Artificial Intelligence Bulletin – Apple Just Hired an AI Heavyweight

Posted By on October 19, 2016


Each week on a Wednesday Nikolas Badminton, Futurist highlights the top stories from the past week relating to the incredible rise of artificial intelligence and its application in society, the workplace, in cities, and in our lives.

In Artificial Intelligence Bulletin – Apple Just Hired an AI Heavyweight  we see Apple hiring Ruslan Salakhutdinov, more Google developments, more future of work opinion, and is growing up.

Apple Just Hired This Artificial Intelligence Expert

A Carnegie Mellon University professor will lead Apple’s A.I. research team.

Apple continues to bulk up on artificial intelligence and data crunching smarts.

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and its computer science school’s machine learning department, said Monday via Twitter that he is joining Apple as its director of A.I. research. He will continue to work at Carnegie Mellon while at Apple.

Read more at FORTUNE

Differential neural computer from DeepMind and more advances in backward propagation

In a recent study in Nature, we introduce a form of memory-augmented neural network called a differentiable neural computer, and show that it can learn to use its memory to answer questions about complex, structured data, including artificially generated stories, family trees, and even a map of the London Underground. We also show that it can solve a block puzzle game using reinforcement learning.


Ref: Hybrid computing using a neural network with dynamic external memory. Nature(12 October 2016) | DOI: 10.1038/nature20101


Researchers have developed a neuro-inspired analog computer that has the ability to train itself to become better at whatever tasks it performs. Experimental tests have shown that the new system, which is based on the artificial intelligence algorithm known as “reservoir computing,” not only performs better at solving difficult computing tasks than experimental reservoir computers that do not use the new algorithm, but it can also tackle tasks that are so challenging that they are considered beyond the reach of traditional reservoir computing.


Ref: Embodiment of Learning in Electro-Optical Signal Processors. Physical Review Letters (16 September 2016) | DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.128301



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How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining The Future Of Work

In a world where the term “big data” is being thrown around like the next coming, many business leaders still struggle to understand how more information is going to help them make better decisions that drive their businesses forward.

But the real challenge goes well beyond merely accessing more data. The key is accessing data in the right way, at the right time, and in the right format to generate beneficial insights.

This process is no small feat. It requires both technology and human analysis in order to identify these critical insights for business leaders. This process has historically meant a team of highly specialized data analysts spending hours upon hours sifting through terabytes (or more!) of information to make it digestible and useful.

But that’s all about to change in a big way.

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