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ICML 2020 Test of Time award

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The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) Test of Time award is given to a paper from ICML ten years ago that has had significant impact. This year the award goes to Niranjan Srinivas, Andreas Krause, Sham Kakade and Matthias Seeger for their work "Gaussian Process Optimization in the Bandit Setting: No Regret and Experimental Design". This paper brought together the fields of Bayesian optimization, bandits and experimental design by analyzing Gaussian process bandit optimization, giving a novel approach to derive finite-sample regret bounds in terms of a mutual information gain quantity. This paper has had profound impact over the past ten years, including the method itself, the proof techniques used, and the practical results. These have all enriched our community by sparking creativity in myriad subsequent works, ranging from theory to practice.


Lenovo discounts its Google Assistant-powered Smart Clock to $40

Engadget

Lenovo's excellent Smart Clock with the Google Assistant hit $40 today, which is 50 percent off its normal price. It's a great deal on the smart display that would make a good upgrade to your regular alarm clock with its sunrise alarm feature, ambient light sensor and minimalist design. You can buy it at the sale price on Lenovo's website, but bare in mind that only the charcoal model (not the gray model) is $40 when you use the code CMTABFDEALS1 at checkout. The Lenovo Smart Clock has fallen to $40 in the past and we recommend waiting for it to hit this price (or close to it) before buying it. It's a much easier buy at $40 than at $80, and it's arguably one of the best smart alarm clocks you can get.


Microsoft to spin off its Xiaoice chatbot work into an independent company

ZDNet

Microsoft is spinning off its Chinese chatbot business into an independent company. Microsoft plans to maintain investment interest in the new company as work after it finishes spinning it out in the next few months, according to an announcement by Microsoft in China (which I saw via TechCrunch on July 13). Xiaoice, translated as "Little Bing," has been a big hit in China since it was launched in 2014. Xiaoice has similar counterparts available in India (Ruuh), Japan and Indonesia (Rinna) and the U.S. (Zo.ai), which was the successor to the ill-fated Tay.ai. But none of these have been anywhere near as successful, in terms of number of users or conversations as Xiaoice.


Machine Learning Can Help Detect Misinformation Online

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As social media is increasingly being used as people's primary source for news online, there is a rising threat from the spread of malign and false information. With an absence of human editors in news feeds and a growth of artificial online activity, it has become easier for various actors to manipulate the news that people consume. RAND Europe was commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop a method for detecting the malign use of information online. The study was contracted as part of DASA's efforts to help the UK MOD develop its behavioural analytics capability. Our study found that online communities are increasingly being exposed to junk news, cyber bullying activity, terrorist propaganda, and political reputation boosting or smearing campaigns.


Information Systems Professor Receives $190K Grant to Improve Self-Driving Cars - AfroTech

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Trailblazing information systems professor, Siobahn Day Grady, Ph.D., is a Black tech unicorn you should know about. Not only is she the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in the field of computer science -- according to North Carolina Central University -- from North Carolina A&T State University in 2018, but she also recently received a $190,000 grant to conduct research to improve self-driving cars. Grady received the grant from the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Excellence in Research program and plans to use the funds to research and identify issues with self-driving cars. "This research is very timely and relevant; it's the future," Grady said, according to North Carolina Central University. "I'm excited to contribute to the field as well as provide research opportunities to students."


How To Create An AI (Artificial Intelligence) Model

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Digital generated image of data. Lemonade is one of this year's hottest IPOs and a key reason for this is the company's heavy investments in AI (Artificial Intelligence). The company has used this technology to develop bots to handle the purchase of policies and the managing of claims. Then how does a company like this create AI models? Well, as should be no surprise, it is complex and susceptible to failure.


AI Beauty - How the beauty industry is evolving - Less than average

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Not all skin (or skincare) is created equal. One of the biggest challenges facing skincare consumers today is finding products that work for them--their unique skin type and the unique challenges they face with their skin. And, you won't find it on Google. The one-size-fits-all approach that most skincare and beauty companies take just doesn't deliver the unique skincare solutions consumers need to get their healthiest complexion. This doesn't give individuals the personalization they need.


Artificial Intelligence Beauty - How The Beauty Industry Is Evolving

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Not all skin (or skincare) is created equal. One of the biggest challenges facing skincare consumers today is finding products that work for them--their unique skin type and the unique challenges they face with their skin. And, you won't find it on Google. The one-size-fits-all approach that most skincare and beauty companies take just doesn't deliver the unique skincare solutions consumers need to get their healthiest complexion. This doesn't give individuals the personalization they need.


Should We Be Scared of AI?

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Ron is principal analyst, managing partner, and founder of the Artificial Intelligence-focused analyst and advisory firm Cognilytica, and is also the host of the AI Today podcast, SXSW Innovation Awards Judge, founder and operator of TechBreakfast demo format events, and an expert in AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more.Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, & Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.


Artificial Intelligence Implementations in Web Development

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One of the quickest evolving branches in computer science, AI (short for artificial intelligence) focuses on the concept of developing machines and algorithms which are able to simulate human thinking. Even though its implementations were few and far between in the recent past, it has since found its uses in many different areas. The main benefits of AI are related to its learning concept – the more data is fed to it, the more accurate it becomes. This makes it perfect for automated tasks that require precision since they can't get tired or worn out as humans can. On the other hand, its largest con is the high cost of implementation, especially for inexperienced users.