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Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

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Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) believe that analyzing photos like these could help us learn recipes and better understand people's eating habits. In a new paper with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), the team trained an artificial intelligence system called Pic2Recipe to look at a photo of food and be able to predict the ingredients and suggest similar recipes. "In computer vision, food is mostly neglected because we don't have the large-scale datasets needed to make predictions," says Yusuf Aytar, an MIT postdoc who co-wrote a paper about the system with MIT Professor Antonio Torralba. The CSAIL team's project aims to build off of this work but dramatically expand in scope.


Seattle is paying the most for its engineers

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The nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers are in high demand. SAN FRANCISCO -- Demand for the nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers has hundreds of companies scrambling for talent in machine learning and data sciences. Machine learning and data science skills rank as the most in-demand, though both specialties have the least experienced workforces -- at less than five years -- because they are emerging fields. Yet hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled, and demand is tightening due to the need for highly skilled workers in non-tech industries such as banking and healthcare.


Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

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Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) believe that analyzing photos like these could help us learn recipes and better understand people's eating habits. In a new paper with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), the team trained an artificial intelligence system called Pic2Recipe to look at a photo of food and be able to predict the ingredients and suggest similar recipes. "In computer vision, food is mostly neglected because we don't have the large-scale datasets needed to make predictions," says Yusuf Aytar, an MIT postdoc who co-wrote a paper about the system with MIT Professor Antonio Torralba. They then used that data to train a neural network to find patterns and make connections between the food images and the corresponding ingredients and recipes.


Dogs Have Same Genes As Williams Beuren Syndrome Patients, And That Makes Them Friendly, Study Finds

International Business Times

The study found that hyper-social canines carry variants of the genes GTF2I and GTF2IRD1, the deletion of which, in humans, triggers the Williams-Beuren Syndrome, or more commonly known as the Williams syndrome. The National Organization for Rare Disorders characterizes WBS as a "rare genetic disorder characterized by growth delays before and after birth (prenatal and postnatal growth retardation), short stature, a varying degree of mental deficiency, and distinctive facial features that typically become more pronounced with age." "This exciting observation highlights the utility of the dog as a genetic system informative for studies of human disease, as it shows how minor variants in critical genes in dogs result in major syndromic effects in humans," she said, BBC reported. In this handout image provided by Kensington Palace, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pose for a photograph with their son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, surrounded by Lupo, the couple's cocker spaniel, and Tilly the retriever (a Middleton family pet) in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, England, in Aug. 2013.


Amazon is working on a messaging app called Anytime

Daily Mail

The service will rival social networks by allowing users to message, share videos and photos, apply @mention tags and filters. The new service looks like Amazon's latest attempt to try and compete with social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Amazon is working on an all-in-one feature-rich service that would allow users to message, do video and photo sharing, apply @mention tags and filters, according to a new report. According to the report by AFTV news, the app will allow people to do things in groups, such as play games, listen to music together and order food. In May Amazon's Echo allowed users to place and receive calls and messages from one Alexa-enabled device to another using voice commands In February the Seattle-based firm released a video conferencing app called Amazon Chime.


AI matches snaps to a database of over one million recipes

Daily Mail

MIT researchers developed Recipe1M, a database of recipes annotated with information about the ingredients in a wide range of dishes. The closest match Pic2Recipe came up with for a McDonald's Big Mac was a White Castle cheeseburger, a competing brand popular in the US. Images of the latest culinary masterpieces on social media may soon serve a practical purpose, if the creators of a new AI system have their way. We also tested the app using some of the most recognisable food items from a number of popular restaurants and fast food chains, including a McDonald's Big Mac (left) which was matched to a White Castle cheeseburger (right), a competing brand popular in the US This was a match of 88 per cent.


AI suggests recipe for a dish just by studying a photo of it

New Scientist

Researchers have devised a machine learning algorithm that looks at photos of food and predicts the recipe that created the dish. The AI can also work out from a photo what ingredients went into a food: presented with an image of a plate of biscuits, for example, it knows that they are likely to include flour, eggs and butter. App such as MyFitnessPal already let people track calorie intake, but they have to manually input what they eat. But image recognition algorithms can only go so far, says Christoph Trattner at MODUL University Vienna in Austria.


Software engineers are in high demand for machine learning, data sciences: Study

USATODAY

The nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers are in high demand. SAN FRANCISCO -- Demand for the nation's more than 1.8 million software engineers has hundreds of companies scrambling for talent in machine learning and data sciences. Machine learning and data science skills rank as the most in-demand, though both specialties have the least experienced workforces -- at less than five years -- because they are emerging fields. Yet hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled, and demand is tightening due to the need for highly skilled workers in non-tech industries such as banking and healthcare.


Sears and Amazon; Alexa, Turn up My Kenmore Air Conditioner

U.S. News

FILE - In this May 17, 2017 file photo, an Amazon Alexa device is switched on for a demonstration of its use in a ballpark suite before a Seattle Mariners baseball game in Seattle. Struggling retailer Sears is looking to get a hand from Amazon, announcing that it will start offering its Kenmore products on the online powerhouse's website. Sears, which runs Kmart and its namesake stores, said that Kenmore Smart appliances will also be fully integrated with Amazon's Alexa. This will allow consumers to control products, like Kenmore Smart air conditioners, by making a request to Alexa.


Samsung scraps calling female assistant 'chipper,' male 'confident'

USATODAY

Samsung's Bixby used descriptions male and female voices that users considered sexist. Samsung hastily scrubbed the descriptions of male and female voices for its newly launched Bixby voice assistant Wednesday after users pointed out describing a woman's voice as "chipper" and "cheerful" and a male voice as "assertive" "confident" played into well-worn gender stereotypes. We have removed the hashtag descriptions from the Bixby service," Samsung said in a statement to USA Today. The male voice was described as "#assertive #confident #clear" while the female voice was described as "#chipper #clear #cheerful".