Recent news about or related to the technological, scientific, and social aspects of Artificial Intelligence.
Probably the biggest news of the last couple of weeks was the flat-out war between retail traders at Reddit, and hedge funds at Wall Street. If you haven’t caught up yet, here is some general analysis
by Reuters. An interesting bit
at The Next Web hints on how Wall Street is doubling-back by investing in AI technology used for fake news detection to (in the near future) monitor social media and detect these types of behaviors earlier.
Ethics at Google
Google continues to struggle with its handling of diversity issues within and outside the company’s headquarters. After the very public incident
with Timnit Gebru, a top researcher in AI Ethics, this week they continue to receive criticism
over the resignment of another two engineers.
Weights & Biases raises another round
The tech startup Weights & Biases
, which produces services for running large-scale machine learning experiments on the cloud with built-in tools for monitoring and evaluation, has raised 45M
in another investment round, which speaks of the rapid adoption of the MLOps paradigms in both large and small teams.
The Chatbot of Christmas Past
In a piece of news that echoes some of the creepiest Black Mirror-esque stories, Microsoft has filed a patent
to, supposedly, create chatbots that resemble dead relatives. While we’re still far from being able to replicate seemingly human-like conversation, these developments (which other companies are also working on) hint at a near-future market on our memories.