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Facebook AI Enables Automatic Closed Captions for Facebook Live


Conventional ASR systems are generally made up of three components: an acoustic model that predicts phonemes from short segments of audio, a pronunciation lexicon which describes how the phonemes are combined to form the words in a given language, and a language model that captures the relationships among those words. Facebook engineers have deployed their model variations with a number of infrastructure optimizations to handle the additional livestream traffic while also reducing the compute required despite the increased load. Although the system was trained on many different types of speech, it's still far from perfect, particularly when it comes to accents. As it's difficult to collect sufficient training data for every accent type, Facebook researchers are now exploring ways to improve their models by having them also learn from the vast amounts of unlabelled audio that is available online.

Inside Artificial Intelligence's First Church


Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars--and triggering a notorious lawsuit--could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church.

Facial recognition is big tech's latest toxic 'gateway' app John Naughton

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The headline above an essay in a magazine published by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) caught my eye. "Facial recognition is the plutonium of AI", it said. Since plutonium – a by-product of uranium-based nuclear power generation – is one of the most toxic materials known to humankind, this seemed like an alarmist metaphor, so I settled down to read. The article, by a Microsoft researcher, Luke Stark, argues that facial-recognition technology – one of the current obsessions of the tech industry – is potentially so toxic for the health of human society that it should be treated like plutonium and restricted accordingly. You could spend a lot of time in Silicon Valley before you heard sentiments like these about a technology that enables computers to recognise faces in a photograph or from a camera.

How to Watch the WIRED25 Festival and Summit


And of course, it wouldn't be a WIRED party without a robot petting zoo. The WIRED25 celebration kicks off today, Friday, October 12, followed by the WIRED25 Festival over the weekend. The all-day WIRED25 Summit takes place on Monday, October 15, and we'll be onstage at SFJazz with innovators like Sundar Pichai, Anna Wintour, Marc Benioff, Susan Wojcicki, Jack Dorsey, and more. Check out the entire schedule here. Can't make the big bash?

6 ways Facebook uses AI


In the world of Facebook, Chief Global Security Officer Nick Lovrien says, "A day is a week, a week is a month, a month is a year." As a company, Facebook owns Instagram, Oculus, WhatsApp, and hundreds others, buying around 160 businesses just last year. The company's goal is to connect every person on the planet through Facebook-owned tech within 100 years. To get there, they're using AI. Here's a look at how Facebook is making use of artificial intelligence for projects today -- and tomorrow.

Predictive Analytics for Marketers: The Basics


Despite the recent hype, predictive analytics has been around for over 80 years. At least the mathematical models underpinning this branch of data science have. It has only been in the last few years that thanks to increasing computing power and nifty software interfaces, analytics has become accessible for the average person -- and the marketer. Let's start with the word predictive. As marketers, we can "predict" a lot of things.

Speed Kills


"The best products don't win. The ones everyone use win," wrote Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook executive, in a 2016 post on the company's internal network that was leaked to and published by BuzzFeed on Thursday. The "ugly truth," Bosworth went on, is that "connecting people" was Facebook's mission, and growth its lifeblood. And so the company and its employees had to pursue those goals relentlessly--even at the potential cost of some users' lives. He reportedly wrote the post the day after a Chicago man had been shot dead on Facebook Live.

Digital Marketing Tips For Small Businesses - Digital Marketing Web Design


The best digital marketing tips from just a few years ago may no longer prove relevant. Yes, social media still dominates, but today's most effective campaigns look little like the leaders of 2013 or even 2016. Live streaming, wearables, and machine learning allow forward-thinking business leaders to gain an edge over those still attempting to grasp basic digital marketing concepts. Ready to update your company's marketing strategy? Touted by Entrepreneur as "the future of marketing," machine learning will begin to play a greater role among businesses of all sizes and across a broad range of industries in 2018.

Elon Musk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's knowledge of A.I.'s future is 'limited'


Billionaire Elon Musk said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's understanding of the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is "limited", as the spat between the two tech bosses continues. On Sunday, Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live talking informally to viewers while at a barbecue. A user submitted a question saying how they had seen a recent interview with Musk in which he said his largest fear for the future was AI. Musk has been vocal about his fear of AI in the future. Earlier this month for example, he said that AI will cause massive job disruption and that robots "will be able to do everything better than us."

Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg has 'limited understanding' of AI


An epic battle of tech minds is about to go down. Mark Zuckerberg just commented on artificial intelligence, saying people who warn of "doomsday scenarios" regarding AI are "pretty irresponsible." This did not sit well with Elon Musk, who returned fire on Twitter, saying Zuckerberg's understanding of the subject is "limited." The Facebook CEO made the comment during a Facebook Live open interview with users Monday; the question he was answering actually mentioned Musk. Musk's stance on the dangers of AI is well documented.