The Sunday AI & ML Review

POSTED BY   Michele Baker
22nd April 2018
Michele Sunday AI News Review


There’s some odd publications showing up alongside the usual suspects in the top five most socially shared AI articles this week. I suppose it gives a bit of variety to the proceedings, but sometimes the veracity of minor publications can occasionally waver, so I’m preparing my salt pot to pinch from accordingly.

So, the first up comes from a publication called Mercury News in San Francisco. It pertains to that good old well-worn topic of job losses as automation continues to rise. It doesn’t come as a big surprise that banking is on the hit list. Anything related to numbers and finances can easily be done by a computer, as you’re probably already aware. I’m not even surprised by the assertion that half of all banking jobs are set to be filled by AI. Seems like a reasonable number.

“In our bank,” Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan told an audience in Vancouver last year. “We have people doing work like robots. Tomorrow we will have robots behaving like people. It doesn’t matter if we as a bank will participate in these changes or not, it is going to happen.”

Next, another piece of unsurprising news, this time from that old stalwart, The New York Times. From this, however, I am lamentably blocked by the paywall. Suffice to say, even without reading the piece by the wonderful Cade Metz, I’m not particularly taken aback that AI researchers are earning $1 million plus for their expertise. There’s a distinct shortage of experts in this area, so if you’re gold dust, you’re likely to be paid as such.

Wired is next, with the slightly embarrassing headline ‘Google’s New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn’t Need AI’. Unless Jeff Dean is an insufferable narcissist, he’s probably engaged in a full-body cringe as you read this. Let’s hope it’s the latter. Luckily, I do subscribe to Wired, so I can give you a bit of a rundown.

Basically, Dean has been doing some incredible stuff at Google since way back in 1999 when it was still a gawky startup. With his new role, he is putting a lot of emphasis on the role of AI in healthcare, and how the search giant can help with that. This includes testing software in India that can detect a complication of diabetes that causes blindness, and Google has also tested software that looks for signs of breast cancer on microscope slides.

For our next top five entry, we move to lesser known website,, which is reporting on Japan’s interesting news on a new mayoral candidate. In Tama City, Tokyo, a candidate named Michihito Matsuda is running for mayor. What’s unusual about Matsuda is that, you guessed it, it’s a robot. An artificially intelligent robot, if you please. It’s not clear exactly how ‘intelligent’ Michihito Matsuda is, though the article does note that it is controlled by the VP of Softbank and a former Google employee. My bet is that Michihito Matsuda is just another Sophia-esque publicity stunt, a ‘Wizard of Oz’ situation, if you will.

Finally, Mint Press News reports on the militarisation of AI, focusing on its relationship with drone technology. The article outlines the ethical and legal implications this gives rise to. Even if you’re already well-versed in this whole autonomous weapons debate, this piece is a good read with lots of fresh perspective to offer.


The Top 5 Most Socially Shared AI Articles Of The Week


Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say (Mercury News)


A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit (New York Times)


Google’s New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn’t Need AI (Wired)


Artificial Intelligence Robot Running For Mayor In Japan Promises Balance And Fairness For All (


Drones Will Soon Use Artificial Intelligence to Decide Who to Kill (Mint Press News)


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Google is Teaching A.I. How to Travel Through Cities Like a Human


AI creates ‘Flintstones’ cartoons from text descriptions


Elon Musk has not kept quiet about how much #Tesla Model 3 production is stressing him out and his concerns over the dangers of #AI. He now admits that the problem with production was, ironically, caused by a reliance on #robots and too much# technology.


Google’s latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills


In “Looking to Listen at the Cocktail Party”, Google presents a deep learning audio-visual model for isolating a single speech signal from a mixture of sounds such as other voices and background noise.


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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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