Author: Mariya Yao

8 Ways AI Makes Virtual & Augmented Reality Even More Real

Regular reality is being disrupted by virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). The biggest names in tech are battling to power the next generation of entertainment, education, and communication. Facebook acquired Oculus to make next generation social networking virtual. Apple CEO Tim Cook claims augmented reality will be “as big as the iPhone.” Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google’s Tango, and Intel’s Project Alloy are just a few of the myriad of developers underway to make VR/AR devices as ubiquitous as computers and phones. The technical complexity behind compelling VR/AR experiences is boosted by another overhyped trend: artificial intelligence. Despite the hype, the...

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Dope Learning: AI Can Now Best Rappers With “Deep Beats”

Rapping is no easy feat. In-demand artists like Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jay Z bring home fortunes to the tune of $735 and $550 million respectively for their stylish flow. That kind of dough can buy you ~3,600,000 bottles at any hot club. Or ~816 million hours of GPU server time from AWS. Depends on your priorities. But Dr. Dre better watch out, because a bunch of Finnish nerds just developed a “novel deep neural network architecture” to give him a run for his money ($700 million, to be precise). The technique is aptly named Dope Learning and powers an...

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Fighting Algorithmic Bias & Homogenous Thinking in AI

When Timnit Gebru attended a prestigious AI research conference last year, she counted 6 black people in the audience out of an estimated 8,500. And only one black woman: herself. As a PhD candidate at Stanford University who has published a number of notable papers in the field of artificial intelligence, Gebru finds the lack of diversity in the industry to be “extremely alarming” and effectively an “international emergency.” “People openly acknowledge that diversity is a priority,” she explains, “but they don’t treat the issue as urgent and actively address it.” Gebru is hardly a stranger to adversity. Originally...

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The Point Of Play: How Games Make AI Smarter

Do video games make you dumb? You can probably think of someone in your life who’d make you nod vigorously, but according to behavioral psychologists, playing games actually does the opposite. Play performs a crucial role in cognitive development and building behavior that helps advanced animals thrive in different situations and environments. Turns out what helps kittens and toddlers learn can also help AI get smarter. In March 2016, Google’s Alpha Go thrashed 18-time human world champion Lee Sedol, in a five-game match of Go. Alpha Go’s neural networks played tens of millions of matches against both humans and...

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Chatbots Go Cha-Ching: The Looming Impact of AI in Finance

From minting coins to dispensing greenbacks on ATMs, the love affair between money and machine goes a long way back. The pervasive influence of technology in how we create, exchange and store money treads a colorful history — replete with culture-shifting innovations such as cash registers, magnetic credit cards and mobile wallets. The romance is far from over. With recent advances in machine learning, computer vision, voice recognition, natural language processing and other areas of artificial intelligence, the chemistry between money and machine is just warming up. Accenture recently reported that the vast majority of industry insiders believe AI...

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