Jul 22 · 3 min read

Who Let the Dogs Out? Ask Megvii’s Nose Print Recognition System
With the help of AI-driven pattern recognition and image processing technologies, nose print recognition can capture, describe and classify a dog’s nose print and confirm dog identity by comparing the similarities between nose print characteristics.

Deep Learning Algorithm Solves Rubik’s Cube Faster Than Any Human
Since its invention by a Hungarian architect in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube has furrowed the brows of many who have tried to solve it, but the 3D logic puzzle is no match for an artificial intelligence system created by researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

A New Immersive Classroom Uses AI and VR to Teach Mandarin Chinese
In a new collaboration with IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a university based in Troy, New York, now offers its students studying Chinese another option: a 360-degree virtual environment that teleports them to the busy streets of Beijing or a crowded Chinese restaurant.
(MIT Technology Review)

Domino’s AI pizza checker boosts customer quality scores 15% in a month
Domino’s Australia said its AI/machine learning order accuracy tool — the so-called “DOM Pizza Checker” — is turning in some pretty amazing results, just one month after it was first introduced this year and the rest of the Domino’s system is watching closely.
(QSR Web)


Natural Adversarial Examples
Researchers introduce natural adversarial examples — real-world, unmodified, and naturally occurring examples that cause classifier accuracy to significantly degrade. They curate 7,500 natural adversarial examples and release them in an ImageNet classifier test set that they call IMAGENET-A.
(UC Berkeley & University of Washin & University of Chicago)

Open-sourcing CraftAssist, a platform for studying collaborative AI bots in Minecraft
A platform for implementing AI assistants that can collaborate with human players in the sandbox construction game Minecraft. The assistants can move, place or destroy blocks, and spawn mobs; and can communicate with human players through text-based chat.
(Facebook AI) / (Full Paper)

WikiMatrix: Mining 135M Parallel Sentences in 1620 Language Pairs from Wikipedia
Researchers present an approach based on multilingual sentence embeddings to automatically extract parallel sentences from the content of Wikipedia articles in 85 languages, including several dialects or low-resource languages.
(Facebook AI & Johns Hopkins University & UIUC)

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Google Brain & CMU Advance Unsupervised Data Augmentation for SSL
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