Amazon buys Whole Foods to feed algorithms

Awesome, not awesome.

“At one point, researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab had to tweak one of their models because otherwise the bot-to-bot conversation ‘led to divergence from human language as the agents developed their own language for negotiating.’ In other words, the model that allowed two bots to have a conversation — and use machine learning to constantly iterate strategies for that conversation along the way — led to those bots communicating in their own non-human language.” — Adrienne LaFrance, WriterLearn More on The Atlantic >

#Not Awesome
“…Military leaders are also wary of heading down the road toward what have been called fully autonomous weapons: robots that can select targets, aim, and fire without human intervention… The devices can issue spoken warnings to intruders and shoot on explicit human orders. An initial version could decide to fire on its own, but so far customers have insisted those sold only do so with human permission.” — Steven Melendez, Journalist Learn More on Fast Company >

What we’re reading.

1/ Amazon purchases Whole Foods to feed its machine learning algorithms with an incredibly valuable dataset: in-store consumer shopping behaviors. Learn More on GeekWire >

2/ Vertical AI startups that “build full stack products, have subject matter expertise in their vertical, gather proprietary data, and use AI to deliver the core value of their product” won’t be squashed by large companies. Learn More on Bradford Cross >

3/ Facebook uses machine learning to remove terrorists by flagging images and videos that match known terrorism photos and developing text-based signals that are hallmarks of terrorist propaganda. Learn More on Facebook >

4/ The Pentagon fears that China is investing in early-stage U.S. companies to skirt U.S. government oversight and gain access to cutting-edge technology they plan to use for military applications. Learn More on Reuters >

5/ India’s major tech companies struggle to train employees to build AI technologies, and they’ll lay off hundreds of thousands of IT professionals over the next few years. Learn More on NPR >

6/ Apple CEO Tim Cook says the autonomous vehicle system they’re building is the “mother of all AI projects.” Learn More on Bloomberg >

7/ Keep an eye on the AI-powered bot startup space. The companies haven’t raised much money yet, but that money is coming from investors with some of the best track records. Learn More on crunchbase news >

Links from the community.

“Machine Learning at Work” submitted by Samiur Rahman (@samiur1204). Learn More on Product Hunt >

“Manage your inbox from Slack and Alexa, with Astrobot” submitted by Astro (@astro). Learn More on Astro >

“Introducing Highlights” submitted by Avi Eisenberger (@aeisenberger). Learn More on Several People are Coding >

“A Trillion-Dollar Boost: The Economic Impact of AI on Customer Relationship Management” submitted by Tiffany Testo. Learn More on Salesforce >

“Automating Breast Cancer Detection with Deep Learning” submitted by Geneviève Smith (@InsightDataSci). Learn More on Insight >

“You Don’t Need a PhD to Master Machine Learning & Data Science” submitted by Kristine Kho. Learn More on TOPBOTS >

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