Applied AI Digest 98


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This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big ambition: to create the Javascript for AI. Read more.

What’s Bigger than Fire and Electricity? Artificial Intelligence Says Google Boss

Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have “more profound” implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments. Read more.

How Deep Learning Empowers Enterprise AI

Deep learning is rapidly becoming an Enterprise AI (artificial intelligence) essential, at least according to Gartner. The market research firm predicted that 80 percent of data scientists will include deep learning as part of their AI toolkits in 2018.​ Read more.

ETFs powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, says fund co-founder

Exchange-traded funds powered by artificial intelligence are getting smarter, according to a co-founder of EquBot, a company that created one such fund. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence is Going to Supercharge Surveillance

We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes, watching over us or watching out for us, depending on your view. But really, they’re more like portholes: useful only when someone is looking through them. Sometimes that means a human watching live footage, usually from multiple video feeds. Read more.

Tips for jumpstarting your journey to developing AI apps

“AI won’t replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t.” So write Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAffee in the Harvard Business Review. That’s an important point to which all managers must pay attention: AI isn’t a technology for assisting humans; it’s for augmenting them. Read more.


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Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

Applied AI Digest 2017

After decades of investing, building, and scaling software companies, BootstrapLabs realized in late 2015 that the world was about to enter a renaissance era for Artificial Intelligence, powered by an explosion of data, plummeting storage costs, increasing connectivity speed, and affordable processing power growing exponentially.

BootstrapLabs has since become one of the most active and respected early stage venture capital firms in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and its community of executives, founders, researchers and investors has grown to over 40,000. Our weekly Applied AI Digest newsletter is read by over 4,000 members, and approximately 2,000 attendees joined our annual Applied AI conferences, quarterly Applied AI Insiders Series, and workshops in the last two years.

Artificial intelligence could add as much as $15.7 trillion – about the combined output of China and India – to the global economy by 2030 but the road ahead will not be without major hurdles. In 2017, VCs invested $10.8 Billion in AI & Machine Learning companies globally and the sector saw over 200 M&A deals in the last 5 years. This is just the tip of the iceberg as most Fortune 1000 corporations will be playing catch-up for many years to come.

Entire industries will be transformed by the power of Artificial Intelligence and tomorrow’s winner are being created today.

We wish you a fantastic start to 2018. To inspire you, we thought we would share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.

Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

Applied AI Digest 97


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


China enters the battle for AI talent

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Read more.

Artificial Intelligence to Sort Through ISR Data Glut

Inundated with more data than humans can analyze, the U.S. military and intelligence community are banking on machine learning and advanced computing technologies to separate the wheat from the chaff. Read more.

Voice assistants dominate CES as Google plays catchup with Alexa

This week about 180,000 visitors flocked to the world’s biggest technology exhibition, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And while all the usual gadgets made an appearance, from smart fridges to self-driving cars, there was one dominant theme: speech. Read more.

How AI is changing the future of healthcare

In 1942, Isaac Asimov attempted to lay out a moral framework for how robots can serve humans. The science fiction writer came up with “three laws of robotics”, meant to prevent machines from harming their human creators. Read more.

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves

Researchers at Uber and Google are working on modifications to the two most popular deep-learning frameworks that will enable them to handle probability. Read more.

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year

This is an extremely competitive list and it carefully picks the best open source Machine Learning libraries, datasets and apps published between January and December 2017. Read more.


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Applied AI Digest 96


SOLD OUT: Super Early Bird Tickets

The Super Early Bird tickets have sold out and the conference is expected to be at capacity again with 800+ AI professionals so take advantage of our very limited early bird tickets.

Get insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data

Tesla has become a household name as a leader and pioneer in the electric vehicle market, but it also manufactures and sells advanced battery and solar panel technology. Read more.

How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos

The woman in the photo seems familiar. She looks like Jennifer Aniston, the “Friends” actress, or Selena Gomez, the child star turned pop singer. But not exactly. Read more.

