Every week, my team at Invector Labs publishes a newsletter to track the most recent developments in AI research and technology. You can find this week’s issue below. You can sign up for it below. Please do so, our guys worked really hard on this:
From the Editor: Understanding AI Like Wild Animals
The complexity of artificial intelligence(AI) agents is increasing so rapidly that , very soon, will be nearly impossible to understand their behavior from an algorithm perspective. The smarter AI agents become the harder it will be to interpret their knowledge by simply analyzing their code construction. Maybe we can find the answer in a completely different discipline: anthropology.
Conceptually, anthropology is the study of human behavior in societies. Anthropology relies heavily on observations about humans and their interactions among themselves and their surroundings. In the same way, maybe there is a path to develop anthropological knowledge of AI agents by simply observing their behavior. Iyad Rahwan, the director of the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is one of the scientists championing this forward thinking theory. Fascinating stuff!
Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:
Google AI researchers published a paper proposing a new type of neural network architecture that can master specific tasks without learning any weighted parameter configuration.
Facebook announced a new research consortium to solve problems in natural language.
Continuing with Google, the technology giant published a research paper with a method to train neural networks using datasets that include noisy data or how we call it in the real world, every dataset 😉.
Cool AI Tech Releases
Microsoft released IceCAPS, a new open source toolkit for advanced conversation modeling including settings with multiple personas.
DeepMind open sourced OpenSpiel, a new collection of environment for training reinforcement learning agents using video games.
AI in the Real World
IBM donated a supercomputer to MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. The new supercomputer is optimized for running complex AI workloads.
Computer scientist Iyad Rahwan has the intriguing theory of understanding AI agents by observing their behavior in the wild.
Facebook is creating a digital assistant for the multi-player video-game MineCraft.