Last Week in AI #4

Eduardo Cerna, July 8, 2019

AI to aid new material discovery, algorithms defeat humans at poker and more...

NLP is Used to Aid New Material Discovery

Analyzing millions of scientific documents on materials science published between 1922-2018 allowed for discovering relationships and analogies in the language which had previously been overlooked, this helped uncover certain properties in chemical compounds that will allow them to be studied under a different light.

Read more at: MIT Tech Review

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Algorithms Defeat Humans at Poker

Pluribus, an algorithm developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, has managed to beat the best human poker players. The algorithm was trained by playing trillions of hands against itself and managed to learn the idiosyncratic nuances of poker in only 8 days.

Read more at: The New York Times

New Record in Language Understanding

An AI program developed by Alibaba was capable of obtaining a better score than humans in a reading comprehension test. This doesn’t mean, however, that the AI is capable of actually understanding the meaning of the text but is rather carrying out statistical pattern recognition.

Read more at: MIT Tech Review

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