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.
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.
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.
 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.
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.
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.
Hardware components of the Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM)
Google

Seeing Cancer

Microscopes outfitted with AI-driven augmented reality could improve the accuracy of cancer diagnoses. Google Health developed an attachment for analog microscopes that outlines signs of breast and prostate cancer in real time.
Google Research Football video
Google

Get Your Kicks With DRL

Researchers typically test deep reinforcement learning algorithms on games from Space Invaders to StarCraft. The Google Brain team in Zurich adds another option: football, also known as soccer.
Calibration plot for ImageNet
Google

Scaling Bayes

Neural networks are good at making predictions, but they’re not so good at estimating how certain they are. If the training data set is small and many sets of model parameters fit the data well, for instance, the network may not realize this explicitly, leading to overly confident predictions.

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