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NeurIPS 2020 Changes Review Process; Hinton & Google Brain Unsupervised Model Boosts ImageNet Accuracy 7%; DeepMind Releases New JAX Libraries

Synced Global AI Weekly February 23rd

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Getting Started with NeurIPS 2020
The Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2020) will be held in Vancouver Canada from December 6th through 12th. Besides submission deadlines, NeurIPS also announced new changes this year in the submission and reviewing process.
(NeurIPS) /(Call for Papers)/(Video)

Geoffrey Hinton & Google Brain Unsupervised Learning Algorithm Improves SOTA Accuracy on ImageNet by 7%
In the paper A Simple Framework for Contrastive Learning of Visual Representations, a team of Google Brain researchers including Hinton propose a simple but powerful “SimCLR” framework for contrastive learning of visual representations.
(Synced) / (Google Brain)

DeepMind Releases New JAX Libraries for Neural Networks and Reinforcement Learning
DeepMind announces the release of Haiku and RLax — new JAX libraries designed for neural networks and reinforcement learning respectively. Haiku is a simple neural network library for JAX built on Sonnet, and RLax (pronounced ‘relax’) is a library built on top of JAX that exposes useful building blocks for implementing reinforcement learning (RL) agents.

The Messy, Secretive Reality Behind OpenAI’s Bid to Save the World
An MIT Technology Review article on OpenAI alleges “a misalignment between what the company publicly espouses and how it operates behind closed doors… accounts suggest that OpenAI, for all its noble aspirations, is obsessed with maintaining secrecy, protecting its image, and retaining the loyalty of its employees.”
(MIT Technology Review)

Weekly Update | AI Battles the Coronavirus
This Canadian Start-Up Used AI to Track Coronavirus and Raised Alarm Days Before the Outbreak
Artificial Intelligence Could Fight a Future Coronavirus
Can AI speed up a cure for coronavirus? This Hong Kong start-up opens its resources to global drug firms for free
Volunteer Drone Teams Organize for COVID-19 Disinfection


The 2010s: Our Decade of Deep Learning / Outlook on the 2020s
This post focuses on the past decade’s most important developments and applications based on the work of Jürgen Schmidhuber’s lab. It also mentions related work, and concluding with an outlook on the 2020s, also addressing privacy and data markets.
(Jürgen Schmidhuber’s Blog)

Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules
Original Apollo 11 guidance computer (AGC) source code for Command Module (Comanche055) and Lunar Module (Luminary099). Digitized by the folks at Virtual AGC and MIT Museum. The goal is to be a repo for the original Apollo 11 source code.

The Next Decade in AI: Four Steps Towards Robust Artificial Intelligence
Recent research in artificial intelligence and machine learning has largely emphasized general-purpose learning and ever-larger training sets and more and more compute. In contrast, Gary Marcus proposes a hybrid, knowledge-driven, reasoning-based approach, centered around cognitive models, that could provide the substrate for a richer, more robust AI than is currently possible.
(Gary Marcus)

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