Deep Learning's Killer App for Finance?


Yann LeCun, arguably the father of modern machine learning, has described Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) as the most interesting idea in deep learning in the last 10 years (and there have been a lot of interesting ideas in Machine Learning over the past 10 years). You train the discriminator on real data to classify, say, an image as either a real photo or a non-photographic image. Given that the central problem of using Deep Learning models in business applications is lack of training data, this is a really big deal. This technology could, and probably should, form a pillar of next generation (big data and machine learning) risk management.

Retail banks embracing AI and bots to catch up with fintech upstarts


"We're being pushed into a place where we have to innovate," said Dan Stern, director of digital innovation at Edmonton, Alberta-based ATB Financial. Startups that work with banks are finding that change is coming to big banks as well. ATB has several uses for AI, including bots and emotion recognition. Other examples of fintech at work include a bot serving as a personal banker or machine learning that can benefit small companies that don't have a financial accountant.

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On Monday, the company announced a new research program called the People AI Research initiative (PAIR for short) that's all about understanding how humans interact with machine learning. It's part of a philosophy the Google UX community is calling "human-centered machine learning," where machine learning algorithms solve problems while keeping human needs and behaviors in mind. Detailed on Medium by Josh Lovejoy and Jess Holbrook, two designers in the Research and Machine Intelligence group at Google, these are Google's rules for designing with machine learning while still keeping the user–and their humanity–at the center. In a world where designers don't always understand how their AI-powered services and products work, Google's solution is simple: get that data.



Let me use this space to discuss about some of the main topics of my PhD thesis: "Big Data, Cognitive Extension, Self-organizing Processes and Economic Development". My research was born as an effort to improve my comprehension of the emerging phenomenon "Big Data" and its potential impacts on the Economy, in particular Economic Development and fight against poverty. The first part explores how the phenomenon of Big Data may fit within Economic Theory. A new analytical framework is defined that will allow to link Big Data, human's cognitive extension, self-organizing processes and Economic Development.

Data Science Simplified: Key Concepts of Statistical Learning


I want to express data that I can't control (sales) as a function of data that I can control (advertising budget). Statistical learning reveals hidden data relationships. Similarly, in machine learning, once the model is tested on the test dataset, the performance of the model is evaluated. Let us examine the multiplication models created by Bob and Raj from a machine learning perspective.

Are AI and "deep learning" the future of, well, everything?


However, this is just the beginning: with companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook spending millions on research into advanced neural networks and deep machine learning, computers are set to get smarter still. "There's a good reason why Google remains at the forefront of the deep learning revolution: data, and lots of it." Although Apple has recently been on a hiring mission, seeking 80-plus AI experts to help make Siri smarter than Google Now or Microsoft's Cortana, it's still playing catch-up. Google is using the lessons it's learnt in image recognition to advance a whole gamut of technologies including speech recognition, Street View detection, language translation and spam detection.

AI can make Puppets out of our Public Figures and Movies out of our Dreams


With the use of what scientists call'deep learning' we are now able to manipulate and produce media content in a range of unthinkable new ways. Fictitious, videos can be produced without having to go near a camera and it is possiple to put words into people's mouths. Deep learning uses algorithms which analyse a vast amount of content about a specific subject in order to produce a new, original image, video or sound. However the prospect of everyone having the ability to manipulate video content, and potentially make real people appear to say and do things which they didn't comes with ethical implications.

Elon Musk doesn't think we're prepared to face humanity's biggest threat: Artificial intelligence


The subjugation of humanity by a race of super-smart, artificially intelligent beings is something that has been theorized by everyone from generations of moviemakers to New Zealand's fourth-most-popular folk-parody duo. Elon Musk, who hopes that one day everyone will ride in a self-driving, electric-powered Tesla, told a group of governors Saturday that they needed to get on the ball and start regulating artificial intelligence, which he called a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." "AI is a fundamental risk to the future of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not. He's been warning people about the problem for years, and he's even come up with a solution: Join forces with the computers.

Google Uses Machine Learning To Improve Google Forms Androidheadlines.com


As part of the update to Google Forms, one of the improvements included is intelligent response validation, and from time to time (whenever it's possible to do so) Google Forms will make a suggestion to users to validate a response that was issued by the person filling out a Google Form based on the questions that are asked by the form's creator. Also in the presence of saving time for users, Google Forms will now allow you to set up pre-configured preferences for future forms that you create so you don't have to choose certain elements each time you set up a new form, such as the option for always collecting email addresses or making questions required. Google has set limits on the file uploads, which starts at just 1GB, but there's also an option to increase the limit to 1TB if it's needed. So, when creating a new Form, if you want to provide the recipients with the ability to select multiple options for a single question, the Checkbox Grid would be the one to pick.

Microsoft to boost AI development - ITP.net


Microsoft has unveiled several new initiatives which are intended to boost artificial intelligence research and emphasise its role in developing people and society. Among the new initiatives are a new research team, Microsoft Research AI (MSRAI), a new program to make AI technology and tools available for free to organisations focused on sustainability and environment projects. The AI for Earth program will focus on four main areas of environmental concern, water, biodiversity, agriculture, and climate change, and will connect organisations working in these fields with Microsoft tools, technology and resources to enable them to conduct deep research and analysis using AI. Harry Shum, executive VP of Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said that the aim is to focus on positive usages of AI, that balance the opportunities with concerns around threats to jobs, security, ethics and so on.