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Is Facebook Building An Autonomous Car?

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Facebook seems to have a strategy of leveraging its capabilities in social marketing, AR & VR and interestingly, who would have thought of it, leveraging its advanced AI and deep learning capabilities to support the development of autonomous vehicles. Potential car buyers spend anywhere between 30 to 50 minutes every day on Facebook and that has helped the social business make significant inroads in digital prospecting and omni-channel commerce. Facebook believes that car companies are focusing more on the connected car, rather than the connected consumer. With every new customer car buying journey now beginning online, it is possible through Facebook's huge data on a customer's social behavior, to make that experience personalized and completely customized.


With deep learning, the data-rich get richer

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The greatest potential for deep learning is in adding business-relevant structure to less-structured, sense-like data -- such as images, audio and other sensor data. Generally when training machine learning algorithms (and deep nets are an extreme example of this), the more data the better. When it comes to the most broadly applicable deep learning problems -- object recognition in images, identification of people and their activities in video, natural language processing -- companies like Google and Facebook already sit atop a tremendous amount of relevant image, video, audio and text data. Thus, I expect artificial intelligence as a service (AIaaS) to be the dominant delivery vehicle for these high-value, broadly applicable use cases for deep learning.


The Year We Forgot How To Drive.

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We pay a monthly subscription fee to J-Tech. In exchange, we're able to access their pool of hover vehicles on-demand. It knows where and when anyone needs to be at any given point in time and will pool the vehicle with anyone that fits into that schedule and destination. After a lengthy conversation, he excused himself to some quiet time.


News in artificial intelligence and machine learning

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Google DeepMind announced their research project with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London aimed at the early detection of preventable eye disease (e.g. I've tracked close to a dozen new startups founded in the last 12 months applying deep learning to medical imaging, such as BayLabs, Imagia, MD.ai, AvalonAI, Behold.ai, Apple plays feature catch-up with Google, namely on its photo tagging/search capabilities and predictive keyboard, but takes a view that privacy should come first. Following from this point, the New York Times features a piece on how algorithms perpetuate intrinsic biases in their training data, drawing on examples from the police force, image classification tasks and gender discrimination. Facebook's Language Technology team, which forms part of Applied ML, was the subject of a recent expose by Forbes diving into its various initiatives.