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  • Exploring data warehouse tables with machine learning and Amazon SageMaker notebooks
    by Veronika Megler on May 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Are you a data scientist with data warehouse tables that you’d like to explore in your machine learning (ML) environment? If so, read on. In this post, I show you how to perform exploratory analysis on large datasets stored in your data warehouse and cataloged in your AWS Glue Data Catalog from your Amazon SageMaker […]

  • OpenAI Fellows Fall 2018: Final Projects
    by OpenAI on May 17, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Our second class of OpenAI Fellows has wrapped up, with each Fellow going from a machine learning beginner to core OpenAI contributor in the course of a 6-month apprenticeship. We are currently reviewing applications on a rolling basis for our next round of OpenAI Fellows Summer 2019. […]

  • New war on cancer aims at longterm survival, not cure
    by Sarah Boseley Health editor on May 15, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Scientists want to ‘take away the fear’ by halting mutation of cells, even in advanced casesLeading scientists are embarking on a new war against cancer, aimed not necessarily at curing it but at turning it into a condition that people can live with.The world-renowned Institute of Cancer Research is launching what it calls the first-ever “Darwinian” cancer programme. Just as with antibiotics, they say, cancers can evolve to become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Cancer cells that are not killed off by chemotherapy or even immunotherapy will eventually mutate and adapt to form new tumours. The cancer returns in metastatic or advanced form, often elsewhere in the body, and is usually fatal. Continue reading... […]

  • 'I've seen more self-aware ants!' AI: More Than Human – review
    by Jonathan Jones on May 15, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Barbican, London This crowd-pleasing show throws robots, shiny toys and interactive paintings at viewers. But there’s little sign of creativity amid the chaotic overloadIn 2016, a machine beat the world’s best (human) player at the ancient strategy game Go, which up to then was said to be too intuitive for a computer. AlphaGo’s victory was doubly stunning because it taught itself Go by trial and error. Does the fact that computers can now learn mean that artificial intelligence (AI) has moved from science fiction to reality?The story of AlphaGo is told in a specially isolated display, almost like a little temple, at the heart of the Barbican’s sprawling survey of the past, present and future of machines that can think for themselves. It’s a show that’s sorely needed. AI is everywhere in the media, but public understanding of it is confused. It sometimes seems vested interests want to keep it that way. Why do tech companies create uncannily humanoid interfaces if not to fool us into believing their algorithms are consciously speaking to us? AI: More Than Human should be the exhibition that clarifies our understanding of AI and where it’s really at, but instead it opts for chaotic overload and a groovy utopianism that perpetuates the current blur in public discussion of reality and fantasy of this potentially earth-shaking technology. Related: Let me into your home: artist Lauren McCarthy on becoming Alexa for a day Continue reading... […]

  • Let me into your home: artist Lauren McCarthy on becoming Alexa for a day
    by Dominic Rushe on May 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    She livestreams her dates, once became a real-life Alexa and built a light that dims in boring company. As AI: More Than Human opens at the Barbican, meet an artist for the tech ageIn a gallery in downtown Manhattan, people are huddling around four laptops, taking turns to control the apartments of 14 complete strangers. They watch via live video feeds, and respond whenever the residents ask “Someone” to help them. They switch the lights on and off, boil the kettle, put some music on – whatever they can do to oblige.The project, called Someone, is the latest in a series exploring our ever more complicated relationship with technology. It’s by the American artist Lauren McCarthy and is a sort of outsourcing of Lauren, an earlier work in which she acted as a real-life Alexa, remotely watching over a home 24 hours a day, responding to its occupants’ questions and needs like a flesh and blood version of Amazon’s voice-operated virtual assistant.You get things like Facebook because Silicon Valley people just don't know what it means to be a person Continue reading... […]

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