Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Roundup #103

1. RockMass Develops AI for Mapping Tunnels and Mineshafts | NVIDIA Blog

RockMass is digging a niche for itself in mining and tunnels.

The Toronto-based startup is developing an NVIDIA AI-powered mapping platform that can help engineers assess tunnel stability in mines and construction. The startup is developing the AI platform for robots, drones and handheld devices used to capture geological data. Read More

2. What we learn from AI’s biases

In “How to Make a Racist AI Without Really Trying,” Robyn Speer shows how to build a simple sentiment analysis system, using standard, well-known sources for word embeddings (GloVe and word2vec), and a widely used sentiment lexicon. Even a sentence like “Let’s go get Mexican food” gets a much lower sentiment score than “Let’s go get Italian food. I am willing to believe that many are naive and take free data sources at face value. Read More

3. How to delete your Google+ account

Hundreds of thousands of accounts on Google’s long-suffering social media service, Google+, may have been affected by a security flaw, the company said Monday, exposing personal information such as names and email addresses. But that will not happen for about 10 months.

[Google says it discovered flaw exposing personal information of Google+ users]

One easy way to find out whether you are even on Google+ is to visit your Gmail inbox and click on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Read More

4. This nanomebrane turns your skin into a loudspeaker –

We all are familiar with loudspeakers; the critical element found in almost every household in one form or the other – whether they’re in smartphones, TV’s or stashed in a cupboard somewhere…. And we all know that a typical loudspeaker has standard parts like a cone, voice coil, and a magnet that can be found in both the cheapest, and the most expensive speakers on the alike that convert amplified electrical signals into sound that we can hear. The team has developed a Hybrid Nano-Membrane, that looks like any ordinary plaster, that emits sounds waves when fed with an electric current. Read More

5. [1810.03002] When logic lays down the law

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6. [1810.03025] Discretizing Logged Interaction Data Biases Learning for Decision-Making

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7. [1810.03063] Solving Large Sequential Games with the Excessive Gap Technique

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8. [1810.03450] Active Learning for New Domains in Natural Language Understanding

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9. 115: What the DoD is planning for its robots over the next 25 years; AI Benchmark identifies 2018’s speediest AI phone; and DeepMind embeds graph networks into AI agents

UK military shows how tricky it’ll be to apply AI to war:…Numerous AI researchers likely breathe a sigh of relief at new paper from UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory…Researchers with the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Cranfield Defense and Security Doctoral Training Centre, and IBM, have surveyed contemporary AI and thought about ways it can be integrated with the UK’s defence establishment. The report makes for sobering reading for large military organizations keen to deploy AI, highlighting the difficulties in terms of practical deployment (eg, procurement) and in terms of capability (many military situations require AI systems that can learn and update in response to sparse, critical data. The resulting systems rely on a new module, which DeepMind calls a “Relational Forward Model”. Read More

10. How Does AI Training Work?

ai, discusses a topic of critical importance to machine learning and AI: training. He goes through the three stages: training, validation, and testing and also points out the importance of data quality. It’s absolutely crucial that everyone involved in the development of your model understands how it works. Read More

11. How AI Handles Uncertainty: An Interview With Brian Ziebart Russian

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12. Artificial intelligence is making it chillingly easy for tyrants to surveil people

Last week, we described the long-term crisis for democracy.

The bottom line: Tyrants thrive on centralized power. So the sudden ability to monitor and assess one’s subjects 24/7 is a boon for top-down power — and a blow to the more chaotic and dispersed bottom. Read More