AI BRIEFS : 2020

China’s facial-recognition giant says it can crack masked faces during the coronavirus | QUARTZ | February 18, 2020 | by Jane Li | ‘China’s SenseTime, the world’s most valuable AI startup said… it was rolling out a facial-recognition product that incorporates thermal imaging cameras to help spot people with elevated temperatures, and send pop-up alerts to users of the software. With the addition of a mask algorithm, it can also detect those who are not wearing masks in public places.’

Microsoft trains world’s largest Transformer language model
VENTUREBEAT | February 10, 2020 | by Khari Johnson |
‘At 17 billion parameters, Turing NLG is twice the size of Nvidia’s Megatron, now the second biggest Transformer model, and includes 10 times as many parameters as OpenAI’s GPT-2.’

Can AI ever rival human creativity? Here’s what the science says
FAST COMPANY | February 6, 2020 | by Tim Schweisfurth and René Chester Goduscheit | ‘AI could become much more creative if it could combine big, rich, and otherwise disconnected data.’

AI could help design better drugs that don’t clash with other medication
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | February 6, 2020 | ‘“There’s just an awful lot of the modern world that depends on chemistry,” says David Cox, the IBM director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a member of which coauthored the paper. “There’s tremendous potential for AI to be a copilot for us, augmenting our ability to reason about chemical interactions, properties, and qualities.”

Starbucks prepares to unleash 4,000 AI-enabled coffee makers
YAHOO FINANCE | January 29, 2020 | by Brian Sozzi | ‘these anything but normal coffee machines serve at least two purposes. One is to collect data — using sensors built into the machine — on what’s selling and when the hardware may need to be repaired. Over time, that should help Starbucks save on operating costs. Another useful aspect is to speed up line wait times…’

“Smart” vs “Athletic”: how AI reveals the unconscious racial bias in our language
PROSPECT | January 28, 2020 | by Jenny McCaul |‘Iyyer examined this all by using natural language processing algorithms and carried out a sentiment analysis—which is when contextual mining of text identifies and extracts subjective information in the source material.’

If a novel was good, would you care if it was created by artificial intelligence?
THE GUARDIAN | January 27, 2019 | by Richard Lea | ‘According to Nadira Azermai, whose company ScriptBook is developing a screenwriting AI: “Within five years we’ll have scripts written by AI that you would think are better than human writing.”

IBM’s debating AI just got a lot closer to being a useful tool
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | January 21, 2019 | by Douglas Heaven | ‘A core technique used to help machines reason, known as argument mining, involves building software to analyze written documents and extract key sentences that provide evidence for or against a given claim. These can then be assembled into an argument.’

bjork and microsoft use AI to create music that changes with the weather
DESIGNBOOM | January 20, 2019 | by Kieron Marchese | ‘using microsoft’s AI, the music will adapt to sunrises, sunsets, and changes in barometric pressure, using a live camera feed from the sister city roof.’

How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Changing the Future of Architecture?
AITHORITY | January 16, 2019 | by Vinod Reddy | ‘The countless hours of research at the starting of any new project is where AI steps in and makes it easy for the architect by analyzing the aggregate data in millisecond and recommending some models so that the architect can think about the conceptual design without even using the pen or paper.’

Neon’s ‘artificial human’ is a scary glimpse of the future that’s (mostly) still hype
CNN BUSINESS | January 10, 2020 | ‘Its core technology, a blend of behavioral neural networks and algorithms, has clear limitations, but Mistry said it will soon be able to support original content, expressions, emotions, movements and eventually memory on its own.

Warner Bros to use artificial intelligence to predict box office hits
SKY NEWS | January 9, 2020 | by Bethany Minelle | ‘The platform will allow them to test profitability outcomes depending on different factors including casting, distributor and release date.’

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