The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

So I dutifully downloaded the Merlin App, practiced with my binoculars (to the concern of my neighbors), and spent time with the different quizzes and tutorials on eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online birding mecca, learning to recognize different birds by their songs and calls.

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

Inside is a computer containing an artificial intelligence-based detector that has been trained to identify targeted invasive weed species and log their locations in real-time."The development of these detector modules will enable a rapid and cost-effective detection and mapping that can be used over large areas.".

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI

We talked about it over a number of conversations, and I think the key question here is: Can AI actually get to that empathy, by understanding human emotions, controlling them through something like a work of art.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Earlier this year, Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru sent a Twitter message to University of Washington professor Emily Bender.“This article is a very solid and well-researched piece of work,” says Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London who has seen a draft of the paper.

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Because winds blow in various directions at each altitude, the AI-based controller was programmed to use reinforcement learning, or RL, to search a database of historic records and current weather reports to predict the best elevation to keep the balloon in one place.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

Attempting to teach and learn from home has put a tremendous strain on all parents, teachers, and students, but for families without access to high-speed broadband or the (proper number of) devices for kids to work off of, the upcoming school year poses the possibility that those children will fall even farther behind .

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

But with schools closed for more than 1.3 billion schoolchildren worldwide, natural disasters can provide researchers with useful insight into a question they, and locked-down parents everywhere, are now asking: will the coronavirus shutdown have a long-term impact on children.

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning

A promising approach is hybrid or blended learning, which integrates online components with traditional classroom practices.Blended learning promotes the vital classroom connections that students and professors value, while also providing new modes of engagement.

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

AI Helps Warehouse Robots Pick Up New Tricks

has developed a platform that consists of off-the-shelf robot arms equipped with cameras, a special gripper, and plenty of computer power for figuring out how to grasp objects tossed into warehouse bins.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

These “gauge-equivariant convolutional neural networks,” or gauge CNNs, developed at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm AI Research by Taco Cohen, Maurice Weiler, Berkay Kicanaoglu and Max Welling, can detect patterns not only in 2D arrays of pixels, but also on spheres and asymmetrically curved objects.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

He also lamented the limitations of that technology, which involves designing software called artificial neural networks that can get better at a specific task by experience or seeing labeled examples of correct answers.“We’re kind of like the dog who caught the car,” Aguera y Arcas said.

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

The Pursuit of Creativity Can Make Algorithms Much Smarter

Stanley is a pioneer in a field of artificial intelligence called neuroevolution, which co-opts the principles of biological evolution to design smarter algorithms.One day Stanley spotted something resembling an alien face on the site and began evolving it, selecting a child and grandchild and so on.

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

In March, Yoshua Bengio received a share of the Turing Award, the highest accolade in computer science, for contributions to the development of deep learning—the technique that triggered a renaissance in artificial intelligence , leading to advances in self-driving cars , real-time speech translation , and facial recognition .Now, Bengio says deep learning needs to be fixed.

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

The Style Maven Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

And while machine learning now constitutes its own field of study, because scientists from fields like astrophysicists have been working with those kinds of models for years, they’re natural hires on data science teams.“We were already in Big Data before Big Data became a thing,” says Sudeep Das, an astrophysicist who now works at Netflix.

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

The Radical Transformation of the Textbook

For several decades, textbook publishers followed the same basic model: Pitch a hefty tome of knowledge to faculty for inclusion in lesson plans; charge students an equally hefty sum; revise and update its content as needed every few years.

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

An AI Pioneer Explains the Evolution of Neural Networks

Everybody says, “This is a smart idea, but we're not actually going to be able to design computers this way.” Explain why you persisted and why you were so confident that you had found something important. And on small data sets, other methods, like things called support vector machines worked a little bit better.

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

Those fancy car maneuvers you see in action movies aren’t all about good looks. Most students at the school are security or special operations professionals, there to learn about “tactical mobility.” Tactical mobility sounds fancy, but it’s “basically having excellent car control, so if something happens, you’re capable of handling your vehicle and its occupants safely,” says Wyatt Knox, the special projects director at the school.

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

Turing Award winners, left to right, Yann LeCun, Geoff Hinton, and Yoshua Bengio, reoriented artificial intelligence around neural networks. The other winners are Google researcher Geoff Hinton , 71, and NYU professor and Facebook’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun , 58, who wrote some of the papers that seduced Bengio into working on neural networks.

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

“We could use an infinite amount of data to train the deep learning engine, because we were using simulations.” The researchers generated tens of thousands of simulated evolutionary histories based on differing combinations of demographic details: the number of ancestral human populations, their sizes, when they diverged from one another, their rates of intermixing and so on.

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record

The record-setting project involved the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Lab. The machine captured that crown in June last year, reclaiming the title for the US after five years of China topping the list.

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools

Wikipedia’s blog post announcing Google’s new investment makes this strategy fairly clear, noting that the company also provided Project Tiger with “insights into popular search topics on Google for which no or limited local language content exists on Wikipedia.” Google is also providing Wikipedia free access to its Custom Search API and its Cloud Vision API , which will help the encyclopedia’s volunteer editors more easily cite the facts they use.

The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

The Clever Clumsiness of a Robot Teaching Itself to Walk

But lately, researchers have been experimenting with a novel way to go about things: Make robots teach themselves how to walk through trial and error, like babies, navigating the real world.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains

Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains

I think we’re going to have to do it like you would for people: You just see how they perform, and if they repeatedly run into difficulties then you say they’re not so good.WIRED: You’ve said that thinking about how the brain works inspires your research on artificial neural networks.

Amazon Wants You to Code the AI Brain for This Little Car

Amazon Wants You to Code the AI Brain for This Little Car

Amazon Wants You to Code the AI Brain for This Little CarAmazon's Deep Racer radio-controlled car is designed to help coders get started with the AI technique that Google used to beat a champion at the board game Go.AWSTwo years ago, Alphabet researchers made computing history when their artificial intelligence software AlphaGo defeated a world champion at the complex board game Go. Amazon now hopes to democratize the AI technique behind that milestone—with a pint-size self-driving car.The 1/18th-scale vehicle is called DeepRacer, and it can be preordered for $249; it will later cost $399.

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense

A neural net trained to recognize only canaries isn’t of any use in recognizing, say, birdsong or human speech.“We don’t need massive amounts of data to learn,” Marcus says.