AI News Weekly – Issue #147: How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak – Feb 13th 2020

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In the News

How AI Is Tracking the Coronavirus Outbreak

With the coronavirus growing more deadly in China, artificial intelligence researchers are applying machine-learning techniques to social media, web, and other data for subtle signs that the disease may be spreading elsewhere.


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In The News

Trump’s 2021 budget drowns science agencies in red ink, again

The 2021 budget request to Congress released today calls for deep, often double-digit cuts to R&D spending at major science agencies.

A new model and dataset for long-range memory

This blog introduces a new long-range memory model, the Compressive Transformer, alongside a new benchmark for book-level language modelling, PG19.
We provide the conceptual tools needed to understand this new research in the context of recent developments in memory models and language modelling.

Fei-Fei Li’s Quest to Make Machines Better for Humanity

Artificial intelligence has a problem: The biases of its creators are getting hard-coded into its future.
Fei-Fei Li has a plan to fix that—by rebooting the field she helped invent.


Ethicists aim to save tech’s soul. Will anyone let them?

She arrived at Salesforce just over a year ago to become its first-ever Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer, taking on an unprecedented and decidedly ambiguous title that was created specifically for her unprecedented, ambiguous, yet highly specific job

The poor performance of apps assessing skin cancer risk

Over the past year, technology companies have made headlines claiming that their artificially intelligent (AI) products can outperform clinicians at diagnosing breast cancer,1 brain tumours,2 and diabetic retinopathy.

IEEE calls for standards to combat climate change and protect kids in the age of AI

The IEEE Standards Association has released a report calling for engineers to consider the impact their work will have on climate change, children, and society.

Applied use cases

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

As the practice spreads into new places and new parts of government, United Nations investigators, civil rights lawyers, labor unions and community organizers have been pushing back.

From the Iowa caucuses to the Barnes and Noble fiasco, it’s clear: tech cannot save us

The blatantly anti-democratic tradition appeals to certain journalistic biases: the steadfast belief of the political press that rural Americans are more authentically American than the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs – and the irresistible opportunity to pedantically…


What’s New In Robotics? 07.02.2020

In this week’s news mix: MiR and UR announce world’s largest cobot hub, YuMi helps automotive firm improve productivity, and Japan tests cobot bartender.

January 2020 robotics transactions start off strong

The table below lists fundings in millions of U.S. dollars, where amounts were publicly available: Robotics investments, January 2020 Abundant Robotics Inc. investment Kubota Corp. Jan. 9 harvesting robot AirWorks Solutions Inc. 1.4 equity Jan. 2 AI modeling AutoFlightX investment TDK Ventures Jan….


Turing-NLG: A 17-billion-parameter language model by Microsoft

Turing Natural Language Generation (T-NLG) is a 17 billion parameter language model by Microsoft that outperforms the state of the art on many downstream NLP tasks.

How analog in-memory computing can solve power challenges of edge AI inference

For example, even a comparatively small ‘1.0 MobileNet-224’ model has 4.2 million parameters (weights) and requires 569 million MAC operations to perform an inference.

Introducing PyTorch3D: An open-source library for 3D deep learning

Facebook AI has built and is now releasing PyTorch3D, a highly modular and optimized library with unique capabilities designed to make 3D deep learning easier with PyTorch.

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