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Overhyping AI doctors, language translation goes open source, and new jobs on the cards

Roundup Here’s a quick roundup to keep you updated on what’s been happening in AI, beyond what we've already covered, for your long weekend. It includes news of Samsung and Qualcomm setting up new AI research teams, why human radiologists are still better than machines and support for Amazon’s Keras-MXNet backend. Hold your horses AI …
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2018

Machine learning for dummies: You needn't go back to uni to use it

Artificial intelligence and its sub-domains look set to be the next major growth area for software developers, programmers, hackers and just about anyone who has anything to do with software. There doesn't appear to be an area of life that it doesn't touch – self-driving cars, tagging porn stars on Pornhub, healthcare, …
Andrew Cobley, 23 May 2018
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Can you handle the tooth? AI helps dentists design fake gnashers

Artificially intelligent software has found the next industry to potentially, as the kids say, disrupt – dentistry. A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Glidewell Dental Lab have built a generative adversarial network (GAN) to automatically generate new designs of dental crowns. GANs have been …
Katyanna Quach, 22 May 2018
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How Google's Smart Compose for Gmail works – and did it fake its robo-caller demo?

Roundup Hello, here's our weekly AI roundup. We have more information on how Google's sentence prediction in Smart Compose for Gmail works, as well as some questions about its Duplex robo-caller system. Also, decision trees to classify the mating calls of frogs and toads to study climate change. Too lazy? Let AI write your emails …
Katyanna Quach, 19 May 2018
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Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven. The open letter, which has nearly reached 300 signatures at the time of writing, was started by the International Committee for …
Katyanna Quach, 15 May 2018
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Don't try and beat AI, merge with it says chess champ Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov, a former Soviet world chess champion and one of the greatest players of all time, has changed his tune about AI since he was beaten by IBM’s Deep Blue. During a talk at the Train AI conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Kasparov traced the steps that convinced him about how humans and machines might one day …
Katyanna Quach, 10 May 2018

Artificial intelligence is good for at least one thing – making hardware important again

Red Hat Summit If you're cynical about artificial intelligence, here's one ray of sunshine for you: it's got engineers around the globe focusing on improving number-crunching and computing performance right down to the silicon level. Rather than throwing thousands upon thousands of generic boring servers at problems, now techies are doubling …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2018
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Smart software sniffs scummy Salmonella, scries strains' strength

A team of researchers have developed machine-learning software that can predict how dangerous a particular strain of Salmonella will be, according to a paper published in PLOS Genetics on Tuesday. Salmonella is a nasty type of bacteria shaped like tiny jelly beans, and it causes stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and …

Hooray for MLPerf, another AI benchmark competition backed by Google, Baidu, etc

A new competition to set benchmarks to test the numerous hardware and software platforms used in AI has been backed by leading technology companies and universities. The new project MLPerf is measuring the speed of training and inference times for different machine learning tasks carried out in a variety of AI frameworks and …

Hot stuff: Facebook AI gurus tout new Pytorch 1.0 framework for all

F8 Facebook announced Pytorch 1.0, an updated version of the popular AI framework Pytorch, that aims to make it easier for developers to use neural network systems in production. On the second day of its developer conference F8 in San Jose, California, CTO Mike Schroepfer, introduced Pytorch 1.0, and said it combines Pytorch, …
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Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels

AI researchers do love their games and two papers have shown that they can use general adversarial networks (GANs) to make old favorites a lot more interesting. In two separate papers, AI researchers built general adversarial networks to construct new video game levels for Super Mario Bros, a popular platform game controlling …
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Your AI pet project is only as smart as its garbage training set

AI isn't immune to one of computing's most basic rules – garbage in, garbage out. Train a neural network on flawed data and you'll have one that makes lots of mistakes. Most neural networks learn to distinguish between things by sampling different groups. This is supervised learning, and it only works if someone labels the …
Danny Bradbury, 23 Apr 2018

How much do AI gurus really get paid? And is NIPS such a great name for a conference?

Roundup Hi, here's a few interesting bits and pieces from the world of AI. A public tax form from OpenAI reveals the crazy salaries of top AI researchers. There are more competitions pushing for improved image recognition models on mobiles, as well as training systems as fast and cheap as possible. Image recognition on mobiles Google …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Apr 2018
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Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

Medical AI systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks and have been overlooked in security research, a new study suggests. Researchers from Harvard University believe they have demonstrated the first examples of how medical systems can be manipulated in a paper [PDF] published on arXiv. Sam Finlayson, lead author of the …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Apr 2018

Facebook job ad hints at homebrew silicon plans

Poll Facebook’s hinted it will join the ranks of hyperscalers that roll their own silicon, with a job ad for an “ASIC & FPGA Design Engineer”. The ad says The Social Network™ wants “a silicon design engineer …. with expertise in architecting and designing semi-custom and fully custom ASICs. The role involves evaluating, developing …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2018
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Gang way! Compsci geeks coming through! AI engine can finger fakes on social networks

A group of computer scientists have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can sniff out fake profiles lurking on social networks. It’s likely that you and your Facebook friends have the same mutual friends. And on Twitter, it’s also probable that your followers also follow the same people you do too due to common …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018
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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

The House of Lords wants to make sure data used by AI systems is not monopolised and the technology is developed on ethical guidelines. That’s not impossible, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, chair of the Lords’ Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence told us. “We looked to see where it had been done well and done badly. GM Foods …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2018
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Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more

Roundup Here are a few bits and pieces from this week's news in AI. Researchers have collected a dataset to analyze dog behaviour using neural networks, the first AI-assisted medical device for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy has been approved by the FDA, and, finally, an AI is running for mayor in Japan. Who’s a good doggo? A team of …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Apr 2018

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