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Abhishek Singh Medium

Getting Alexa to respond to sign language using your webcam and Tensorflow.js

Abhishek Singh isn't deaf or mute, but that didn't stop him from asking the question: If voice is the future of computing interfaces, what about those who cannot hear or speak? This thought led to a super cool project wherein a computer interprets sign language and speaks the results to a nearby Alexa device. Live demo here and code here.

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Solving Flappy Bird with Deep Reinforcement Learning [31:48]

I'm relatively familiar with Machine Learning at this point, but I had never heard of Reinforcement Learning until I watched this excellent talk by Kaleo Ha'o at ML4ALL. I knew it was going to be good as soon as he laid out this comparison: if Machine Learning is teaching computers by example, then Reinforcement Learning is teaching computers by experience. Fascinating stuff!

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OpenAI Fellows — Fall 2018 (now open)

As we gear up for the launch of Practical AI and more AI/ML/DS related news coverage, I wanted to bring to your attention to this 6-month apprenticeship (compensated) in AI research at OpenAI. We’re now accepting applications for the next cohort of OpenAI Fellows, a program which offers a compensated 6-month apprenticeship in AI research at OpenAI. We designed this program for people who want to be an AI researcher, but do not have a formal background in the field. Applications for Fellows starting in September are open now and will close on July 8th at 12AM PST. Apply here.

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The beginnings of Microsoft Azure

We're on location at Microsoft Build 2018 talking with Julia White, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft — a 17 year Microsoft veteran. We talked with Julia about her take on this “new Microsoft”, Satya Nadella's first appearance as CEO when they revealed the first glimpse of Microsoft’s cloud offering which started with Office, the beginnings of Microsoft Azure, Azure as the world’s computer, and how every company is becoming a software company.

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Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried?

Ok, so I'm equally excited and concerned by this AI demo. James Vincent writes for The Verge: The most impressive demo at Google I/O was a phone call to book a haircut. This call wasn’t made by a human, but by the Google Assistant, which did an uncannily good job of asking the right questions, pausing in the right places, and even throwing in the odd “mmhmm” for realism. You have to hear this AI phone call for yourself! There's a video of the demo embedded in this post.

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Preparing for malicious uses of AI

Elon Musk -- SpaceX, Tesla, and co-creator of OpenAI -- says this in a related video on YouTube: I am concerned about certain directions AI could take that would be not good for the future. I think it would be fair to say that not all AI future's are benign. If we create some artificial super intelligence that supersedes us in every way by a lot, it's very important that that be benign. Elon goes on to talk more specifically about his fears of AI and that if we have this incredible power, that it not be concentrated in the hands of a few. He doesn't exactly say Google, but everyone knows that's who he means. From OpenAI: We’ve co-authored a paper that forecasts how malicious actors could misuse AI technology, and potential ways we can prevent and mitigate these threats. This paper is the outcome of almost a year of sustained work with our colleagues at the Future of Humanity Institute, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, the Center for a New American Security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others.

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