This Week in Machine Learning, 23 December 2016

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, including music-writing, surgery-predicting, bat-translating, laundry-folding, and more!

Machine Learning is one of the most exciting fields in the world. Every week we discover something new, something amazing, something revolutionary. It’s incredible, but it can also be overwhelming. That’s why we created This Week in Machine Learning! Each week we publish a curated list of Machine Learning stories as a resource to help you keep pace with all these exciting developments. New posts will be published here first, and previous posts are archived on the Udacity blog.

Whether you’re currently enrolled in our Machine Learning Nanodegree program, already working in the field, or just pursuing a burgeoning interest in the subject, there will always be something here to inspire you!


Researchers in Toronto create an AI agent that writes its own Christmas carols, while researchers in Paris create OpenBach, an agent that writes its own chorales.


Microsoft plans to use machine learning to improve eyesore in India by predicting surgery outcomes through a partnership with the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.


Amazon uses machine learning to predict what purchases will be made specifically within different cities, allowing them to meet demand for holiday items like poinsettias.


Researchers at Tel Aviv University use machine learning to create a translator for Egyptian fruit bats, discerning the underlying meaning behind their cries and calls.


Australia-based TrademarkVision develops a machine learning system to detect trademark infringement in the form of copying or duplicating logos.


Researchers across Europe band together to tackle one of the most pervasive problems of our time, creating a robot that can autonomously learn to fold laundry.

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