Issue 218: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning Briefing


Cancer detection and the AI executive.

Cancer cells are to be detected and classified more efficiently and accurately, using ground-breaking artificial intelligence – thanks to a new collaboration
between the University of Warwick, Intel, the Alan Turing Institute and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. The aim is to create a model that will eventually be useful in many types of cancer – creating more objective results, lowering the risk of human errors, and aiding oncologists and patients in their selection of treatments.

Did you know CogX London 2017 (June 20-21) is held in association with the Alan Turing Institute? Join us to hear directly from expert speakers from the Institute addressing an array of key issues that we will face in the AI era.

At CogX, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about how AI is transforming the Healthcare industry. You will hear directly from industry experts like Dr Dominic King
(Senior Clinician Scientist at Google DeepMind), Esther Dyson (Executive Founder of Way to Wellville), Dr Kenji Takeda (Director of Azure for Research at Microsoft), Maxine Mackintosh (co-founder of One HealthTech), and Dr Jack Kreindler (Founder and Medical Director, Centre for Health and Human).


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Intel-Turing programme helps to detect cancer cells more accurately in hospital with artificial intelligence

Scientists at Warwick University are creating a large, digital repository of a variety of tumour and immune cell images from thousands of human tissue samples. They are developing algorithms to develop an AI to recognise these cells automatically, with an initial focus on lung cancer. In collaboration with Intel, they are improving these models to recognise cellular distinctions associated with various grades and types of lung cancer using artificial intelligence frameworks
such as TensorFlow.

Business impact of AI

How Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff uses artificial intelligence to end internal politics at meetings

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff isn’t just predicting that artificial intelligence will one day help run everyone’s companies, he’s already using it at Salesforce today. He’s got a special, not-yet-released version of Einstein, the company’s artificial intelligence tech baked into its products, helping him run his company, he told Wall Street analysts on Thursday.

“This is a capability that I use with my staff meeting, when I do my forecast and I do my analysis of the
quarter, which happens every Monday at my staff meeting … sometimes it will point out a specific executive, which it’s done in the last three quarters, and said, this executive is someone who needs specific attention during the quarter.”

Pure unadulterated research

Future of work: 21 major AI / machine learning reports on future of work, labour, and skills

Product Manager and Ex-Googler, Julian Harris has compiled a list of reports focusing on The Future of Work. Given the rise of automation and artificial intelligence in all aspects of the workplace, more and more organisations are starting to decipher what this means for our future.

The reports come from a variety of academic institutions, government bodies and consultancies across the UK. While the focus is on the impact
of automation on employment, some of the reports question how the change will affect the economy, society and industry.

Find out more at CogX we will be discussing Singularity, Happiness and the Future of Work. The conversation will centre around the impact that automation will have on society and how we can stay ahead. The panel is being chaired by Calum Chace, the author of “The Economic Singularity“ & “Surviving AI“ and is certainly one not to miss.

Deal of the day

Spotify Has Acquired Machine-Learning Startup Niland

Streaming music powerhouse Spotify has acquired French machine learning startup Niland, who describe themselves as “a music technology company that provides music search & discovery engines based on deep learning & machine listening algorithms.” Niland is the fourth company Spotify has snapped up in 2017 alone, following the acquisitions of Sonalytic, MightyTV and most recently, Mediachain.

Another example of a “robots taking human’s jobs”

Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress

When Tesla bought a decommissioned car factory in Fremont, California, Elon Musk transformed the old-fashioned, unionized plant into a much-vaunted “factory of the future”, where giant robots named after X-Men shape and fold sheets of metal inside a gleaming white mecca of advanced manufacturing. However, some of the human workers who share the factory with their robotic counterparts complain of grueling pressure – which they attribute to Musk’s aggressive production goals – and sometimes life-changing injuries.

Tools of the trade

Cinematography on the fly

In recent years, a host of Hollywood blockbusters – including The Fast and the Furious 7, Jurassic World, and The Wolf of Wall Street have included aerial tracking shots provided by drone helicopters outfitted with cameras. A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
and ETH Zurich hope to make drone cinematography more accessible, simple, and reliable, by creating an algorithm that will help drones fly and avoid collision.

Dinner talk

Hear Me Out: Let’s Elect an AI as President

Is this really such a mad idea? It seems many today would rather anyone in certain seats of power, but an AI? On paper it seems to offer many benefits; an AI could really try to enact certain policies over its term, align its outlook along the split of the vote using a weighted sum of ideologies. An optimizer that seeks to make the maximum number of people happy… I think we can all see potential problems along that path,however, we increasingly allow machine learning algorithms more and more influence (knowingly and unknowingly) in our day to day lives. Is the idea of explicitly turning over the highest office in the land so far fetched? We for one welcome our future AI overlords.

Ethics question of the day

FlyAI – Flies lives dependent of AI

Flies crawl around inside a transparent sphere, spied on by a camera, as a disembodied voice reads out image recognition data that determines whether or not they will be fed. This is the unsettling theme of FlyAI, a Raspberry Pi-powered art installation by David Bowen, who was inspired to create it after reading philosopher Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.

If the AI successfully classifies the fly, then the fly is fed. This certainly raises some ethical questions about the use of AI, although, according to Bowen “they live for about 30-40 days, which I’m told is longer than they live in the wild… they were getting kind of geriatric!”

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