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.