April 18, 2019

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #5

Hello Thrivvers, and welcome to this week’s selected stories. In this issue, we take a look at giving you a better understanding of AI terminology such as "weak" and "strong," books and sports that are being inventing by AI, and more!

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #5

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The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year?

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Ars Technica brings us a primer on terminology for the current state of Artificial Intelligence - from weak vs. strong AI, to machine learning, to convolutional neural networks, Ars explains which type of AI is behind each algorithm that you currently see in use today.

Read on Ars Technica

The first research book written by an AI could lead to on-demand papers – TechCrunch

Can an AI help you do your homework? TechCrunch brings us a story about scientists who have used a AI to summarize around ten thousand pages of research into a book of 250 pages. Interested in what kind of voice the AI used? You can read the book at the link below.

Read on TechCrunch

AI developed a whole new sport


In another case of "What can we possibly do with AI?," a research agency has fed the data from 400 sports into a neural network and has generated "Speedgate," the first AI-developed sport. If this interests you, check out the video at the link before and think about starting your own league!

Read on Engadget

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy is Missing Something Crucial

As part of the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg has outlined Facebook's new stance emphasizing privacy. But, as Wired notes, there is a missing piece - will this change Facebook's data sharing and ad targeting policies, given that those are the drivers of Facebook's business model?

Read more on Wired

Facebook is using AI to map population density around the world

USGS / NASA Landsat

An outgrowth of Facebook's efforts to bring internet access (as well as Facebook access) to underdeveloped regions of Africa, highly accurate population density maps have been created and are being released for free by the internet giant. The maps were created by training an AI algorithm to recognize buildings from satellite images.

Read more on The Verge

See you next week!