System designed to isolate changes in the pose of a two-dimensional figure
Google

Motion Mapper

In some animated games, different characters can perform the same actions — say, walking, jumping, or casting spells. A new system learned from unlabeled data to transfer such motions from one character to another.
Sequence related to image processing
Google

Vision Models Get Some Attention

Self-attention is a key element in state-of-the-art language models, but it struggles to process images because its memory requirement rises rapidly with the size of the input. New research addresses the issue with a simple twist on a convolutional neural network.
Tag-Retrieve-Compose-Synthesize (TReCS)
Google

Pictures From Words and Gestures

A new system combines verbal descriptions and crude lines to visualize complex scenes. Google researchers led by Jing Yu Koh proposed Tag-Retrieve-Compose-Synthesize (TReCS), a system that generates photorealistic images by describing what they want to see while mousing around on a blank screen.
Mark Zuckerberg talking about Facebook's smart glasses
Google

ID By Eyeglasses?

Smart glasses in the works at Facebook may be equipped with face recognition. The social media colossus plans to market augmented-reality headgear, and it’s considering a feature that would overlay a person’s name on their face.
Margaret Mitchell, Marian Croak and Timnit Gebru pictured
Google

Google Overhauls Ethical AI Team

Having dismissed two key researchers, Google restructured its efforts in AI ethics. Marian Croak, an accomplished software engineer and vice president of engineering at Google, will lead a new center of expertise in responsible AI, the company announced.
Model predicting ingredients in a recipe and woman cooking
Google

Cake + Cookie = Cakie

AI may help revolutionize the human diet – or dessert, at least.What’s new: Google applied AI engineer Dale Markowitz and developer advocate Sara Robinson trained a model to predict whether a recipe is a
Different graphs showing switch transformer data
Google

Bigger, Faster Transformers: Google's Switch Transformer uses MoE for Efficient NLP

Performance in language tasks rises with the size of the model — yet, as a model’s parameter count rises, so does the time it takes to render output. New work pumps up the number of parameters without slowing down the network.
Different data related to the phenomenon called underspecification
Google

Facing Failure to Generalize

The same models trained on the same data may show the same performance in the lab, and yet respond very differently to data they haven’t seen before. New work finds this inconsistency to be pervasive.
Data showing information related to AI strategy status in OECD countries
Google

Computation as a National Resource

How much processing power do various nations have on hand to drive their AI strategy? An international trade group aims to find out. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is launching an effort to measure the computing capacity available in countries around the world.
Scale of justice symbol over a map of India
Google

Fairness East and West

Western governments and institutions struggling to formulate principles of algorithmic fairness tend to focus on issues like race and gender. A new study of AI in India found a different set of key issues.
Examples of InstaHide scrambling images
Google

A Privacy Threat Revealed

With access to a trained model, an attacker can use a reconstruction attack to approximate its training data. A method called InstaHide recently won acclaim for promising to make such examples unrecognizable to human eyes while retaining their utility for training.
Animations depicting benchmarking, datasets and best practices
Google

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.
Data showing how new pretrained language models might learn facts like weight and cost
Google

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.
Video showing a Google app helping to keep a runner with impaired vision on track
Google

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.
Data related to a system that purportedly identified breast cancer
Google

Pushing for Reproducible Research

Controversy erupted over the need for transparency in research into AI for medicine. Google Health introduced a system that purportedly identified breast cancer more accurately than human radiologists.

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