This week in AI & Machine Learning:  AI research to help predict COVID-19 resource needs, the White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, Amazon opens Alexa AI Tech, Implementing a Transformer with PyTorch, On-Device ML Study Jam, and more.

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Artificial Intelligence News:

New AI research to help predict COVID-19 resource needs from a series of X-rays

Facebook AI has collaborated with New York University (NYU) Langone Health’s Predictive Analytics Unit and Department of Radiology to help predict how much care and resources a patient may need for COVID-19 treatment. 

The White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

We have been hearing increasing talk about how the U.S government should approach and support artificial intelligence (A.I.) development. This week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has officially created the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office to oversee nationwide AI strategy, research collaboration, and policymaking. 

Amazon opens Alexa AI Tech for the First Time:

Amazon opens its Alexa AI technology to third-party companies for the first time, allowing customized Alexa assistants to be embedded in virtually any platform, starting with automobile manufacturers. This is a huge move from Amazon and may spur an AI voice assistant boom across many industries.  

Developer Tools & Education:

OpenCV Video Augmented Reality

In the latest pyimagesearch post, learn how to perform real-time augmented reality in video streams using OpenCV. This continues the computer vision + augmented reality series that has been going on for the past several weeks.

Implementing a Transformer with PyTorch and PyTorchLightning

Check out this interesting thread and Google Colab about using transformers and how to implement them in pytorch.  

Recognizing Pose Similarity in Images and Videos

Google AI shows off its new algorithm, “View-Invariant Probabilistic Embedding for Human Pose” (Pr-VIPE) to recognize pose similarity with computer vision  in images and videos.

Upcoming Online AI & Data Events:

Deep Learning Book Club: Optimization for Deep Learning | Jan 21st 5:30pm

This week we’re continuing chapter 8: Optimization for Training Deep Models starting at section 8.3 Basic Algorithms with some planned demos from members.

On-Device ML Study Jam Jan 25th 7:30pm PST

Come join us to learn on-device ML with TensorFlow Lite! There will be talks first then we switch to hands-on lab: Intro to TFLite & Mobile ML, Coral Edge TPU + demo, and hands-on lab of TensorFlow Lite.

Intro to Computer Vision: Building Object Detection Models and Datasets | Jan 27th 5:30pm PST

Being able to classify and localize where an object is in an image is foundational to many computer vision applications. Join this hands on workshop to get started with Computer Vision & Object Detection.

AI and ML in Space Tech Jan 27th 5:00pm PST

Join IBM space industry specialists to learn about the space industry, various space tech initiatives and the AI/ML that powers today’s space age.

PyCascades | Feb 19th — 21ST 2021

PyCascades is just around the corner and since they’re virtual this year they added more tickets after selling out. You can find a list of speakers and talks here

Interesting Podcasts & Interviews:

Trends in Graph Machine Learning with Michael Bronstein | TWiML

In the latest episode of AI rewind TWiML’s guest, Michael Bronstein will give his thoughts and predictions on the graph machine learning field. 

Scaling Up Machine Learning | Super Data Science

Join Erica Greene on the super data science podcast to learn how to scale up machine learning, avoid model drift, set priorities for large ML teams, and more.

A Future of Work for the Invisible Workers in A.I. with Saiph Savage | TWiML

Saiph gave a talk at NeurIPS 2020 called “A Future of Work for the Invisible Workers in A.I.”. This conversation dives deeper into the roles and potential issues around people doing much of the labeling for machine learning. 

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