UC Berkeley researchers have published a paper demonstrating how Deep Reinforcement Learning can be used to control dexterous robot hands for complicated tasks. Learning Complex Dexterous Manipulation with Deep Reinforcement Learning and Demonstrations proposes a low-cost and high-efficiency control method that uses demonstration and simulation techniques to accelerate the learning process.
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.
Google has announced the release of MusicVAE, a machine learning model that makes composing musical scores as easy as mixing paint on a palette. A breakthrough from Google Brain’s Magenta Project, MusicVAE generates and morphs melodies to output multi-instrumental passages optimized for expression, realism and smoothness which sound convincingly like human-composed music.
To boost learning research aimed at endowing robots with better generalization capabilities, Yi Wu from UC Berkeley and Yuxin Wu, Georgia Gkioxari, and Yuandong Tian from Facebook AI research recently published the paper Building Generalizable Agents with a Realistic and Rich 3D Environment.