Chip Startup Funding Doubled, Google Text+Image Search, Analog AI, Criminal Robotaxi
Venture funding for chip startups has doubled in the last five years thanks to AI, Deep Learning Poised to ‘Blow Up’ Famed Fluid Equations, The Miserable Lives of Cyborg Truck Drivers, and more!
Our 93nd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Applications & Business
(6:10) Lighting Round
Nurse-assisting robotics firm Diligent raises $30M - "We’ve seen robotics applied to just about every other field of late, so why not nursing — a field that will require one million new faces to keep up with demand in the U.S. alone?
Sorry, developers: Microsoft's new tool fixes the bugs in software code written by AI - "Microsoft's Jigsaw can automate the process of checking and editing code outputted by a machine."
Research & Advancements
(7:50) Deep Learning Poised to ‘Blow Up’ Famed Fluid Equations - "For centuries, mathematicians have tried to prove that Euler’s fluid equations can produce nonsensical answers. A new approach to machine learning has researchers betting that “blowup” is near."
(11:20) Analog A.I.? It sounds crazy, but it might be the future - "Forget digital. The future of A.I. is … analog? At least, that’s the assertion of Mythic, an A.I. chip company that’s, its own words, taking “a leap forward in performance in power” by going back in time. Sort of."
(13:55) Lighting Round
Society & Ethics
(15:45) The Miserable Lives of Cyborg Truck Drivers - "How AI and automation can make a job worse than before"
(18:45) House lawmakers launch investigation of face-scan contractor ID.me - "The House probe marks an escalation of years of controversy over the government’s growing reliance on facial recognition, which boiled over earlier this year after the IRS said it would require Americans to scan their faces in order to access their IRS tax accounts."
(22:10) Lighting Round
FDA Issues Advisory on Use of AI and Machine Learning for Large Vessel Occlusion in the Brain
Fun & Neat
(23:40) GM Cruise autonomous taxi pulled over by police in San Francisco without humans, ‘bolts’ off (U: Cruise responds) - "Last week, a GM Cruise-converted Chevy Bolt without a driver was pulled over by San Francisco Police. In an unexpected turn, the car “bolted” …to a safe spot. Cruise responded below."