It’s No Christmas No. 1, but AI-Generated Song Brings Festive Cheer to Researchers

The Guardian, 11/29/2016

Researchers at the University of Toronto are working on a program that analyzes an image and then produces music based on the contents of that image. In an early demonstration of the capabilities of the AI, it produced a holiday-themed song based on a picture of a Christmas tree. This demonstrates that computers have the potential to create music could be in many ways similar to what humans would produce when given the same theme.

Big Data Analytics — Nostradamus of the 21st Century

Griffith University, 11/30/2016

Researchers at Griffith University successfully predicted the winner of the 2016 presidential election, including the outcomes in 49 out of 50 states, using data collected from social media interactions. The prediction ran contrary to general expectations based on polling, suggesting that more accurate election predictions can be obtained by analyzing social media interactions — which requires large-scale data analytics.

Meeting of the Minds for Machine Intelligence

MIT News Office, 11/22/2016

Industry leaders and computer scientists are pushing for more use of machine intelligence so that machines can aid doctors, business corporations, investors and many more entities in decision making. The article discusses the potential rewards of using machine intelligence to solve real-world problems, for example, whether machine learning can help to better quantify uncertainty when trying to predict outcomes in various fields.

Miniature WiFi Device Developed by Stanford Engineers Supplies Missing Link for the Internet of Things

Stanford News, 11/16/2016

HitchHike, a proposed low-energy wireless radio from a research team at Stanford, seeks to provide a power-efficient method of communication between Internet of Things devices and a wireless network. The device could be driven by a small battery for a decade or more, and even has the potential to harvest energy from radio waves, allowing it to possibly be powered without a battery. This kind of innovation would make IoT development much more feasible — meaning many more of the devices around us could soon be communicating and collecting data.

Paralyzed ALS Patient Operates Speech Computer With Her Mind

UMC Utrecht, 11/13/2016

A patient suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at UMC Utrecht, a hospital in the Netherlands, recently received a brain implant that allows them to remotely operate a speech computer with their mind. The patient can use this computer to communicate with their friends and family at home. If initial trials prove successful, the implants could see larger, international trials which lead to the development of even more advanced implants.

Faster Programs, Easier Programming

MIT News, 11/7/2016

Researchers from MIT’s CSAIL and Stony Brook University are researching ways to make using multi-core computers easier. They have created a method for describing, in general terms, the computation task desired, and then automatically converting this to a parallelized program. This makes it easier for domain experts (such as computational biologists or cybersecurity experts) to quickly write programs to support their research or tasks, without having to be parallel-programming experts as well.