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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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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

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

April Fool The Register seeks full-time developers and data scientists to build software tools to generate El Reg-style headlines and other text. This technology will draw upon the work of top UK academic Professor Warren Rice, who has assembled a database of more than one million news stories, including the entire Register archive, and …
Team Register, 1 Apr 2018
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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
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Wow, machine learning, what a snoozefest... less so if you strap a bunch of GPUs to your storage

Analysis Machine learning stresses storage because training the models means millions if not billions of files have to be fed to the training system with its GPUs in as quick a time as possible. Suppliers are devising converged, hyperconverged and composable systems to sidestep chokepoints and make it simpler to get ML customers up and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2018
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IBM claims its machine learning library is 46x faster than TensorFlow

Analysis IBM boasts that machine learning is not just quicker on its POWER servers than on TensorFlow in the Google Cloud, it's 46 times quicker. Back in February Google software engineer Andreas Sterbenz wrote about using Google Cloud Machine Learning and TensorFlow on click prediction for large-scale advertising and recommendation …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more

Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks. Making music with machine learning - Google researchers have developed …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Mar 2018
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Neural networks whip fleshbag butt at identifying craters

A neural network can wipe the floor with fleshy researchers at that most tedious of cosmic tasks – spotting craters. Eyeballing craters is usually done manually, which tends to result in only the largest impacts being spotted, or via a crater detection algorithm (CDA), which works well on data it has been trained on but gets a …
Richard Speed, 16 Mar 2018
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Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever

#F_AI_L Never base a promotional campaign around a satire of the thing you're trying to promote. You'd think that's an easy rule to follow, but Huawei seems to have forgotten. In what may be the most excruciating promotional stunt we've ever seen from a technology company in many years, Huawei based a promo for its AI on a satire of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Feb 2018

Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

AI experts have emitted a lengthy report spitballing how intelligent software may be turned against us humans in the near future. Their aim is to put in motion safeguards and policies to crackdown on malevolent uses of machine-learning technology, rather than whip up panic, and to make scientists and engineers understand the …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Feb 2018
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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

Brits suffering through the nationwide KFC famine can enjoy with wry amusement the fact that an AI can be fooled into thinking an image of Colonel Sanders and the restaurant's logo are a stop sign. The fast food famine arose after KFC UK last week switched from logistics provider Bidvest to rival DHL. The result was delivery …
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Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

Analysis The UK government launched its swish new tool to fight online extremist content to much fanfare this week – leading news bulletins and generating reams of coverage. But it also faced a whole host of criticism and concern. Underneath the claims made by Home Secretary Amber Rudd yesterday, there are many questions yet to be …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Feb 2018

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