[Paper] Yoshua Bengio team designs consciousness-inspired Planning Agent for Model-Based RL

Imagine you’re in an airport, searching for your departure gate. Humans have an excellent ability to extract relevant information from unfamiliar environments to guide us toward a specific goal. This practical conscious processing of information, aka consciousness in the first sense (C1), is achieved by focusing on a small subset of relevant variables from an environment — in the airport scenario we would ignore souvenir shops and so on and focus only on gate-number signage — and it enables us to generalize and adapt well to new situations and to learn new skills or concepts from only limited examples.

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[Paper] IEEE Publishes comprehensive Survey of bottom-up and top-down Neural Processing System Design

In a new paper, a team from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) provides a comprehensive overview of the bottom-up and top-down design approaches toward neuromorphic intelligence, highlighting the different levels of granularity present in existing silicon implementations and assessing the benefits of the different circuit design styles of neural processing systems.

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Google proposes efficient and modular Implicit Differentiation for Optimization Problems

A new Google Research study has proposed a unified, efficient and modular approach for implicit differentiation of optimization problems that combines the benefits of implicit differentiation and automatic differentiation (autodiff). The researchers say solvers equipped with implicit differentiation set up by the proposed framework can make the autodiff process more efficient for end-users.

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Didi Autonomous Driving to Pocket USD 300 million investment, raising potential Market Value higher than Pony.ai

Didi autonomous driving

Didi Autonomous Driving is to complete a USD 300 million new round of financing, with USD 200 million from the Guangzhou Automobile Group and its capital investment arm. Since Didi’s autonomous driving unit split from Didi Chuxing back in 2019, the company has raised a total of more than USD 1.1 billion. A person familiar with the matter said that after this round of financing, Didi’s self-driving valuation will exceed startup Pony.ai.

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Facebook AI conducts large-scale study on Unsupervised Spatiotemporal Representation Learning

A research team from Facebook AI recently published a large-scale study on unsupervised spatiotemporal representation learning from videos, aiming to compare the various meta-methodologies on common ground. With a unified perspective on four current image-based frameworks (MoCo, SimCLR, BYOL, SwAV), the team identifies a simple objective they say can easily generalize all these methodologies to space-time.

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Model Scaling that’s both accurate and fast: Facebook AI…

The past several years have seen the rapid development of new hardware for training and running convolutional neural networks. Highly-parallel hardware accelerators such as GPUs and TPUs have enabled machine learning researchers to design and train more complex and accurate neural networks that can be employed in more complex real-life applications.

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Facebook & Google’s LazyTensor enables expressive domain-specific Compilers

A team from Facebook and Google has proposed LazyTensor — a technique for targeting domain-specific compilers without sacrificing define-by-run ergonomics.
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AAAI 2021 best Papers announced

Best Papers

The Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-21) kicked off today as a virtual conference. The organizing committee announced the Best Paper Awards and Runners Up during this morning’s opening ceremony. Three papers received Best Paper Awards and three were recognized as Runners Up. The total of 9,034 submissions to AAAI 2021 marked another record high, surpassing last year’s 8800. Submissions from China (3,319) almost doubled the number of papers from the United States (1,822). Out of 7,911 papers that went to review, a total of 1,692 papers made it. This year’s acceptance rate was 21 percent, slightly higher than last year’s 20.6 percent.

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10 AI-powered art projects

AI has become increasingly capable of generating impressive artworks across a wide range of styles and forms, from abstract painting to prose writing, film scores, and even operas. Many researchers spent much of 2020 at home, where, apparently, many explored AI’s creative potential. As part of our year-end series, Synced highlights 10 AI-powered art projects that inspired and entertained us in 2020.

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