Jan 22, 2020

7 Posts

Algorithm Designs Living Machines, AI Interviews Job Applicants, Recommender Spreads Misinformation, Researchers
Jan 22, 2020

Algorithm Designs Living Machines, AI Interviews Job Applicants, Recommender Spreads Misinformation, Researchers

Last week brought reports that the European Union is considering a three- to five-year moratorium on face recognition in public places. Face recognition is a problematic technology with significant potential for misuse, and I celebrate the EU’s effort to
11 min read
Programmable organism at 4x speed
Jan 22, 2020

Virtual Creatures Come to Life

When artificial intelligence meets biology, even the simplest life forms can be mind-blowing. Researchers at Tufts and the University of Vermont programmed an evolutionary algorithm to design virtual organisms with specific capabilities.
1 min read
Information related to Greedy InfoMax (GIM)
Jan 22, 2020

Better Than Backprop

End-to-end backpropagation and labeled data are the peanut butter and chocolate of deep learning. However, recent work suggests that neither is necessary to train effective neural networks to represent complex data.
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Chart with amount of photos that can be searched with different sources
Jan 22, 2020

Steal Your Face

What if you could identify just about anyone from a photo? A controversial startup is making this possible. Hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies are using a face ID service that matches photos against a database of billions of images.
1 min read
Excerpt of a video showing how HireVue works
Jan 22, 2020

HR’s Robot Helper

For some college graduates, landing a first job means making a good impression on a chatbot. University guidance counselors around the U.S. are preparing students for interviews with AI-powered screening algorithms.
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Graph related to Mixture of Softmaxes (MoS)
Jan 22, 2020

Upgrading Softmax

Softmax commonly computes probabilities in a classifier’s output layer. But softmax isn’t always accurate in complex tasks — say, in a natural-language task, when the length of word vectors is much smaller than the number of words in the vocabulary.
2 min read
Chart with top 100 related video sfor YouTube search on "global warming"
Jan 22, 2020

Bad Recommendations

YouTube is a great place to learn about new ideas — including some that have been thoroughly discredited. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is helping spread misinformation about climate change, according to research by Avaaz, a self-funded activist group.
2 min read

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