This Week in Machine Learning, 25 November 2016

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, including Google Translate automatically writing its own universal language, 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!


Google’s Neural Machine Translation system develops its own “universal” language, allowing it to translate between previously-unseen pairs of languages.


Client-side media server Plex introduces automated tagging to its media library tool; it now can automatically tag the contents of pictures, such as the presence of a dog or cat.


Startup Presenso aims to minimize or eliminate work stoppages in factories and machinery by combining distributed sensors with machine learning.


Prominent machine learning startup, which focuses on supporting customer service through machine learning, is acquired by GE Digital.


Machine learning helps doctors differentiate pathological hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of death in young athletes, and benign physiological hypertrophy.


Google’s Quick, Draw! app challenges visitors to draw simple pictures in 20 seconds or less to see if its neural network can recognize the image — and improve it if not.