These Computer-Generated Candy Heart Love Messages Put The “Artificial” In “Artificial Intelligence”

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These might not get the response you want

Artificial intelligence is one of the great bogeymans. With every leap forward in technology, we seem to get closer to a reality in which computers become self-aware and robots take over. Whether it’s SkyNet or The Matrix or a grocery store robot, it seems the singularity is approacching.

And then someone tries to teach a computer to write a Harry Potter novel, or to create Valentine’s Day hearts, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. Because computers be TRIPPIN’!

Janelle Shane, a research scientist, showed Twitter the limits of AI with a little experiment she did in which she attempted to program a little romance into a learning algorithm known as a neural network.

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On her blog, AI Weirdness, Shane’s bio explains that she trains neural networks “to write unintentional humor as they struggle to imitate human datasets.”

Her latest experiment involved those candy hearts that are everywhere around Valentine’s Day. You know, the ones that have little love messages on them like “BE MINE” and “CALL ME.” For the purposes of her experiment, Shane input all the messages she could find into a neural network and tasked it with creating some new ones. It did not go well.

She posted the results to her blog and shared some of them on Twitter, where they were greeted with confusion and joy as people tweeted their favorites.

Also among the messages the network came up with? DEAR ME, MY MY, LOVE BOT, CUTE KISS, MY BEAR, LOVE BUN. Also YOU’RE ME, SWOOL MAT, BOG LOVE, I HONKER, HOW COT, BEAR WIG, FANG, and my personal favorites, U HACK, HOW U HOT, and CHERT FACE.

It’s pretty safe to say that ain’t nobody bout to get catfished by Siri anytime soon. Especially when you look at one of Shane’s previous experiments, in which she tried to get a neural network to generate some pickup lines.

The results were surreal, to say the least.

  • You are so beautiful that you make me feel better to see you.
  • Hey baby, you’re to be a key? Because I can bear your toot?
  • I don’t know you.
  • I have to give you a book, because you’re the only thing in your eyes.
  • Are you a candle? Because you’re so hot of the looks with you.

I might have been a little rough on computers earlier, because I’m not gonna lie, a few of those would totally work on me.

Father and Son Escape Burning Truck in the Nick of Time

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19-year old Minnesota man Kobe Sammons drove 500 miles to visit his family in Nebraska. When he arrived he told to his father, Jeremy, that his ride just wasn’t running right. So his dad hopped in the truck and the two went for a drive in hopes of discovering what the problem was.

A short while later they pulled over when Jeremy noticed smoke had entered the cabin of the truck. The smoke quickly turned to heat and it became apparent the engine compartment was on fire.

That’s when both men attempted to open their doors but they would not unlock.

The father wondered if this would be their final moments together.

“I told him he would have to break the glass or kick the door open. I couldn’t help him.” the elder Sammons told News Channel Nebraska.

But eventually Kobe was able to kick the door open.

“It was in those moments. Just when it had to open, the door opened.” Kobe’s dad said.

By the time firefighters arrived the truck was completely engulfed in flames. Authorities on the scene considered that the fire may have caused the doors’ unlocking mechanism to malfunction.

The truck can easily be replaced, the important thing is that this father and son duo escaped unharmed.

75-Year-Old Volunteer Literally Takes Catnaps at Animal Shelter

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If you’re a cat lover you’ll probably agree that 75-year-old Wisconsinite Terry Lauerman is living the dream. He spends most days volunteering at his local animal shelter snoozing with cats.

Lauerman begins his day at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary where he brushes any cat that needs it, then ends up catching a few z’s with his feline friends. The cats and staff at the shelter love the service Lauerman provides and so do thousands of others because of a viral Facebook post about him.

Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, told The Huffington Post that Lauerman never signed up to be a volunteer but just showed up one day, armed with a cat brush and dream to help some kitties.

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen said. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

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Safe Haven is a cage-free, no-kill shelter aimed at rehabilitating cats with special needs who would likely be euthanized elsewhere. Feldhausen says Lauerman usually comes in for about three hours every day—he’ll start by brushing a cat but usually ends up dozing off.

“He sleeps for about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,”

The cats aren’t the only ones benefitting from his visits, though. “He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” said Feldhausen.

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The post about Lauerman has received tons of positive attention and according to Feldhausen, they’ve received about $20,000 in donations since the post went viral.

While Lauerman is happy to have brought so much attention to Safe Haven, he wants people to know that there are plenty of other volunteers that put in hours of hard work to make sure the cats are loved and cared for.

Unlike them, however, Lauerman can do it in his sleep.

Father Figures: So Be It

“My money is tight living here in Silicon Valley.

My daughters are both really smart and take advanced classes, which takes a shit load of money for tests, materials and such. I too play the ‘money is tight’ card around holidays and birthdays, but I work my ass off and find side jobs. As many as I can to make sure they have the best day possible on those special occasions.

If that means not buying myself anything for the rest of my life, so be it.

They always come first, and I believe they will appreciate the struggles later on in life, and they’ll be better off for it.”

– Mauro Hernandez

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Dad’s Panoramic Photo of Daughter Goes Horribly Wrong and Viral

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With new phones constantly boasting advancements in camera technology, it’s no wonder some people have trouble keeping up—dads in particular.

Just ask 21-year-old Twitter user Simran. She recently came to terms with the fact that her father is a bit more technologically-challenged than she realized.

Here’s how Simran appears when she’s directing the photo shoot:

While on vacation her dad attempted to snap a unique picture of her. He insisted on trying out his iPhone X’s panoramic photo mode. As you probably expect, the photo didn’t turn out quite as planned.

“My dad told me to stand by the apples because he said he discovered a new way to take pano pics vertically,” Simran told Mashable. “I agreed to it and this was the result.”

“When he saw them he said ‘they look great’ and then I saw them and completely lost it. I mean, are you kidding me? I look like an Alien,” she said.

A number of people chimed in and made fun comparisons to some pretty unflattering images.

Clearly, Simran has been a good sport and we commend her dad for a bold attempt at harnessing advanced photo technology. But perhaps he should stick with the old fashioned point-and-shoot method from now on?

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