Issue 169: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning

Why should we have more women in AI? I’m often asked about gender equality in AI and today on World International Women’s Day I’ve written my first blogpost and launching an event series to discuss and debate this topic.

Academics and industry leaders are training AI machines to “Think Like Us.” I believe it’s imperative that the “us” in “think like us” is equally male and female. If you do too, please get involved:

  • Read the blog – Tell me what you think. Email/add to the comments – I really want to hear

  • Come along to the first event

  • Email me if you would like to speak at the event or be a sponsor

  • Share / Tweet: Why Women In AI? Join the Debate #AI #ThinkLikeAllOfUs @cognition_X @tabithagold


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Deal of the Day

Google is acquiring data science community Kaggle

Sources have told TechCrunch that Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform that hosts data science and machine learning competitions. Details about the transaction remain somewhat vague, but given that Google is hosting its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco this week, the official announcement could come as early as tomorrow.

Reached by phone, Kaggle co-founder CEO Anthony Goldbloom declined to deny that the acquisition is happening. Google itself declined “to comment on rumours.”

With Kaggle, Google is buying one of the largest and most active communities for data scientists — and with that, it will get increased mindshare in this community, too (though it already has plenty of that thanks to Tensorflow and other projects).

Ethics Question for the Day

Amazon hands over Echo data in murder case

Amazon’s mounting First Amendment battle has reached an anticlimactic end.

The company agreed to hand over user data of an Amazon Echo speaker for a murder trial in Arkansas, after it spent months pushing back against a warrant for the information. Amazon changed its position after the user, defendant James Andrew Bates, consented to the disclosure, according to a court filing that was made public Monday.

Before Bates consented, Amazon just last month offered a strong defense against releasing the user information, with the company saying Bates’ audio recordings with the Echo were protected under the First Amendment.

Amazon on March 3 handed over the data, which amounted to any audio recordings stored by the company that came from Bates’ Echo from November 21 to 22, 2015. Its motion in the case will be dismissed and a hearing set for Wednesday on the Echo dispute was
canceled, the filing stated.


London AI startup LoopMe secures $10m

LoopMe, a London-based AI startup, has secured $10m in a continuation of its Series A funding round.

The firm, which uses AI in brand advertising, received funds from Impulse VC, Harbert European Growth Capital Fund (HEGC) and existing investors Holzbrinck Ventures and Open Ocean Capital.

LoopMe’s AI technology learns how people react to advertising and changes their advertising experience based on their individual feedback loop.

“AI-driven video ads are the future of brand marketing. LoopMe’s technology opens up a window into people’s thoughts and feelings, discovering what they like and dislike, which elements can trigger a reaction or a measurable, physical and emotional response,” said LoopMe CEO and co-founder Stephen Upstone.

Future of Health

Carbon Health puts total control of doctor-patient relationship in your hands

Health systems the world over struggle with the same problem: as the way we treat patients gets better, the way we record those treatments and how they move through the care system remains stuck in the mid-19th century.
Eren Bali, CEO of Californian startup Carbon Health, thinks he’s got the remedy.

Carbon Health is a digital-native healthcare platform, which incorporates a patient’s electronic health record, a chat system and physical appointments to attempt to give patients more comprehensive care.

The crux of the company is the patient-doctor conversation, all of which is carried out through the Carbon Health app. The app uses a chat interface to triage patients based on their answers to a few basic questions about symptoms: if it’s serious enough, they can either engage in conversation with a doctor via text chat, at which point they can seamlessly book an appointment through the app.


5 ways deep learning improves your daily life

Mariya Yao
of TOPBOTS searched through the internet and summarized five ways that popular consumer tech companies Netflix, Yelp, Yahoo, StitchFix and Google improve your online experience with deep learning.

For example, she describes how the introduction of more advanced machine learning algorithms allows Netflix to achieve new levels of prediction and personalization in rankings, layout, catalog, new member onboarding, and more. Tony Jebara, Director at Netflix and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia, explained at REWORK’s Deep Learning Summit in SF how Netflix not only recommends better movies, but predicts better thumbnail images for each individual user.

Future of News

CNN launches a VR news unit

CNN announced today the official launch of CNNVR – a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital.

The global team with footprints in New York, Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Beijing, will cover major news events in stunning 360 video, transport
users to the front row of global events through VR live streams, and produce weekly virtual reality experiences – starting today with a mesmerizing journey into the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

In this endeavour, CNN is activating a new VR, making it easier than ever to access this dynamic storytelling medium on every device.

Open Source

A massive dataset of manually annotated audio events from Google

consists of an expanding ontology of 632 audio event classes and a collection of 2,084,320 human-labeled 10-second sound clips drawn from YouTube videos. The ontology is specified as a hierarchical graph of event categories, covering a wide range of human and animal sounds, musical instruments and genres, and common everyday environmental sounds.

By releasing AudioSet, they hope to provide a common, realistic-scale evaluation task for audio event detection, as well as a starting point for a comprehensive vocabulary of sound events.

AudioSet is brought to you by the sound and video understanding groups in Google Machine Perception. They are dedicated to teaching machines to have super-human hearing by building state-of-the-art machine learning models, generating massive datasets of audio events, and defining the hierarchical relationships that exist between sounds.

Future of Transportation

Airbus unveils Pop.Up: An autonomous transportation concept that uses drones to carry cars

 Airbus has proposed a new modular transportation idea mixing air and ground travel that will make you feel that the future cannot get here fast enough.

Unveiled yesterday at the Geneva International Motor show, the system, dubbed “Pop.Up,” would start with a capsule that sits in the frame of an autonomous car. When traffic gets heavy, you just call a drone using your smartphone and lift the capsule up into the air and over the heads of those poor suckers
stuck in traffic sucking on exhaust fumes.

The company says a new AI platform will help manage the Pop.Up system, letting passengers optimize the mix of modalities for their trip.

Tools of the Trade

Machine learning & predictive analytics added to SAP’s cloud-based Integrated Business suite

SAP has increased the automation capabilities of its cloud-based solution for sales and operations, Integrated Business Planning, by adding machine learning and predictive analytics.

The product, which includes features such as demand sensing and forecasting, inventory and supply optimisation and exception-driven response management, has had these features added in order to help customers shorten planning cycles and so that it provides more accurate responses to
changes in supply and demand.

Hans Thalbauer, SVP, Digital Supply Chain and IoT, SAP said: “Our integrated planning solution allows our customers to align business objectives with operations to achieve top-line growth and higher profits, while significantly improving customer service, order fulfilment and end-user management.”

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