The Sunday AI Review: 28th May 2017
Welcome to this week’s Sunday AI Review, brought to you from Brighton this weekend, where Indie, Billy, and I are spending the bank holiday with my best friends by the sea.
Had a great week this week. Spent yesterday interviewing the artist Mat Collishaw at his home in London, which was a fantastic experience. We had a wonderful discussion about the use of technology in art, and about his new exhibition, Thresholds, that’s currently on at Somerset House and is a fascinating virtual reality experience. You can find out more about the exhibition on the blog for VMI Studio, who created the virtual reality simulation for the exhibition (full disclosure: I wrote it). The interview itself will be live shortly, and I’ll drop a link in next week’s review so you can check it out.
But enough of virtual reality – that’s Jon’s job. Let’s talk about AI.
What’s been going on this week, then?
The most shared story this week is from IFL Science, and it’s pretty cool, although I, personally, don’t think that this is particularly groundbreaking news
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this, or similar, news before. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating news, so get comfy.
So Google DeepMind is pretty awesome, right? It can dream, it can understand why betrayal can be beneficial in certain contexts. However, it could be upstaged by AutoML, Google’s new baby that was announced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google’s latest annual I/O conference last week.
Calling AutoML ‘Google’s new baby’ isn’t just phraseology. The researchers working on the project actually compare AutoML to a child. So far, it has used image recognition and language modelling to create “programs that are on par with state-of-the-art models designed by the world’s foremost experts on machine learning”.
At the same time as Google was showing off AutoML at the I/O conference, Microsoft was holding its own, arguably more low key, dev conference in Seattle. TechCrunch remarks that the I/O conference fell flat, whilst “Microsoft’s event felt like it embodied the resurgence of the company under the leadership of Satya Nadella”. It appears that there
It appears that there was a bit more deep consideration and a will to empower developers at Microsoft, whilst Google just sort of celebrated itself in the kind of circle-jerk that we are used to from them and Apple. Perhaps there’s a tortoise and hare thing going on here? Interested to see where Microsoft goes next.
This article is a pretty good one, with lots of detail about what Microsoft are up to. I highly recommend giving it a read.
Yawn! What was I saying about the Google circle-jerk? OK, Google – you’ve proved your point… again. Do something else now.
*PICK OF THE WEEK*
OK, this is probably the article of the week for me. So yeah, biotechnology and AI are now at a point where we can begin to augment our bodies, optimise our health with technology, and live longer and better. But who, exactly, is going to be able to afford it? Not me!
In this article, The Guardian explores the troubling notion that AI and biotechnology could split our already unfair and unequal societies even further. Those that can afford it become ‘superhuman’ – and the rest of us become a huge underclass of useless detritus.
Ulzard Technologies are a startup based in Copenhagen, who may just be about to put website developers out of a job. Leveraging the latest machine learning technology, the team has built a neural network that automatically generates code based on screenshots it is shown.
This could, as Ulzard Founder, Tony Beltrameli states, “end the need for manually-programmed” user interfaces altogether.
The Best of AI In My Inbox This Week
Here are my favourite AI articles that hit my inbox this week. Relax, click, and enjoy…
- Meet the Most Nimble-Fingered Robot Yet
- Hear Me Out: Let’s Elect an AI as President
- How AI is used to infer human emotion
- Pushy AI Bots Nudge Humans to Change Behavior
- Artificial Intelligence Owes You an Explanation
- BBC fools HSBC voice recognition security system
- Google’s new machine learning framework is going to put more AI on your phone
- Machine Learning: Beware the Bias
- Spotify Has Acquired Machine-Learning Startup Niland
- Artificial intelligence is getting more powerful, and it’s about to be everywhere
That’ll keep you going until next week, I think. I look forward to seeing you all (on my stats!) next Sunday. But for now, I’m off to watch football and drink merrily in the Brighton sunshine while it lasts.
Live long and prosper,