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Will machines one day be as creative as humans? – Microsoft Research

Recent methods in artificial intelligence enable AI software to produce rich and creative digital artifacts such as text and images painted from scratch. One technique used in creating these artifacts are generative adversarial networks (GANs). Today at NIPS 2017, researchers from Microsoft Research and ETH Zurich present their work on making GAN models more robust …

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Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture?

NYU’s Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debated whether the future of AI learning is more about nature or nurture

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The hippocampus as a ‘predictive map’ | DeepMind

In our new paper, in Nature Neuroscience, we apply a neuroscience lens to a longstanding mathematical theory from machine learning to provide new insights into the nature of learning and memory. Specifically, we propose that the area of the brain known as the hippocampus offers a unique solution to this problem by compactly summarising future events using what we call a “predictive map.”

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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning | Quanta Magazine

A new idea is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.

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Insilico Medicine launches Aging.AI — deep-learned predictor of age trained on blood tests

Insilico Medicine launched aging.AI, a system allowing users to guess their age and gender by entering the results of their blood test.

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Wired for habit

Research from MIT shows that habit formation in primates is driven by neurons that weigh the cost of a habit, as well as the reward. The research provides insights into neuropsychiatric disorders that involve problems with repetitive behavior, such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder.

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The Mermaid Speaks: Why You Need to Take a Stand to Help End the Australian Shark Cull [PETITION]

Hannah Fraser, a native Australian, is taking up the call to help change the negative perception given to sharks. Literally risked it all, Fraser dived to the bottom of the ocean to dance with a group of Tiger sharks.