Learnings & Musings on AI, ML, Data Science & Python

Plastic Elastic 🕸

Differentiable Plasticity looks really interesting. Basically a “plastic” weight is added to every connection within a neural network that can change over time as leaning continues. You keep the static weights from training like all other neural nets but have this additional weight changing as needed. 🎛 The idea is based on “synaptic plasticity”. No, that’s not a jam band … Read More

Imagination 2: Deep Learning Boogaloo 🕺

Following on the theme of yesterday’s post, DeepMind is really working hard at adding imagination to AI. 💭 This time they worked on using “imagination” to extrapolate out and predict future states based on current states. Really, it’s predictive analytics. 🔮 Again, think of the potential for self-driving cars. Being able to essentially see into the future. A very useful … Read More

Imagine Robots Imagining 💭

DeepMind, of beating humans at Go fame, has now created an AI that can imagine things. Kind of… 💬 Their new GQN model can look at a scene from a few angles and “imagine” what it will look like from another angle. 🔀 It’s a small step towards that ever-popular goal of making AI more like humans. I could see … Read More

Brain Chips 🧠🍪

IBM is in on the AI chip game, but they’re doing it a bit differently. They’re recreating the brain in silicon, literally. 🧠 They’ve essentially recreated synapses in microelectronic form, something that has been historically very difficult. Why does this matter if GPUs and software are doing such a good job? 👇 They found the system to be as accurate … Read More

Are We Blowing Bubbles? 🛁

Are we in the midst of an AI bubble? 🤷‍♂️ The field is definitely hot like Hansel right now, but I don’t know if we’re in what I would consider a true bubble. For one, the cat is out of the bag and people everywhere are salivating over the potential. I think we’re too far along to hit a true … Read More

FedCoin 💰

I’m an Econ major so my ears perk up at mention of the Federal Reserve. Cryptocurrencies have the same effect since I like tech. So this article was like catnip. 😸 The monetary policy possibilities of a potential FedCoin are really interesting, especially since traditional measures are not nearly as effective as economists would like to believe. I’ve long wondered … Read More

Quantum Leapfrog 🚀

The US Congress doesn’t want to cede quantum computing superiority to China. 🇺🇸💪 🇨🇳 Two bills are in the works to place an emphasis on quantum research and development in the states, and could be the first foray in a new space race. AI is in a similar state and when you think about the potential of combining the two … Read More

Killer Robots? Probably Not 💀

This article basically validates what I’ve been thinking, so no surprise I’m sharing it here. 🤘 Basically, if killer robots come to be, it’s our fault, not AI’s. Not that that is much reassurance, this seems like something we’d inflict on ourselves. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♀️ Sensationalizing fear around killer robots and job destruction is a great way to drive clicks, and therefore … Read More

What’s Smarter, a Machine or an Octopus? 🐙

Researchers in Germany used a mixture of machine learning and random forest decision trees to predict the winner of the 2018 World Cup. And the winner is….Germany! 🇩🇪 Hey, wait a minute… 🤔 Actually, Spain was the most likely winner, unless Germany makes it to the quarter finals, in which case they become the favorite. Bookmakers favor Brazil. 🇪🇸 🇧🇷 … Read More

Forget About It ⏱️

This post is an interesting look at the importance of forgetting to humans and a few methods used to mimic strategic forgetting in AI. 🗑️ I hadn’t given much thought to the fact that AI “memory” will function just like RAM, overwriting whenever needed or deemed necessary. But remembering things in a specific way plays an important role in human … Read More