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Rodrigo Benenson
Works at Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Attends School of life
Lives in Saarbrücken, Germany
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Entering a new universe of AI research.

https://openai.com/blog/universe/
We're releasing Universe, a software platform for measuring and training an AI's general intelligence across the world's supply of games, websites and other applications.
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A reminder that innovation is in the eye of the beholder...

https://youtu.be/iFELcl75CiY
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"crashed with the open tailgate of a parked van",
a simple reminder that real-time dense 3d estimates is a must-have for driverless cars.

http://www.popsci.com/driverless-bus-gets-into-accident-in-switzerland
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reads "the reality of autonomous car technology is that the easy parts of have yet to be proven safe, and the hard parts have yet to be proven possible", and agrees.
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I find these results both fascinating and uncomfortably awkward.

Convolutional Sketch Inversion
http://arxiv.org/abs/1606.03073

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It looks like it's whitewashing people?
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I, for one, welcome our bass fish overlords.
(sorry Jibo)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/4/13525172/amazon-alexa-big-mouth-billy-bass-hack-api
A developer named Brian Kane has hacked his Alexa to speak through the avatar of a wall-mounted Big Mouth Billy Bass. It’s not clear exactly how he did it, but it’s probably related to the Alexa...
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Building the next generation of engineers, one smile at a time.

https://youtu.be/ECr4zgK6cPA
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That does sound quite good. Next step, read a children's story.
 
File under 'Big Deals'.
Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age' has a funky premise: in a future where technology had pretty much solved everything, one unsolved problem remains: generating human-sounding speech, and people called 'ractors' are hired to act out lectures delivered in spoken form.
For a while, it seemed actually believable that delivering human-sounding speech would be very hard, as synthesis technology consistently failed to deliver anything that would fool anyone for more than a few words.
Today the work from our colleagues at DeepMind feels like it's leaped over the Uncanny Valley, and then some. The examples they provide sound fantastic. This is very exciting. I am really interested to hear what very long-form text sounds like, because that remains the ultimate challenge for TTS.
This post presents WaveNet, a deep generative model of raw audio waveforms. We show that WaveNets are able to generate speech which mimics any human voice and which sounds more natural than the best existing Text-to-Speech systems, reducing the gap with human performance by over 50%. We also demonstrate that the same network can be used to synthesize other audio signals such as music, and present some striking samples of automatically generate...
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quote of the day: "philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it".
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Boston Dynamics shows us the future of robotics, today.

https://youtu.be/tf7IEVTDjng
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Science is a difficult endeavor,
it requires regularly revisiting our assumptions and though processes.

This work asks some fascinating questions.
 
There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, enabled by data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information.…
There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, enabled by data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental i…
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Follow-up read, https://aeon.co/essays/your-brain-does-not-process-information-and-it-is-not-a-computer which I think it is quite wrong, but an interesting discussion starter nonetheless.
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Engineer & Researcher
Employment
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
    Post-doc researcher, 2013 - present
  • K.U. Leuven
    Post-doc researcher, 2013
  • INRIA
    PhD student
  • Mines ParisTech
    PhD student
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Saarbrücken, Germany
Previously
Leuven, Belgium - Versailles, France - Valparaiso, Chile - Paris, France
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Dreamer, thinker, doer; 
tries to smile as much as he can, 
tries to do as much good as he can.
Education
  • School of life
    present
  • École publique rue de l'Ouest, Paris 14ème
  • Alliance Française de Valparaiso
  • UTFSM
  • Mines ParisTech