The human brain remains the biggest inspiration for artificial intelligence(AI) research and technologies. Many of the modern techniques in areas such as deep learning draw inspiration from neuroscience. Furthermore, there are entire fields within AI dedicated to recreate elements of human cognition such as memory, common sense and, of course, consciousness. The biggest challenge is that we still know very little about the human brain.
Neuralink is the newest, and not- so well-known, venture of tech provocateur Elon Musk. The ultimate goal of Neuralink is to create a human-machine interface that achieves symbiosis between human and machine intelligence. To get there, Neuralink first needs to have a deeper understanding of the human brain. This week unveiled some of their initial work and, not surprisingly, they are truly fascinating. Technologies like Neuralink can play an incredible roles in the next decade of AI.
Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:
AI researchers from IBM published a paper proposing a new method for few-shot learning; a new technique that allow machine learning models to learn more with less.
Google published a new paper describing a speech recognition technique to improve communications for people with speech impairments.
Alphabet’s subsidiary DeepMind published a paper about a model that can generate realistic videos from YouTube clips.
Cool AI Tech Releases
Uber releases Plato Research Dialogue System, a platform for building high quality conversational agents.
IBM unveiled a fascinating AI-based solutions for helping students to learn a second language.
MIT and Harvard Press join forces to launch a new publication focus on data science research.
AI in the Real World
Elon Musk’s company Neuralink announced its plans to implant electrode deep into the brain to monitor neuron activity.
AI legend Patrick Winston who served as director of MIT’s AI Laboratory passed away this week. Professor Winston pioneered different areas of research such as the recreation of human-like intelligence.
Fitness startup Pivot raised $17 million to deliver AI-powered home workouts.