Last year, just as I was beginning to cover artificial intelligence, the AI world was getting a major wake-up call. There were some incredible advancements in AI research in 2018—from reinforcement learning to generative adversarial networks (GANs) to better natural-language understanding.
The most powerful approach in AI, deep learning, is gaining a new capability: a sense of uncertainty. Researchers at Uber and Google are working on modifications to the two most popular deep-learning frameworks that will enable them to handle probability.
Wojciech Zaremba 30 OpenAI Country of birth: Poland Wojciech Zaremba led a team that used machine learning to train a robot hand to teach itself to pick up a toy block in different environments. The robot was tasked with figuring out on …Continue reading
Noam Brown 31 Facebook Country of birth: Israel Noam Brown was never very good at poker. But an artificially intelligent program he created became the first to beat the world’s top players in no-limit Texas Hold’em, the game’s most popular variant.
New technologies are never introduced into a vacuum. They emerge into a social, economic, and political setting and influence it in their turn. Katherine Chandler, a professor in the culture and politics program at Georgetown University, is researching drones in Africa as …Continue reading
David Silver invented something that might be more inventive than he is. Silver was the lead researcher on AlphaGo, a computer program that learned to play Go—a famously tricky game that exploits human intuition rather than clear rules of play—by studying games …Continue reading
You’d think it would be easy to come up with a list of bad technologies from the past couple of decades. But we had a hard time agreeing: What makes a “bad” technology? After all, technologies can be bad because they fail …Continue reading
It was nearly twice as good at identifying manipulated images as humans. The research: Researchers from Adobe and UC Berkeley have created a tool that uses machine learning to identify when photos of people’s faces have been altered. The deep-learning tool was …Continue reading
In the last three weeks, we laid down the basics of AI. To recap: Most AI advances and applications are based on a type of algorithm known as machine learning that finds and reapplies patterns in data. Deep learning, a powerful subset of machine …Continue reading
A spy may have used an AI-generated face to deceive and connect with targets on social media. The news: A LinkedIn profile under the name Katie Jones has been identified by the AP as a likely front for AI-enabled espionage. The persona …Continue reading