Visual Aesthetics: Judging photo quality using AI techniques


Visual aesthetics has been shown to critically affect a variety of constructs such as perceived usability, satisfaction, and pleasure. However, visual aesthetics is also a subjective concept and therefore, presents its unique challenges in training a machine learning algorithm to learn such subjectiveness. Given the importance of visual aesthetics in human-computer interaction, it is vital that machines adequately assess the concept of visual aesthetics. Machine learning, especially deep learning techniques have already shown great promise on tasks with well-defined goals such as identifying objects in images or translating from one language to another. However, quantification of image aesthetics has been one of the most persistent problems in image processing and computer vision.

Apple HomePod: Late, and pricey, but this smart speaker could still have one advantage over its rivals


Four ways to explore the use of voice technology for your business. Apple's HomePod smart speaker could be on sale in the next few weeks, with reports that the first shipments have finally left the factories. HomePod was supposed to be on sale in December for that all-important holiday shopping season, but Apple delayed it at the last minute saying it needed " a little more time before it's ready". But it's likely to arrive soon -- in the US, UK, and Australia, at least. That means the HomePod will finally go on sale more than three years after Amazon launched the Echo smart speaker, which kickstarted the market and still dominates it, and more than a year behind Google Home.

How long will patient live? Deep Learning takes on predictions


End of life care might be improved with Deep Learning. An AI program in a successful pilot study predicted how long people will live. George Dvorsky in Gizmodo and others reported on their work. The Stanford University team is using an algorithm to predict mortality, and their goal is to improve timing of end-of-life care for critically ill patients. While 80 percent of Americans prefer to spend their final days in their home, only 20 percent do just that.

Deep Learning Gradient Check


When it comes to test how correct the gradient in deep neural nets, how can we check? I have found good solution though, couldn't understand why it requires us to calculate the estimate gradient twice.

As technology develops, so must journalists' codes of ethics Paul Chadwick


Sun 21 Jan 2018 12.37 EST Last modified on Sun 21 Jan 2018 17.00 EST Journalism is largely collaboration: reporters with sources, writers and editors, lawyers advising publishers, producers with distributors, and audiences feeding back their knowledge. Rapid development of artificial intelligence means journalists are likely to collaborate more and more with machines that think. The word itself, machines, feels so industrial era, but "robots" feels too limited. Humans are busy building brains, if not yet minds. So my shorthand for now is AI.

Facebook to Open Digital Training Hubs in Europe

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The U.S. company - which has faced regulatory pressure in Europe over issues ranging from privacy to antitrust - said it would open three "community skills hubs" in Spain, Poland and Italy as well as investing 10 million euros ($12.2 million) in France through its artificial intelligence research facility.

Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars


Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness -- you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent a disconnect between your sense of motion and what you see. The approach would use a set of sequentially activated light pipes that would imitate the movement of the autonomous vehicle in your peripheral view, giving your body a frame of reference while freeing you to check your phone without getting sick. The technology could be embedded into the car itself, but the nature of the design makes it portable. Uber's recent patent application for a similar concept relied on sensory input that demanded non-wearable gear and was more about signalling intentions and offering distractions than mimicking the car itself.

Exercising robot breaks a sweat in the gym


A Japanese research team has built a humanoid robot that resembles the intricate muscular and skeletal structure of a human body, making it capable of mimicking human activities like push-ups and sit-ups.

How to build a search engine: Part 4


This is the last part on building an end-end search engine. In this part we will take a look at how to go about building the front end. This will be an AngularJS application and will consist of some HTML and Javascript. All codes are readily available on Github along with the data itself. Here we will just do a walkthrough of what we are doing to make it all happen.

Building AI systems that work is still hard


Martin Welker is the chief executive of Axonic. Even with the support of AI frameworks like TensorFlow or OpenAI, artificial intelligence still requires deep knowledge and understanding compared to a mainstream web developer. If you have built a working prototype, you are probably the smartest guy in the room. Congratulations, you are a member of a very exclusive club. With Kaggle, you can even earn decent money by solving real-world projects.