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What we learned from an OpenAI tweet takeover

If you’re like me and absolutely love watching AI fail at trying to be human then you know why it seemed like such a good idea to let an AI run our Twitter account for a day. Much like Skynet being released into the world, we wanted to see what happened if we released OpenAI’s latest fake-text generator into Twitter. We soon realized that modern AI is getting too smart to play dumb.

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This year we were introduced to OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generation AI that has been trained on 100s of millions of web pages in order to have it generate new content that reads like it was written by a sensible human. …


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Enjoy these delish-ish recipes humans

Elon Musk’s AI team has upgraded their OpenAI with the ability to generate fake text that’s so convincing you’ll swear it was written by a human. In fact, it’s so good at writing made-up content that it’s been deemed “too dangerous to make public.” So yeah, we needed to try it out for ourselves.

Since AI will soon manage every aspect of our daily life we wanted to know if it could create some inventive new recipes to keep our human tastebuds happy while we frolic around The Matrix for eternity. You can’t get your hands on the full AI at this point, but OpenAI did release a safer and more dumbed-down version for anyone to try out. …


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Can you believe that Bitcoin turned 10 years old TODAY?! Well it did and on this episode see how its Lightning network is paying people just for looking at Brands, how AI can make anybody dance like JT, and how cashierless stores are blazing trails on the Retail frontier. So, while you’re here why not stop in and enjoy a tasty tech sandwich on us👇.

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Some links to stuff from this episode

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Still hungry for more technology!? Just head on over to our Pinterest board or stop by the rp Garage and keep up with all the things we find every day here at redpepper. Peace and love and bye ’til next time!

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Slaying sweet dreams with Neural Networks

Over the past few years neural networks have started to achieve things once thought unimaginable. Just last week a neural network generated a piece of art that sold for $432k. Yes, the future is weird. Neural networks come in all flavors but one in particular has recently fascinated me, Generative Adversarial Networks. GANs are special because they go beyond predicting things and actually create things.

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GANs work by pitting two networks against each other resulting in an automated, self-improving feedback loop. It basically teaches itself how to make itself better. The longer it runs, the “smarter” it gets 🤯.

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Sample of the training set

After collecting thousands of Halloween masks, we fed them to a GAN powered by Google’s Tensorflow and set it loose to see if it could create some never-before-seen Halloween masks. The generated masks start off as noise but slowly become more and more realistic over hours and hours of training. …


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Welcome to Touch on Tech where we talk about how technology is changing the world you do know today into the world you don’t know tomorrow. We’ve got everything from judgemental AI mirrors to robots stealing jobs from children. Do you like the future, because you’re in it!

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Some links to stuff from this episode

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Still hungry for more technology!? Just head on over to our Pinterest board or stop by the rp Garage and keep up with all the things we find every day here at redpepper. Peace and love and bye ’til next time!

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Building the industry bookshelf one recommended read at a time

Most of what I read is online, so I was actually surprised when I realized that five of my favorite books happen to be physical-ish. I enjoy anything that gets my imagination going and these books do just that.

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Forget all the rules you ever learned about graphic design. Including the ones in this book, by Bob Gill

Bob Gill is a legend — let’s just get that out of the way. As the founding partner of the agency that eventually became New York’s mythical Pentagram Design, this book is the culmination of his approach to design. It’s an unassuming book from the 80s that has so many timeless lessons about design that it should be on any creative’s list. I’ve referenced this book in design consideration and feedback more than any other. Simple ideas like “Interesting words need boring graphics”, “Boring words need interesting graphics”, and “the problem is the problem” are brought to life with clever examples. …


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Welcome to Touch on Tech where we talk about how technology is changing the world you do know today into the world you don’t know tomorrow. In this episode Kroger teams up with 2 Google veterans to launch driver-free delivery, The New York Times makes an AR journey through the cave that trapped the Thai soccer team, and AI takes on portrait drawing (10/10, would recommend).

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Some links to stuff from this episode

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Still hungry for more technology!? Just head on over to our Pinterest board or stop by the rp Garage and keep up with all the things we find every day here at redpepper. Peace and love and bye ’til next time!

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Learnings from our attempt at Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality crashed from its Peak of Inflated Expectations a few years ago but is now dragging itself out of the Trough thanks to exponential advances in quality and ecosystems. In the next few years VR will be incredibly immersive, portable, and cost efficient, so now is the time to start thinking about how how to capitalize on this world of virtually endless opportunity.

We decided to explore how a brand like our beloved Tennessee MoonPie could leverage VR. The result is Mission MoonPie VR. And like any good innovation services project, we’re at the point where we need some feedback to make it better! …


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Well Summer sure is heatin’ up and of course, so is technology! Since it’s a little too late for the ideal summer six-pack you might as well chew on this food-filled lineup of future tech. Self-driving, late-night taco delivery with a side of bacon cryptocurrency? *DING* your order’s up!

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Some full videos from this episode

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Still hungry for more technology!? Just head on over to our Pinterest board or stop by the rp Garage and keep up with all the things we find every day here at redpepper. Peace and love and bye ’til next time!

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It’s a new year, and you know what that means. It’s time for some new tech! Is your resolution is to keep in shape? Then this is your lucky year! Get slim in a VR Gym or run away from mini-Segway security officers. Tech is gonna keep you on your toes in 2018—so keep on tech’s toes with this month’s Touch on Tech!

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Some full videos from this episode

Better use for cardboard boxes
VR Gym
Should’ve lol’d more
Ipeea
Print Videos
Paul Blart 2.0 Skynet Edition
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Isn’t technology great!? If you want to see more of these types of things, just head on over to our Pinterest board or stop by the rp Garage and keep up with all the things we find every day here at redpepper. Peace and love and bye ’til next time!

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