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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.

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The Eyes Have It: DeepMind’s AI 3D OCT Scans

Artificial intelligence can now match or outperform human experts in diagnosis and referral on eye diseases, suggests a new paper from DeepMind. The UK-based, Google-owned research institute today released joint research results with the UK’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which present a new AI technique in the context of OCT imaging. The paper was published on Nature Medicine’s website.

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Julia 1.0 Released

MIT-developed Julia has become one of the world’s fastest-growing programming languages. Last year it teamed with a supercomputer to catalogue 200 million astronomical objects within 15 minutes — one thousand times faster than the previous rate.

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Harvard & University of Toronto Researchers Apply Deep Generative Models to Inverse Molecular Design

Benjamin Sanchez-Lengeling from Harvard University and Alán Aspuru-Guzik from the University of Toronto have successfully applied machine learning models to speed up the materials discovery process. Their paper Inverse molecular design using machine learning: Generative models for matter engineering was published July 27 in Science Vol. 361.

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CycleGAN Bikini Fix for Nudes

The Internet is woven into our everyday lives. We access massive amounts of data through our laptops, smartphones and tablets. This free flow of information however has prompted attempts to filter content which may not be appropriate for example for young people. One such new effort from Brazil puts virtual bikinis on nudes.