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Newsletter #73 -- DeepMind's 600 task AI agent

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The company has raised $100 million in round C funding with the aim of becoming the "GitHub of machine learning". Inflection -- is an AI-first company aiming to redefine human-computer interaction. It is led by LinkedIn and DeepMind co-founders and was referenced in our Newsletter #68. The company has now raised $225 million in venture funding to use AI to help humans "talk" to computers. Unlearn -- aims to accelerate clinical trials by using AI, digital twins, and novel statistical methods to "enable smaller control groups while maintaining power and generating evidence suitable for supporting regulatory decisions".


Top 10 AI graduate degree programs

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fast-growing and evolving field, and data scientists with AI skills are in high demand. The field requires broad training involving principles of computer science, cognitive psychology, and engineering. If you want to grow your data scientist career and capitalize on the demand for the role, you might consider getting a graduate degree in AI. U.S. News & World Report ranks the best AI graduate programs at computer science schools based on surveys sent to academic officials in fall 2021 and early 2022. Here are the top 10 programs that made the list as having the best AI graduate programs in the US.


Learning Spark: Lightning-Fast Data Analytics: Damji, Jules S., Wenig, Brooke, Das, Tathagata, Lee, Denny: 9781492050049: Books

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Most developers who grapple with big data are data engineers, data scientists, or machine learning engineers. This book is aimed at those professionals who are looking to use Spark to scale their applications to handle massive amounts of data. In particular, data engineers will learn how to use Spark's Structured APIs to perform complex data exploration and analysis on both batch and streaming data; use Spark SQL for interactive queries; use Spark's built-in and external data sources to read, refine, and write data in different file formats as part of their extract, transform, and load (ETL) tasks; and build reliable data lakes with Spark and the open source Delta Lake table format. For data scientists and machine learning engineers, Spark's MLlib library offers many common algorithms to build distributed machine learning models. We will cover how to build pipelines with MLlib, best practices for distributed machine learning, how to use Spark to scale single-node models, and how to manage and deploy these models using the open source library MLflow.


Probability Distributions To Be Aware Of For Data Science (With Code)

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Probability and statistics knowledge is at the core of data science and machine learning; You'll require both statistics and probability knowledge to effectively gather, review, analyze and communicate with data. This means it's essential for you to have a good grasp of some fundamental terminologies, what they mean, and how to identify them. One such term you'll hear thrown around a lot is'distribution.' All this is in reference to is the properties of the data. There's several instances of phenomena in the real world that are considered to be statistical in nature (i.e. This means there are several instances in which we've been able to develop methodologies that help us model nature through mathematical functions that can describe the characteristics of the data.


Top Machine Learning Trends for 2022

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Blockchain is the new talk of the town. It is the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Today, it has turned out to be a game-changer for businesses. Its decentralized ledger offers transparency and immutability in transactions between parties without any intermediary. The transactions are irreversible, which means once a ledger is updated, it can never be changed or deleted. Blockchain technology will eventually find its space in the new and innovative applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.


20-24/06/2022 - AI4SD Machine Learning Summer School : AI 4 Scientific Discovery

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We are pleased to announce that this summer AI4SD will be running a hybrid residential summer school from the 20th-24th June 2022 at the University of Southampton. This summer school will introduce you to basic python programming, different areas of machine learning including mathematical foundations for ML, classification and clustering, kernel methods, introduction to deep learning and case studies in chemistry including reinforcement learning in chemistry. There will also be talks to upskill scientists in other relevant areas including Group Management, Presentation Skills, Research Data Management, Referencing, LaTeX, GitHub and Ethics. The summer school will include a hackathon where students can compete in teams to solve the same problem in the best way. Group presentations will take place on the friday and prizes will be given to the winning team.


This deep learning technique solves one of the tough challenges of robotics

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This article is part of our coverage of the latest in AI research. For humans, working with deformable objects is not significantly more difficult than handling rigid objects. We learn naturally to shape them, fold them, and manipulate them in different ways and still recognize them. But for robots and artificial intelligence systems, manipulating deformable objects present a huge challenge. Consider the series of steps that a robot must take to shape a ball of dough into pizza crusts.


Closing the Gap between Machine Learning and Human Learning

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Humans possess a powerful ability to reason. They understand a question asked by a fellow human-being and provide the most appropriate answer to it. A human brain can do quick mathematics to answer a trivial question like "If I have 10 balls and bought two cans, each having 5 balls, how many balls would I have?" The humans can do commonsense reasoning like "If a driver sees a pedestrian on the crossover, what would he do?" Humans have intelligence in understanding if somebody is cutting a joke and probably get a deeper understanding of what the speaker really wants to say? The question is, can we train the machines to gain this kind of intelligence that we humans possess?


On the Prediction of Evaporation in Arid Climate Using Machine Learning Model

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Evaporation calculations are important for the proper management of hydrological resources, such as reservoirs, lakes, and rivers. Data-driven approaches, such as adaptive neuro fuzzy inference, are getting popular in many hydrological fields. This paper investigates the effective implementation of artificial intelligence on the prediction of evaporation for agricultural area. In particular, it presents the adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) and hybridization of ANFIS with three optimizers, which include the genetic algorithm (GA), firefly algorithm (FFA), and particle swarm optimizer (PSO). Six different measured weather variables are taken for the proposed modelling approach, including the maximum, minimum, and average air temperature, sunshine hours, wind speed, and relative humidity of a given location. Models are separately calibrated with a total of 86 data points over an eight-year period, from 2010 to 2017, at the specified station, located in Arizona, United States of America. Farming lands and humid climates are the reason for choosing this location. Ten statistical indices are calculated to find the best fit model. Comparisons shows that ANFIS and ANFIS–PSO are slightly better than ANFIS–FFA and ANFIS–GA. Though the hybrid ANFIS–PSO (R2= 0.99, VAF = 98.85, RMSE = 9.73, SI = 0.05) is very close to the ANFIS (R2 = 0.99, VAF = 99.04, RMSE = 8.92, SI = 0.05) model, preference can be given to ANFIS, due to its simplicity and easy operation.


Council Post: Healthcare Ethics In AI: Can Software Make Ethical Decisions?

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As data analytics and other digital innovations become more widely adopted in healthcare, artificial intelligence (AI) will move from an administrative role to a clinical decision-making support role. Hospitals already use AI-based tools to develop custom care plans, check in patients for appointments and answer basic questions such as "How do I pay my bill?" AI is gaining traction as an "intelligent assistant" for physicians and clinicians. AI helps radiologists analyze images faster and organize them better. It pours through volumes of electronic medical record (EMR) data and symptoms to diagnose disease.