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Wayne Radinsky
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"In a new initiative called FarmView, researchers are working to combine sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence to create a fleet of mobile field robots they hope will improve plant breeding and crop-management practices."

"A mobile field robot can take a visual survey of a vineyard at the start of the season and then use a combination of computer vision and machine learning to predict the expected fruit yield at the end of the season. Armed with this data, the farmer can act by using a robot to prune leaves or thin fruit to maintain an optimal balance between leaf area and fruit load. This action ensures a high fruit quality at the same time, reduces water and nutrient uptake."

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"Machine learning opens up new ways to help disabled people." Youtube "rolled out algorithms that indicate applause, laughter, and music in captions." "Facebook launched a feature that uses the company's research on image recognition to create text descriptions of images from a person's friends." IBM Watson "can replace figures of speech such as 'raining cats and dogs' with plainer terms, and trim or break up lengthy sentences with multiple clauses and indirect language."

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Yahoo open-sourced TensorFlowOnSpark. Spark is an open-source cluster-computing framework.

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Andrew Ng is leaving Baidu but says nothing about what he's doing next. But he says over the last 2 years he's built up Baidu's AI group to 1,300 people and "Baidu is now one of the few companies with world-class expertise in every major AI area: speech, NLP, computer vision, machine learning, knowledge graph."

"I've also been privileged to learn from both the US and Chinese AI communities  --  both of which are powerhouses. The US is very good at inventing new technology ideas. China is very good at inventing and quickly shipping AI products. I'm happy also to have had an opportunity to contribute to the rise of AI in both China and the US."

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A "universal perturbation," added to any image, fools image classifiers.

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Top 7 startups from Y Combinator Demo Day 1. Cowlar -- Fitbit for cows. Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems -- the USB port for the human body. Neema -- banking for the unbanked. Wifi.com.ng -- solar Wi-fi transmission towers for Africa. Symple -- take a photo of an invoice and pay it through the app. Effective Altruism -- finds charities with the post positive impact. Millibatt -- small, inexpensive, custom-shaped batteries.

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David Fincher's new television project for Netflix "is going to be a hit -- and Netflix knows it. I'm not saying this because Fincher's work is great (though it is), but because Netflix has designed a system where it can count on millions of people who will think that they, individually, organically, and of their own free will, have chosen to love this show that was recommended especially for them."

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Baidu said someone tried to hire a "gang of hackers" to steal their autonomous car technology, but did not give further details.

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"While AI and deep convolutional neural networks (DNN) research favors using GPUs, we found that there is a perfect fit between the application domain and Intel's next generation FPGA architecture. We looked at upcoming FPGA technology advances, the rapid pace of innovation in DNN algorithms, and considered whether future high-performance FPGAs will outperform GPUs for next-generation DNNs. Our research found that FPGA performs very well in DNN research and can be applicable in research areas such as AI, big data or machine learning which requires analyzing large amounts of data. The tested Intel Stratix 10 FPGA outperforms the GPU when using pruned or compact data types versus full 32 bit floating point data."

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Nvidia's Jetson boards are for integrating machine learning into drones and robots, and they just released a new one. "Key advantages of the Jetson TX2 over the original TX1 are that it adds two additional, higher performing Denver CPU cores to the four Cortex-A57 cores in the TX1, NVIDIA's latest Pascal GPU, and it offers twice the memory capacity and bandwidth."
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