out!

  • Glossary Page on AI Video Generation: “AI Video Generation stands at the forefront of revolutionizing how we conceive and produce video content. At its core, this technology leverages artificial intelligence to automate various aspects of video production, including scriptwriting, editing, and post-production.”

  • AI in Customer Service: Sometimes you know when you’re talking to a robot. Sometimes you don’t. Here’s an overview of how AI is used in everything from food services to hotels, and sometimes even tourism!