Artificial intelligence and the McData-fueled future of capitalism

Ronald McDonald

Ba da ba ba bah, McDonald’s is capturing and storing biometric data on its customers without their knowledge or consent. Per a report from The Register, McDonald’s may be facing a class action lawsuit after an Illinois customer sued the mega-corporation for allegedly violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)

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In latest big tech antitrust push, Germany’s FCO eyes Google News Showcase fine print

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The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s very active competition authority, isn’t letting the grass grow under new powers it gained this year to tackle big tech: The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has just announced a third proceeding against Google.

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Google hires former SiriusXM CPO/ CTO to lead its Maps team

Google hires Christopher Phillips

Almost exactly a year ago, Google announced a couple of leadership changes that saw Prabhakar Raghavan, who joined the company back in 2012, take over the lead of Search, Assistant and Maps. Now, sources familiar with the hiring tell us, the company has hired Christopher Phillips, who was previously the chief product and technology officer at SiriusXM, to lead its geo team.

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Here’s why the US continues to beat China in the AI race

USA vs China

The global AI race was supposed to be a sprint. Back in 2017 when driverless cars and domestic robots were thought to be just around the corner, the promise of deep learning made it seem like we were mere months away from living in an AI-powered utopia. As it turns out, the global AI race is more of a marathon. And the US has a huge lead that’ll be difficult to overcome for any country, but especially China.

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[Paper] Facebook AI releases Dynaboard: A New Evaluation platform for NLP Models

Last year, Facebook AI released Dynabench, a platform that radically rethinks benchmarking in AI, starting with natural language processing (NLP) models. Going forward, they have now announced a new evaluation-as-a-service platform for comprehensive, standardized evaluations of NLP models called Dynaboard. Dynaboard can perform apples-to-apples comparisons dynamically without common issues from bugs in evaluation code, inconsistencies in filtering test data, backward compatibility, accessibility, and several other reproducibility issues.

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Facebook and Microsoft launch PyTorch Enterprise Support Program


Facebook today announced the launch of the PyTorch Enterprise Support Program, which enables service providers to develop and offer tailored enterprise-grade support to their customers. Facebook says the new offering, built in collaboration with Microsoft, was created in direct response to feedback from PyTorch enterprise users developing models in production for mission-critical apps.

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Facebook AI learned Object Recognition from 1 billion Instagram pics

Mobile device with pictures

Let’s take a quick look at the number one concern people may have with this model, i.e., Privacy. People have started taking digital privacy pretty seriously, and for them, this may come as a shock that their photos are being used to train an AI model. Combined, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger are sitting…

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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.
The post Facebook & Google’s LazyTensor Enables Expressive Domain-Specific Compilers first appeared on Synced.

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Georgia Tech and Facebook AI researchers devise a new Tensor…

A recent study conducted jointly by the Georgia Institute and Facebook AI researchers has opened the door to a new method called TT-Rec (Tensor-Train for DLRM). If employed successfully, this method would be a leap forward in the arena of deep learning as it will significantly reduce the size of the Deep Learning Recommendation Models […]

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Facebook makes Multilingual Speech Recognition Model Open Source

Facebook AI has released a massive speech recognition database and training tool called Multilingual LibriSpeech (MLS) as an open-source data set. MLS combines more than 50,000 hours of audio in eight languages from public domain audiobooks with pre-trained language models and other data useful for automatic speech recognition development.

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Facebook claims its AI can anticipate COVID-19 outcomes using X-rays

Researchers at Facebook and New York University (NYU) claim to have developed three machine learning models that could help doctors predict how a COVID-19 patient’s condition might develop. The open-sourced models, all of which require no more than a sequence of X-rays, ostensibly predict patient deterioration up to four days in advance and the amount of supplemental oxygen (if any) a patient might need.

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Facebook takes action on 19.2 million posts of violence using AI

Facebook AI researchers have leveraged advancing technologies and Machine Learning to develop a system with a level of intelligence on par with humans. AI enables and equips Facebook with various tools, including interactive chat modules, chatbots, polls, surveys, and more.

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13 acquisitions highlight Big Tech’s AI talent grab in 2020

It’s no secret that Big Tech has for years nabbed top technology talent through product acquisitions and acqui-hires. In fact, this is something the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently looking into through ongoing antitrust investigations. So it should come as little surprise that Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Alphabet (FAAMG) have also engaged in an AI talent arms race that involves dangling millions of dollars in front of some of best technical minds.

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