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Applied AI Digest 117 – BootstrapLabs

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To inspire you in 2018, we wanted to share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017. We are clearly not in a steady-state situation. Is this a bubble or a revolution? The answer surely includes a bit of revolution--the fields of vision and speech recognition have been turned over by great empirical successes created by deep neural architectures and more generally machine learning has found plentiful real-world uses. Artificial intelligence offers limitless potential for the financial industry, but at Fortune's MPW International Summit on Tuesday Mastercard vice chairman Ann Cairns also called attention to some of its existential risks.


Detroit: Become Human review – Being a person has never been so personal

The Independent

In Detroit: Become Human, the ultimate challenge is deciding what it means to be alive. The kinds of questions that this game forces you to ponder – what it means to be alive as a human, what it means to not be, and whether it's possible to switch between – are the kinds of questions that the greats of both both science fiction and science fact have been asking themselves for decades. But Detroit: Become Human makes them immediately real, lifting them out of the abstract and forcing you to confront what it actually means to be a person, in perhaps the most personal way ever. Starting the game, you're dropped into 2038, which is largely like our current world except is filled with androids that help out around the home. And you're dropped into the heads of three of those androids, all of whom are at different stages of figuring out their role in this new and computer-populated world: one who is tasked with hunting down other rogue androids, and two who are stuck in domestic servitude, each teetering on the brink of their own breakthrough.


Listening to audiobooks is more engaging than watching films – even if you don't realise it, study finds

The Independent

Audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than TV and film – even if you don't realise it, according to a landmark new study. The new research from UCL suggests that having a book read to you causes physiological changes including an increased heart rate and heat spreading through your body. During the experiment, scientists had 103 participants of various ages listen to a range of different books, and compared their responses to how they felt when they watched the same scene in a film or TV adaptation. The study included emotional scenes from Game of Thrones and the Girl on the Train, for instance, both from the original book and their hugely popular adaptations. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Gtech e-bike review: Like a normal bike, except you feel like you're incredibly good at cycling

The Independent

Technically, an e-bike is a normal bicycle that also includes a battery that gives you a push, but in reality it's nothing like that. In reality it's like a wizard: able to summon winds behind your back to propel you, like making yourself roughly twice as strong and fit as you really are, or like getting a backie from a friendly ghost. You pedal as normal, but when you do it triggers a computer that starts the motor whirring at the same time, propelling you along; when you reach 15mph, the law requires that it stops helping you, but it will kick back in when you slow down. Gtech's e-bike manages this magical act even better than most, by virtue of looking like a real bike. Some of its rivals embrace the fact that they are something towards a moped, with visible batteries and plenty of wires and weight; the Gtech model has all that, of course, but packs it onto a frame that looks like a normal push bike.


What is it like to be a machine learning engineer in 2018?

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There are so many tools, platforms and resources available, MLEs can focus their time on solving problems critical to their field or company instead of worrying about building platforms and hand rolling numerical algorithms. Google Cloud has easy means of building and deploying TensorFlow models including their new TPU support in beta, AWS has an ever evolving suite of deep learning AMIs and Nvidia has a great deep learning SDK. In parallel, Apple's coreML and Android's NN API make is simpler and faster to deploy models on phones; this will continue to push the boundary for developing and releasing ML apps. With all of the above, there is healthy competition among big players in the cloud space pushing the whole ecosystem forward. And yet, most of them are finding ways to collaborate towards open standards like ONNX.


Volkswagen SEDRIC Prototype: Riding in VW's Self-Driving Car - Motor Trend

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Motor Trend will never publish a First Drive review on the Volkswagen SEDRIC. That's because the SEDRIC, which Volkswagen Group is currently evaluating for launch sometime after 2023, is a completely autonomous vehicle. It has no steering wheel. You just call it up on your smartphone and tell it where you are and where you want to go. When it arrives, get in, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.


How Machine Learning in Search Works: Everything You Need to Know

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In the world of SEO, it's important to understand the system you're optimizing for. Another crucial areas to understand is machine learning. Now, the term "machine learning" gets thrown around a lot these days. But how does machine learning actually impact search and SEO? This article will explore everything you need to know about how search engines use machine learning.


UK's M&S, Microsoft sign artificial intelligence deal

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Marks & Spencer has signed a strategic partnership deal with Microsoft to test the integration of artificial intelligence technologies into the retailer's stores and operations, it said on Thursday. The deal will see Microsoft's AI engineers work with M&S's engineers to examine how the technology can benefit customers and increase efficiency in its business. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.



Artificial intelligence: Silicon Valley's new deity

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Silicon Valley is a place obsessed with the future, but often forgetful about the past. Earlier this year, one of the Valley's most controversial techies took this future-worship to the next level -- by founding a religion called Way of the Future. Its purpose is to "develop and promote the realisation of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence", according to public documents that were first reported by Wired magazine. This is the stuff of science fiction, except that people here actually take it seriously. The founder of Way of the Future is Anthony Levandowski, the notorious engineer at the centre of a lawsuit between Alphabet's autonomous car unit, Waymo, and Uber.