Issue 136: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning

Today we look at 6 types of AI and machine learning and their impacts from Playfair investor Nathan Benaich, Kristen Stewart’s co-authored paper on the use of neural networks in media, and Toyota’s use of AI to create 100s of targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram.


Tabitha UntilTheBotsTakeOver Goldstaub


6 areas of AI and machine learning to watch closely

Nathan Benaich presents six areas of AI that are particularly noteworthy in their ability to impact the future of digital products and services and provides their applications, companies which employ them, and their principal researchers. Here they are: 1) reinforcement learning, 2) generative models, 3) networks with memory, 4) learning from less data and building smaller models, 5) hardware for training and inference, and 6) simulation environments.


Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in “Come Swim”

Kristen Stewart, from Twilight, co-authored a paper about “Come Swim”, a short film she directed. In this paper, the authors describe their use of neural networks through
Neural Style Transfer to artistically redraw an image in the style of a source style image. They document how the technique can be driven within the framework of an iterative creative process to achieve a desired look, and propose a mapping of the broad parameter space to a key set of creative controls.


How Toyota Used AI for RAV4 Campaign

IBM’s Watson, through machine learning, wanted to connect the Toyota’s Rav4 crossover to the favourite activities of individual consumers, but in an unpredictable way. So Toyota agency-of-record Saatchi & Saatchi fed Watson the world’s top 1,000 activities — like biking, dancing and cooking — and asked Watson to pair two activities that had low probabilities of being matched. The agency then used the pairings to create 300 unique videos, which are being targeted at users on Facebook and Instagram.

Future of transportation

Finally, there’s a company with the courage to test driverless cars on Indian roads

Tata Elxsi, a design firm part of the Tata group, is currently seeking permission from authorities in Bengaluru to road test an autonomous car, the Business Standard newspaper has reported. Unlike some autonomous car companies, Tata Elxsi isn’t building a driverless car from scratch. Instead, it has repurposed two sedans, including one manufactured by Tata Motors, and rigged them up with a range of sensors and cameras. The kitted out cars are already being given a runaround at a facility on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Business Impact of AI

How machine learning is going to change finance

Xi Chen, assistant professor of information, operations, and management sciences at NYU Stern School of Business said that “modern machine learning techniques will lead to more accurate predictions of the future prizes and trends in financial services. It can also help predict market trends by aggregating many opinions on the social networks. This might be even more accurate than the subjective judgment from an expert.”

Ethics question for the day

New Zealand researchers to study ethics of AI

A group of researchers will be studying whether or not it would be acceptable for a driverless car to deliberately swerve in a way that saves its own passengers yet kills a pedestrian and other ethical dilemmas related to AI. They will be receiving 400,000 (AUD) from the charitable Law Foundation trust to conduct the research.

Future of Health

How Stanford researchers are using deep learning AI to fight blindness

A group of researchers at Stanford University is using deep learning that tries to roughly emulate how the brain works to learn and solve problems, to detect diabetic retinopathy. That disease, afflicting more than 350 million people worldwide, is one of the leading causes of blindness. They said that “by using the advanced computing power of the Amazon Web Services cloud, researchers are now able to deliver deep learning capabilities at fractions of the cost of using legacy infrastructure, enabling them to build a database of tens of thousands of images against which to calibrate the system and build a medical tool that may one day safeguard the quality of life of millions.”

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

With Finie, Apple’s Siri could transform banking

A solution that does this was demonstrated at the Digital Money Forum at CES this year, when University of Michigan professor and Clinc CEO, Jason Mars
discussed Finie. The software is a voice-activated financial assistant based on Clinc’s own proprietary AI. The cloud-based technology that can be integrated into existing apps – Citi, Visa and Intuit are already working to put it inside their banking apps, which suggests the security of the service is ready for active use.

I’ve been making some changes based on Feedback. Would love to hear from more of you. Please do click to share your thoughts!

Published in

Leave a reply

Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account