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Fruit of an acquisition: Apple AI software goes open

Apple's joined other juggernauts of the tech sector by releasing an open source AI framework. Turi Create 4.0, which landed at GitHub recently, is a fruit of its 2016 US$200 million acquisition of Turi. As the GitHub description explains, it targets app developers that want custom machine learning models but don't have the …
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Google learns to smile, because AI's bad at it

Google's taken a small step towards addressing the persistent problem of bias in artificial intelligence, setting its boffins to work on equal-opportunity smile detection. In a paper published at arXiv December 1, Mountain View trio Hee Jung Ryu, Margaret Mitchell and Hartwig Adam laid out the results of research designed to …
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AI hype surge numbers, robo-radiologists, Apple voxels, and lots more

Roundup Here's a human-compiled, totally non-robot generated summary of AI news beyond what we've already reported the past month week. By the way, your humble Reg vulture will be at the machine-learning super-conference NIPS in LA next week – please do email in if you want to say hi, or point out any hot talks or gossip. AI Index – …
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What do Tensor Flow, Caffe and Torch have in common? Open CVEs

Dabblers with prominent artificial intelligence tools have been warned and/or reminded to check their dependencies because some have open vulnerabilities. That warning came from Qixue Xiao and Deyue Zhang (from Quihoo's 360 Security Research Lab), Kang Li (University of Georgia) and Weilin Xu (University of Virginia), who …
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ML fails: Loyalty prediction? Not really. And bonus prediction? Oh dear

Hello, wrong number You may never have heard of the NPS but if you have ever answered a question such as: "How likely are you to recommend our company/product/service to your friends and colleagues?" you have entered the Net Promoter Score zone. The Net Promoter Score is used to gauge the loyalty of a firm's customers and, since its introduction …
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Neural networks: Today, classifying flowers... tomorrow, Skynet maybe

If there's a poster child for machine learning, it's neural networks. We gave a practical introduction to the topic here, but this time I'll take a different approach and explain the background to how neural networks, er, work. To demonstrate this, we'll show how a neural net can be used to classify different species of iris …
Mark Whitehorn, 27 Nov 2017

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist? If you believe the statisticians, Python is the default choice for many. 50 per cent of data scientists and developers use Python, with 33 per cent prioritising it for development, …
Maxwell Cooter, 22 Nov 2017

TensorFlow lightens up to land on smartmobes, then embed everywhere

Google's released an Android/iOS version of TensorFlow. The Chocolate Factory announced the developer preview of TensorFlow Lite in this Tuesday blog post. The post stated the release will initially target smartmobes, with later versions to target embedded devices. Google first revealed its desire for machine learning …

Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel. Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news. He opened by saying “it is probably worth pointing out how the 0day robot has been getting even better (it was very useful before, but …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2017
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You wanted robo-butlers. Instead, you're getting robo-BOFHs

Interview Park Place Technologies for the past two years has been working with IT services biz BMC to develop a way to augment its data center service business with machine learning. Chris Adams, chief operating officer of the data center hardware-tending shop, based in Cleveland, Ohio, told The Register in a phone interview the way …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Nov 2017

UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

Comment The Home Secretary believes artificial intelligence will soon be used to stop people posting on the internet pre-emptively with a kind of Minority Report-style "precrime" unit. Amber Rudd made the call at an event hosted by the US think tank the New America Foundation. The Home Secretary castigated the platforms for taking " …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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OpenStack Foundation starts scoping machine learning enhancements

OPENSTACK SYDNEY The OpenStack Foundation has started to scope what it will take to make its software a suitable platform on which to run machine learning workloads. “Machine learning this year feels a bit like edge computing last year,” Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce today told The Register, in that users revealed their work on …

Cupboard of matrices looking a little... sparse? Have this delicious Taco

A bunch of clever folks have created an open-source compiler, dubbed Taco, that generates code optimized for performing calculations on sparse matrices – a useful but tricky concept in computer science. From studying interactions in particle physics and ranking search engine results, to training artificial intelligence systems …
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Google and Intel cook AI chips, neural network exchanges – and more

Roundup Welcome to our roundup of major AI news from the past two weeks. Machine learning is so hyped right now, it doesn't help when companies such as Intel and Nvidia announce new chips and reveal little information about the specs, but make lofty claims of increased speed and precision. It's also difficult to keep track of all the …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Oct 2017

Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz

Creaking hardware dinosaur Cisco is to gobble machine-learning upstart Perspica to beef up its analytical muscle at the performance management AppDynamics division. Perspica has hooked $8.5m in funding since it was founded in 2014 and uses ML to analyse real-time operational data. The idea behind the software is to alert …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Oct 2017

ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

"Brains are massively parallel. We each have just under 100 billion neurons inside our heads, all running at the same time. And they are hugely connected, with 1015 synapses connecting the neurons together. The way forward in computing is parallelism. There is no other option." Professor Steve Furber, one of the designers of …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Oct 2017

Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

Hello, wrong number At the heart of machine learning are patterns, and patterns are all about counting, so it's important to make sure we are counting the correct items in the correct way. Combinatorics is the branch of mathematics concerned with counting things; more specifically, all the wonderful ways you can count, arrange and manipulate finite …
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Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

Boffins have recommended the British government establishes a council to oversee and coordinate artificial intelligence across the private and public sectors. The suggestion was made by computer scientist Wendy Hall and BenevolentTech CEO Jérôme Pesenti in a review commissioned by the government in a bid to boost the AI …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Oct 2017

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