Diplomachine

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Andy and Dave discuss the latest in AI news, including the release of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Unmanned Campaign Framework, which describes the desired approach to developing and deploying unmanned systems. Google employees demand stronger laws to protect AI researchers, in the wake of the firings of Gebru and Mitchell. Hour One debuted technology that creates fully digital and photorealistic AI personas for the purposes of content creation, such as welcome receptionist or information desk. Pennsylvania state law now allows for autonomous delivery robots to use sidewalks and operate on roads. The U.S. Army announces the availability of a training set for facial recognition that also includes thermal camera images, which it will make available for “valid scientific research.” In research, Facebook AI demonstrates an algorithm capable of human-level performance in Diplomacy (no-press), using an equilibrium search to reason about what the other players are reasoning; the algorithm achieved a rank of 23 out of 1,128 human players. Researchers in Helsinki and Germany explore the effects of the Uncanny Valley, suggesting that a robot’s appearance changes how humans judge its decisions. The Resource of the Week comes via Pete Skomoroch, who pointed out that Wikipedia contains a massive list of datasets for machine learning research (along with useful summary details about the dataset). The Book of the Week is Telling Stories, with authors from around the globe bringing culturally different perspectives on tales of AI. And the Videos of the Week come from MIT, which has published its Introduction to Deep Learning course online, with free access.

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