This Week in Machine Learning, 31 July 2017

This week’s top Machine Learning stories: predicting everything from fusion reactions, to emoji selections, coffee orders, and more!

Machine Learning is one of the most exciting fields in the world. Every week we discover something new, something amazing, something revolutionary. 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!


The partnership between Google and energy company Tri Alpha Energy combines human and artificial intelligence to meet new milestones in the quest for fusion power.


Google announces a new program as part of its Launchpad Accelerator specifically dedicated to support AI and machine learning startups.


Bristol-based startup Graphcore closes a $30 million funding round to create chips custom-built for the demands of machine learning.

Food & Drink

Coffee chain Starbucks prepares a new expansion of its Digital Flywheel program, an artificial intelligence system that predicts the orders of frequent patrons.


Microsoft announces a new version of its smartphone keyboard app that uses machine learning to predict the emoji the user will want to use.


China’s State Council releases a plan to invest billions of dollars into artificial intelligence research, aiming to become the world leader in the field by 2025.