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The AI disruption wave

Rudina Seseri Crunch Network Contributor Rudina Seseri is founder and managing partner at Glasswing Ventures, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Harvard Business School and an Executive-In-Residence for Harvard University’s Innovation-Lab. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Information technology evolves through disruption waves. First the computer, then the web and eventually social networks and smartphones all had the power to revolutionize how people live …

Joi Ito interviews Barack Obama for Wired: machine learning, neurodiversity, basic research and Star Trek

Joi Ito (previously) — director of MIT Media Lab, former Creative Commons chief, investor, entrepreneur, and happy mutant — interviewed Barack Obama for a special, Obama-edited issue of Wired. The two covered the ethical implications of machine learning, diversity in tech, neurodiversity, the collapse of funding for basic research, precision medicine, high-speed trading, cybersecurity, robots taking our jobs, internet regulation, space travel, and …

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

Google researchers aim to prevent AIs from discriminating

Garbage in, garbage out — that’s always been a rule of computing, and machine learning systems are no exception. These elementary AIs only know what we tell them, and if that data carries a bias of any kind, so too will the system trained on it. Google is looking to avoid such awkward and potentially serious situations systematically with a method it calls “Equality of …

How deep learning allowed computers to see

Claire Bretton Crunch Network Contributor Claire Bretton is one of the co-founders of daco.io, a startup that is developing a unique tool to track competition thanks to deep learning. Earlier, she was a manager in a top strategy consulting firm based in Paris. She holds a master’s degree from ESCP Europe. How to join the network One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century …

Avast CEO on why it’s just spent $1.4BN to absorb security rival AVG

Security firm Avast has today confirmed the completion of a $1.4 billion acquisition of fellow Czech-based antivirus company AVG. The deal will see Avast’s customer base nearly double — swelling from 230 million to more than 400 million in total, 160M of whom are mobile users. The acquisition was announced back in July, with scale and geographical breadth touted as the driving forces, along with a plan to expand product offerings including …

Google unleashes deep learning tech on language with Neural Machine Translation

Translating from one language to another is hard, and creating a system that does it automatically is a major challenge, partly because there’s just so many words, phrases, and rules to deal with. Fortunately, neural networks eat big, complicated data sets for breakfast. Google has been working on a machine learning translation technique for years, and today is its official debut. The Google Neural Machine …

Machine-learning photo-editor predicts what should be under your brush

In Neural Photo Editing With Introspective Adversarial Networks, a group of University of Edinburgh engineers and a private research colleague describe a method for using “introspective adversarial networks” to edit images in realtime, which they demonstrate in an open project called “Neural Photo Editor” that “enhances” photos by predicting what should be under your brush. We present an interface,shown in Figure 1, …

Is this the creepiest use of facial recognition tech yet?

Welcome to the future, where you can face search for a live sex webcam performer and be served real-life humans to your telescreen who vaguely resemble the object of your desire within, well, hours depending on how busy the site’s servers are. (The rush of tech reporters trying to satisfy their appetite to see who their own live sex ‘doppelganger’ might be yesterday clearly put a strain on Megacams.me‘s backend after …

Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow

Pretty much 100 percent of my generation is obsessed with Instagram. Unfortunately, I left the platform (sorry all) back in 2015. Simple reason, I am way too indecisive about which photos to post and what pithy caption to give them. Provided by Google Fortunately, with ample spare time, those who share my problem can now use an image captioning model in TensorFlow to caption their photos and put …