Author: Jacob Cordova

Project Debater

MEET Project Debater WHY? Debating has always seemed to be a human-exclusive activity to participate in. Who else could challenge another person to a talking contest? A computer scientist from IBM, Noam Slonim, earned the opportunity to lead the development of Project Debater to follow up IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy. Project Debater was created with the sole purpose of winning debates. This task combines tactile elements of winning a video game and real life nuances that are necessary to successfully persuade another human. After some high-profile debates against world-class debaters, this AI has held a mirror up to human...

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Tracy Accardi

MEET Tracy Accardi WHY? As AI begins to take root in more and more industries, medical surgeries are still lagging behind in adoption. Only about 3% of surgeries in the world are being performed with the assistance of robots. Fortunately, Tracy Accardi, VP for R&D for surgical robots at Medtronic, is aiming to radically innovate the space by pushing robotic surgery into the mainstream. This will not only reduce the mental load for current surgeons, but also drastically improve surgical efficacy and remove any fearful stigmas of robotic surgery, or rather just “surgery” as Tracy wants it to be...

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Emirates’ Team AI Bot

MEET The Emirates Team AI Bot WHY? The reigning champions of The America’s Cup, the oldest event trophy in today’s sports, are always looking to benefit from cutting edge innovation to secure their title. This year they did it with the help of McKinsey to create a new AI bot that would help simulate the perfect boat design. Typically, a team like this would need to prototype a new boat design, build it, and get all team members on board to practice with it – a logistical nightmare. However, with the help of this new AI, a simulator is...

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Watson Health

MEET Watson Health WHY? IBM is currently looking to sell Watson Health. This might seem like a troubling sign for AI in the healthcare industry, but when you look under the hood it’s actually going to be a good omen. Watson has a lot of untapped potential to aid in health-related AI ventures, such as stopping drug-thefts in hospitals and analyzing heart rhythms. Watson would especially excel in the consumer related services that could personalize healthcare for low-income patients and provide accurate home monitoring. Since IBM has already been looking to focus more on the cloud, this is a...

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Go-Explore

MEET Go-Explore WHY? If you’re like me you’ve likely spent countless hours yelling at a video game because you just can’t seem to get it right. Well, I guess researchers at UberAI and OpenAI have felt a similar pain before because they recently unveiled “Go-Explore,” a new family of algorithms that have been successfully completing the most notoriously difficult Atari Games that even previous AI couldn’t beat. Go-Explore goes back to the roots of what makes a good AI, which is essentially the process of trying something, failing, and trying it again with a modification until eventually you have...

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