This week in AI & Machine Learning: PyTorch turns five, Meta AI announces a high-performance self-supervised algorithm, robotic curbside pickup, a new approach for a visual explanation of classifiers, and more!

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PyTorch Turns Five Years Old 🥳

One of the most popular deep learning frameworks turned five years old today! PyTorch has over two thousand contributors, ninety thousand projects, and almost four million lines of “import torch” on GitHub!

To celebrate the occasion, Meta’s CTO Mike Schroepfer hosted a talk with machine learning pioneer Yann LeCun, PyTorch co-creator Soumith Chintala and Meta’s PyTorch lead, Lin Qiao.

Meta AI Announces data2vec for High-performance Self-supervised Algorithm

Meta says data2vec is the first general high-performance self-supervised algorithm for speech, vision, and text that outperforms the existing self-supervised solutions. Read about data2vec on the meta AI blog.

“We apply data2vec separately to speech, images and text and it outperformed the previous best single-purpose algorithms for computer vision and speech and it is competitive on NLP tasks.”

Technology Trend Predictions for 2022

TechRound published part two of their 2022 technology predictions, including input from over 40 experts in the field, including Carlos Anchia, Co-Founder and CEO at Plainsight. Read the entire list of 2022 tech predictions on TechRound.

“Businesses will choose to run operations leveraging cameras to optimize employee placement and assignments to mitigate exposure to physical or mental risks.”


Google Introduces StylEx, a New Approach for Visual Explanation of Classifiers

Understanding why computer vision deep neural networks make specific predictions can be a mystery. StylEx can identify individual attributes in an image that may affect the prediction probability and allow the user to adjust them individually. Read more on the Google AI blog.

Mitsubishi Partners with Cartken to Test Robotic Delivery

The pandemic has caused businesses to find new ways to deliver products to homes and customers who want a contactless pickup. In this pilot program, customers will have the option of robot delivery for indoor and curbside pickup at a mall. Read more about the autonomous delivery program here.

David Rolnick on Why Machine Learning is a Helpful Tool for Tackling Climate Change

David Rolnick joins one of my new favorite podcasts, The Robot Brains, to discuss why machine learning is a helpful tool for tackling climate change.

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