Series of images showing improvements in a multilingual language translator
Facebook

Better Zero-Shot Translations

Train a multilingual language translator to translate between Spanish and English and between English and German, and it may be able to translate directly between Spanish and German as well. New work proposes a simple path to better machine translation between languages.
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Facebook service describing a photo on Instagram
Facebook

Every Picture Tells a Story

Facebook expanded a system of vision, language, and speech models designed to open the social network to users who are visually impaired. A Facebook service that describes photos in a synthesized voice now recognizes 1,200 visual concepts — 10 times more than the previous version.
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Facebook

Online Clues to Mental Illness

Can social media posts reveal early signs of mental illness? A new machine learning model shows promising results. Researchers developed a model that analyzes messages and images posted by Facebook users for indicators of psychological problems.
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Facebook

Algorithms Against Disinformation

The worldwide pandemic and a contentious U.S. election whipped up a storm of automated disinformation, and some big AI companies reaped the whirlwind.
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Facebook

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.
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Facebook

Dynamic Benchmarks

Benchmarks provide a scientific basis for evaluating model performance, but they don’t necessarily map well to human cognitive abilities. Facebook aims to close the gap through a dynamic benchmarking method that keeps humans in the loop.
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Example of Occupancy Anticipation, a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles, working
Facebook

Guess What Happens Next

New research teaches robots to anticipate what’s coming rather than focusing on what’s right in front of them. Researchers developed Occupancy Anticipation (OA), a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles in addition to observing those in its field of view.
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Examples of detection of animals in images using Detection Transformer (DETR).
Facebook

Computer Vision Transformed

The transformer architecture that has shaken up natural language processing may replace recurrent layers in object detection networks. A Facebook team led by Nicolas Carion and Francisco Massa simplified object detection pipelines by using transformers, yielding Detection Transformer (DETR).
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Neural network tracking the body position of chimpanzees
Facebook

Model See, Model Do

Scientists who study animal behavior spend endless hours observing and taking notes about a creature’s actions and reactions. Computer vision could automate much of that work.
1 min read
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Facebook

Baidu Leaves Partnership on AI

Baidu backed out of a U.S.-led effort to promote ethics in AI, leaving the project without a Chinese presence. The Beijing-based search giant withdrew from the Partnership on AI, a consortium that promotes cooperation on issues like digital privacy and algorithmic bias.
1 min read
Excerpt from study about models that learn to predict task-specific distance metrics
Facebook

Misleading Metrics

A growing body of literature shows that some steps in AI’s forward march may actually move sideways. A new study questions advances in metric learning.
2 min read
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Facebook

Outing Hidden Hatred

Facebook uses automated systems to block hate speech, but hateful posts can slip through when seemingly benign words and pictures combine to create a nasty message. The social network is tackling this problem by enhancing AI’s ability to recognize context.
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Graphs and data related to Plan2Vec
Facebook

Visual Strategies for RL

Reinforcement learning can beat humans at video games, but humans are better at coming up with strategies to master more complex tasks. New work enables neural networks to connect the dots.
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Facebook

Facebook Likes Extreme Content

Facebook’s leadership has thwarted changes in its algorithms aimed at making the site less polarizing, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social network’s own researchers determined that its AI software promotes divisive content.
2 min read
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Facebook

Big Bot Makes Small Talk

Facebook recently rolled out its entry in the World’s Biggest Chatbot sweepstakes. In keeping with the company’s social-networking dominance, the bot is designed to excel at chitchat on any subject.
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