This Week In Digital – Week 27, 2019

Hypertaste: An AI-assisted e-tongue for fast and portable fingerprinting of complex liquids, Amazon wants smart home device setup to be a ‘zero-touch’ experience, IBM Launches Blockchain Pilot for Bank Guarantee Processes, AI identifies and classifies wild animal behavior and many more. Here’s your weekly update of This Week In Digital covering all the latest tech developments around the world.

DLRM: An advanced, open source deep learning recommendation model  – Facebook AI, July 02, 2019.

With the advent of deep learning, neural network-based personalization and recommendation models have emerged as an important tool for building recommendation systems in production environments, including here at Facebook. However, these models differ significantly from other deep learning models because they must be able to work with categorical data, which is used to describe higher-level attributes.

AI identifies and classifies wild animal behavior  – Kyle Wiggers, July 02, 2019.

AI-driven activity recognition has been used to suss out emotions from walking style, estimate how many people are in a room, and create videos from start and end frames alone. But that’s not all it’s good for. In a new paper (“A Framework for Identifying Group Behavior of Wild Animals”) published on the preprint server, scientists at the University of Illinois, Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the University of California, Davis propose a statistical framework for identifying wild animal group behavior.

Google Lens can now identify local art starting in San Francisco [Video] – Ben Schoon, July 02, 2019.

Google Lens is a great tool for learning more about the world around you, and it’s constantly getting better. Thanks to a new partnership, Google Lens is about to improve when it comes to identifying local art, at least if you live in San Francisco.


IBM Launches Blockchain Pilot for Bank Guarantee Processes – Ana Alexandre, July 03, 2019.

Tech giant IBM has launched a pilot for a blockchain-powered platform designed to streamline bank guarantee process. In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 3, IBM stated that the pilot was launched in partnership with four Australian financial services companies. The pilot — dubbed Lygon — is backed by IBM, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank, real estate operator Scentre Group, and Australia’s first bank Westpac.

Robot maps a room using just sound and AI – Kyle Wiggers, July 03, 2019.

Can sightless robots reconstruct a room well enough to avoid endlessly bumping into walls? That’s what scientists at the University of Technology Sydney set out to discover in a study published on the preprint server They claim their approach, which employed a speaker and a microphone-sporting robot tasked with following a path-planning strategy, drove the robot from a random starting position in such a way that the room’s geometry was “guaranteed” to be revealed.

How AI can strengthen and defend democracy –  Khari Johnson, July 04, 2019.

Democratic societies the world over have come under attack in this digital era — and in ways many probably never thought possible in their lifetime. The 2016 U.S. presidential election was undermined by a two-pronged approach involving the Russian military and Facebook posts from the Internet Research Agency (IRA). Other recent examples have included ransomware attacks that target municipal governments — like the kind Georgia courts are now experiencing.

Latent History’s ‘machine hallucination’ AI art will melt your mind – Khari Johnson, July 05, 2019.

Watching Refik Anadol’s work — what he calls “machine hallucinations” — can make you feel a little like your mind is melting. Anadol creates stories using curated generative adversarial networks, a process he believes is inventing a new type of AI-driven cinema that displays a “community collective consciousness.”


Amazon wants smart home device setup to be a ‘zero-touch’ experience –  Kyle Wiggers, July 05, 2019.

The smart home device market is poised for serious growth. Just ask analysts at IDC, which forecasts that shipments will experience a 26.9% year-over-year uptick in 2019 to 832.7 million units. By 2023, IDC expects nearly 1.6 billion devices will ship to customers’ homes worldwide. Amazon is counting on it. Of the 75% of respondents to a recent Dashbot survey who use voice assistants like Alexa at least once a day, 23% say they control smart home devices with their assistant.

Hypertaste: An AI-assisted e-tongue for fast and portable fingerprinting of complex liquids –  Patrick Ruch, July 05, 2019.

The human sense of taste is the result of millennia of evolution. And its astoundingly good at letting us enjoy pleasant foods and beverages as well as warning us against ingesting harmful substances. Man-made sensors, on the other hand, have yet to approach the ease with which our taste buds recognize substances. This is a significant technological gap, as there are many substances out there that we would like to “taste” without actually putting them in our mouth.

Udacity’s AI generates lecture movies from audio narration – Michelle, July 05, 2019.

Producing content material for Huge Open On-line Course (MOOC) platforms like Coursera and EdX could be academically rewarding (and doubtlessly profitable), however it’s time-consuming — notably the place movies are concerned. Producing professional-level lecture clips requires not solely working a veritable studio’s value of apparatus, however devoting important assets to transferring, modifying, and importing footage of every lesson.

BMW and Daimler partner on autonomous driving, first results of team-up in market by 2024 – Darrell Etherington, July 05, 2019.

Global automakers BMW and Daimler will join forces in a new long-term partnership to co-develop automated driving technologies, including levels of automation all the way up to SAE Level 4, which is defined as full self-driving, no human intervention required, but only under exactly defined conditions or domains — steering wheel and brakes not necessarily even present in the car.

Taster’s AI and automation show why virtual kitchens may rule the age of delivery –  Chris O’Brien, July 07, 2019.

The rapid rise of meal delivery services is happening in plain sight, as companies like Deliveroo and Uber Eats send riders and drivers zipping around town with takeout of every variety. But as so often happens with new platforms, a secondary and less visible revolution is rippling across the restaurant industry thanks to the rise of virtual kitchens.






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