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Apple Publishes Its First AI Research Paper (engadget.com) 35

When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close to the vest? At last, we have answers. Apple researchers have published their first AI paper, and the findings could clearly be useful for computer vision technology. From a report on Engadget: The paper tackles the problem of teaching AI to recognize objects using simulated images, which are easier to use than photos (since you don't need a human to tag items) but poor for adapting to real-world situations. The trick, Apple says, is to use the increasingly popular technique of pitting neural networks against each other: one network trains itself to improve the realism of simulated images (in this case, using photo examples) until they're good enough to fool a rival "discriminator" network. Ideally, this pre-training would save massive amounts of time and account for hard-to-predict situations that don't always turn up in photos.
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Apple Publishes Its First AI Research Paper

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Machine vision is weak AI by definition.

    • What did you expect, a workable AGI on their first paper? It's a decent CV paper. They used GANs (generative adversarial networks) which are state of the art in deep learning today to transform game images into more realistic images. It has at least two interesting applications: to generate cheap, synthetic data for training other CV systems (it's another way to automatically supervise training), and to improve game graphics (for fun).
    • Machine vision is weak AI by definition.

      Nobody is going to stand up and proclaim they are implementing a strong AI. The near future will be a steady match of commercially applicable narrow AI implementagins (digital assistants, autonomous cars, asteroid assayers and miners). Eventually we will find we have backed into strong AI at the overlaps among such systems.

  • so Generative Adversarial Networks but with an Apple logo pasted on. -> News!

  • Apple wants to quickly identify products with rounded edges and no jacks so they can sue them for design infringement.

  • If you want to build a higher life-form, don't be surprised when it makes you look stupid.
  • Seriously? Is this another Indianism like always dropping definite article?

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