Tag: Machine Learning

  • Machined Art

    The combination of technology and art has fascinates me. But when you add machine learning into the mix, I have yet to see anything other than those freakish nightmare visions spit out by DeepDream a couple years back. ML x ART is a human-curated site showcasing “creative machine learning experiments.” Calling them experiments is more […]

  • Old Film, Transformed

    Two cities, each on the other side of the world, captured on old film which has been digitized, colorized, and upscaled using neural networks to 4k and 60 frames/second. Some of the technical details about what Denis Shiryaev, a YouTuber known for restoring vintage videos does to achieve his magic: 4k upscale – Each frame […]

  • Deep Fake Chaff

    Deep Fake Chaff

    There’s a thing called chaff that fighter aircraft use as a counter-measure against radar. It’s basically strips of aluminum foil which, when deployed in a cloud behind a plane as flies through the air, confusing the enemy radar with multiple targets. I think of chaff when I think of how a Boston University team has […]

  • Invisible Filter Bubbles

    Invisible Filter Bubbles

    This did not occur to me. As an algorithm gets better at recommending content that matches and reinforces what a community is looking for, the negative complaints go down which makes it harder for someone outside (such as platform moderators) the filter bubble from detecting these closed communities in the first place. The algorithm is […]

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  • AlphaZero Masters Chess in Just 24 Hours

    AlphaZero Masters Chess in Just 24 Hours

    DeepMind, the same outfit that built AlphaGo, the AI platform that learned Go through supervised study of the game and went on to famously beat the top ranked player Lee Sedol has built an algorithm that now plays chess. What is even more incredible about this new “AlphaZero” AI is that it learned how to […]

  • AI is only human

    AI is only human

    I’m so glad that The New York Times ran this op-ed (Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem) about the inherent biases in Artificial Intelligence algorithms. Popular culture and much media coverage of AI tends to mysticize how it works, neglecting to point out that any machine learning algorithm is only going to be as good as the […]

  • Google DeepMind Plays Go

    There is a Challenge Match taking place in Seoul between Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo computer program vs. 9 dan professional Lee Sedol (9 dan is the highest rank). Most of the engineers at SmartNews have a background in machine learning and are following the matches closely on a dedicated internal Slack channel. The YouTube coverage is […]

  • How to train a robot to be nice

    How to train a robot to be nice

    In response to fears that robots will take over and exterminate the human race, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying ways to teach robots human ethical values. In the absence of an aligned reward signal, a reinforcement learning agent can perform actions that appear psychotic. For example, consider a robot that is instructed to […]

  • Ghost in the Machine

    Ghost in the Machine

    There are at least two sides to every story. The Planned Parenthood videos were a polarizing topic that monopolized the news cycle several weeks ago. How do you teach an algorithm a point of view? How do you optimize for discovery and strike the right balance for diversity while avoiding duplication? SmartNews is a news aggregation app driven […]