Underwater camera detecting fish
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Fish Recognition

A deep learning system is helping biologists who survey offshore fish populations to prevent overfishing. The U.S. agency in charge of protecting ocean resources is using an underwater camera and neural network to count fish in real time.
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OctConv example
Vision

Convolution Revolution

Looking at images, people see outlines before the details within them. A replacement for the traditional convolutional layer decomposes images based on this distinction between coarse and fine features.
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Illustration of two black cats labeled as cats, one white cat labeled as banana
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Biased Data Trains Oppressive AI

Will biases in training data unwittingly turn AI into a tool for persecution? Bias encoded in software used by nominally objective institutions like, say, the justice or education systems will become impossible to root out.
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Drone race
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Autonomous Drones Ready to Race

Pilots in drone races fly souped-up quadcopters around an obstacle course at 120 miles per hour. But soon they may be out of a job, as race organizers try to spice things up with drones controlled by AI.
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DeepScale's automated vehicle technology
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Tesla Bets on Slim Neural Nets

Elon Musk has promised a fleet of autonomous Tesla taxis by 2020. The company reportedly purchased a computer vision startup to help meet that goal. Tesla acquired DeepScale, a Silicon Valley startup that rocesses computer vision on low-power electronics.
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Overview of the development and validation of our deep learning system (DLS)
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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.
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Chart with number of AI startup acquisitions from 2010 to 2019
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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.
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Drone used for surveying on construction site
Vision

Robots Put Down Stakes

Construction projects require teams of surveyors who continually map blueprints to precise, real-world locations. Drones might do it faster, saving time and money.
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Harvest bot
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Agbots Want Jobs Americans Don’t

Advances in computer vision and robotic dexterity may reach the field just in time to save U.S. agriculture from a looming labor shortage. CNN Business surveyed the latest crop of AI-powered farmbots.
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Neural Point Based Graphics technique producing a realistic image
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Points Paint the Picture

Creating a virtual representation of a scene using traditional polygons and texture maps involves several complex operations, and even neural-network approaches have required manual preprocessing. Researchers propose a new deep-learning pipeline that visualizes scenes with far less fuss.
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Hardware components of the Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM)
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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.
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Illustration of Facebook AI Research method to compress neural networks
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Honey, I Shrunk the Network!

Deep learning models can be unwieldy and often impractical to run on smaller devices without major modification. Researchers at Facebook AI Research found a way to compress neural networks with minimal sacrifice in accuracy.
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Calibration plot for ImageNet
Vision

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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T-shirt covered with images of license plates
Vision

This Shirt Hates Surveillance

Automatic license plate readers capture thousands of vehicle IDs each minute, allowing law enforcement and private businesses to track drivers with or without their explicit consent.
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