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Jack Ma and Elon Musk Debate AI in Shanghai; Apple Makes A Rare Apology; Self-Driving Taxi Concerns

Synced Global AI Weekly September 1st

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When Elon Met Jack: Musings on AI, Mars and The End of Civilization
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma, two of the leading luminaries in the technology world. sparred against each other on Thursday at World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on subjects ranging from the dangers of artificial intelligence, the need to explore Mars and the future of education.
(Bloomberg) / (Watch the debate)

Apple Apologizes for Siri Audio Recordings, Announces Privacy Changes Going Forward
Apple has issued a formal apology for its privacy practices of secretly having human contractors listen to recordings of customers talking to its Siri digital assistant to improve the service. “We realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize,” Apple’s statement reads.
(The Verge)

Waymo’s Backseat Drivers: Confidential Data Reveals Self-Driving Taxi Hurdles
One passenger in a Waymo self-driving car complained that the awkward end to his ride felt like he was getting dropped off by his dad. Others said their Waymo rides made them late to work. Another praised his car for coping admirably with “idiot drivers” of the human variety during his ride.
(The Information)


Optical Neural Network Could Lead to Intelligent Cameras
Engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network — a device inspired by how the human brain works — that can identify objects or process information at the speed of light.

Multinomial Distribution Learning for Effective Neural Architecture Search
Researchers propose a Multinomial Distribution Learning for extremely effective NAS. On ImageNet, this model achieves 75.2% top1 accuracy under MobileNet settings (MobileNet V1/V2), while being 1.2x faster with measured GPU latency.
(Xiamen University & Peng Cheng Laboratory & Beihang University & Huawei & University of Texas)

AdvHat: Real-world Adversarial Attack on ArcFace Face ID System
In this paper researchers propose a novel easily reproducible technique to attack the best public Face ID system ArcFace in different shooting conditions. This approach confuses the state-of-the-art public Face ID model LResNet100E-IR, ArcFace@ms1m-refine-v2 and is transferable to other Face ID models.
(Lomonosov Moscow State University & Huawei Moscow Research Center) / (Synced)

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