Welcome to the weekend edition of InsideAI. I'm Rob May, CEO of Talla, the AI powered CX Automation platform, and host of the AI at Work podcast. Be sure to check out our latest episode with Matthew Mattina, head of the ML research lab for ARM.
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A new machine learning algorithm can predict how well people understand concepts. Researchers at Dartmouth College connected engineering students to an fMRI scanner and had them takes STEM-related tests and answer picture-related questions. The algorithm produced "neural scores" that could predict a student's performance based on how certain parts of the brain lit up. According to Engadget, the process could help teachers improve their courses by showing what teaching techniques best resonate with students. - ENGADGET
An app that used GANs to "undress" women in photos has been shut down. The app, called DeepNude, generated a lot of controversy over its use of AI to create "deepfake" images of nude women without their consent. Motherboard first reported on the app on Thursday. By Friday morning, its creators stopped selling it, saying that they “greatly underestimated” interest in the app and that “the probability that people will misuse it is too high.” - MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Apple published a new journal article about machine learning called “Bridging the Domain Gap for Neural Models.” Apple developed techniques of “unsupervised domain adaptation” that could improve the performance of deep learning models in specific scenarios. - PATENTLY APPLE
Facebook, Google, and 38 other tech companies released new benchmarks for evaluating AI tools. The benchmarks, which are called MLPerf Inference v0.5, focus on image classification, object detection, and machine translation. There are separate AI benchmarks across different platforms, including chips, cloud computing platforms, and smartphones. The idea is to help companies compare their AI tools to see which work best for them, according to Peter Mattson, general chairman of the consortium of companies known as MLPerf (machine learning performance). - WSJ
Some of AI's top thinkers authored a paper about how machine learning can be used to fight climate change. The paper suggests 13 ways that the technology could help prevent human destruction, including building better electricity systems, monitoring agricultural emissions and deforestation, and creating new low-carbon materials. - THE VERGE