Confluence Summit 2017 – Worth the Wait!

by | Oct 31, 2017 | Artificial Intelligence, News, Technology

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the first ever Confluence Summit was a success.

Don Hahn had the audience captivated from the moment he got on stage. Weaving tales of delight as he walked through the evolution of Disney animation, he tugged at heartstrings with clips from popular classics like Dumbo (I kid you not, there were actual tears).

It was a tough act to follow, but our own Venkat Nagaswamy took the stage next. Along with Nadira Azermai, the CEO of Scriptbook, he highlighted some eye-opening examples of advances in the field of artificial intelligence.

The first, pictured below, is an example of what has created. Only two of these images below were taken by a camera – the others were generated by machine learning. (We aren’t telling you the answer, but the original article let’s you know which ones are ‘real’ – you can check it out here.)


Crazy, huh? The other example was even more intriguing.

In a fascinating study titled “Automated Crowdturfing Attacks and Defenses in Online Review Systems“, five researchers from the University of Chicago looked at automated generation of restaurant reviews. You’ve heard of fake news…now we’re looking at fake reviews.

As they point out, many popular online sites such as Amazon, Yelp, iTunes and TripAdvisor are full of these fake reviews from businesses to harm the competition and bolster revenue. These researchers built their own ‘attack model’ using Recurrent Neural Networks. The results are nothing short of extraordinary.

An AI-based one star review:

And an AI-based five star review:

For the rest of the three star reviews (and different temperatures, which determine how realistic and authentic the reviews seem) you should check out the study. And if you’d like to hear more on Venkat’s own speech, we’ll have some videos up soon of the Summit!