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Artificial intelligence interprets synchronously, questions tourists using an AI lie detector and helps drivers choose the best route. Follow our weekly digest to find out more about these and other events in the AI universe.

AI painting sells for $432 500

At Christie's auction in New York, an AI-generated painting was placed. The creators were expecting that the painting would be bought for $10 000 but it managed to fetch $432 500.

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The France-based developers from the art collective called Obvious created an AI-fueled system that paints portraits simulating Medieval ones. The authors fed the system the images between the 14th and 20th centuries and trained it to design similar works of art.

The piece of art is called ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ and is listed in the series of 11 portraits that are available on the studio’s website.

Baidu system can be a synchronist

Baidu engineers created an AI-powered translating system that works online.

The product was called STACL. Its main peculiarity is that during a translating process, the system tries to predict words, that is why pauses between a phrase and its translation are minimal.

As claimed by the developers, their task was to make this system interpret in a synchronous way. They took into account that a standard way of a synchronist working process is waiting until the end of a sentence and the starting translating.

STACL is capable of word prediction though some mistakes are not rare. To make the translation more accurate, the developers recommend the advance reading of the relevant texts.

AI lie detector to question EU tourists

Border control checkpoints in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will use a lie detector to question tourists. iBorderCtrl is based on artificial intelligence and is better at lie recognizing than standard programs.

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The AI detector will question tourists after they’ve passed through the checkpoint. Questions will include “What’s in your suitcase?” and “If you open the suitcase and show me what is inside, will it confirm that your answers were true?”.

As reported by project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics, the system records travelers’ faces and can analyze 38 facial micro-gestures due to AI.

He also commented that AI recognizes the traveler’s gender, ethnicity and language.

Google to support social AI projects

Google.org is launching a social project AI for Social Good. It is aimed at the creation of AI-based products in order to tackle social and ecologic problems.

The company also announced the AI Impact Challenge contest. Its mission is enabling companies, scientific and research organizations to develop AI projects for the good of society. Applications can be submitted until January 22, 2019. The winners are to be announced at Google I/O conference scheduled for May.

Jeff Dean, the head of the company’s Google AI division, claimed that they are willing to prove that AI may both design software and solve social problems.

Honda develops AI platform for drivers

Honda and SoundHound will develop artificial intelligence called Curious Minded Machine to help drivers and track their actions.

Curious Minded Machine will monitor a driver, react to voice commands and fund a more effective way to solve tasks.

The aim of the developers is to create a new type of automobiles that would express interest and willingness to learn. The intelligent system would also be able to understand people’s needs and address complex issues.

The development process teamed up the University of Washington, the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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