This week in AI & Machine Learning: AI improves video streaming, making whiskey taste better, python 3.9 released, build an object detector, creating art with robots, and more.
Artificial Intelligence News:
NVIDIA Uses Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to Improve Video Streaming
NVIDIA announced MAXINE, a cloud AI video streaming platform. One of the most interesting features is the ability to greatly reduce bandwidth needed for high quality video streaming. MAXINE does this by utilizing GANs to reconstruct faces with small amounts of data. With video streaming being utilized more than ever, this breakthrough can bring the streaming services to more parts of the world and save on costly data bills.
Making Whiskey Taste Better with Machine Learning
Researchers at Virginia Tech are using machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) to better understand flavor descriptions. It turns out that accurately describing tastes is a very hard problem since many flavors are subjective. Using thousands of reviews combined with NLP they hope to gain insight about how to more accurately describe flavors. I’ll be looking forward to reading the Ph.D dissertation so I can find a new favorite whiskey.
AWS Partners with Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance to Advance AI in Healthcare
The new partnership between Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance and Amazon Web Services (AWS) looks to advance machine learning to improve healthcare screenings for both cancer and depression.
Developer Tools & Education:
Python 3.9 is here!
On Monday we saw the official release of python 3.9. You can check out a list of the features here. I think the new dictionary merging and update operators are pretty cool!
Pytorch Lightning Team Launches grid.ai
The amazing team behind pytorch lighting just raised an $18.6M series A to continue working on grid.ai to make machine learning easier.
Build an object detector with your own dataset
In this recording of a live workshop, I’ll introduce you to computer vision concepts, guide you in labeling your own dataset for almost any model, and cover training a model for object detection with detectron2.
Interesting Podcasts & Interviews:
Art(ificial) Intelligence: Pindar Van Arman Builds Robots that Paint – Ep. 129
Pinder really does put the “art” in artificial intelligence in this episode from NVIDIA’s AI podcast. Check out some of the amazing art he creates with robots and AI at cloudpainter.com
Lisa Feldman Barrett: Counterintuitive Ideas About How the Brain Works | Lex Fridman Podcast #129
Lisa Feldman Barrett is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and the author of “How Emotions Are Made”. Listen to her conversation with Lex Fridman to learn more about how the brain works and how some of these ideas can be used in the artificial intelligence field.
How Deep Learning has Revolutionized OCR with Cha Zhang
In this episode of This Week in Machine Learning (TWiML), learn about how deep learning is revolutionizing the field of optical character recognition (OCR).
Some of the interesting machine learning papers published this week.
NeurIPS published their list of accepted papers for 2020.