Last Week in AI

Every week, my team at Invector Labs publishes a newsletter to track the most recent developments in AI research and technology. You can find this week’s issue below. You can sign up for it below. Please do so, our guys worked really hard on this:

From the Editor

Is artificial intelligence(AI) powering a new revolution in hardware? The recent revolution in AI applications was initially unlocked by the evolution of hardware technologies such as GPUs. Now it seems that AI is returning the favor. As AI technologies evolved, the need for specialized hardware that runs AI-centric computations is becoming more obvious. While traditional software programs are compiled or interpreted into structures that can be interpreted efficiently by traditional hardware, AI programs often rely on complex acyclic graphs that require different levels of optimization.

AI-first hardware is becoming one of the most intense competitive areas in the AI ecosystem. From traditional chip makers like Intel or Qualcomm, GPU specialists like NVIDIA to software giants like Google, the race for creating the next generation of hardware optimized for AI workloads is on. This week, IBM announced that it was opening an entire research center dedicated to AI-first hardware. Certainly, the evolution of AI has been great for the software industry.

Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:

Research

Researchers from Facebook published a paper proposing a new method for training cross-lingual natural language understanding models.

>Read more in this blog post from Facebook Research

Google announced the second challenge on learned image comprehension that attempts to advance the research and development in this important areas of deep learning.

>Read more in this blog post from the Google AI team

IBM launches a new center for advancing research in AI hardware.

>Read more in this blog post from IBM Research

Cool Tech Releases

The team behind Facebook’s Infer received this year’s ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential POPL Paper Award for the paper that describe how machine learning models can detect bug in code before it ships.

>Read more in this blog post from Facebook Research

Google unveiled LiveTranscribe, a new Android service for real time transcription of conversations.

>Read more in this blog post from Google Research

Microsoft unveiled a new machine learning method for managing your inbox.

>Read more in this blog post from Microsoft Research

AI in the Real World

DeepMind won a new competition for creating new pharmaceutical drugs using AI.

>Read more in this coverage from the New York Times

Facebook continues growing its AI team with the acquisition of GrokStyle.

>Read more in this article from Fortune

Researchers using AI to fill gaps in our evolutionary history and the initial results discovered some “unknown ancestors”.

>Read more in this article from Smithsonian Magazine