Dec 09, 2020

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AI-driven balloon reaching high altitude
Dec 09, 2020

How to Drive a Balloon

Helium balloons that beam internet service to hard-to-serve areas are using AI to navigate amid high-altitude winds. Loon, the Alphabet division that provides wireless internet via polyethylene blimps.
Data showing how new pretrained language models might learn facts like weight and cost
Dec 09, 2020

The Measure of a Muppet

The latest pretrained language models have shown a remarkable ability to learn facts. A new study drills down on issues of scale, showing that such models might learn the approximate weight of a dog or cost of an apple, at least to the right order of magnitude.
Animations depicting benchmarking, datasets and best practices
Dec 09, 2020

Prosperity of the Commons

A new consortium of companies, schools, and research labs is building open tools for next-generation machine learning. MLCommons aims to foster innovation in machine learning by developing new benchmarks, datasets, and best practices.
Video showing a Google app helping to keep a runner with impaired vision on track
Dec 09, 2020

Seeing Eye AI

A computer vision system is helping to keep runners with impaired vision on track.What’s new: A prototype smartphone app developed by Google translates camera images into audio signals.
Results of a survey related to trust, transparency and AI
Dec 09, 2020

Labor Pushes Back

Labor unions aim to give workers more protection against the automated systems that increasingly rule the workplace. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) launched a task force to lobby for collective bargaining, increased transparency, and legal protections related to AI in the workplace.
Brass weight scales with cupped trays
Dec 09, 2020

The Batch: Autonomous Helium Balloons, Seeing Eye AI, Muppet Models Estimate Weights and Measures, Labor Unions Fight Automation

Like many people in the AI community, I am saddened by the sudden departure from Google of ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru. Timnit is a tireless champion of diversity and fairness in AI.
Brass weight scales with cupped trays
Dec 09, 2020

Values for the AI Community, Part 3: Ethical AI

Like many people in the AI community, I am saddened by the sudden departure from Google of ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru. Timnit is a tireless champion of diversity and fairness in AI.

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