A Belated Sunday AI Review

POSTED BY   Michele Baker
11th December 2017
Sunday AI and ML Review | Michele Baker for TDMB Tech


Whoops! Looks like there was a bit of an error in the system yesterday and this review didn’t go out as planned. Apologies if you were eagerly awaiting its arrival on Sunday morning. I hate to disappoint, so here it is, just a day behind, still with all the best AI news of the week. Here you go…

1. In Just 4 Hours, Google’s AI Mastered All The Chess Knowledge in History (Science Alert)

AlphaZero, a more generic version of AlphaGo Zero, has beaten (world champion chess program) Stockfish after just four hours of unsupervised learning. AlphaZero was taught only the rules and no strategy, and still managed to reach “superhuman performance” at a level never seen before. Is it more impressive than AlphaGo Zero’s performance? I’m still trying to work that out.

2. Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome (MIT)

The enormous amount of data generated by the Human Genome Project is pretty hard to untangle. But Google’s new AI, DeepVariant can do the job!

3. A New Black Metal Album Was Just Published — and It Wasn’t Made by a Human (Futurism)

Yes, I know some people like it, and I’ve even heard that the best of it is wonderfully well-constructed in musical terms, but I’m sorry, black metal has always made me want to tear off my own ears. “At first, the sounds that were produced were “noisy” and “grotesque,” according to the musicians working on the (thankfully only) 5 track algorithmically generated album, which begs the question of where they draw the line between what sort of screaming mess is considered enjoyable and where it becomes “noise”.

4. Nvidia’s new AI creates disturbingly convincing fake videos (The Next Web)

Post-truth is truly upon us. Though it’s obvious that there has never been any such thing as objective truth, the idea that the scourge of “fakeness” that’s taking the world by storm could be exacerbated by such convincing AI tools is still pretty disturbing.

 5. What Happens When An Algorithm Writes Science Fiction (Wired)

This is my favourite piece this week. Writer, Stephen Marche, enlisted the help of an algorithm to help him write a sci-fi story. Driven by the growing momentum of automation coming to help lots of people with their jobs, and wondering how such tools can help the creative writer, he and the algorithm set to work. The result is very quirky but, to my mind, really rather well written and enjoyable. Marche says it was a bit of a slog, but I reckon it was pretty worth it.

As a related aside, I enjoyed playing with this generator this week. The algorithm and I worked together to create a poem inspired by John Keats. I recommend trying it for yourself.

My Picks of the Week

The US Leads in Artificial Intelligence… But For How Long (MIT)

The Next Big Step For AI? Understanding Video (MIT)

An AI That Makes Fake Videos May Facilitate The End Of Reality As We Know It (Futurism)

Could Russia’s Next President Be An AI Assistant? (Sky) 

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t As Clever As We Think, But That Doesn’t Stop It Being A Threat (The Verge)

Where AI Is Headed: 13 Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018 (NVIDIA)

How Machine Learning Creates New Professions (And Problems) – (FT)

Artificial Intelligence Still Isn’t A Gamechanger (Bloomberg)

This Developer Made An App To Predict When The Bitcoin Bubble Will Burst (Inverse)

The Possibility of a Deep Learning Intelligence Explosion (Medium)

Until next week… stay classy, centaurs!


A Belated Sunday AI Review

Michele Baker

Michele Baker is the Senior Content Strategist at TDMB. She began her journey into tech marketing via a Masters in Creative Writing, evolving from a prize-winning poet and short story writer to a futuristic content guru. Michele now writes endlessly about all aspects of technology, hosts the TDMB Presents… tech podcast, and speaks at numerous tech and marketing events.

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