Jul 21, 2021

6 Posts

Series of spreadsheets with different data
Jul 21, 2021

The Batch: Amazon's Algorithmic Mismanagement, Brainwaves to Text, OpenAI Drops Robotics, Multi-Scene Synthesis

In a recent letter, I mentioned some challenges to building AI products. These problems are distinct from the issues that arise in building traditional software. They include unclear technical feasibility and complex product specification.
Animated video showing a system to interpret electrical impulses from the brain as words
Jul 21, 2021

Listening to the Brain: NLP System Translates a Man's Brain Activity Into Words

Neural networks translated a paralyzed man’s brainwaves into conversational phrases. Researchers trained a system to interpret electrical impulses from the brain of a man who had lost the ability to speak 15 years ago, and displayed them as words on a video screen.
Amazon delivery driver working
Jul 21, 2021

When Algorithms Manage Humans

Some delivery drivers fired by Amazon contend that the retailer’s automated management system played an unfair role in terminating their employment. Drivers in Amazon Flex, an Uber-like program that enables independent drivers to earn money delivering the company’s packages.
Series of images showing how single trained network generates 3D reconstructions of multiple scenes
Jul 21, 2021

One Network, Many Scenes

To reconstruct the 3D world behind a set of 2D images, machine learning systems usually require a dedicated neural network for each scene. New research enables a single trained network to generate 3D reconstructions of multiple scenes.
Forbidden sign over a robot's hand solving a Rubik's Cube
Jul 21, 2021

Bye Bye Bots

The independent research lab OpenAI wowed technology watchers in 2019 with a robotic hand that solved Rubik’s Cube. Now it has disbanded the team that built it. OpenAI cofounder Wojciech Zaremba revealed that OpenAI shuttered its robotics program last October.
Series of spreadsheets with different data
Jul 21, 2021

Developing AI Products Part 4: Getting Data To Start Development

In a recent letter, I mentioned some challenges to building AI products. These problems are distinct from the issues that arise in building traditional software. They include unclear technical feasibility and complex product specification.

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