Sep 13, 2019
Andy and Dave discuss the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center’s efforts to tackle deep fakes through DARPA’s Media Forensics program, as well as the announcement that the JAIC’s biggest project for FY20 will include “AI for maneuver and fires.” Intel reveals its first AI chips, on the Nervana Neural Network Processor line, with one to train AI systems and another to handle inference. Cerebras Systems announces the world’s largest chip, with 1.2 trillion transistors and 400,000 cores. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked with the International Space Station; it had Roscosmos’s Skybot F-850 humanoid robot aboard. Researchers at Hong Kong University of S&T demonstrate an all-optical neural network for deep learning. Researchers at MIT and Tubingen identify four types of neuronal cells based on their electrical spiking activity. And a larger team of researchers, primarily based in China, unveil the Tianjic chip, as a hybrid that combines computer science (with a binary focus) with neuroscience (with a neural burst and spike focus) on one chip. In the book of the week, K. Eric Drexler of Oxford publishes a large report on Reframing Superintelligence. An article from Melanie Mitchel in Popular Computing in 1985 seems hardly out of place in 2019 with its look at what people were predicting for the future. A report from PAX surveys the tech sector’s stance on lethal autonomous weapons. The Intelligence Community Studies Board releases the proceedings of a workshop on Robust Machine Learning Algorithms and Systems for Detection and Mitigation of Adversarial Attacks and Anomalies. Jonathan Clifford pens a piece in War on the Rocks on how “AI will change war, but not in the way you think.” In a video, Elon Musk and Jack Ma discuss AI at the World AI Conference in Shanghai. And the Australian Defence College will host a seminar on Science Fiction and the Future of War on 3 October 2019.
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