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To Hire or Not to Hire Online AI Grads: That Is the Question

It all started with a tweet from Google Japan Data Project Manager Suzana Ilić: “Yesterday someone (ML, CS PhD, Stanford) said he would not hire a person who is online educated in Machine Learning. Who here agrees and who thinks differently?” The question triggered a long and occasionally heated discussion that spread from Ilić’s twitter across the machine learning community.

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Tencent AI Lab Director Leaves

It did not take long to see the first major AI talent reshuffling of 2019. Multiple sources are now confirming that reputed AI researcher Dr. Tong Zhang left his position as Executive Director of Tencent AI Lab effective December 31. Rumours suggest Zhang might return to teaching.

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Alibaba Open-Sources Mars to Complement NumPy

Alibaba Cloud recently announced that it has open sourced Mars — its tensor-based framework for large-scale data computation — on Github. Mars can be regarded as “a parallel and distributed NumPy.” Mars can tile a large tensor into small chunks and describe the inner computation with a directed graph, enabling the running of parallel computation on a wide range of distributed environments, from a single machine to a cluster comprising thousands of machines.

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2018 In Review: 10 Open-Sourced AI Datasets

In the conclusion to our year-end series, Synced spotlights ten datasets that were open sourced in 2018 and takes a peek into the papers behind them. We hope this list can provide the AI community with insight into what 2019 might hold in store for big data.

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Can AI Judge a Paper on Appearance Alone?

The number of AI-related research papers has skyrocketed in recent years, outpacing papers from all other academic topics since 2000. This has, not unsurprisingly, resulted in a shortage of qualified peer reviewers in the machine learning community, particularly when it comes to conference paper submissions.

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White Hats Vs CAPTCHAs

Text-based CAPTCHA remain one of the most visible and commonly used mechanisms for website security. As a sort of online gatekeeper that distinguishes between humans and bots, the little solvable image fields have critical commercial applications in blocking automatic spam and preventing e-transfer fraud; and can also stop bots from spreading fraudulent information, etc.

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NeurIPS 2018 Best Paper Team: “Math Is Forever”

In an exclusive interview with Synced at NeurIPS, members of the University of Toronto and Vector Institute team led by Assistant Professor David Duvenaud discussed their winning submission Neural Ordinary Differential Equations — a math-based approach to designing deep learning models that is stimulating discussion across the machine learning community.

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Ex-Google AI Chief Joins Apple’s Executive Team

Apple is ramping up its ambitious AI strategy, announcing today that John Giannandrea — the former Google AI Chief that Apple poached this April — has joined the company’s executive team as Senior Vice President of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

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Natural Language Processing In Early Education

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a hot research area in artificial intelligence and computer science. The technology teaches machines to understand human language so they can more effectively communicate with us. NLP research is integrated with linguistics, context analysis and semantics.

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AI Job Openings Surge 35X Since 2015

Over the last several years the world has witnessed an unprecedented acceleration in artificial intelligence research, development and deployment. There are now AI startups galore, most traditional industries are testing AI transformations, and governments around the world are writing ambitious strategic plans for the tech.

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Using Machine Learning to Synthesize Peptides

Synthesizing peptides — the chains of amino acids that conduct various functions within cells — has long been a research area of interest for scientists and engineers. There has however been little success thus far, as existing methods for synthesizing peptides have been prohibitively expensive and time-consuming.

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2018 in Review: 10 AI Failures

Last December Synced compiled its first “Artificial Intelligence Failures” recap of AI gaffes from the previous year. AI has achieved remarkable progress, and many scientists dream of creating the Master Algorithm proposed by Pedro Domingos — which can solve all problems envisioned by humans.

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Tencent’s New Medical AI Lab Targets Parkinson’s

Chinese tech giant Tencent’s first attempt in AI healthcare was the Miying platform, which has been a point of pride for CEO Huateng Ma since its 2017 launch. Supported by AI-powered medical imaging technologies, Miying assists doctors with the screening of esophageal cancer, pulmonary nodules, cervical cancer, etc. The platform has been well received in the AI and medical communities, with a fast-expanding market in Chinese top-tier AAA hospitals.