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World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 Day One: What Tech Titans & AI Experts Said

The World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 kicked off yesterday in Shanghai, drawing top-tier AI scientists and entrepreneurs from China’s tech giants for discussions on AI’s latest technological frontiers and industrial applications. Synced is live at the West Bund Artistic Center in Shanghai to bring you highlights from selected Day 1 Keynotes.

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AI Chip Duel: Apple A12 Bionic vs Huawei Kirin 980

Apple has unveiled the latest iteration of its smartphone chip: the A12 Bionic SoC (system-on-a-chip). The company made the announcement yesterday at its annual product showcase event in Cupertino, California, hailing the A12 as the industry’s first ever 7nm chip (the smallest current transistor scale). It will be embedded in Apple’s new XR, XS, and XS Max iPhones.

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Jeff Dean’s 1990 Senior Thesis Is Better Than Yours

Google AI lead Jeff Dean recently posted a link to his 1990 senior thesis on Twitter, which set off a wave of nostalgia for the early days of machine learning in the AI community. Parallel Implementation of Neural Network Training: Two Back-Propagation Approaches may be almost 30 years old and only eight pages long, but the paper does a remarkable job of explaining the methods behind neural network training and the modern development of artificial intelligence.

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AI’s Growing Role in Musical Composition

As artificial intelligence matures so does its potential in the creative industries — one of which happens to be music production. Although AI is not about to top the hit charts any time soon, algorithms are already creating, performing and even monetizing their own musical compositions. Synced took a look into current AI music techniques and projects from tech giants and startups alike.

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Andrew Ng Answers CEOs’ FAQ on AI

Founder and CEO of Landing.AI Andrew Ng delivered a keynote speech on “The New Era of Artificial Intelligence Empowerment” today at the 2018 China Artificial Intelligence Summit (CAIS2018) in Nanjing. Ng said that during Landing.AI’s startup phase he often discussed how to implement AI driven solutions across a wide range of situations with CEOs from around the world. Those discussions informed today’s talk.

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Waymo Slips into Shanghai

Synced has discovered that Alphabet self-driving subsidiary Waymo has set up an office in China.

On August 23, Synced found an entry in the National Enterprise Information Publicity System indicating that the limited liability company (solely foreign invested – 外国法人独资) Huimo Business Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. had been incorporated in Shanghai.

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Revenge of the Nerds! Humans Beat Bots at Dota 2 International

Last August at the Dota 2 International tournament in Seattle, OpenAI introduced an AI bot that upset the world’s top 1v1 human player. The San Francisco-based AI research institute is now at the International 2018 in Vancouver, where their team of state-of-the-art bots is battling professional human teams in a highly anticipated best-of-three 5v5 Dota 2 showdown.

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KDD 2018 Announces Best Paper & Other Awards

The 24th ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) opened on August 19 at the Excel Center in London, UK. Best Paper Awards go to a Technical University of Munich team for “Adversarial Attacks on Classification Models for Graphs (Adversarial Attacks on Neural Networks for Graph Data)” in the Research Track; and “Real-time Personalization using Embeddings for Search Ranking at Airbnb”, by a team from Airbnb, in the ADS Track.

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AI’s Role in a $2.5B Q&A Site

On August 8th Chinese Q&A website Zhihu — named after the Mandarin phrase “Do You Know?” — announced it had raised US$270 million in its Series E funding round. With 180 million registered users and 110 million answered posts, China’s biggest Q&A website and fourth-largest social media platform’s total valuation now stands at US$2.5 billion.