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Meet TPU 3.0: Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI

Google IO The latest iteration of Google’s custom-designed number-crunching chip, version three of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), will dramatically cut the time needed to train machine learning systems, the Chocolate Factory has claimed. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the third version of the Google-crafted matrix math processor …
Iain Thomson, 09 May 2018

Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

Google IO Google today opened its annual I/O developer bash with details of how it’s going to lob machine-learning software at everything you do online and offline, and it truly means everything. CEO Sundar Pichai took to the stage in Silicon Valley to explain how artificial intelligence will make life easier, safer, and more fun for …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2018
Waymo self-driving minivan

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

Roundup This week's AI roundup includes an alarming report from California's Department of Motor Vehicles about how shoddy autonomous cars still are, a Waymo self-driving car crash, and some news from Facebook's F8 conference and its new job posting. Uh oh, not another self-driving car crash It’s Waymo’s turn to be involved in a car …
Katyanna Quach, 05 May 2018

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 …
Katyanna Quach, 02 May 2018

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, …
Katyanna Quach, 02 May 2018
Super Mario Bros

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 …
Katyanna Quach, 01 May 2018

AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it

Thousands of machine-learning wizards have signed an open statement boycotting a new AI-focused academic journal, disapproving of the paper’s policy of closed-access. Nature Machine Intelligence is a specialized journal concentrating on intelligent systems and robotics research. It’s expected to launch in January next year, …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Apr 2018

Google founder Sergey Brin promises to protect humanity from AI

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has used his annual founder’s letter to raise the issue of ethics in AI. Brin’s note to investors says “The new spring in artificial intelligence is the most significant development in computing in my lifetime”. He then gushed a bit about the stuff AI can do, declaring “we are truly in a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018

Europe needs more dosh for AI, Google's TPU2 vs Nvidia's Tesla V100, and more

Roundup Here's your roundup of machine-learning news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Axon AI Ethics board A group of civil rights groups and technology researchers has written a letter to Axon, a company that uses AI to analyze video footage aimed at law enforcement. Axon recently announced it had set up an AI …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Apr 2018
Nuclear War

Good news: AI could solve the pension crisis – by triggering a nuclear apocalypse by 2040

AI could kick start a nuclear war by 2040, according to a dossier published this month by the RAND Corporation, a US policy and defence think tank. The technically light report describes several scenarios in which machine-learning technology tracks and sets the targets of nuclear weapons. This would involve AI gathering and …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Apr 2018
NGC 3972 (pic: NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU))

Astroboffins build AI to chase galactic blue nuggets in space

AI systems can be trained to help astronomers identify if galaxies are still active in producing new stars, according to a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal. A team of researchers have built a convolutional neural network to identify galaxies at various evolutionary stages. Galaxies are mostly massive blobs of …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Apr 2018
Teacher despairs at pupil's poor arithmetic

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
Doctors in a busy hospital

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
IKEA rage

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

Singaporean scientists have asked the question: “Can robots assemble an IKEA chair?” and come back with enough of a “Yes” that The Register feels it time to call for robots to take this job away from humans. Pleeeease, robots. Take this job away from us! The boffins behind this breakthrough, assistant professor Pham Quang …
Simon Sharwood, 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
Guy pointing at a shirt reading 'Follow me'

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

US army boffins use AI to spot faces in the dark

US army researchers have developed a convolutional neural network and a range of algorithms to recognise faces in the dark. "This technology enables matching between thermal face images and existing biometric face databases or watch lists that only contain visible face imagery,” explained Benjamin Riggan on Monday, co-author …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018

Infosec brainiacs release public dataset to classify new malware using AI

Researchers at Endgame, a cyber-security biz based in Virginia, have published what they believe is the first large open-source dataset for machine learning malware detection known as EMBER. EMBER contains metadata describing 1.1 million Windows portable executable files: 900,000 training samples evenly split into malicious, …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Apr 2018

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
AI boss and human slaves

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
Robot thinking.

Has your machine really learned something? Snap quiz time

Machine learning (ML) is all about getting machines to learn but how do we know how well they are doing? Answer – confusion matrices and ROC space. Suppose we have existing data about people who buy books from our website – age, amount spent, preferred author and so on. These columns of data are known, in ML terms, as the " …
Mark Whitehorn, 13 Apr 2018

Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things, warns US Army AI boffin

A US Army researcher believes that wars will be fought with human soldiers commanding a team of physical and cyber robots to create a network of “Internet of Battle Things” in the future. “Internet of Intelligent Battle Things (IOBT) is the emerging reality of warfare,” as AI and machine learning advances Alexander Kott, chief …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Apr 2018

Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

Roundup Here is a round up of this week’s AI news beyond what we've already covered. Get ready for ethical debates around autonomous weapons, a free online AI course, and a cracking video of a Russian drone. Stop killer robots! A large group on internationally renowned AI academics have signed an open letter threatening to boycott …
Katyanna Quach, 07 Apr 2018

AI can't help without your data, says Gartner, so share, share, share!

