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Inside Snapchat’s Deep Learning Project

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by Angela Guess John Montesi recently wrote for Skyword, “A huge part of Snapchat’s popularity among the younger audience is its seemingly private, ad-free user experience. More and more social media users are getting advertising and data collection fatigue. The news about Snapchat’s new data collection and research division is a mixed bag for users…

Your Gadgets May Be Able to “See” with Deep Learning Very Soon

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by Angela Guess Tom Simonite recently wrote for the MIT Technology Review, “Many of the devices around us may soon acquire powerful new abilities to understand images and video, thanks to hardware designed for the machine-learning technique called deep learning. Companies like Google have made breakthroughs in image and face recognition through deep learning, using…

Baidu’s Deep Learning Secret Weapon: Minwa

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by Angela Guess Robert McMillan recently wrote for the Wall Street Journal blog, “Baidu Inc. says it has posted the world’s best results on a closely watched artificial intelligence benchmark. It had a secret weapon, according to researchers at the Chinese search giant: Minwa. The company’s Minwa supercomputer scanned ImageNet, a database of just over…

Nervana Opens Up Its Deep Learning Software

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by Angela Guess Writing for VentureBeat, Jordan Novet reports, “Nervana Systems, one of a handful startups focusing on a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, today is announcing that it has released its Neon deep learning software under an Apache open-source license, allowing anyone to try it out for free. The startup is pointing…

Andrew Ng on the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

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by Angela Guess Caleb Garling recently wrote for Wired, “If venture capital and research funding are any indication, artificial intelligence will play a leading role in shaping our future. And few tech innovators in the private or public sector have been as prominent in defining that role as Andrew Ng, chief scientist at China’s search…

Is the Age of AI About to Begin?

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by Angela Guess The Economist recently wrote, “Thanks to the rise in processing power and the growing abundance of digitally available data, AI is enjoying a boom in its capabilities (see article). Today’s ‘deep learning’ systems, by mimicking the layers of neurons in a human brain and crunching vast amounts of data, can teach themselves…

Deep Neural Networks Take on the Cocktail Party Problem

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by Angela Guess A recent article in the MIT Technology Review reports, “The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise. The ease with which humans perform this trick belies the challenge that scientists and engineers have faced in reproducing it synthetically.…

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Our Phones Will Be As Smart As Us By 2020

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by Angela Guess Writing for the Huffington Post, Vivek Wadhwa notes, “Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore’s law, which postulates that the processing capability…

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Humanity?

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by Angela Guess Forbes contributor Anthony Wing Kosner recently asked, “Does artificial intelligence represent an ‘existential threat’ to humanity? Some very smart people think so: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom. He wrote the book, Superintelligence that got Musk so tweetably exercised. Technologists are supposed to be…

Snapchat Reportedly Planning to Use Deep Learning to Analyze User Snaps

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by Angela Guess Jordan Novet recently wrote for VentureBeat, “Snapchat, that well-funded Los Angeles startup providing a popular ephemeral-mobile-messaging app, has been slowly developing a research arm to run sophisticated algorithms on user data like images and videos, VentureBeat has learned. Snapchat is especially interested in a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning,…