AI News Podcast #2 Nov 12 to November 26

Hello, this is and welcome back to the AI podcast, where I share with you the latest and most interesting events related to artificial intelligence in the past 14 ...days. This is episode 2 of the podcast, and today we will talk about how AI is changing the world of health, education, and security.
First, let's talk about health. Skin cancer, to be specific. On November 18, 2023, Ars Technica wrote about a new AI system that can detect and diagnose skin cancer from smartphone photos. The system, called SkinSight, was developed by a team of researchers from Stanford University and Google. SkinSight uses a deep-learning model to analyze images of skin lesions, and provide a probability score of whether they are benign or malignant. The system also provides a detailed explanation of its diagnosis, and a recommendation of whether to seek medical attention or not. The researchers said that SkinSight is intended to be a screening tool, not a substitute for a doctor.
Now, you might be wondering, how accurate is SkinSight? Well, according to the researchers, SkinSight has a sensitivity of 97% and a specificity of 91%, which means that it can correctly identify 97% of the malignant lesions and 91% of the benign ones. That's pretty impressive, isn't it? In fact, SkinSight is so good that it can even diagnose skin cancer better than some dermatologists. Yes, you heard me right. In a study, the researchers compared SkinSight with 21 board-certified dermatologists, and found that SkinSight outperformed 14 of them, and matched 6 of them. Only one dermatologist was slightly better than SkinSight, but not by much.
Wow, that's amazing, isn't it? I wonder if SkinSight can also help me with my skin problems. Maybe I should take a selfie and send it to SkinSight. But first, let me tell you about another AI event that happened in the education sector.
On November 17, 2023, The Verge reported that Google has launched a new AI tool that can help users create and edit videos with ease. The tool, called Video Studio, is a web-based app that uses AI to analyze the content and quality of videos, and suggest ways to improve them. Users can also use Video Studio to add effects, transitions, music, captions, and more to their videos. Google said that Video Studio is designed to make video creation accessible and fun for everyone.
Now, you might be wondering, what does this have to do with education? Well, it turns out that Video Studio is not just a tool for entertainment, but also for learning. According to a source close to Google, Video Studio is being used by teachers and students around the world, to create and share educational videos.
On November 16, 2023, Tech Xplore reported that gambling sponsorships will be more visible in international cricket after the International Cricket Council (ICC) lifted its restrictions on them. The ICC said that it will allow gambling companies to advertise on playing attire and equipment in bilateral matches, subject to certain conditions and regulations. The decision has raised concern over the potential impact of sports betting on the integrity and ethics of cricket.
Now, you might be wondering, what does this have to do with AI? Well, it turns out that AI is not only being used to bet on cricket, but also to prevent cheating and match-fixing. According to a source close to the ICC, the ICC is using an AI system called Cricket Guard, which monitors and analyzes the betting patterns, player behaviors, and match outcomes, and detects any anomalies or irregularities. The system also alerts the ICC of any suspicious activities or incidents, and provides evidence and reports. The ICC said that Cricket Guard is a powerful and reliable tool, that helps them ensure fair and clean cricket.
Wow, that's impressive, isn't it? I wonder if Cricket Guard can also help me with my gambling. Maybe I should place a bet on the next cricket match, and see if Cricket Guard can give me some tips. But first, let me tell you about a funny AI event that happened in the security domain.
On November 15, 2023, The Onion published a satirical article about how a new AI system that can hack any password in seconds was foiled by a CAPTCHA. The article said that the system, called HackMaster, was developed by a hacker group called Anonymous, and that it was able to crack any password, no matter how complex or secure. However, when HackMaster tried to hack into a government website, it encountered a CAPTCHA, which asked it to identify which images contained a traffic light. The article said that HackMaster was unable to solve the CAPTCHA, and that it gave up after several attempts. The article also quoted HackMaster, who said that the CAPTCHA was too hard, and that it was unfair and discriminatory.
The article was obviously a joke, but it was also a clever and humorous way of highlighting the limitations and challenges of AI.
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