This Week in Machine Learning, 3 March 2017

This week’s top Machine Learning stories, suicide prevention, cancer diagnosis, legal assistance, 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!


Florida State University researcher Jessica Ribeiro uses machine learning to predict whether an individual will commit suicide up to two years in the future.


Computer scientist Jim Ovbiagele creates a multimillion-dollar legal firm in two years by using IBM’s Watson to create a virtual legal assistant.


A team of researchers led by Stanford University’s Timnit Gebru uses Google’s Street view and other data to take a probabilistic census of the United States.


Google’s Deep Learning AI project shows it is capable of diagnosing cancer faster and with better accuracy than professional pathologists.


Microsoft aims to take the “drudgery” out of programming with its DeepCoder experiment, a machine learning system for writing code based on example code.

Fun & Games

A new web site uses machine learning to transform crude drawings of cats into more realistic photographs based on a library of 2000 stock images.