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Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

The Japan Times

When Tokuso Hamai saw the colorized version of an old black-and-white photo of a picnic held under cherry tree blossoms sometime before World War II, forgotten memories of family members, most of whom died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, came pouring out. "In colorized photos, people come to life," said Hamai, now 86. "I often played near (the picnic site), and sometimes I would do some naughty things and get scolded by my father." The power of a colorized photo to reignite lost memories was eye-opening for Anju Niwata, the student who gave Hamai the colorized photo as a present three years ago. The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II is Saturday, and Niwata, now 18, said she hopes it will bring attention to her project with a Tokyo University professor to painstakingly colorize photos using artificial intelligence and their own research to spark lost memories for the rapidly aging generation who experienced the war.


Sales Prediction Web Application

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Usually, we go for feature engineering or feature selection steps after EDA. But we have fewer features and emphasis on actually using the model. So we are moving forward towards the next steps. If you have reached this step then give yourself a pat on the back because we just finished the first major section of our project. Take a break for a while, do stretches, change the song to your playlist, and then start off into the next section of this article.


Plot a Decision Surface for Machine Learning Algorithms in Python

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Classification algorithms learn how to assign class labels to examples, although their decisions can appear opaque. A popular diagnostic for understanding the decisions made by a classification algorithm is the decision surface. This is a plot that shows how a fit machine learning algorithm predicts a coarse grid across the input feature space. A decision surface plot is a powerful tool for understanding how a given model "sees" the prediction task and how it has decided to divide the input feature space by class label. In this tutorial, you will discover how to plot a decision surface for a classification machine learning algorithm.


The Quiet Growth of Race-Detection Software Sparks Concerns Over Bias

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

In the last few years, companies have started using such race-detection software to understand how certain customers use their products, who looks at their ads, or what people of different racial groups like. Others use the tool to seek different racial features in stock photography collections, typically for ads, or in security, to help narrow down the search for someone in a database. In China, where face tracking is widespread, surveillance cameras have been equipped with race-scanning software to track ethnic minorities. The field is still developing, and it is an open question how companies, governments and individuals will take advantage of such technology in the future. Use of the software is fraught, as researchers and companies have begun to recognize its potential to drive discrimination, posing challenges to widespread adoption.


These online courses teach you how to win at online poker

Mashable

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Michigan developing driverless car corridor

The Japan Times

San Francisco – Michigan announced an initiative to explore the development of a more than 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of road dedicated to connected and autonomous vehicles between the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit. The project will be led by Cavnue, a subsidiary of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, and will be supported by an advisory committee that includes General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as well as autonomous driving startups Argo AI and Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo. "We are taking the initial steps to build the infrastructure to help us test and deploy the cars of the future," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. Michigan said the dedicated autonomous vehicle (AV) corridor is the first of its kind and eventually will improve safety and transit access for communities along the road. The first two years of the project will focus on testing technology and exploring the viability of a highway dedicated to vehicles that drive themselves.


Why GPT-3 Heralds a Democratic Revolution in Tech

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Ph.D. in mathematics, named on a Forbes 30 under 30 list. He runs Contentyze, a content generation platform, and is passionate about educational content. Ph.D. in mathematics, named on a Forbes 30 under 30 list. He runs Contentyze, a content generation platform, and is passionate about educational content. GPT-3, a machine learning model from OpenAI, has taken the world by storm over the last couple of weeks.


Robots go their own way deep in the ocean

BBC News

"It's very common," says Jess Hanham casually, when asked how often he finds suspected unexploded bombs. Mr Hanham is a co-founder of Spectrum Offshore, a marine survey firm that does a lot of work in the Thames Estuary. His firm undertakes all sorts of marine surveying, but working on sites for new offshore wind farms has become a big business for him. Work in the Thames Estuary, and other areas that were the targets of bombing in World War 2, are likely to involve picking up signals of unexploded munitions. "You can find a significant amount of contacts that need further investigation and for a wind farm that will be established in the initial pre-engineering survey," he says.


Fortnite Uses Apple's Own '1984' Ad Against It In Dispute Over Payments

NPR Technology

Epic Games, the video game developer behind the mega popular online game Fortnite, just posted a video criticizing Apple for removing the game from its App Store. Using imagery directly referencing Apple's own iconic "1984" ad, Epic Games's video (titled "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite") positions Apple as a soulless corporate entity, shouting from a screen and demanding obedience from a black and white crowd. That is, until a woman in color shows up, and throws a Fortnite axe at the screen and shatters it. The following copy reads, "Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984.'"


Fortnite maker sues Apple over removal of popular video game from App Store

The Guardian

Apple on Thursday removed the enormously popular video game Fortnite from its App Store for violating its in-app payment guidelines, in a move likely to escalate debate over the tech giant's grip over the industry. Its removal from the App Store came after Fortnite circumvented Apple's in-app payment system and 30% fee, encouraging users to pay the gaming company directly. Epic Games responded to the removal by announcing legal action against the iPhone maker, and calling on supporters to "join the fight" against Apple in a video spoof of the tech giant's famous "1984" commercial. Fortnite's dramatic move represents one of the most public challenges yet of Apple's allegedly monopolistic practices. "Apple's removal of Fortnite is yet another example of Apple flexing its enormous power in order to impose unreasonable restraints and unlawfully maintain its 100% monopoly over the iOS In-App Payment Processing Market," Epic said in a statement.