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Gigaom AI Minute – May 19

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Neural network algorithms, intuitive thinking, generative artificial networks, cyberattacks, Baidu, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, natural language understanding, machine vision

Gigaom brings you our unique analysis and commentary on the present and future of AI.


  • A team of researchers in China may have developed a way to recreate mental images through brain scans by using neural network algorithms. The team feeds the machine visual cortex scans of a patient who is asked to look at a photo, then the network recreates the image using cues from the MRI scans. With enough practice, the machine learns how to recreate the original images with better clarity than ever before.
  • In an effort to advance intuitive thinking among AI’s, Ian Goodfellow at Google has developed something called generative artificial networks (GANs), which are pairs of AI algorithms set to duel and constantly one-up each other. This is done in as an effort to help the machines process sounds and images more quickly, with an intuition once thought only capable within the human brain.
  • Enabled by AI, cyber attacks are expected to become far more sophisticated and far-reaching in the future. Ironically, AI will also offer the best defense against such attacks, leading to a potential AI 'arms race' that business leaders and government agencies are looking to lead starting, well, yesterday.
  • Baidu, China's search giant, is making another push to structure themselves as a leader in artificial intelligence. Just days after the founder, Robin Li, suggested to employees that they would be making a change to the company's mission statement (a first for the 17-year-old company), Baidu sold off its mobile games division for 1.2 billion yuan ($174 million USD).
  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos isn't afraid about artificial intelligence. Speaking at the Internet Association’s annual gala in Washington D.C., Bezos said of AI, 'It is a renaissance, it is a golden age. We are now solving problems with machine learning and artificial intelligence that were ... in the realm of science fiction for the last several decades. And natural language understanding, machine vision problems, it really is an amazing renaissance.'

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