May 29, 2020
In COVID-19-related AI news, Andy and Dave discuss the Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium, a curated resource from Kate Grabowski, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, with the goal of providing a smaller, but higher-quality, data set on coronavirus research. Primer AI uses natural language processing to summarize the latest information on COVID-19. C3.ai provides a COVID-19 data lake with accompanying knowledge graphs, and ready for use with R or Python. On 1 June, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI will host a free virtual conference on the way ahead for AI as the world recovers from COVID-19. And Singapore hires Boston Dynamics’ Spot to roam a public park (controlled by a park ranger) and play a recorded message to encourage social distancing. In non-COVID news, Sony unveils the first line of cameras with a built-in image classifying AI. Researchers at UCLA and Baylor demonstrate the ability to dynamically stimulate the brain cortex to mirror the motion of writing. Booz Allen wins an $800M contract to support the Joint AI Center with AI services. Thomas Dimson uses GPT-2 to create and define words that don’t exist.
And August Cole - best-selling author, lecturer, and consultant on national security issues - joins for a discussion on fiction intelligence (FICINT), the role that it plays in thinking about possible futures, and how those ideas play out in his latest book, Burn-In.