Dec 11, 2020
In COVID-related AI news, Andy and Dave discuss a Facebook model that provides county-level forecasts on the spread of COVID-19. IN non-COVID AI news, DeepMind’s AlphaFold 2 won the 14th biennial Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP), scoring above 90 on a global distance test for around two-thirds of the test proteins. Partnership on AI establishes The AI Incident Database (AIID) to provide an open-access resource on failures of AI systems, currently containing over 1,000 publically available “incident reports.” CSET publishes a report on ‘”Cool Projects” or “Expanding the Efficiency of the Murderous American War Machine?”’ which examines the perspectives of US AI industry professional toward working on Department of Defense funded AI projects. The UN, in conjunction with Trend Micro Research and the European Cybercrime Centre, releases a report on Malicious Uses and Abuses of AI, which highlights the potential physical impacts of hackers on autonomous- and AI-related technologies. And LtGen Michael Groen, the new Director of the Joint AI Center, provides an overview of the JAIC’s goals and objectives. In research, NVidia, Rice University, and Caltech publish the BONGARD-LOGO benchmark set, as an expansion of the Bongard Problems, which provide free-form shape concepts to test context-dependent perception, analogy-making perception, and perception with few samples. Joshua C. Gellers provides the book of the week, examining the case for Rights for Robots. And Google AI releases Verse by Verse, which draws upon the writings of various poets to help users generate their own poems, of which Andy and Dave both share examples.