Gartner thinks the Facebook data panic will subside as people start to realise the value of their information. Predicting an eventual upturn in the sagging smartphone market, research director Ranjit Atwal told The Reg that while artificial intelligence has proven key to making phones more useful by removing friction from …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2018

OpenAI challenges you to beat 1990s classic Sonic the Hedgehog using machine learning

OpenAI has launched a new competition using classic Sonic the Hedgehog games as a testbed for transfer learning in AI. Reinforcement learning is an area of machine learning that tries to teach an agent specific behaviours in a fixed environment. The agent is programmed to explore its environment and experiments with different …
Katyanna Quach, 05 Apr 2018

Is there alien life out there? Let's turn to AI, problem solver du jour

A team of astroboffins have built artificial neural networks that estimate the probability of exoplanets harboring alien life. The research was presented during a talk on Wednesday at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The neural network works by classifying planets into five …
Katyanna Quach, 05 Apr 2018
Woman pointing at the reader

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

Be careful which words you feed into that machine-learning software you're building, and how. A study of news articles and books written during the 20th and 21st century has shown that not only are gender and ethnic stereotypes woven into our language, but that algorithms commonly used to train code can end up unexpectedly …
Katyanna Quach, 04 Apr 2018

Here is your low down on TensorFlow updates, France's AI strategy, and a new DeepMind lab

Roundup Here's your weekly AI roundup. There were new announcements from Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference and Google's TensorFlow Dev Summit while France announced its own national AI strategy in a report and vowed €1.5bn in public funding. TensorFlow conference - Google hosted the TensorFlow Dev Summit on Friday in Mountain View, …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Mar 2018
Robot reading photo via Shutterstock

Machine learning library TensorFlow can count to potato... I mean, 1.7

Open-source machine-learning boffins rejoice! Numerical computation library TensorFlow 1.7.0 made a discreet appearance this morning, just a month after 1.6 dropped. TensorFlow was originally developed by Google Brain for internal use before going open source in November 2015. The processor-intensive library makes full use of …
Richard Speed, 29 Mar 2018

Storm brewing? Weather buff uses deep learning to predict patterns

Meteorologists are starting to experiment with deep learning tech to predict severe weather patterns. David Gagne, a postdoctoral researcher at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), developed a simple convolutional neural network model to forecast the chances of hailstorms. In the last decade, severe storms …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Mar 2018

Gone in 60.121 seconds: Your guide to the pricey new gear Nvidia teased at its annual GPU fest

GTC Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang flaunted a bunch of stuff, from bigger boxes of graphics chips to robot simulators, at its 2018 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. Here's a quick summary of what went down, minus the fluff. Huang acknowledged in a Q&A session that there is indeed a shortage right now of top- …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Mar 2018
Uber self-driving car

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

Roundup It’s been a grim week for AI. The deadly Uber crash and fallout from the scandal between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are a reminder of the ways algorithms can fail, and how they can be used against us. Fatal Uber self-driving car vid - The video footage capturing the last moments just before one of Uber’s self-driving car …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Mar 2018

DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick

Researchers trying to understand how neural networks work shouldn’t just focus on interpretable neurons, according to new research from DeepMind researchers. AI systems are often described as black boxes. It’s difficult to understand how they work and reach particular outcomes, making people nervous about using them to make …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Mar 2018

AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

A pair of computer scientists have created a neural network that can self-replicate. “Self-replication is a key aspect of biological life that has been largely overlooked in Artificial Intelligence systems,” they argue in a paper popped onto arXiv this month. It’s an important process in reproduction for living things, and is …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Mar 2018

Facebook opens up Big Basin Volta plans to share the server wealth

Facebook has revealed its updated GPU-powered server design known as Big Basin v2 as part of the Open Compute Project. The OCP was set up by a community of engineers trying to build efficient servers, storage and data centers by openly sharing intellectual property. Companies such as Nokia, Intel, Cisco, Lenovo, Apple and …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Mar 2018

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