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These mind-bending magic tricks were created by a computer

These mind-bending magic tricks were created by a computer
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Is the rabbit in the hat old news? Perhaps you've figured out the secret to certain mind-bending card tricks. Or maybe you know that some magic is just made up of simple video-editing tricks. 

Either way, magic tricks are going to be a little bit harder to figure out now that an artificial intelligence computer program knows how to create new twists and turns to basic magic tricks.

Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer the basics for creating magic jigsaw and mind-reading card tricks. They have also taught the computer how humans understand these tricks.

According to Howard Williams, the project's co-creator:

"Computer intelligence can process much larger amounts of information and run through all the possible outcomes in a way that is almost impossible for a person to do on their own. So while a member of the audience might have seen a variation on this trick before, the AI can now use psychological and mathematical principles to create lots of different versions and keep audiences guessing.”

Watch the demo videos below to get a better idea of the tricks:

Professor Peter McOwan, part of the QMUL team who worked on the project, added: “Using AI to create magic tricks is a great way to demonstrate the possibilities of computer intelligence and it also forms a part of our research in to the psychology of being a spectator. For example, we suspected that audiences would be suspicious of the involvement of technology in the delivery of a trick but we’ve found out that isn’t the case.”

If you want to try out this trick for yourself, the app is called Phoney and you can download it for Android gadgets. 

Is this the danger Elon Musk warned us about? Let me know what you think by posting in the comments below.

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