How to train a Tensorflow face object detection model

How to train a Tensorflow face object detection model #DeepLearning #ArtificialIntelligence

  • pyFrom the dataset WIDERFace and the film Marching Band (2009) with XML and LabelImg interface.Pascal XML to Tensorflow CSV indexWhen the data is converted to Pascal XML, an index is created.
  • Transfer learning is a method in Machine Learning that is focused on applying knowledge gained from one problem to another problem.In the class train_input_reader, a link is made with the TFRecord files for training the model.
  • $ tensorboard –logdir= model_outputTensorflow Tensorboard TotalLossConverting checkpoint to protobufTo use the model in Object Recognition with the Computer Vision library Tensorflow.
  • config \–trained_checkpoint_prefix model_output/model.ckpt-12262 \–output_directory model/TL; DR;In the folder on the github repository is a frozen model of the Artificial Neural Network.
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong has WIDERFace and this dataset has been used to train model.Conclusion and use of the frozen modelIt has been possible to train a face recognition model.

In this blogpost I will focus on training my own classes. In the Tensorflow documentation is written how to setup on your local machine. We are going to train a real-time object recognition…
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Big brother is watching you! China installs ‘the world’s most advanced video surveillance system’ with over 20 million AI-equipped street cameras

China installs over 20 million #AI-equipped street cameras  #surveillance #SmartCity

  • China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras in what is believed to be the world’s most advanced surveillance system.
  • The camera system, facilitated with artificial intelligence technology, is part of the ‘Sky Net’ operation, which is China’s anti-corruption programme mainly aimed to track down fugitives.
  • Over 20 million CCTV cameras equipped with AI technology have been installed in China, crowning to be the world’s most advanced surveillance system.
  • Operation ‘Sky Net’ was launched in 2015 as the Chinese central government aimed to hunt for corrupt fugitive officials, crack down on underground banks and confiscate misappropriated assets, according to Bloomberg.
  • In April, China has started to use facial recognition technology to catch jaywalkers in Shenzhen.

China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras. Such technology can identify a pedestrian or a motorist, which can help policemen in their search for criminals.
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What It Will Take for Quantum Computers to Turbocharge Machine Learning

What It Will Take for Quantum Computers to Supercharge Machine Learning?  via @singularityhub

  • Because of the way quantum computers work—taking advantage of strange quantum mechanical effects like entanglement and superposition—algorithms running on them should in principle be able to solve problems much faster than the best known classical algorithms, a phenomenon known as quantum speedup.
  • Quantum computers, unsurprisingly, deal with quantum data, but the majority of the problems humans want to solve relate to the classical world.
  • The input problem could be mitigated to some extent by the development of quantum random access memory (qRAM)—the equivalent to RAM in a conventional computer used to provide the machine with quick access to its working memory.
  • A qRAM can be configured to store classical data but allow the quantum computers to access all that information simultaneously as a superposition, which is required for a variety of quantum algorithms.
  • At present, the authors say very little is known about how many gates—or operations—a quantum machine learning algorithm will require to solve a given problem when operated on real-world devices.

Quantum computers could give machine learning algorithms a dramatic speed up. But how far off are we really from quantum machine learning?
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The Truth About Impact of Artificial Intelligence on SEO In 3 Minutes

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already in use on search engines and has been so for the past few years.
  • RankBrain, which is part of Google, is an AI system that is used quite prominently in ranking websites for search engine results.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which is still the primary means of passive marketing on the internet, has already been affected by AI in a powerful way.
  • One area that has shown considerable improvement thanks to the use of AI is content marketing.
  • However, the way search engine rankings will be affected over the foreseeable future will change regardless of how the advances in AI turn out.

Clear And Unbiased Facts About Impact Of Artificial Intelligence on Future of SEO (Without All the Hype). Happy reading.
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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 #AI by storm:  #developers #kidswhocode #tech

  • Read the full ABC article and watch the video interview to learn more about Tanmay and his work in the field of AI.
  • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently profiled 13-year-old Canadian tech prodigy Tanmay Bakshi who started using computers at age five, launched his first app at age nine, and has been working with IBM’s AI and cognitive APIs for a couple of years now.
  • ABC notes: “the Canadian teen has become a global force in programming and commands more than 20,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel that teaches computer coding.”
  • 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.
  • You can also watch Tanmay’s video, “IBM Watson, Machine Learning: How to use the “Retrieve and Rank” service in IBM Bluemix”, one of 80 tutorials he has created and made available on the “Tanmay Teaches” YouTube channel.

A profile of 13-year-old Canadian tech prodigy Tanmay Bakshi who started using computers at age five and works with IBM’s AI and cognitive APIs.
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IBM and MIT launch $240M AI research lab with a focus on healthcare applications

.@IBM and #MIT launch $240M #AI research lab with a focus on #healthcare applications

  • IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have inked a 10-year, $240 million deal to develop a research lab devoted entirely to artificial intelligence, with a heavy emphasis on healthcare.
  • MIT professors and students will have access to IBM’s research lab which includes IBM Watson Health and IBM Security.
  • Although the lab will broadly focus on AI’s impact across several industries, there’s a clear emphasis on how to integrate new algorithms into healthcare and cybersecurity.
  • Beyond research, MIT and IBM plan to launch new companies to commercialize AI technologies and innovations developed in the lab.
  • “The combined MIT and IBM talent dedicated to this new effort will bring formidable power to a field with staggering potential to advance knowledge and help solve important challenges.”

