Top AI News: AlphaStar goes All-Star

More of an update, really, on the news back in distant January of AlphaStar beating 2 top pros at StarCraft II. The AI entity has continued playing, and now outranks 99.8% of all players of this open-ended, real-time strategy game. We’ll be reduced to playing Snakes & Ladders to get a win before long. More here.

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Top AI News: Germany takes the AI ethics initiative

The German Data Ethics Commission just released its report on what regulations should be implemented to deal with the burgeoning field of AI. As with GDPR, what comes from Germany often feeds into EU policy, which has global clout, so it gives a good feel for how laws affecting machine learning and intelligent algorithms might develop. Read more here.

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Top AI News: Play that again, Sam3000

AI is being used to analyze the physical and emotional reaction music elicits in people. By mapping kinds of music, tempo, melody and so on to the reactions they provoke, it is hoped that one day it could design musical therapy as effective at banishing, say, a migraine as an aspirin cures a headache today. In the meantime, it could revolutionize elevator music. For more, here.

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Top AI News: Take the Deepfake Challenge

With all of the (justifiable – see yesterday’s post) worry about deepfakes, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and others have taken the initiative  and launched the Deepfake Detection Challenge, which allows anyone to take part in the creation of software tools for the unmasking of these AI-created masters of disguise. They’ve just released the ‘preview dataset’ of 5000 videos, some real some faked, so you can get familiar with the setup before the competition launch in December.   

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Top AI News: Star athletes wrongly accused!

AI facial recognition software is been thrown into the fight against crime with gay abandon, but if you’re a sports fan, you might want to ask you government to put the brakes on a bit – that is, unless you want to see your favourite hitters, pitchers, throwers and scorers behind bars! 27 athletes and a database of 20,000 mugshots were fed into an AI algorithm called Rekognition, and it was asked to make matches. It did – falsely, we should point out – in one out of every six cases! Put that system on a police car and your top scorer could find him or herself in cuffs on the way to the big game. Read more here.   

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Top AI News: Sycamore the Supertree

Google has announced that it just reached ‘quantum supremacy’. This does NOT mean that they have launched a putsch and taken over the interwebs, but rather that their 53-bit quantum computer, Sycamore, hit a computing milestone. It took just 200 seconds to perform (a fairly meaningless) calculation that would take a conventional supercomputer 10,000 years to do. Minds sufficiently blown? Read more here and here, and an interview with Google CEO Sundar Pichai about it here.  

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Google got grammar!

Google is shaking up the way its search engine works. Enter BERT, an algorithm that can recognize the important words in a search, rather than simply treat it as a ‘bag of words’. So rather than treating the word ‘no’ as of equal importance to all the other words in the sentence ‘Where can I find a restaurant that serves no meat?’, it recognizes its significance in guiding the meaning of the entire question. This was done by blanking out words in sentences and asking the AI entity to guess the meaning – then ‘marking’ its responses. We now have machine intelligence that is understanding the rudiments of grammar, ladies and gentlemen. Read more here.

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