Last Week in AI

Weekly AI news summaries and discussion about the most interesting developments in AI, deep learning, robotics, and more!

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3 days ago

Our 79th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Feel free to email us your thoughts or feedback at contact@lastweekinai.com Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. Outline: (00:00) Intro(01:10) Alphabet is putting its prototype robots to work cleaning up around Google’s offices(04:42) Grammarly raises $200M at a $13B valuation to make you an even better writer using AI  / AI-powered writing assistant Writer nabs $21M(07:03) A Leap Forward in Computer Vision: Facebook AI Says Masked Autoencoders Are Scalable Vision Learners(09:27) Research Professor Adji Bousso Dieng Is Out to Change the World With AI(11:42) A Utah company says it’s revolutionized truth-telling technology. Experts are highly skeptical(13:45) South Korea is Selling Millions of Photos To Facial Recognition Researchers(16:00) AWS makes AI and machine learning tangible with first major art debut at Smithsonian(19:00) ‘Paint Me a Picture’: NVIDIA Research Shows GauGAN AI Art Demo Now Responds to Words(21:45) OutroMusic: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

4 days ago

A special discussion episode, where we do not cover AI news but instead chat about our experiences teaching AI classes at Stanford with Abigail See, a graduate from the Stanford AI Lab and a good friend of ours. Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Friday Nov 19, 2021

Our 78th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. This week: (00:00) Intro(01:40) Walmart is using fully driverless trucks to ramp up its online grocery business(05:20) AI startup funding hits record high of $17.9B in Q3 / Robot orders by companies surge as labor shortages linger(09:50) University of Waterloo AI Researchers Introduce A New NLP Model ‘AfriBERTa’ For African Languages Using Deep Learning Techniques  (12:40) AI skin cancer diagnoses risk being less accurate for dark skin – study(16:55) Israel escalates surveillance of Palestinians with facial recognition program in West Bank(22:15) Tesla vehicle in ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta mode ‘severely damaged’ after crash in California(26:15) CMU opens first AI maker space to let students 'sharpen the cutting edge of AI'(28:25) Machine Learning Shushes Stressed Dogs(31:05) Outro   Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Thursday Nov 11, 2021

Our 77th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. This week: (01:06) Landing AI brings in $57M for its machine learning operations tools (05:13) As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice (09:07) Why Facebook (Or Meta) Is Making Tactile Sensors for Robots  (14:12) Google AI Introduces ‘GoEmotions’: An NLP Dataset for Fine-Grained Emotion Classification (18:28) Facebook, Citing Societal Concerns, Plans to Shut Down Facial Recognition System (21:40) Google Wants to Work With the Pentagon Again, Despite Employee Concerns (25:50) Australia Ordered Clearview AI to Destroy its Database, As Its Violating Privacy Laws  (27:54) AIBA uses AI technology to vet judges and refs at Belgrade worlds (30:40) Miso Introduces Second Generation Restaurant Kitchen Robot, the Flippy 2 Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Wednesday Nov 03, 2021

Our 76th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. This week: AI voice-acting tool xVASynth gets even better at recreating videogame voices  Microsoft acquires AI-powered moderation platform Two Hat MIT’s Latest AI Research Using Deep Neural Networks Explains How The Brain Processes Language Works Making machine learning more useful to high-stakes decision makers Clearview AI finally takes part in a federal accuracy test. Tesla pulled the latest FSD Beta from owners’ cars today  ruDALL-E: generating images from text descriptions, or the largest computational project in Russia Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Wednesday Oct 27, 2021

Our 75th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. This week: This startup is creating personalized deepfakes for corporations  Inside Mailchimp’s push to bring AI to content marketing  What MuJoCo’s acquisition means for DeepMind’s AI & robotics research Yann LeCun Team Challenges Current Beliefs on Interpolation and Extrapolation Regarding DL Model Generalization Performance  Deep Learning Tools for Audacity A Harvard freshman made a social networking app called 'The FaceTag.' It's sparked a debate about the ethics of facial recognition. Man Arrested for Unblurring Japanese Porn With AI in First Deepfake Case Scientists Built an AI to Give Ethical Advice, But It Turned Out Super Racist Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Thursday Oct 21, 2021

Our 74th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Check our text version of this news roundup over at lastweekin.ai. This week: Applications Waymo's self-driving taxi struggles with left turns and puddles. But it's still winning over some Arizona riders How AI can fight human trafficking  Research AI Analysis of 100,000 Climate Studies Reveals How Massive The Crisis Already Is Google Researchers Explore the Limits of Large-Scale Model Pretraining Ethics New robots patrolling for 'anti-social behaviour' causing unease in Singapore streets Singapore sends Xavier the robot to help police keep streets safe under three-week trial Are Under-Curated Hyperscale AI Datasets Worse Than The Internet Itself? Fun Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused Waymo Cars Trying To Turn Around ‘Every 5 Minutes’ Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Friday Oct 08, 2021

Our 73rd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Applications First AI Pathology Program Approved: Helps Detect Prostate Cancer Adobe Lightroom is getting more powerful with AI-based selection tool  Research DeepMind’s AI predicts almost exactly when and where it’s going to rain Summarizing Books with Human Feedback Ethics AI’s Islamophobia problem  MIT study finds Tesla drivers become inattentive when Autopilot is activated  Fun Amazon’s Astro Is a Mobile Alexa and Cup Holder that Costs $1k Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Find this and more in our text version of this news roundup:  https://lastweekin.ai/p/136 Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021

Our 72st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! Article picks: Applications New Algorithm Can Identify Pre-Alzheimer's Brain Changes With Over 99% Accuracy Columbia to Launch $25 Million AI-based Climate Modeling Center Research Machine learning technique detects phishing sites based on markup visualization Stanford’s BEHAVIOR Benchmarks 100 Activities From Everyday Life for Embodied AI Ethics Deepfakes in cyberattacks aren’t coming. They’re already here. Sharing learnings from the first algorithmic bias bounty challenge Fun Could Robots From Boston Dynamics Beat Me in a Fight? iRobot’s newest Roomba uses AI to avoid dog poop Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Find this and more in our text version of this news roundup:  https://lastweekin.ai/p/132 Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Saturday Sep 11, 2021

Our 71st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news! This week: Applications Always there': the AI chatbot comforting China's lonely millions AI startups claim to detect depression from speech, but the jury’s out on their accuracy Research GPT-3 mimics human love for ‘offensive’ Reddit comments, study finds  AI Researchers Introduce A Graph Neural Network Estimator for ETA Prediction at Google Maps Ethics Tesla is ordered to turn over Autopilot data to a federal safety agency. Bias persists in face detection systems from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Fun The time a human-driven car ran over an autonomous robot  These cute electric robots may soon deliver your dinner Subscribe: RSS | iTunes | Spotify | YouTube Find this and more in our text version of this news roundup:  https://lastweekin.ai/p/132 Music: Deliberate Thought, Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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