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Synced Global AI Weekly | 2018.11.3—11.9

A Roundup of OpenAI's Active Work This Week

Spinning Up in Deep RL

OpenAI released Spinning Up in Deep RL, an educational resource designed to let anyone learn to become a skilled practitioner in deep reinforcement learning. Spinning Up consists of crystal-clear examples of RL code, educational exercises, documentation, and tutorials.


Learning Concepts with Energy Functions

OpenAI has developed an energy-based model that can quickly learn to identify and generate instances of concepts, such as near, above, between, closest, and furthest, expressed as sets of 2d points.


Reinforcement Learning with Prediction-Based Rewards

OpenAI developed Random Network Distillation (RND), a prediction-based method for encouraging reinforcement learning agents to explore their environments through curiosity, which for the first time exceeds average human performance on Montezuma’s Revenge.


Plan Online, Learn Offline: Efficient Learning and Exploration via Model-Based Control

OpenAI proposed a “plan online and learn offline” framework for the setting where an agent, with an internal model, needs to continually act and learn in the world. Their work builds on the synergistic relationship between local model-based control, global value function learning, and exploration



Serving ML Quickly with TensorFlow Serving and Docker

Serving machine learning models quickly and easily is one of the key challenges when moving from experimentation into production. To this end, one of the easiest ways to serve machine learning models is by using TensorFlow Serving with Docker. Docker is a tool that packages software into units called containers that include everything needed to run the software.


FloWaveNet: A Generative Flow for Raw Audio

FloWaveNet is a flow-based generative model that can do a real-time waveform audio synthesis. The main advantage of this approach we think is a real-time waveform synthesis as well as a single-stage, single loss training, unlike the Parallel WaveNet or ClariNet.


Seeing Through Walls with Adversarial WiFi Sensing: Attack and Defence Strategies?

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago have published a paper which identifies the risk of bad actors using smartphones’ WiFi signals to “see” through walls and surreptitiously track humans in their private rooms and offices.


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DeepMind Announces Pre-Symptom Eye Disease Prediction at Moorfields

Google DeepMind has announced that its project with London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital will now include working with clinicians to predict eye diseases before symptoms occur.


Global AI Events

11-16 NovTDWI Orlando ConferenceOrlando, USA
13-14 NovPredictive Analytics WorldBerlin, Germany
13–15 NovAI SummitCape Town, South Africa
14–16 NovBig Data SpainMadrid,Spain
15–16 NovFuture Technologies Conference 2018.Vancouver, Canada.
21–22 NovBig Data & Analytics Innovation Summit.Beijing, China