There's been way too much fear-mongering news articles around the latest version of DeepMind's AlphaGo. Let's set the record straight, AlphaGo is an incredible technology and it's not terrifying at all. I'll go over the technical details of how AlphaGo really works; a mixture of deep learning and reinforcement learning. That's what keeps me going.
Facebook is at it again, unleashing advanced AI networks on the world. This time, instead of being surprised by the ability of computers to create their own language, Facebook is using them to help us better communicate in ours. The social network's AI research team have turned translation services over to AI completely, it said in a post from an official blog. Facebook's Applied Machine Learning team has been training its AI to better understand how things like slang, typos, and intent work, in order to provide more accurate translations. They're using a type of neural-network called a convolutional neural-network (CNN), which has traditionally been relatively poor at this kind of thing.
In conjunction with the Web Summit conference in Lisbon today, Facebook is unveiling artificial intelligence (AI) software that it's using in order to let users apply and switch artistic styles for live video streams on Android and iOS. After demonstrating the technology at a conference last month, Facebook is now testing the video style transfer technology on mobile in a few countries, and it will be deployed more widely in the near future. The Caffe2go technology Facebook developed in the past three months is an implementation of a hot type of AI called deep learning, which typically involves training on lots of data, like images, and then making inferences about new data. In this case, Facebook has developed pre-trained neural networks that can then make inferences about new data on the fly on mobile. Google did something similar with a part of Google Translate last year, but Google also recently demonstrated neural style transfer technology of its own, although it's not yet been shown to run on mobile devices.
Facebook has built a simple-looking video tool to show off a sophisticated use of artificial intelligence on cell phones. During an event at its office fb in Menlo Park, Calif., last Friday afternoon, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer showed off software that takes a live Facebook video feed from a cell phone and converts the image in real time into a selection of artistic styles, such as that of Van Gogh. It might sound like a simple filter, but usually an algorithm of this nature would need to send that type of information back to a server in a data center to process the pixels on more powerful machines. The Facebook crew crafted a less power-hungry and computing-intensive deep learning system they call "Caffe2Go," that uses the computing power in a cell phone. Facebook's Schroepfer showed the algorithm and other applications of artificial intelligence at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.