IBM Watson and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have inked a 10-year, $240 million deal to develop a research lab devoted entirely to artificial intelligence, with a heavy emphasis on healthcare. Anantha Chandrakasan, the dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, said cancer care will be a particular focus.
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Visualizing Deep Learning Networks

Visualizing #DeepLearning Networks - Part I  #ArtificialIntelligence

  • This broad category of perturbation techniques involve perturbing the pixel intensity of input image with minimum noise and observing the change of prediction probability.
  • The leftmost image is the original X-ray image, the middle one is the perturbed image as the black occluding patch moves across the image, the rightmost image is the plot of the probability of pleural effusion as different parts of the X-ray gets occluded.
  • As is evident from above, the probability of pleural effusion drops as soon as the right CP angle and accumulated fluid region of the X-ray is occluded to the network, the probability of the pleural effusion drops suddenly.
  • The algorithm for generating heatmap for input image X with pixel intensities x goes as follows – – Here’s a demo of how integrated gradients model works for the demo X-ray.
  • The method perturbs the sensitivity heatmap and monitors the probability drop to refine the heatmap to minimum pixels that can preserve the prediction score.

At Qure, we’re building deep learning systems which help diagnose abnormalities from medical images. Most of the deep learning models are classification models which predict a probability of abnormality from a scan. However, just the probability score of the abnormality doesn’t amount much to a radiologist if it’s not accompanied by a visual interpretation of the model’s decision.
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5 Ways to Get Started with Reinforcement Learning

5 Ways to Get Started with Reinforcement Learning  #MachineLearning #AI

  • In this article I will introduce the concept of reinforcement learning but with limited technical details so that readers with a variety of backgrounds can understand the essence of the technique, its capabilities and limitations.
  • Q learning is a widely used reinforcement learning algorithm.
  • In this algorithm, the agent learns the quality(Q value) of each action (action is also called policy) based on how much reward the environment gave it.
  • As the agent interacts with the environment, the Q values get updated from random values to values that actually help maximize reward.
  • This list will be helpful for those who are looking to get started with Reinforcement Learning: – – Figure 3.0 Deep Q Learning in action.


We give an accessible overview of reinforcement learning, including Deep Q Learning, and provide useful links for implementing RL.

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Press Release

#5G, #AI, + support for #SMEs lead topics at opening of #ITUworld

  • Innovative technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) featured prominently today as the doors opened for ITU Telecom World 2017, an international platform for accelerating information and communication technology (ICT) innovations and partnerships.
  • Participating in the ceremony were (in speaking order) Young Min You, Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea; Byung-soo Suh, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City; Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General; Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia; Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General,…
  • Noting that this is the third time that Busan has hosted a major ICT event, following ITU Telecom Asia in 2004 and the most recent ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014, Busan City Mayor, Byung-soo Suh told delegates, “At ITU Telecom World 2017 we will explore the latest technology trends and…
  • Following the official opening of ITU Telecom World 2017, under the theme “Smart digital transformation, global opportunities,” debates began in earnest, with the Leadership Summit, moderated by European media giant Euronews, which convened high-level experts from public and private sectors to explore visions of smart societies in the future, as…
  • The prestigious ITU Telecom World Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact from SMEs and corporates alike, will also be held during the event.

