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Should Artificial Intelligence Copy the Human Brain?

The biggest breakthrough in AI, deep learning, has hit a wall, and a debate is raging about how to get to the next level<p>Everything we’re injecting artificial intelligence into—self-driving vehicles, robot doctors, the social-credit scores of more than a billion Chinese citizens and more—hinges on a …

Artificial Intelligence

Intro to optimization in deep learning: Momentum, RMSProp and Adam

In another post, we covered the nuts and bolts of Stochastic Gradient Descent and how to address problems like getting stuck in a local minima or a …

Survival of the Richest

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. …

Singularity

The Police Don’t Deserve Your Trust

In a democracy, we expect that our public institutions will be accountable to us. Rarely are the implications of that trust as profound — or the …

Law Enforcement

The inside story of how AI got good enough to dominate Silicon Valley

Alex Krizhevsky didn’t get into the AI business to change the course of history.<p>Krizhevsky, born in Ukraine but raised in Canada, was just looking to delay getting a coding job when he reached out to Geoff Hinton about doing a computer-science PhD program in AI at the University of Toronto. The …

How to train Machine Learning models in the cloud using Cloud ML Engine

And how to artfully write a task.py using the docopt packageTraining ML models in the cloud makes a lot of sense. Why? Among many reasons, it allows …

Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are …

How Baby Boomers Broke America

<b>ONE</b><p>Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get …

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

There are typically two approaches to taking usable photos in low-light conditions. You can either use a slow shutter, which requires a tripod to …

Machine Learning

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting …

Climate Change

One 30-page document contains everything you need to know about AI

Congress, for the love of god, please learn about technology.<p>Congress’ complete lack of understanding when it comes things like the internet, …

Hallucinogenic Deep Reinforcement Learning Using Python and Keras

Teaching a machine to master car racing and fireball avoidance through “World Models”<p>If Artificial Intelligence is your thing, you need to check this …

Deep Learning

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

UK Government Outlines Isaac Asimov-Style Rules to Protect Us from Artificial Intelligence

There’s a reason so many science fiction movies, like <i>Ex Machina</i>, <i>I, Robot</i>, and <i>The Matrix</i>, revolve around the idea of artificial intelligence run amok: …

Artificial Intelligence

Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence

In an interview, best-selling author and machine-learning expert Pedro Domingos discusses the global competition to take the lead in artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Escape the Echo Chamber

First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult<p><i>By C Thi Nguyen</i><p>Something …

Here’s how the US needs to prepare for the age of artificial intelligence - MIT Technology Review

Politicians worldwide are stealing one of the US government’s best ideas by drawing up ambitious plans to make the most of advances in artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Intelligent to a fault: When AI screws up, you might still be to blame

<b>(Getty/PeopleImages)</b><p>Interactions between people and artificially intelligent machines pose tricky questions<p>Larry Greenemeier<p>April 2, 2018 7:58am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Artificial intelligence is already making significant inroads in taking over mundane, …

Artificial Intelligence

Deeplab Image Semantic Segmentation Network - Thalles' blog

Introduction<p>Deep Convolution Neural Networks (DCNNs) have achieved remarkable success in various Computer Vision applications. Like others, the task …

How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever - MIT Technology Review

For years, Swami Sivasubramanian’s wife has wanted to get a look at the bears that come out of the woods on summer nights to plunder the trash cans …

Machine Learning

What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere? | Innovation | Smithsonian

In June of 1956, A few dozen scientists and mathematicians from all around the country gathered for a meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College. …

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters<p>The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech …

Donald Trump

Don’t believe the hype about AI in business

To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can now learn a game and beat …

Artificial Intelligence

A Brief History of CNNs in Image Segmentation: From R-CNN to Mask R-CNN

At Athelas, we use Convolutional Neural Networks(CNNs) for a lot more than just classification! In this post, we’ll see how CNNs can be used, with …

Businesses must integrate AI now or fall further behind

Artificial intelligence became one of the hottest tech topics in 2017 and is still attracting attention and investments. Although scientists have been working on the technology and heralding its numerous anticipated benefits for more than four decades, it’s only in the past few years that society’s …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

New algorithm lets AI learn from mistakes, become a little more human

An AI That Looks Back<p>In recent months, researchers at OpenAI have been focusing on developing artificial intelligence (AI) that learns better. Their …

Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI - MIT Technology Review

One of the curious features of the deep neural networks behind machine learning is that they are surprisingly different from the neural networks in …

As China marches forward on AI, the White House is silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.<p>…