Good morning, my little cyborgs!
Welcome to another edition of the Sunday AI Review.
It’s been a beautiful, autumnal week down here in the Sussex countryside. I’ve enjoyed some awe-inspiring early morning dogs walks, with dewy spiderwebs strung across blackberry bushes with the jewel of a spider sitting at the centre, mist rising off the pale grass and golden leaves strewn over the woodland paths. It is truly a wonderful time of year, and a pleasant segway into the dark, cold winter to come. It’s rather a gentle way to say goodbye to the few months of the year in which I actually come to life! Oh well, I suppose winter has its moments. I’m not even going there with the C word right now, though.
Anyway, I take it you’re here to read about artificial intelligence, right? Okay, let’s go.
What’s in store this week?
Coca-cola, it’ll come as no surprise, generates huuuuuuuuuuge amounts of data every day. So how does the world’s favourite fizzy drinks brand use AI and big data? You’d bet it’s pretty exemplary.
You know how scientists were a bit confused by how some deep learning algorithms came to the conclusions they did? And when they started communicating in a language researchers couldn’t understand? And the regulatory nightmare such a problem would cause? Well, this theory could hold the answer.
3. One year later, Microsoft AI and Research grows to 8k people in massive bet on artificial intelligence (Geekwire)
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella formed the Microsoft AI and Research group one year ago this month as a fourth engineering division at the company. The move reflects Nadella’s belief in “democratizing AI,” making it available to any person or company, and radically changing the way computers interact with and work on behalf of humans.
Clearly, in the wake of so many shocking atrocities this year, something needs to be done to stamp out the terrorist threat. May’s quite right in insisting tech firms do more, but it’s a big ask considering the machine learning algorithms’ relative lack of sophistication.
5. Putin reveals fears that robots with artificial intelligence will one day ‘eat us’ and asks head of Russia’s largest tech firm how soon it will happen (Daily Fail)
Vlad, this week, asked the head of Yandex how long it’ll be until robots eat us. I’m not sure if he’s asking out of fear or curiosity over how he can use this to his advantage. Either way, it’s a funny headline.
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