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Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

Roundup Hello, here is a very quick roundup of this week's AI goodies you may have missed. Floating point maths for AI chips: Facebook has published code that improves the efficiency of number crunching to train and deploy neural networks using AI chips. There’s a ton of matrix maths that’s performed when you feed a neural network …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Nov 2018
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Here's a search engine for all you boffins and eggheads that makes it easier to learn science

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has added new features to its academic search engine, Semantic Scholar, to make it easier for professionals and plebs to understand and advance research. Funded by the late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and his sister Jody Allen, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Allen …
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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

Comment For the last few years the media has been awash with hyperbole about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies. It could be said that never, in the field of computer science, have so many ridiculous things been said by so many people in possession of so little relevant expertise. For anyone engaged in …
Andrew Fentem, 6 Nov 2018
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Fight AI with AI! Code taught to finger naughty deepfake vids made by machine-learning algos

The rise of AI systems that can generate fake images and videos has spurred researchers in the US to develop a technique to sniff out these cyber-shams, also known as deepfakes. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are commonly used for creative purposes. These neural networks have helped researchers create made-up data to …
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Hands on with neural-network toolkit LIME: Come now, you sourpuss. You've got some explaining to do

Deep learning has become the go-to "AI" technique for image recognition and classification. It has reached a stage where a programmer doesn't even have to create their own models, thanks to a large number available off the shelf, pre-trained and ready for download. Training these models is essentially an optimisation exercise …
Andrew Cobley, 5 Nov 2018

Google flings $25m at Social Good AI contest, Baidu's whips up neural-net camera to treat eye diseases, and more

Roundup Hello, here’s this week's dose of AI news. Google has promised to throw more money at AI research that benefits society, OpenAI developed a new technique to get bots to be more curious, and Nvidia has launched its own AI Research Residency Program. AI for Social Good: The Chocolate Factory has launched the Google AI Impact …

If you want to inject AI into your apps, and you can stomach Facebook's code, then have we got some news for you

Facebook has unveiled a software toolkit to help programmers plug AI – in the form of reinforcement-learning models – into their applications. Reinforcement learning (RL) involves using simulated environments to teach programs how to perform certain tasks. This approach has been used to build code that beats folks at Go, chess …

AI can predict the structure of chemical compounds thousands of times faster than quantum chemistry

AI can help chemists crack the molecular structure of crystals much faster than traditional modelling methods, according to research published in Nature Communications on Monday. Scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute in Switzerland, have built a machine learning programme …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Oct 2018
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Amazon's neural net offer to border cops, Waymo charges fares, the first AI portrait sold at auction, and more

Roundup Let's kick Monday off with a bunch of bits and bytes you may have missed last week from the world of AI – alleged intelligence or artificial intelligence, depending on where you stand. Amazon and ICE: A leaked email has shown that Amazon tried to sell its facial recognition software to the US Immigration and Customs …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Oct 2018

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

Special report Like something out of HBO's TV satire Silicon Valley, Neural Information Processing Systems is one of the world's top AI conferences. Yes, N. I. P. S. NIPS. And a decision to keep calling it that has somewhat split the machine-learning community. NIPS is one of the must-attend AI events of the year for those working or …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Oct 2018

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

The question of the infamous trolley problem for self-driving cars has finally been answered – by humans. The people have spoken. Neural networks, take note... Imagine a robo-ride is about to crash into either a kid or a bunch of elderly people. It cannot brake in time, nor swerve out of the way. Where should it go? Who should …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2018

Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?

Software has been trained by academics to produce different styles of biblical text, after swotting up on the original sacred texts. The neural network – developed at Dartmouth University and Indiana University Bloomington in the US – is an interesting demonstration of artificially intelligent code poring over writing in one …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Oct 2018

Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

AI can translate between languages in real time as people speak, according to fresh research from Chinese search giant Baidu and Oregon State University in the US. Human interpreters need superhuman concentration to listen to speech and translate at the same time. There are, apparently, only a few thousand qualified …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Oct 2018

AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

Experts hope an artificially intelligent software system will help doctors tackle the deadly menace of sepsis in humans. The technology uses reinforcement learning, an area of machine learning more commonly used for teaching bots to play games such as Go, Dota 2 and poker. In this case, however, instead of games, a software …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Oct 2018

A DeepMind library to help build reinforcement learning bots, and how Google's Pixel 3 cameras handle zoom

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of interesting or useful bits of AI news that happened this week. DeepMind release RL library: DeepMind has published a new library for coders looking to build reinforcement learning agents. The library, dubbed TRFL (pronounced truffle), contains a list of components commonly used by DeepMind …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2018
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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

Analysis Boffins have devised a way to make eavesdropping smartwatches, computers, mobile devices, and speakers with endearing names like Alexa better aware of what's going on around them. In a paper to be presented today at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Berlin, Germany, computer scientists …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Oct 2018
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Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of what's been happening in AI outside of the headlines. Machine learning is increasingly being applied to new domains, and human resources is one of them. It's a controversial area and looks like Amazon ran into the problem of creating biased models. Nvidia announced new software integrations for …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Oct 2018

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

The notion of deploying armed human soldiers on the ground to fight wars will disappear over time, according to one of America's top military scientists. “We have to get used to the radical idea that we, human beings, will be just one species of intelligent beings,” Alexander Kott, chief of the Network Science Division of the …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Oct 2018

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