back to article Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

Hello, here is a very quick roundup of this week's AI goodies you may have missed. Floating point maths for AI chips: Facebook has published code that improves the efficiency of number crunching to train and deploy neural networks using AI chips. There’s a ton of matrix maths that’s performed when you feed a neural network …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    More "AI" lies. It's AUTOMATION. In many cases, badly configured AUTOMATION. IBM is the king of that. WATSON is the biggest lie of all those AI lies. Slowest piece of crap ever, that IBM Technical Support Staff were encouraged to use. And who really wants anything to do with Facebook AI, accept them? Do you trust Facebook AI? Good luck with that.

    1. JetSetJim

      Re: #Sure

      It's not automation, is just curve fitting. All an AI does is fit a curve to data points, and you kinda hope that the surface you end up with interpolates well for any other data you want to throw at it.

      It suffers from the same problems as other curve fitting techniques with the added bonus that plotting and interpreting the surface you've ended up with is fiendishly tricky.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ES vs AI

    This probably raises horrified hackles in the AI bullshit brigade, but automatic diagnosis is if anything an "expert system", not "artifical intelligence".

    Automatic. Like a washing machine, or a gun.

    Just a machine, whose behaviour is the responsibility of its designers and users.

    Why do I get the feeling that one of the reaons "AI" is such a hype-fest is that it offers the opportunity to avoid responsibility? In terms of both liability and morality.

    If this sounds far-fetched, consider that we live in a world where the rights of corporate "bodies" often exceed those of mere human meat sacks, sometimes even with explicit legislation to that effect.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    My mate Nigel said the internet's down so this is a test message. Nigel, can you read this?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Test

      Yes, loud and clear mate!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Test

        Nice one Nigel. See you anon.

        1. Anonymous Coward

          Re: Test

          As your internet is up you can now start making plans for Nigel.

  4. macjules
    Paris Hilton

    It’s all in the eyes: DeepMind are working with the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK, to see if AI systems can predict the onset of eye diseases.

    By “AI” I presume you mean parents stopping their ternage children from doing too much of what teenage children tend to do?

  5. swschrad

    AI? ewww

    can I just use it until I need glasses?

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