An innovative AI music composer by OpenAI

By: Cindy Wen

TL;DR

Jukebox by OpenAI is a neural network that generates a variety of music and rudimentary singing using raw audio data instead of previously used MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) data. This project has progressively pushed the boundaries of automatic music generation, but there is still a pronounced gap compared to human-generated music.

The Breakdown

  • Previously, there were already different AI-driven models that had the ability to…

How Neuralink is building the future of brain-machine integration with monkeys and mind games.

Monkey MindPong

By: Eric Wang

TL;DR

Neuralink, a company co-founded by Elon Musk, has developed the first fully-implanted, 1000+ channel brain-machine interface. As part of recent advancements in the company’s neuron activity analysis, researchers have enabled monkeys to play a game of pong with just their mind.

The Breakdown

  • Eg. If you are asked about the mass of the sun, Google can fetch the result in less than a nanosecond…


How AutoML is unlocking the intricacies of AI and helping businesses make predictions without writing any code.

By: Rohan Saxena

TL;DR

Obviously AI, an automated machine learning (AutoML) startup, received $3.6 million in a recent seed funding round. The company, based in Berkeley California, aims to reduce the barrier of entry for businesses looking to harness machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) for data analysis. The automation of such a complex task may help data scientists and programmers increase their efficiency for now, but one day, it may also take away their jobs entirely.

The Breakdown


A New Era of Threat and Opportunity in Digital Media.

By: Evan Luksay

TL;DR

Synthetic visual or auditory media developed utilizing advanced deep learning techniques — dubbed Deepfakes — have become nearly indistinguishable from reality, presenting enormous implications, particularly within social and political contexts.

The Breakdown

  • Thanks to technological innovation within AI and Computer Vision, hyper-realistic CGI is no longer reserved to billion-dollar animation companies like Pixar and DreamWorks
  • From photoshopped images, to fictitious lip-synching, to synthetic speech to complete physical replication…

How Machine Learning Systems Can Revolutionize Vaccine Development.

Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash

By: Cindy Wen

TL;DR

The process of vaccine development has been exponentially improved through AI/ML systems. Researchers at MIT have developed a 3-step Machine Learning (ML) based approach that provides a possible solution to the vaccine efficacy problem. This computational system has the ability to design potential vaccines with optimized efficacy within various population groups.

The Breakdown

  • Due in part to the power of AI, COVID-19 vaccine development has far surpassed what…

How AI can improve semiconductor manufacturing yield.

By: Rohan Saxena

TL;DR

Fortune 500 manufacturing company Applied Materials has created a new inspection system using AI and Big Data that can efficiently identify defects on semiconductor chips and save producers millions while improving their yield rates.

The Breakdown

  • The chip manufacturing industry is highly competitive and companies are constantly trying to create smaller and more efficient chips; a feat they achieve primarily by increasing the number of transistors on a chip
  • In simple…

How intersectionality can help combat bias in medical algorithms.

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

By: Cindy Wen

TL;DR:

Data bias in AI and its discriminatory power creates a pressing danger in the field of medicine. High stakes and potentially life-changing outcomes make it essential for AI algorithms to be constructed and trained with intersectional and diverse sets of data that are representative of the general population.

The Breakdown

  • For instance, in 2019, a prominent…

How technologies like Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision are changing the way companies hire.

By: John Cameron

TL;DR

Recruiting is becoming increasingly reliant on AI to complete initial screenings for potential candidates both in video interviews and resume screenings. To remain competitive amid these changes, certain best practices can be utilized to maximize success in the hiring process.

The Breakdown

  • One key aspect of this shift has been within recruitment, which began to see movement towards technological augmentation even before the pandemic
  • Recently, British telecommunications…

“I will continue to evolve, dying as a human, living as a cyborg.”

By: Aranyah Shanker

TL;DR

Roboticist, Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, helped develop an AI-powered system that independently develops speech, during his fight with ALS (a progressive nervous system disease), and continues to raise the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Breakdown

  • To retain a piece of his core identity, Speech synthesis expert, Dr. Matthew Aylett, formulated Dr. Scott-Morgan’s voice before he lost it to a laryngectomy (removal of the larynx) via voice cloning
  • Since then, through voice and predictive…


How AI is creating a more personalized gaming experience for users.

Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash

By: Rohan Saxena

TL;DR

Latitude, a startup company dedicated to infusing Artificial Intelligence in video games, received $3.3 million in funding. The game, AI Dungeon, uses OpenAI’s GTP-3 model, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) language model to produce infinite storylines based on user input. AI Dungeon acts as a stepping stone for further use of AI in video games to personalize and enhance user experience.

The Breakdown

  • AI Dungeon delivers a unique experience to users as it reacts to user typed…

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