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Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more

Roundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge. Hurrah, more support for PyTorch: Amazon Sagemaker, a platform that deploys machine learning systems at scale, now supports models …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Jun 2018

Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

AI can detect signs of nuclear weapons testing banned under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, according to research from the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A group of scientists have built a neural network to sniff out any unusual nuclear activity. Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Jun 2018

You've seen the hype. Now you're curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab...

Microsoft has thrown open the doors to its AI Lab, a suite of beginner projects to help developers learn machine learning. There are five different experiments that cover computer vision, natural language processing, and drones. “Each lab gives you access to the experimentation playground, source code on GitHub, a crisp …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2018

AI-on-demand as Google Cloud TPUs are rentable for a few bucks a hour

AI developers can now rent Google’s Cloud TPU chips in the US, Asia, and Europe by the hour. The Cloud TPU, also referred to as TPU2, is the second generation of Google’s TPU hardware aimed at optimizing machine learning models written in TensorFlow. The first TPU was more of an internal experiment and could only handle …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2018
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AI caramba! Nvidia devs get a host of new kit to build smart systems

Nvidia has released a bunch of new tools for savvy AI developers in time for the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Some of them have been previously announced at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC) earlier this year. Here’s a quick rundown: Kubernetes on Nvidia GPUs The beta …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Jun 2018

How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

Computer boffins have devised a potential hardware-based Trojan attack on neural network models that could be used to alter system output without detection. Adversarial attacks on neural networks and related deep learning systems have received considerable attention in recent years due to the growing use of AI-oriented systems …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jun 2018
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AI military upstart attacked by Russian malware, Twitter fires up TensorFlow, and more

Roundup Welcome to this week's AI news bites, picking up the bits besides everything else we've written about. Big Blue's Watson Health division is apparently struggling: IBM Watson Health announced it was scaling back its business after failing to win hospital contracts. At an internal meeting IBM said that hospitals weren’t all …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Jun 2018

AI is cool and all – but doctors and patients don't really need it

The American Medical Association does not believe that using AI is essential in healthcare and will benefit all patients, according to a new report. It published its first policy recommendations on ‘augmented intelligence’ in time for its Annual Meeting in June. “As technology continues to advance and evolve, we have a unique …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Jun 2018
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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

A team of scientists at Universität Bonn in Germany has developed not-at-all-creepy software able to predict the future. A few minutes of it, at least. However, before heading out for a lottery ticket, potential users should be aware that the software is currently at its best when predicting what a chef might be about to do or …
Richard Speed, 14 Jun 2018

AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

VID AI systems can track the movements of people hidden behind walls by inspecting radio waves reflected off their bodies, according to a new study. The model dubbed “RF-Pose” starts off by transmitting low power radio signals that can penetrate through walls using a wireless Wi-Fi device. These waves bounce back when reflected …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jun 2018
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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

Several Hollywood companies have rallied against a bill that would ban the creation of fake pornographic videos made using AI. Bill A08155, filed by the New York State Assembly on May 31, looks like the first legal step taken to combat ‘deepfakes’, a technique that alters videos by stitching other people’s faces often onto the …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jun 2018

Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner

Pointy-Haired Bosses* are splashing AI about their organisations without a clue about why they're doing it, says a senior Gartner analyst. "As head of customer experience, the logic is: we have to deploy AI because everyone else is doing it. In fact, there's not a huge number of companies that are actually deploying AI," …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2018
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Deck the halls with HALs: AI steals the show at Infosec Europe

Artificial intelligence and machine learning - rather than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation – emerged as a key theme of the Infosecurity Europe Conference. Many security vendors - particularly in the field of endpoint security - have been talking up the potential for artificial intelligence for years. That’s the …
John Leyden, 8 Jun 2018
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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

Video A drone surveillance system capable of highlighting “violent individuals” in a crowd in real time has been built by eggheads. The artificially intelligent technology uses a video camera on a hovering quadcopter to study the body movements of everyone in view. It then raises an alert when it identifies aggressive actions, such …
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AIOps they did it again, played with your heart, new acronym shame

“So, let me ask you,” he said, smoothing out his goatee with one hand. “Five planes have been circling for hours, delayed. You can land one.” A long pause. “How do you choose?” Us 20-something developers had been corralled into a windowless room to meet with this new “CTO”, but we were pretty sure they didn’t do much right …
Michael Cote, 5 Jun 2018
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Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

Video Machine-learning experts have built a neural network that can manipulate facial movements in videos to create fake footage – in which people appear to say something they never actually said. It could be used to create convincing yet faked announcements and confessions seemingly uttered by the rich and powerful as well as the …
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UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species

UK Foreign Secretary and Beano* character wrought in flesh, Boris Johnson, put tech boffins and conservationists in a room together today and asked them to come up with a way of combating illegal wildlife trade. Representatives from the likes of Google and Amazon were regaled with stories from the Zoological Society of London …
Richard Speed, 4 Jun 2018

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of all the important announcements in AI this week. Google has succumbed to pressure and won't be renewing its contract with the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, there's a public massive data dump for useful for training self-driving cars and some hatred for AI stock photos. Google to pull …

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