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Interview with Ionut Schiopu – ICIP 2020 award winner

AIHub

Ionut Schiopu and Adrian Munteanu received a Top Viewed Special Session Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2020) for their paper "A study of prediction methods based on machine learning techniques for lossless image coding". Here, Ionut Schiopu tells us more about their work. The research topic of our paper is to introduce a more efficient algorithm for lossless image compression based on Machine Learning (ML) techniques, where the main objective is to minimize the amount of data required to represent the input image without any information loss. In recent years, a new research strategy for coding has emerged by exploring the advances brought by modern ML techniques by proposing novel hybrid coding solutions where specific modules in conventional coding frameworks are replaced with more efficient modules based on ML techniques. The paper follows this research strategy and uses a deep neural network to replace the prediction module in the conventional coding framework.


Bringing Quantum to Machine Learning

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Becoming a physicist was not Maria Schuld's life goal. As an undergrad, she started out studying political science, taking physics in parallel. Her plan was to work for a nonprofit organization in a capacity that had a very clear benefit to society. But then, she says, "life happened"--jobs fell through and other opportunities opened up--and she found herself with a career in quantum machine learning. Today Schuld, who works for the Canadian quantum computing company Xanadu from her home in South Africa, says that she has matured in what she thinks it means for a person to benefit society.


Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

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At a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs clinic in the Bronx, Barry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, learned that he belonged to a very exclusive club. According to a new A.I.-assisted algorithm, he was one of several hundred V.A. patients nationwide, of six million total, deemed at imminent risk of suicide. The news did not take him entirely off guard. Barry, 69, who was badly wounded in the 1968 Tet offensive, had already made two previous attempts on his life. "I don't like this idea of a list, to tell you the truth -- a computer telling me something like this," Barry, a retired postal worker, said in a phone interview.


Radical AI podcast: featuring Ryan Calo

AIHub

Hosted by Dylan Doyle-Burke and Jessie J Smith, Radical AI is a podcast featuring the voices of the future in the field of artificial intelligence ethics. In this episode Jess and Dylan chat to Ryan Calo about robot regulation. What is robot regulation and why does it matter? To answer this question we welcome to the show Ryan Calo. Ryan is a professor at the University of Washington School of Law.


Episode 433: Jay Kreps on ksqlDB : Software Engineering Radio

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It makes it easier to get correct results and reason about what happens if the machine fails in the middle of processing something. Um, but you do trade off, you know, a little bit of flexibility in, in how you, how you write that versus the low-level read and write. And then one level up from that, uh, I think is, is ksqlDB. So the analogy you can use is, you know, uh, if you've ever used one of these key value interfaces like rocks DB itself, you know, it's kind of very flexible and allowing you to work with data at a low level, um, probably more so than a SQL interface, but it's actually a lot more work for kind of simple stuff, uh, that you might want to do that then using a SQL database.


Do you think artificial intelligence (AI) would predict movie ratings in future? Read on.

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Believe it or not, researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence (AI) tools can rate a movie's content in a matter of seconds, based on the …


Cracking the Facebook's Machine Learning SWE Interview.

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To cover the complete interview process, I have divided this post into separate events based on the timeline. This will help you to evaluate the process and preparation time required for each stage of the interview better. If you are looking to interview for a similar position, it is important to evaluate the profiles which get picked for the interview process. Now, I don't know exactly how my profile stood in the pool of candidates, but I am sharing my resume as a sample profile that got picked for such interviews. As you can see, I had completed 4 years of my Ph.D. by this time, publishing majorly in the areas of Machine Learning, Data Visualization, and Computer Vision.


The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness"

The New Yorker

I never met Ursula K. Le Guin, who died on January 22, 2018, at the age of eighty-eight, in Portland, Oregon, her home for many years. And yet we became good friends during the last two months of her life, entirely by way of e-mail. I inaugurated the correspondence on November 21, 2017, and she replied on November 24th. One of the things I like least about being very old is the unreliability of my energy. Working at poetry or a story is, always has been, the job I want to be doing, the work that keeps me steady and content.


'Samsung AI Forum 2020' Explores the Future of Artificial Intelligence

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 19 November, 2020 – Samsung has announced that it will hold the Samsung AI Forum 2020 online via its YouTube channel for two days from November 2nd to 3rd. Marking its fourth anniversary this year, the forum gathers world-renowned academics and industry experts on artificial intelligence (AI) and serves as a platform for exchanging ideas, insights and latest research findings, as well as a platform to discuss the future of AI. On Day 1, which will be hosted by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung's R&D hub dedicated to cutting-edge future technologies, Dr. Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman & CEO of Device Solutions at Samsung Electronics will deliver opening remarks. Renowned AI experts will subsequently give presentations under the theme "AI Technologies for Changes in the Real World." This year, Dr. Inyup Kang, President of System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics will join the panel discussion with the presenters.


Feds charge Hollywood man after drone collides with LAPD helicopter

Los Angeles Times

FBI agents have arrested a Hollywood man, accusing him of recklessly operating a drone and crashing it into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter earlier this year. The collision damaged the chopper's fuselage and required the LAPD pilot to make an emergency landing following the September encounter. The drone, which authorities say was operated by Andrew Rene Hernandez, then tumbled from the sky and crashed into a vehicle. Hernandez, 22, was arrested Thursday and charged with unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft after an investigation by the FBI, the LAPD and the Federal Aviation Administration. The potentially deadly collision occurred Sept. 18 after Los Angeles police officers responding to a predawn burglary call at a Hollywood pharmacy requested air support.