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Alibaba crafts AI chips, Facebook uses Bayesian magic to tweak code performance, and more

Roundup Good morning – here's some machine-learning bits and bytes to kick start your week. If this sort of tech is right up your street, then perhaps check out our AI conference, M3, in London, England. OK, on with the show... Alibaba to make its own AI chips: Jack Ma, CEO and chairman of Alibaba, the giant Chinese e-commerce …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Sep 2018
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UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report

The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said. The police, not wanting to get left behind in the march of progress or miss out on an opportunity to save some pennies, are keen to test out new technologies. But the …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Sep 2018

Hack Google's AI for cash, DeepMind gets cancerous, new Lobe for Redmond – and more

Roundup Hello, here's a roundup tying up all the bits of AI news together for this week. Google has a new competition to challenge developers to defend or attack image classification systems with adversarial examples. DeepMind are planning to test its algorithms for head and neck radiotherapy algorithms on humans. And Microsoft have …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2018

The quickening: Qumulo speed with software boost for new kit

Qumulo says improvements in its QF2 software means its products will run faster – 20 per cent faster than Dell EMC Isilon boxes by one measure. The company first announced all-flash systems in November last year, in the shape of the P-Series. The old hardware was a 2U Intel box that can run up to 24 NVMe SSDs in U.2 format, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018

Wow, great invention: Now AI eggheads teach machines how to be sarcastic using Reddit

Dealing with chatbots and virtual assistants can be so frustrating that it’s normal for humans to start getting snarky. Such run-ins would be a little more entertaining if the machines could give some of that sass back. Unfortunately, it’ll be awhile before that can happen since computers don’t really understand sarcasm at all …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Sep 2018

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

Videos Using AI to make fake videos look as realistic as possible is all the rage at the moment. Developers aren't deterred by the controversy surrounding deepfakes – videos in which people's faces are digitally pasted onto the bodies of smut stars and other performers using machine-learning software. OK, sure, adding Nicholas Cage’ …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Sep 2018

It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

Video A trio of researchers have trained a robot that can pick up new objects it hasn’t seen before. It’s a trivial task for humans yet an incredibly complex one for machines. When people reach out to grab a mug, it’s common sense to hold it by its handle - it doesn’t matter if the mug is upright, upside down, or tipped on its side …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Sep 2018
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US military chucks $2bn at AI, Google touts machine-learning data search, and more

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of AI announcements this week beyond what we've already covered. US Defense research unit funding billions for AI Next campaign: DARPA is dumping a whopping $2 billion to kickstart the “third wave” of AI focused on making systems more adaptable. It’s all part of the US military's ‘AI Next’ campaign, …
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Could you hack your bosses without hesitation, repetition or deviation? AI says: No

Comment Businesses find themselves in a world where the threat to their networks often comes not simply from a compromise of their computers, servers, or infrastructure, but from legitimate, sanctioned users. There is nothing new about the notion of cyber-attackers seeing human beings as their biggest target. For years, real-world …
John E Dunn, 7 Sep 2018

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

IFA I didn't see a blockchain toothbrush at IFA in Berlin last week, but I'm sure there was one lurking about somewhere. With 30 vast halls to cover, I didn't look too hard for it. But I did see many things almost as tragic that no one could miss – AI being squeezed into almost every conceivable bit of consumer electronics. But …

Heart-stopping predictions from AI doctors could save lives

AI can predict when you’ll keel over and die clutching at your chest from a heart attack better than doctors can, apparently. A group of researchers scraped together dataset from over 80,000 patients from CALIBER, a large clinical research project studying mortality in England, and used machine learning methods to find common …

Lights, camera, AI-ction! Robo-drones turned into spies, er, filmmakers

Video Cameras on drones have helped make aerial photography more accessible – and with machine-learning software, they may be able to assist budding filmmakers in the future, too. A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US, and Yamaha Motors in Japan, have published a paper showing how drones can be used …

Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of what's been happening in the world of AI. Google has a new framework to help researchers develop reinforcement learning algorithms, and Google Assistant is now bilingual. Also watch how Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning Studio is helping Japanese fish farmers. Unsupervised machine translation …

AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

New research has shown just how bad AI is at dealing with online trolls. Such systems struggle to automatically flag nudity and violence, don’t understand text well enough to shoot down fake news and aren’t effective at detecting abusive comments from trolls hiding behind their keyboards. A group of researchers from Aalto …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Aug 2018
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Event management kit can take a hammering these days: Use it well and it'll save your ass

Analysis Who'd have thought it? Diagnostic event streams and log files are fashionable at last. But, despite many advances, they're still as big a pain in the backside as they were 30 years ago – both as a tool for observing and reporting security issues thanks to their sheer volume and, increasingly, the numbers of data types we're …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Aug 2018

AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

You don’t always need to build fancy algorithms to tamper with image recognition systems – adding objects in random places will do the trick. In most cases, adversarial models are used to change a few pixels here and there to distort images so objects are incorrectly recognized. A few examples have included stickers that turn …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Aug 2018

Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

Updated to add Are you a bad dancer? Do you want to pirouette like a ballet pro? Don’t worry you can fake it until you make it – with the help of artificial intelligence. Some clever cookies at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US have developed machine-learning software that use generative adversarial networks (GANs) that can …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2018
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We can rebuild him, we have the technology: AI will help security teams smack pesky anomalies

Analysis With highly targeted cyber attacks the new normal, companies are finding the once-hidden Security Operations Centre (SOC) is the part of their setup they really count on. SOCs have existed in a variety of guises for decades, emerging in recent years as a natural consequence of centralising security monitoring across …
John E Dunn, 24 Aug 2018

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