The Sunday AI News Review: 13.08.17

POSTED BY   Michele Baker
13th August 2017
Sunday AI and ML Review | Michele Baker for TDMB Tech

Happy Sunday my little cyborgs!

I’m back.

Yes, that’s right. I am back in the UK and I am not very happy about it. I am beautifully tanned and have had a wealth of wonderful experiences, and I want to go back. I shall say no more about it.


Sunday AI and ML Review | Michele Baker for TDMB Tech


Instead, I will give you the top five pieces of AI news this week. Let’s go…


top socially shared artificial intelligence and machine learning articles of the week




1. ‘Self-driving car’ actually controlled by man dressed up as a car seat (The Guardian)

Top Socially Shared AI Articles 13.08.17


Wow! A self-driving car that looks just like a normal car, cruising along the roads of Arlington Virginia! That’s amazing. What’s more, it doesn’t even have anyone in there! It’s totally freaking autonomous.

This car seemed to be beating the greatest minds working on autonomous vehicles, causing jaws across the tech community to audibly hit the floor (sort of). But, hang on…

Yeah, it’s just a bloke dressed up as a car seat. As you do.

Someone needs to get a better hobby.


2. Andrew Ng’s Next Trick: Training a Million AI Experts (MIT)


Since leaving his post as Chief Scientist at Baidu in March, speculation about Andrew Ng’s next step has been the talk of the town… And now we know.

He’s starting up a deep learning course on Coursera, to realise his conviction that millions of people should be mastering deep learning, like, now.

In this fascinating interview with the MIT Technology Review, Ng offers an exclusive insight into his thoughts regarding the rise of AI and the importance of planning ahead.


3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) : Will it help or hurt mankind? (Biplab Chakraborty on LinkedIn)



Zuckerberg and Musk are having a big argument about what the future of AI will be. Zuckerberg says everything is cool; Musk says we are all going to die unless we become cyborgs.

This really comprehensive article is a discussion of both sides of the debate, and is definitely a must-read this week.


4. Rise of the racist robots – how AI is learning all our worst impulses (The Guardian)


Remember Tay, the racist Twitter bot? That was a big laugh, wasn’t it? Turns out, though, that what happened with Microsoft’s ill-fated experiment was just a taste of things to come…

Human bias is finding its way into the AI we’re building, and that’s a big concern, particularly when it is being used in areas such as law enforcement and social services.


5. Could a robot do your job? (AlphaBeta)


This is kinda cool. Type in your job title and see how susceptible it is to automation. I got 20%, which means I’m pretty safe compared to a Construction Rigger (86%) or Bricklayer (55%). Interestingly, however, a Financial Planning Adviser comes in at only 15%, whilst a Solicitor will apparently have only 13% of their job automated.

Clearly, the engine behind this is talking about robotics much more than AI, right?



Short and sweet this week… but you have had a bumper bundle of news for the last three weeks, so I’m sure you can cope! Have a fantastic Sunday all.

May the force be with you,

Michele x


The Sunday AI News Review: 13.08.17

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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