Innovative technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT) featured prominently today as the doors opened for ITU Telecom World 2017, an international platform for accelerating information and communication technology (ICT) innovations and partnerships. The event runs 25-28 September and aims to fast-track economic development and social good through its forum for sharing knowledge, exhibition for digital solutions, and business networking hub connecting nations, companies, organizations and individuals. It is organized annually by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations’ specialized agency for ICT-related issues.Participants include exhibitors bringing with them the smartest ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of digital start-ups and ICT small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as governments, regulators, industry leaders, consultants and experts from emerging and developed markets around the world. The event was launched with a high-level opening ceremony featuring a live orchestra and traditional dance performance from Busan National Gukak Centre, and a video message delivered by Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea. Participating in the ceremony were (in speaking order) Young Min You, Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea; Byung-soo Suh, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City; Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General; Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia; Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, Telecommunciations Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates; Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia; Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa; István Mikola, Minister of State for Security and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary; and Edwin Estrada Hernández,Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica.Welcoming delegates to the Republic of Korea, Minister Young Min You spoke of how, thanks to a number of promising start-ups and small ventures joining, ITU Telecom World 2017 has opened up opportunities for global business. Speaking of future opportunities and challenges for the ICT sector, he told delegates, “It is imperative that we come up with systematic strategies and measures to forestall risk factors while turning new changes into an opportunity for growth. To this end, businesses and the government must join forces to do so.”Noting that this is the third time that Busan has hosted a major ICT event, following ITU Telecom Asia in 2004 and the most recent ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014, Busan City Mayor, Byung-soo Suh told delegates, “At ITU Telecom World 2017 we will explore the latest technology trends and path of 5G communication, IoT, AI. I have every conviction that Busan will rise as the true capital city of world ICT.” Expressing his pleasure to be back in the Republic of Korea and Busan, home to many SMEs, digital start-ups and entrepreneurs, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao explained that, “Tech SMEs are critical to industry innovation, market growth and job creation – in both developed and developing markets. They have a crucial role to play in stimulating economic and social growth, accelerating innovation, digital inclusion and the development of smart societies.” Speaking via video message, President Moon Jae-in welcomed delegates to ITU Telecom World 2017 and spoke on the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution, which made the theme of the event all the more timely. “I hope the event will be a meaningful occasion for seizing opportunities and seeking ways together to address common concerns,” he said.Said Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, CITC Governor and sponsor of the opening ceremony, spoke on the smart digital transformation currently underway in the ICT sector, and the importance of digital technology going forward. “This event, which brings us together is a global opportunity for us to meet and to reflect on the nature of this exceptional era in which we live with innovation and rapid transformation,” he said, adding that, “We are in an era that believes in leaps not steps.”Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, TRA and opening ceremony sponsor spoke on our rapid digital transformation, and how it is a key priority for UAE. He voiced hopes for the outcomes of, ITU Telecom World 2017, saying, “I am fully confident the discussions here will lead to greater understanding of what each country and each organization will do to move into the next stage, which is a smart world.” Indonesia’s Minister Rudiantara spoke of the critical need to close the world wealth disparity gap, asking, “How can we utilize digitalization to address the strategic issues of wealth distribution and the income disparity gap around the world?” He outlined key steps taken to boost connectivity, promote SMEs as enablers of inclusive global growth, and the importance of enabling SMEs to “leapfrog” into the digital age. South Africa’s Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services expressed his country’s willingness to host ITU Telecom World 2018, highlighting that, “There are many interesting and exciting innovations taking place in Africa. We believe that hosting ITU Telecom World in Africa will open up a wide range of possibilities for investment, trade and partnerships between African countries and the global ICT community.”Hungary’s István Mikola, Minister of State for Security and International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade reminded delegates of the capacity for ICTs to improve livelihoods, saying, “On a global level, digitalization and smart transformation of societies represent a great opportunity. We believe that, with the help of innovative new technologies, the ambitious programme of the United Nations – the Sustainable Development Goals – can be achieved, and must be achieved.”Edwin Estrada Hernández, Costa Rica’s Deputy Minister of Telecommunications voiced optimism for the event, noting that it allows participants “not only to learn about new advances in technology and telecommunications, but also allows us to dream of a better tomorrow, a more collaborative and more inclusive world, for our inhabitants.”Following the official opening of ITU Telecom World 2017, under the theme “Smart digital transformation, global opportunities,” debates began in earnest, with the Leadership Summit, moderated by European media giant Euronews, which convened high-level experts from public and private sectors to explore visions of smart societies in the future, as well as  the best ways to build resilience into smart technologies, systems and cities. During the four-day event, Forum sessions are delving into a timely set of topics including: maximizing the opportunities of smart  digital transformation, how telecommunication companies can transform their operations, how we can develop and scale digital literacy, the industry sectors most likely to lead the 5G revolution, and the potential impact of AI on financial services.The Exhibition showcases digital solutions and investment opportunities from both governments and industry, representing emerging and developed markets, including tech SMEs. Technologies on display include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, smart health, smart finance, IoT, radio frequency spectrum solutions, spectrum management, smart city technologies and more.The prestigious ITU Telecom World Awards ceremony, recognizing excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact from SMEs and corporates alike, will also be held during the event. Winners will be announced on 29 September, at the closing of the event.ITU Telecom World 2017 will also provide a host of targeted networking opportunities including B2B and B2G business matchmaking, as well as sharing perspectives from the ITU and its membership and partners. This will include a host of engaging side events on trending topics, a number of important agreements to be signed, and several new technical publications to be launched – including the new ITU ICT Discoveries Journal. Full details on ITU Telecom World 2017 available here / Forum programme available here.
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Microsoft just officially listed AI as one of its top priorities, replacing mobile

Microsoft officially listed #AI as one of its top priorities, replacing #mobile  #MSIgnite

  • The annual report for the company’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, now includes six references to AI, up from zero in the previous annual report.
  • And the company has plunked AI into its corporate vision statement, too.
  • “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow by building best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with AI,” the company wrote in the annual report, which was released on Wednesday.
  • For the sake of comparison, here’s last year’s version: “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”
  • For Microsoft watchers, that old tagline should sound very familiar — pretty much ever since he became CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Satya Nadella has repeatedly spoken of the “mobile-first and cloud-first world” that the company was trying to target.

Artificial intelligence has replaced mobile in the company’s overall mission in its 2017 annual report.
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