This Week in Machine Learning, 29 July 2016

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, including Trump, Clinton, and Obama singing together! Yes, you read that right.

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!


Neuroscientists combine brain scans of healthy individuals with machine learning to generate the most sophisticated map of areas of the human brain to date.


Google announces the release of a new “Smart Bidding” system for its AdWords marketing infrastructure, applying machine learning to optimize bidding patterns.


Microsoft releases new machine learning-powered updates to its signature Microsoft Office suite, such as an AI editor that suggests changes based on style and wordiness.


Microsoft’s new Pix app applies machine learning algorithms to automatically select and edit the best picture from a sequence of photos, improving the resultant picture.


Microsoft’s Smart Flower Recognition System applies Microsoft Research’s image-recognition technology to a database of flower photos to automatically identify plants.


WowTune VR demonstrates its blend of sound processing and machine learning by creating a video of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton singing together.