In the News
Can Watson save IBM?
Hopes pinned on developing system into a powerful and profitable set of services
Bayes's theorem: what's the big deal?
Bayes’s theorem, touted as a powerful method for generating knowledge, can also be used to promote superstition and pseudoscience
Facebook’s secret chat SDK lets developers build Messenger bots
M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel, and more
Also in the news this week...
- Google is working on a secret messaging service that will deliver services through chat bots, similar to those already found in Kik and WeChat. More
- Apple buys Emotient, a start-up that develops computer vision algorithms to read emotions in faces. More
- Mark Zuckerberg's personal challenge for 2016 is building an AI for his home. More
- NVIDIA launches AI engine for self driving cars. More
Attention and Memory in Deep Learning
This post explores Attention Mechanisms in the context of language translation and image analysis.
Why too much evidence can be a bad thing
Under ancient Jewish law, if a suspect on trial was unanimously found guilty by all judges, then the suspect was acquitted. This reasoning sounds counterintuitive, but the legislators of the time had noticed that unanimous agreement often indicates the presence of systemic error in the judicial process, even if the exact nature of the error is yet to be discovered. They intuitively reasoned that when something seems too good to be true, most likely a mistake was made.
Tensor Methods in Machine Learning
Useful description of tensors in the context of machine learning models
Software tools & code
Open Source Deep Learning Framework for Apple’s iOS, OS X and tvOS
Brains & Neurons
How brain architecture relates to consciousness and abstract thought
The NYT's best data visualizations of 2015
Information can indeed be beautiful
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