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Neural Style

If you have ever used Instagram or Snapchat, you are familiar with using filters that alter the brightness, saturation, contrast, and so on of your images. Neural style, a deep learning algorithm, goes beyond filters and allows you to transpose the style of one image, perhaps Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and apply that style onto any other image.  

Neural style, one of many models available on Somatic.io, uses a deep neural network in order to separate and recombine content and style of any two images. It is one of the first artificial neural networks (ANNs) to provide an algorithm for the creation of artistic imagery.

convolutional neural network

How Does it Work?

The model is given two input images, one that will be used for styling, the other for content. At each processing stage in the convolutional neural network’s (CNN) hierarchy, the images are broken into a set of filtered images. While the number of different filters increases along the processing hierarchy, the overall size of the filtered images is reduced, leading to a decrease in the total number of units per layer of the network.

The above figure visualizes the information at different processing stages in the CNN. The  content reconstructions from lower layers (a,b,c) are almost exact replicas of the original image. In the higher layers of the network however, the detailed pixel information is lost while the high-level structures and details remain the same (d,e). Meanwhile, the model captures the style of the other input image on top of the content CNN representations. Then, the style representation draws connections between the different features in different layers of the CNN. The model then reconstructs the style of the input image on top of the content representations within each of the CNN layers. This creates images that match the style on an increasing scale as you move through the network’s hierarchy.

convolutional neural network layers

Try It Out!

Experiment with the model for yourself. All you need to do is select an image you want to use for style and anther one for the content. Here are some creations of the latest creations the model has generated.

 

Elon Musk: Zuckerberg Has ‘Limited’ Understanding Of Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk: Zuckerberg Has ‘Limited’ Understanding Of Artificial Intelligence

  • The feud between prominent tech moguls continues this week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk called Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s knowledge about the future of artificial intelligence “limited,” CNBC reports.
  • It started Sunday during a casual Zuckerberg Facebook Live broadcast, when a viewer submitted a question citing Musk’s recent comments classifying artificial intelligence as the future’s greatest threat.
  • Zuckerberg countered Musk’s nefarious perception about where the field of A.I. is headed, calling his prediction “pretty irresponsible.”
  • Elon Musk then blasted Zuckerberg with one tweet: “I’ve talked to Mark about this.
  • — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2017

    It is rare for such verbal spats to occur between giants in the tech sector, especially considering neither have any competing interests.

The Tesla CEO has stated that robots will cause massive disruption in the job market, and “will be able to do everything better than us.”
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Meet the 13-year-old prodigy taking IBM and artificial intelligence by storm

Meet the 13-year-old prodigy taking @IBM and artificial intelligence by storm  @BreakfastNews

  • Tanmay Bakshi fell in love with computers at five, released his first iPhone app at nine, and now at just 13 years old is working with IBM on artificial intelligence.
  • He is currently in Australia for the IBM Watson Summit, which brings together experts in artificial intelligence to discuss how the technology can help people and businesses in the future.
  • “If you think about it, really anything would fascinate a five-year-old, especially a computer,” Tanmay told News Breakfast.
  • Tanmay names Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as an inspiration — “especially his passion and dedication towards his work” — and is now most excited by how artificial intelligence can be used in health care.
  • Tanmay has toured the world to spread the word on computer programming, including giving public lectures and joining forum discussions, which has meant he has left traditional school in lieu of home schooling.

Tanmay Bakshi isn’t your typical 13-year-old. Rather than playing video games he’s blazing new trails in AI and has become one of the youngest app developers in the world.
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Elon Musk Calls out Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Limited’ Understanding of Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk Calls Out Mark Zuckerberg's 'Limited Understanding' of Artificial Intelligence

  • Tesla chief executive Elon Musk shot back at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for saying people worried about artificial intelligence — the capability of machines to perform tasks usually reserved for humans — are “pretty irresponsible,” in a recent Facebook Live interview.
  • Musk has been one of the most prominent voices in tech warning of the potential dangers of unchecked artificial intelligence, saying it’s humanity’s “biggest existential threat,” and the “greatest risk we face as a talked to Mark about this.
  • — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2017

    Beyond AI coming to take everyone’s job in the next 50 years, Musk has been more concerned with the plausible threat of machines moving beyond “narrow AI” — expertise in specific fields — and learning at a more rapid rate than humans can.

