Goto

Collaborating Authors

Personal


Healthcare's AI Future: A Conversation with Fei-Fei Li & Andrew Ng

#artificialintelligence

With the current pandemic accelerating the revolution of AI in healthcare, where is the industry heading in the next 5-10 years? What are the key challenges and most exciting opportunities? To answer those questions, DeepLearning.AI and Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) are proud to present our virtual event, Healthcare's AI Future: A Conversation with Fei-Fei Li & Andrew Ng, at 10am PT on April 29. What's special about this event is that you get to decide what our speakers talk about. If you'd like to submit and upvote questions for our speakers, please sign up for the Q&A General access ticket.


How "My Octopus Teacher" Defied Convention - Issue 99: Universality

Nautilus

It all started with an odd pile of shells: a pile that, upon closer inspection, fell apart like a flower losing its petals, introducing a burned-out nature documentarian named Craig Foster--and, in time, the world--to the octopus hiding cleverly inside. Known simply as "her," she would become the star of My Octopus Teacher, the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary and surprise pandemic hit that told the story of Foster's unlikely relationship with that eight-armed mollusk. Released in September 2020, it arrived at the perfect moment. Audiences exhausted by lockdowns and unrelenting 2020-ness were primed for escape into the undersea fantasia of South Africa's kelp forests, where Foster met her. Best-selling books like The Soul of an Octopus and Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness had whetted public curiosity about these uncannily intelligent creatures with whom humans last shared a common ancestor 600 million years ago. Yet while most writing about octopuses emphasizes their ostensibly alien, unknowable nature,1 and serious, science-minded nature documentaries elevate concern about biodiversity over sentiment for a single animal, My Octopus Teacher defied convention. It embraced Foster's feelings for the octopus, which over the course of a year evolved from curiosity to care--even to love. And though her own feelings were left for viewers to interpret, the film's indelible impression was of nature populated by species who are not only beautiful and exquisitely evolved and ecologically important, but highly sentient, too. Nautilus talked to Foster about his octopus teacher and how getting to know her changed the way he thinks about nature. I write a lot about nature and biology and ecology, but in the last few years I've focused on the minds of animals and how we think about them.


'We are the best-funded AI startup,' says SambaNova co-founder Olukotun following SoftBank, Intel infusion

ZDNet

"I think most people would say we are the most credible competitor to Nvidia," says Kunle Olukotun, Stanford University computer science professor and co-founder of AI startup SambaNova Systems. SambaNova Tuesday announced a new round of venture capital funding that brings its capital to date to over $1 billion. In yet another sign of the rising interest in alternative computing technology, AI systems startup SambaNova Systems on Tuesday said it has received $676 million in a Series D financing from a group of investors that includes the SoftBank Vision Fund of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group; private equity firm BlackRock; and the Intel Capital arm of chip giant Intel. The new funding round brings the company's total investment to date to over $1 billion. The company is now valued at more than $5 billion.


Auggie review – watchable hi-tech satire doesn't quite know what to say

The Guardian

The face of American character actor Richard Kind – melancholy, hangdog, a little dyspeptic – is exactly right for this high-concept midlife satire from director and co-writer Matt Kane. It's a variation on a familiar theme the time is the near future and Kind plays Felix, an architect in his 60s who has been pushed out of the firm he helped build and is now at home grumpily adjusting to unwanted retirement. His busy wife and grownup daughter have no great need of him these days so poor, emasculated Felix takes comfort in his hi-tech retirement gift: a pair of "Auggie" glasses, through which the wearer can see an "augmented reality companion", a virtual-reality hologram of exactly the kind of submissively understanding person your subconscious wants to see – in Felix's case, an extremely attractive young woman (played by newcomer Christen Harper). Felix understands that this is just a projection, a geisha hallucination programmed to respond with the right answers and expressions. But inevitably he begins to fall in love with her, and toys with the "extra" that Auggie owners are invited to purchase: a pair of hi-tech underpants that will allow him to feel his Auggie companion intimately, while his wife is out all day at her prestigious job. This is a movie comparable to Spike Jonze's Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with the Siri-type computer voice played by Scarlett Johansson, and Alex Garland's Ex Machina, in which Domhnall Gleeson is entranced by the AI robot played by Alicia Vikander; and like those films it creates a dreamy mood of indulgent comedy.


Hiroshi Noji and Yohei Oseki have received the Best Paper Award, NLP2021

#artificialintelligence

The research paper of "Parallelization of Recurrent neural network grammar (in Japanese)," co-authored by Hiroshi Noji (AIST) and Yohei Oseki (The University of Tokyo), was received the Best Paper Award from the 27th Annual Meeting of the Association for Natural Language Processing .


Holding AI Culpable for Brain Drain: Controversy that Digs Deep

#artificialintelligence

Brain drain, in memoriam, has been a serious issue for nations. Countries producing erudite scholars and creative brains that hold the promise to present a nation, always suffer the anxiety of losing them to the countries with more advanced prospects. This is the best in which one can explain brain drain. Brain drain also a synonym for human capital flight refers to a type of immigration of qualified individuals to countries receiving them and utilising their skills to the benefits of the nation. Still in persistence, it has gained strength over the years.


Dear Care and Feeding: My Husband Won't Let Me Teach Our Baby My Native Language

Slate

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. I grew up in Ireland, where we weren't allowed to speak our language or participate in our culture in any way by English law. I went to America for college and married an American man, and am now pregnant. I suggested to my husband that I speak Irish and he speak English to the baby, so they grow up bilingual. He said the baby won't be speaking a language he doesn't speak.


How do we build trustworthy AI-based Systems? – An interview with KIT Professor Ali Sunyaev – KIT Link

#artificialintelligence

Which economic sectors are likely to benefit the most from the introduction of AI-based Systems, and how is their introduction going to affect us? The introduction of AI-based systems will for sure have effects on virtually any economic sector – in some cases the effects will be tremendous. In fact, AI-based systems are already transforming several industries today, as we speak. Look at the automotive industry and the on-going shift to semi- or even fully autonomous cars. Some colleagues at KIT are doing genuinely groundbreaking research in this area.


How to Land a Job as a Data Scientist at Amazon?

#artificialintelligence

Amazon is the world's largest and leading online retailing company. The company's business is continuously growing as it fulfils its customers' demands strategically and effectively as well. Amazon's marketing strategy is something that can help a business – from small to large. Amazon is referred to as one of the top companies for data scientists, offering both handsome salaries and exciting career opportunities. Read on to learn how to get onboard as a data scientist at Amazon.


The Dispossessed Is Still One of Sci-Fi's Smartest Books

WIRED

Ursula K. Le Guin's 1974 novel The Dispossessed depicts a society with no laws or government, an experiment in "nonviolent anarchism." Science fiction author Matthew Kressel was impressed by the book's thoughtful exploration of politics and economics. "After reading The Dispossessed, I was just blown away," Kressel says in Episode 460 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "It was just such an intellectual book. It's so philosophical, and it was so different from a lot of the science fiction I had read before that. It made me want to read more of Le Guin's work."