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AI with AI: Artificial Intelligence with Andy Ilachinski

Dec 14, 2018

This week, Andy and Dave discuss the US Department of Commerce’s announcement to consider regulating AI as an export; counter to that idea, Amazon makes freely available 45+ hours of training materials on machine learning, with tailored learning paths; Oren Etzioni proposes ideas for broader regulation of AI research, that attempts to balance the benefits with the potential harms; DARPA tests its CODE program for autonomous drone operations in the presence of GPS and communications jamming; a Chinese researcher announces the use of CRISPR to produce the first gene-edited babies; and the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize goes to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for achieving the first exa-scale (10^18) application, running on over 27,000 NVIDIA GPUs. Uber’s OpenAI announces advances in exploration and curiosity of an algorithm that help it “win” Montezuma’s Revenge. Research from Facebook AI suggests that pre-training convolutional neural nets may provide fewer benefits over random initialization than previously thought. Google Brain examines how well ImageNet architectures transfers to other tasks. A paper from INDOPACOM describes the exploitation of big data for special operations forces. And Yuxi Li publishes a technical paper on deep reinforcement learning. And a recent paper explores self-organized criticality as a fundamental property of neural systems. Christopher Bishop’s Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning is available online, and the Architects of Intelligence provides one-on-one conversations with 23 AI researchers. Maxim Pozdorovkin releases “The Truth about Killer Robots” on HBO, and finally, a Financial Times articles over-hypes (anti-hypes?) a questionable graph on Chinese AI investments.

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