Inside the Lab Where Amazon’s Alexa Takes Over the World

When it first launched in 2014, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant was little more than an experiment. It appeared first inside the Echo, itself a wacky gadget launched without warning or much expectation. As it took off, though, and millions of people began to put a smart speaker in their home… Read more.

The Case Against Deep-Learning Hype

Is there more to AI than neural networks? Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at NYU and ex-director of Uber’s AI lab, thinks so. He’s published a critique of deep-learning systems that use neural nets, and it skewers some of the current AI hype. Read more.

Identifying the Next Big Thing: Qual vs. Quant

Throughout history, humans have remained obsessed with mechanisms for predicting the future. From oracles and auguries of the ancients, to modern day algorithms of Wall Street, we have trusted in diverse tools to foretell what might come next. Read more.

Here are the most common uses of AI on your smartphone today

Artificial intelligence is starting to permeate the technology that we use everyday. That’s especially true in smartphones, where apps that rely on machine learning and AI are increasingly common. Statista mapped out the survey results of Deloitte’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey which determined just how aware smartphone users are… Read more.


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Applied AI Digest 95


Announcing the Applied AI Conference 2018

As a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, BootstrapLabs will bring together the Artificial Intelligence community once again for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

The global network of experts we’re bringing together have unique backgrounds from research, entrepreneurship, investment, business transformation, and more. They’ll share insights on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential and the future impact across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistics, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, the Future of Work, and Cybersecurity.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very limited super early bird tickets right now (save $1000) and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at info@bootstraplabs.com.


Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

And gives us the news that god-like machines will take over within a decade Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla, his electric automobile company, is developing its own custom chips for its driverless cars Read more.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence

By creating user interfaces which let us work with the representations inside machine learning models, we can give people new tools for reasoning. Read more.

Why AI is entering its golden age

The quest to give machines human-level intelligence has been around for decades, and it has captured imaginations for far longer — think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the 19th century. Artificial intelligence, or AI, was born in the 1950s, with boom cycles leading… Read more.

The State of AI in Montreal – Startups, Investment, and What it Means for the City

In the last 12 months, Montreal has arrived on the world stage as an epicenter for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The city’s extraordinarily high density of AI talent isn’t new, but the demand for machine learning is, and the proverbial “tech spotlight” is now shining bright on this very French Canadian city. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence, False Gods, and Driverless Everything

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has succeeded by being far-seeing; it’s a field where proponents began by envisioning a computer that can take over functions of the human brain, like computation and logic. Today the field has progressed… Read more.

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first, artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s. Read more.


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Applied AI Digest 94


AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries

Today, CB Insights unveiled the second annual AI 100 — a list of 100 of the most promising private companies applying artificial intelligence algorithms across 25+ industries, from healthcare to cybersecurity — at the A-Ha! conference in San Francisco. Read more.

The Most Exciting Artificial Intelligence Applications in Media

Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated enormous hype in recent months, but opinions about the real impact of technologies like machine translation, autonomous vehicles, natural language processing, and computer vision vary widely. Read more.

Introducing ML-Agents v0.2: Curriculum Learning, new environments, and more

The Machine Learning team at Unity is happy to announce the release of a new version of Unity Machine Learning Agents – v0.2 Beta! With this release, we are improving the toolkit on all fronts… Read more.

Robotics and automation to replace 800 million human workers by 2030, says new report

The global effects of robotics and automation technologies is forecast to include the removal of as many as 800 million people from their jobs by 2030, according to a new report. Seventy million of them will be in the US. Read more.

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Keeping track of dolphins is a slippery, patchy process. First, you must procure time on a ship or aircraft, which is expensive. After that, what you see depends on uncontrollable factors like weather, ocean conditions and whether the creatures happen to be hanging out at the sea’s surface. Read more.

The Merge

A popular topic in Silicon Valley is talking about what year humans and machines will merge (or, if not, what year humans will get surpassed by rapidly improving AI or a genetically enhanced species). Most guesses seem to be between 2025 and 2075. Read more.


Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

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Applied AI Digest 93


The Time is Now: Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Invest in AI

While no one can offer a crystal clear vision of all that the future holds, it has been our mission at BootstrapLabs to provide both a point of view and a toolkit for you to make the most of it. Here’s why investing in artificial intelligence is a great move to make right now. Read more.

2 Berkeley grads are using AI to make stock-buying decisions — and it could change investing forever

When Art Amador worked in private wealth management at Fidelity, his clients expected him to know absolutely everything. Whether it related to global markets, macroeconomic factors… Read more.

51 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2018

It is somewhat safe to predict that AI will continue to be at the top of the hype cycle in 2018. But the following 51 predictions also envision it becoming more practical and useful, automating some jobs and augmenting many others… Read more.

Artificial Intelligence Index – 2017 Annual Report

Artificial Intelligence has leapt to the forefront of global discourse, garnering increased attention from practitioners, industry leaders, policymakers, and the general public. The diversity of opinions and debates gathered from news articles this year illustrates just how broadly AI is being… Read more.

MIT Looks at How Humans Sorta Drive in Sorta Self-Driving Cars

Almost half of Americans will hop in their cars for a Thanksgiving trip this year. But if you were being very precise—if you were a team of Massachusetts of Technology researchers who study human-machine interactions—you wouldn’t say that all those Americans are “driving,” exactly. Read more.

The Need for Artificial Intelligence: Increasing Global and Human Complexity

Despite the desire to return to supposedly simpler times, we cannot turn back. Our world is vastly different now compared to even a few decades ago. Because of phenomenal advances in medicine, housing, transportation… Read more.


Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

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AI World

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Applied AI Digest 92


How Reuters’s Revolutionary AI System Gathers Global News

Reuters is scooping its rivals using intelligent machines that mine Twitter for news stories. Read more.

Software 2.0

I sometimes see people refer to neural networks as just “another tool in your machine learning toolbox”. They have some pros and cons, they work here or there, and sometimes you can use them to win Kaggle competitions. Read more.

Why Decentralized Artificial Intelligence Will Reinvent The Industry As We Know It

Until recently, the contemporary AI industry had been built around a centralized distribution paradigm where machine learning solutions are delivered as a part of cloud-based APIs… Read more.

Search and Rescue Robots – Current Applications on Land, Sea, and Air

Every year over 100,000,000 people are also affected by natural disasters. Government, companies, and aid organizations are all working to keep these tragic deaths as low as possible. One tool they have turned to for help in recent years is search and rescue robots. Read more.

Machine Learning in Healthcare: Expert Consensus from 50+ Executives

The last few years have yielded a tremendous amount of attention at the intersection of AI and healthcare, from DeepMind’s partnership with the UK’s National Health Service to IBM’s continued pushes into areas of genomics and drug discovery. Read more.

Facebook to Use Artificial Intelligence to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide. Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. Read more.


Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

The Applied AI Conference is a must-attend event for people who are working, researching, building, and investing in Applied Artificial Intelligence.

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AI World

AI World Conference & Expo is coming to Boston December 11-13. Hear from 120+ executives in more than 70 sessions, including IBM Watson, Monsanto, Vodafone, Forrester, Facebook, Dun & Bradstreet, Goldman Sachs, Nielsen and more.

Join BootstrapLabs, CEO, Nicolai Wadstrom, Fireside Chat on December 13th “Evolution of the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

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Join the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: FinTech

The financial sector represents trillions of dollars in annual spending, most of which goes to technology, security, and infrastructure.

Speaker lineup:

  • Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder, BootstrapLabs
  • Will Summerlin, Founder and CEO, Pinn
  • Cathrine Andersen, Co-founder, Roger.ai

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Applied AI Digest 91


Join the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: FinTech

The financial sector represents trillions of dollars in annual spending, most of which goes to technology, security, and infrastructure.

Speaker lineup:

  • Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder, BootstrapLabs
  • Will Summerlin, Founder and CEO, Pinn
  • Cathrine Andersen, Co-founder, Roger.ai

This is an INVITE ONLY event. BootstrapLabs hosts a series of public and private events every year. Apply below to get access to the next exclusive AI event.