  • He co-founded OpenAI in 2015, a research company aiming to build “safe AI” through a collaborative effort, rather than individual companies having an arms Rad Projects Elon Musk Has Worked On Musk has been at the forefront of Silicon Valley innovation for two decades.
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    The real-life Tony Stark is the poster boy for Silicon Valley Musk has been at the forefront of Silicon Valley innovation for two decades.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took issue with Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments on artificial intelligence, saying the Facebook CEO’s knowledge is “limited”
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Elon Musk fires back at Zuckerberg on AI dangers

Elon Musk fires back: Zuckerberg has “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk charged that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence, continuing a public argument between the two tech moguls on the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.
  • On Sunday, Zuckerberg said on a Facebook livestream during his 50-state speaking tour that apocalyptic speculation on the future of AI is “irresponsible.”
  • The Facebook CEO’s comment came days after Elon Musk made headlines by calling for AI to be regulated before “it’s too late,” saying that the technology “represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”
  • Musk shot down Zuckerberg’s credentials on the topic on Twitter, after another Twitter user sent him a link to an article with the Facebook CEO’s comments from Sunday.
  • Despite their disagreements on the ultimate impact that AI could have on civilization, Zuckerberg and Musk agree that universal basic income is a potential solution to increased automation driven by AI displacing workers.

Musk and Zuckberg are in a spat about AI’s potential impact on society.
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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

#AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

  • “There was no reward to sticking to English language,” says Dhruv Batra, visiting research scientist from Georgia Tech at Facebook AI Research (FAIR).
  • We Teach Bots To Talk, But We’ll Never Learn Their Language Facebook ultimately opted to require its negotiation bots to speak in plain old English.
  • The other issue, as Facebook admits, is that it has no way of truly understanding any divergent computer language.
  • “It’s important to remember, there aren’t bilingual speakers of AI and human languages,” says Batra.
  • As one insider at a major AI technology company told me: No, his company wasn’t actively interested in AIs that generated their own custom languages.

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.

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Data science startups focus on AI-enabled efficiency

#DataScience #startups focus on #AI-enabled efficiency 
by @OReillyMedia @TheAIConf

  • In the ‘90s it was the Web, followed quickly by SaaS, mobility, clouds, data, and now AI.
  • Big data gave clouds something to do.
  • And AI is a set of algorithms that make sense of that big data, teasing threads of gold from the digital hay.
  • From a field of applicants, our panel winnowed the list down to 10 finalists, and then a combination of on-site judges and audience voting helped us pick the winners:

    These four companies underscore the unbroken link between on-demand computing, big data, and machine learning.

  • Full disclosure: Alistair Croll is a board member of Repable; he recused himself from the voting and selection process involving the company during the showcase.

Recapping winners of the Strata San Jose Startup Showcase.
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AI Accelerates in Canada: Record High Investments in AI in the Past Five Years

#AI Accelerates in Canada: Record high investments in AI in Past 5 Years

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted $162M in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights.
  • Despite the record high in AI deals, investments in venture-backed companies based in Canada slowed down in the first half of 2017.
  • Sector-wise, Internet deal count was up 19% from Q1 2017; Healthcare and Mobile accounted for much of the quarterly decline in Canada as a whole.
  • In terms of thematic areas, a $102M mega-round pushed annual funding to Canadian AI companies to a high of $162Macross 12 deals through H1 2017, while deal activity is also on pace to surpass last year’s high.
  • “This wasn’t a great quarter for Canada’s venture ecosystem especially when viewed against the global and US funding and deal trends our data reveals,” stated Anand Sanwal, co-founder and CEO of CB Insights.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted $162M in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights.  Despite the record high in AI deals, investments in venture-backed companies based in Canada slowed down in the first half of 2017.
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