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: The Crazy Story of Deep Learning

Deep learning is at the front and center of the artificial intelligence(AI) revolution these days but it was never like that. The history of deep learning is the story of a small group of researchers that had the crazy idea that neural networks were the most efficient way to enable machine intelligence at the time the technology was not even close to be ready. This group of AI legends patiently waited decades of failure and rejection in the technology markets including a couple of the so called “AI Winters”. It all turned around a few years ago and now deep learning has become the cornerstone of AI application development.

Earlier this year, the Turing Award( also known as the Nobel of computer science) was awarded to three AI legends Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun. This week, Mr. Bengio delivered his Turing Award lecture at the
Heidelberg Laureate Forum and he focused history of deep learning research
. In 45 minutes and using simple explanations, Mr. Bengio walks the audience through the evolution of deep learning from the obscure papers to mainstream applications. Fascinating video.

Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:

AI Research

Turing Award Lecture

AI legend and Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio delivered his Turing lecture by giving a historical overview of the evolution of deep learning.

>See the complete lecture here

Hand tracking on Oculus Quest

Facebook Reality Labs uses deep learning for hand-tracking on Oculus Quest applications.

>Read more in this blog post from Facebook Research

AI proves dark matter in the universe

Researchers from ETH Zurich published a fascinating paper proposing a method to estimate the dark matter content in the universe.

>Read more in this blog post from ETH Zurich

Cool AI Tech Releases

Alexa gets new AI capabilities

Amazon Alexa just got a new batch of AI features including new voices, frustration detection and Samuel L. Jackson.

>Read more in this coverage from The Verge

More data to fight Deepfakes

Google open sourced a dataset for training models in deepfake detection research.

>Read more in this blog post from Google AI Research

Graph databases for machine learning just got better

Graph databases play a key role in machine learning applications. TigerGraph announced a $32 million funding round led by private equity firm SIG.

>Read more in this coverage from Datanami

AI in the Real World

A New Book About AI

Rebooting AI is a new book by NYU professors Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis that explores the breakthroughs needed to built truly robust AI systems.

>Read more in this coverage from MIT Technology Review

Get your robot dog

Boston Dynamics’ famous robot dog is not available for sale

>Read more in this coverage from CNN

AI learns ball tricks

Google unveiled a robotic arm that can learn to rotate balls with minimum training data.

>Read more in this coverage from VentureBeat

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