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Shalev Lifshitz - Newsletter

February 3 · Issue #6 · View online

AI Researcher & Entrepreneur

16 years old, Canadian, and striving to develop the future of technology.
With a passion for Artificial Intelligence and entrepreneurship, I am working to create solutions for some of the top hospitals in Canada such as:
  • developing artificially intelligent diagnostic systems,
  • a new method to track and assist patients and their caregivers and,
  • a system to collect metrics from stay-at-home patients.
Meanwhile, I have been conducting research at the University of Waterloo to further the AI community’s efforts in reaching human-level artificial intelligence and have developed a new Artificial Neural Network that is a more realistic abstraction of the human brain.
My goal? To spark a new wave of human innovation and help our species along the road to the next evolutionary step.

Proposing a New Paper to IJCNN
As a research assistant at Kimia Lab (University of Waterloo), I recently worked on a very exciting project. The results are reported in a paper which we submitted to the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2019). Our paper introduces a new Artificial Neural Network (ANN) architecture that takes a step towards achieving a brain-like ANN.
Why is this significant? For the past 2 decades, most successful ANNs have been built using a linear, layered approach due to limitations stemming from the method in which they learn. However, many AI experts are not happy with the current method, as it does not realistically capture how the way the brain works. 
In our research, we propose a new network architecture that attempts to solve this problem in a novel framework and advance the community’s efforts in reaching human-level intelligence.
Huge thank you to Prof. Hamid Tizhoosh for believing in me throughout the process and to my other amazing collaborators Shivam Kalra and Dr. Morteza Babaie!
Speaking at South by Southwest: Intelligent Future
Since the birth of civilization, humanity has experienced stages of rapid growth and expansion. After each ‘revolution’ we have lived longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Now, we are on the brink of another revolution and Artificial Intelligence is at its core.
In March, I will be speaking at South by Southwest, one of the world’s largest film, innovation, technology, and music festivals. In my talk: Reforming Civilization with Artificial Intelligence, I will discuss the new industrial revolution, and why AI is fueling this sudden change.
How must we prepare and what changes will this transformation bring? I will showcase how AI is driving this revolution and disrupting our industries as well as outline the work being done to achieve AI with human-level intelligence, including my exciting research.!
Will humans remain the only intelligent species?
Solving one of Walmart Canada's Biggest Problems:
Merchandisers have a big problem: Shrinkage.
Shrinkage refers to a business’ loss due to wastage or theft. Walmart loses $30 billion dollars in revenue to shrinkage every year, and 75% is due to theft.
In December, I worked with Walmart and attempted to solve this massive problem. I designed a new system to address the issue. A gait classification system that can detect suspicious activity and proactively combat in-store theft.
The system uses AI technology to recognize when a theft occurs. By classifying the suspect’s gait (walking pace) as suspicious or normal, the solution provides a robust and accurate way to detect thieves without hiring more personnel.
Let's Connect
Feel free to connect, follow, and add me as a friend on LinkedInFacebook and Github!
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My Favorite Quote this Month
“And those who urge entrepreneurs to never give up? Charlatans. Sometimes you have to give up. Sometimes knowing when to give up, when to try something else, is genius. Giving up doesn’t mean stopping. Don’t ever stop.”
- Phil Knight (Nike Founder)
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