Welcome to the Era of the AI Coworker

Last fall, Google Translate rolled out a new-and-improved artificial intelligence translation engine that it claimed was, at times, “nearly indistinguishable” from human translation. Read more.

While You Prepare to Eat Turkey, the FCC Reveals Its Plan to Dismantle Net Neutrality

As America winds down for Thanksgiving, there has been little time for pumpkin pie at the Federal Communications Commission: the Washington Post reports that the organization has published its final plan to dismantle… Read more.

Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists

Stanford researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can diagnose pneumonia from a chest x-ray better than a human radiologist can. Read more.

Engineers get the feeling for robotic fingers

A robotic gripper that can screw in lightbulbs or use a screwdriver without needing to ‘see’ them or be pre-programmed to recognize them has been developed at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Read more.

AI Can Help Hunt Down Missile Sites in China

Intelligence Agencies have a limited number of trained human analysts looking for undeclared nuclear facilities, or secret military sites, hidden among terabytes of satellite images. But the same sort of deep learning artificial intelligence that enables… Read more.

Top 15 Companies Hiring Talent for Artificial Intelligence

The average AI job commands six figures—here are the top 15 companies hiring talent right now. Read more.


Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

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AI World

AI World Conference & Expo is coming to Boston December 11-13. Hear from 120+ executives in more than 70 sessions, including IBM Watson, Monsanto, Vodafone, Forrester, Facebook, Dun & Bradstreet, Goldman Sachs, Nielsen and more.

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Applied AI Digest 90


Google sibling Waymo launches fully autonomous ride-hailing service

Alphabet’s self-driving car firm beats Uber to be first to offer robot taxis without humans behind the wheel to take over in an emergency. Read more.

Ray Kurzweil on Turing Tests, Brain Extenders, and AI Ethics

Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil, who currently runs a group at Google writing automatic responses to your emails in cooperation with the Gmail team, recently talked with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson. Read more.

EY, Deloitte And PwC Embrace Artificial Intelligence For Tax And Accounting

Tax preparation, auditing, and strategy consulting are services that have historically relied on an intensive use of human capital. AI now threatens these business models. Read more.

Do Young Humans + Artificial Intelligence = Cybersecurity?

The Army is recruiting smart young soldiers to wage cyber war. But human talent is not enough. Ultimately, say experts, cyberspace is so vast, so complex… Read more.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

Google and others, fighting for a small pool of researchers, are looking for automated ways to deal with a shortage of artificial intelligence experts. They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers… Read more.

AI for Crime Prevention and Detection – 5 Current Applications

Companies and cities all over world are experimenting with using artificial intelligence to reduce and prevent crime, and to more quickly respond to crimes in progress. Read more.


Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018

The Applied AI Conference is a must-attend event for people who are working, researching, building, and investing in Applied Artificial Intelligence.

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Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: FinTech

The financial sector represents trillions of dollars in annual spending, most of which goes to technology, security, and infrastructure.

Yet, the sector is seeing an unprecedented level of VC funding and potential disruption from new (and some already established) startups that are threatening the incumbents on all sides, including retail banking, individual, business, mortgage and auto loans, peer-to-peer payments, portfolio management, savings, bill payments, international wire transfers, and even money itself. Read more.

Speaker lineup:

  • Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder, BootstrapLabs
  • Will Summerlin, Founder and CEO, Pinn
  • Cathrine Andersen, Co-founder, Roger.ai

This is an INVITE ONLY event. BootstrapLabs hosts a series of public and private events every year. Apply below to get access to the next exclusive AI event.


AI World

AI World Conference & Expo is coming to Boston December 11-13. Hear from 120+ executives in more than 70 sessions, including IBM Watson, Monsanto, Vodafone, Forrester, Facebook, Dun & Bradstreet, Goldman Sachs, Nielsen and more.

Join BootstrapLabs, CEO, Nicolai Wadstrom, Fireside Chat on December 13th “Evolution of the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Save $200 off your 2 or 3 day VIP conference pass using priority code: AIW200BSL | Register today.


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