Breast cancer screening
Google

Cancer in the Crosshairs

Computer vision has potential to spot cancer earlier and more accurately than human experts. A new system surpassed human accuracy in trials, but critics aren’t convinced.
2 min read
EfficientDet explained
Google

Easy on the Eyes

Researchers aiming to increase accuracy in object detection generally enlarge the network, but that approach also boosts computational cost. A novel architecture sets a new state of the art in accuracy while cutting the compute cycles required.
2 min read
Illustration of a fireplace with "Happy holidays" cards in English, Spanish and French
Google

Language Models Get Literate

Earlier language models powered by Word2Vec and GloVe embeddings yielded confused chatbots, grammar tools with middle-school reading comprehension, and not-half-bad translations. The latest generation is so good, some people consider it dangerous.
2 min read
Sesame Street characters together
Google

Inside AI’s Muppet Empire

As language models show increasing power, a parallel trend has received less notice: The vogue for naming models after characters in the children’s TV show Sesame Street.
1 min read
Excerpt from Ring commercial
Google

Neighborhood Watchers

Smart doorbell maker Ring has built its business by turning neighborhoods into surveillance networks. Now the company is drawing fire for using private data without informing customers and sharing data with police.
2 min read
Observational dropout
Google

Seeing the World Blindfolded

In reinforcement learning, if researchers want an agent to have an internal representation of its environment, they’ll build and train a world model that it can refer to. New research shows that world models can emerge from standard training, rather than needing to be built separately.
2 min read
Information related to Explainable AI (xAI)
Google

Google's AI Explains Itself

Google's AI platform offers a view into the mind of its machines. Explainable AI (xAI) tools show which features exerted the most influence on a model’s decision, so users can evaluate model performance and potentially mitigate biased results.
2 min read
Information related to a model that predicts a chemical's smell
Google

Nose Job

Predicting a molecule’s aroma is hard because slight changes in structure lead to huge shifts in perception. Good thing deep learning is developing a sense of smell.
2 min read
Illustration of health related icons connected to a cloud
Google

When Private Data is Not Private

Google spent the past year training an AI-powered health care program using personal information from one of the largest hospital systems in the U.S. Patients had no idea — until last week.
2 min read
Collage with photos of people's faces
Google

Public Access, Private Faces

One of the largest open datasets for training face recognition systems has its roots in a popular photo-sharing service. Companies that have used this data could find themselves liable for millions in legal recompense.
2 min read
Overview of the development and validation of our deep learning system (DLS)
Google

Deep Learning Tackles Skin Ailments

Skin conditions are the fourth-largest cause of nonfatal disease worldwide, but access to dermatological care is sparse. A new study shows that a neural network can do front-line diagnostic work.
2 min read
Chart with number of AI startup acquisitions from 2010 to 2019
Google

AI Startups in Demand

AI startups are being scooped up at an accelerating pace, many by companies outside the tech sphere. A report by CB Insights shows that, as of August, 2019 was on track to surpass last year’s record number of AI startup acquisitions.
1 min read
 A quantum processor and one qubit’s energy-relaxation time “T1” plotted as a function of it’s operating frequency and time
Google

Quantum Leap

A leaked paper from Google’s quantum computing lab claims “supremacy” over conventional computers. The U.S. space agency NASA, whose scientists are collaborating with Google on a quantum computer, accidentally published a paper describing the breakthrough.
2 min read
Google text-to-speech logo
Google

The Long and Short of It

Not long ago, text-to-speech systems could read only a sentence at a time, and they were ranked according to their ability to accomplish that limited task. Now that they can orate entire books, we need new benchmarks.
1 min read
Average Relative WER improvement as a function of the amount of training data
Google

Speech Recognition With an Accent

Models that achieve state-of-the-art performance in automatic speech recognition (ASR) often perform poorly on nonstandard speech. New research offers methods to make ASR more useful to users with heavy accents or speech impairment.
2 min read

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