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Google Releases Largest-Ever Brain Connectivity Map; The Economics of Open Access Publishing; Tech Giants Divided on EU’s Proposed Facial Recognition Ban

Synced Global AI Weekly January 26th

Releasing the Drosophila Hemibrain Connectome — The Largest Synapse-Resolution Map of Brain Connectivity
In collaboration with the FlyEM team at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus and several other research partners, Google AI released the “hemibrain” connectome, a highly detailed map of neuronal connectivity in the fly brain, along with a suite of tools for visualization and analysis.
(Google AI) / (Paper)

ACM, SIGCHI, and the Economics of Open Access Publishing
Publishing has material costs, and understanding the economics of non-profit publishing is important for meaningful discussions about open access. Scholarly societies are non-profit organizations that sustain important community activities by reinvesting revenue from various sources, including publishing. If we want universal gold open access, we need to explore other economic models or reduce community activities

Google Favors Temporary Facial Recognition Ban as Microsoft Pushes Back
The regulation of facial recognition is emerging as a key disagreement among the world’s biggest tech companies, with Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggesting a temporary ban, as recently suggested by the EU, might be welcome, while Microsoft’s chief legal officer Brad Smith cautions against such intervention.
(The Verge)


Advbox: A Toolbox to Generate Adversarial Examples That Fool Neural Networks
Advbox is a toolbox to generate adversarial examples that fool neural networks in PaddlePaddle, PyTorch, Caffe2, MxNet, Keras, TensorFlow and it can benchmark the robustness of machine learning models.

The Synthinel-1 Dataset: A Collection of High Resolution Synthetic Overhead Imagery for Building Segmentation
Researchers develop an approach to rapidly and cheaply generate large and diverse virtual environments from which we can capture synthetic overhead imagery for training segmentation CNNs. Using this approach, generate and publicly-release a collection of synthetic overhead imagery – termed Synthinel-1 with full pixel-wise building labels.
(Duke University)

RobBERT: a Dutch RoBERTa-based Language Model
Researchers used RoBERTa, a robustly optimized BERT approach, to train a Dutch language model called RobBERT. Researchers show that RobBERT improves state of the art results in Dutch-specific language tasks, and also outperforms other existing Dutch BERTbased models in sentiment analysis.
(Synced) / (KU Leuven & TU Berlin)

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