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AI surveillance could be about to get a lot more advanced, as researchers move on from using neural networks for facial recognition to lipreading. A paper submitted by researchers from the University of Oxford, Google DeepMind and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research is under review for ICLR 2017 (Conference on …
Google's Deepmind has published a paper proposing a family of machine learning models with the aim of doing more work with far less costly and time-consuming training.
The upside of that is, the tech giant claims, massive cost savings as training is quickly becoming prohibitively expensive. The downside is that it's no small task to combine visual learning with a language model.
The model family, called Flamingo, is a few-shot visual language model (VLM) set of distinct software systems (versus a more monolithic model like GPT-3, for instance). Google's Deepmind team says it outperforms all previous few-shot learning approaches, even those fine-tuned with orders of magnitude more data.
A former DeepMind employee has blasted the AI lab for being, in her view, "grossly inadequate" in dealing with internal sexual harassment. She also urged the organization to end its policy of NDAs that prevent victims from speaking out.
The ex-staffer said she was subjected to "severely disturbing sexual and behavioral harassment," and received emails and texts that contained "explicit confessions of acts of sexual violence against women, and threats of self-harm," from a senior researcher.
Said senior researcher even alluded to having had sex with colleagues at work, and having had visited sex workers during office hours, according to the former staffer. She drafted and submitted a six-page internal complaint in 2019. Yet, even with evidence of this abuse, management at DeepMind did not resolve the situation until almost a year later, she said in an open letter this week.
A new Eastern Europe-based research institute aimed at advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and computing is trying to stem the flood of talented computer scientists exiting the region for the West.
INSAIT, or the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Technology, is being established in the Bulgarian capital Sofia with the aim of creating an institution to match those in Western Europe and elsewhere.
The facility is an initiative from the Bulgarian government, created in partnership with two Swiss research universities, ETH Zurich and EPFL.
AI software can help historians interpret and date ancient texts by reconstructing works destroyed over time, according to a new paper published in Nature.
A team of computer scientists and experts in classical studies led by DeepMind and Ca' Foscari University of Venice trained a transformer-based neural network to restore inscriptions written in ancient Greek between 7th century BC and 5th century AD. The model, named "Ithaca" after the home of legendary Greek king Odysseus, can also estimate when the text was written and where it might have originated.
By recovering fragments of text on broken pieces of pottery or blurry scripts, for example, researchers can begin translating them and learn more about ancient civilizations.
The Chinese Go Association – the body that oversees professional and high-level amateur play of the board game – has suspended a player for apparently using artificial intelligence during a tournament.
An announcement from the body states the cheating happened during online play in preliminary rounds of the Advocate Cup China Professional Go Championship – a top-tier tournament at which the winner goes home with ¥450,000 (about $70,000).
It's not clear how the player was caught; we'd hate to think it was because they were personally too good. Their moves may have been too quirky or unorthodox to be human.
Alphabet-owned AI outfit DeepMind claims it has created an AI that can write programming code, find novel solutions to interesting problems, and do it at the level of the mid-ranking human entrants in coding contests.
Dubbed "AlphaCode" and detailed in a pre-print paper [PDF], the tool is said to advance on previous automated coding efforts by displaying the ability to tackle "problems that require a combination of critical thinking, logic, algorithms, coding, and natural language understanding."
Previous efforts to create code that codes haven't been able to reach that level of sophistication, but have done decently when asked to handle simple maths or programming chores.
A UK law firm is bringing legal action on behalf of patients it says had their confidential medical records obtained by Google and DeepMind Technologies in breach of data protection laws.
Mishcon de Reya said today it planned a representative action on behalf of Mr Andrew Prismall and the approximately 1.6 million individuals whose data was used as part of a testing programme for medical software developed by the companies.
It told The Register the claim had already been issued in the High Court.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to take a closer look at Microsoft's buy of talkative AI specialist Nuance.
To be clear, the CMA is only at the investigation stage and has invited comments from interested parties with a closing date of 10 January 2022. It is pondering if the results of the proposed acquisition will end up substantially hobbling competition and warrant a full blown enquiry.
Computer scientists at DeepMind and the University of Exeter in England teamed up with meteorologists from the Met Office to build an AI model capable of predicting whether it will rain up to 90 minutes beforehand.
Traditional forecasting methods rely on solving complex equations that take into account various weather conditions, such as air pressure, moisture, and the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere. The trouble is, at least in Blighty, these systems tend to predict what lies in store for us whole days or weeks ahead.
Deep-learning models are better suited for making more near-term forecasts – such as within the next couple of hours – according to a paper published by the aforementioned boffins in Nature on Wednesday. There are advantages to using AI algorithms; they don’t have to solve thermodynamic equations and are less computationally intensive than other predictive techniques.
The UK government has published its much-awaited National AI Strategy in pursuit of "global science superpower" status.
The document talks of plans for a "new national programme and approach to support research and development" plus a government white paper on the governance and regulation of AI [PDF].
Details of the strategy were trailed back in January when the AI Council published its "AI Roadmap" including 16 recommendations to the government.
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