In this week’s roundup, learn how artificial intelligence (AI) standards are being created and how it’s making mistakes on purpose in an effort to accurately predict human chess movements. Explore how machine learning (ML) is being used to find treatment options for COVID-19. Finally, consider the pros and cons of AI bosses and how you can put ML in your pocket.

Work on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Standards Begins

By David Miller, contributing writer for

While AI and ML are making their way onto the manufacturing plant floor, wide use of the technologies is still a few years off. As relatively new technologies, standards are lacking, which could hinder adoption in the industry. Standards are a sign of a technology maturing and help speed up innovation. Hoping to clear the path for development, the Securing Artificial Intelligence Industry Specification Group has released a report highlighting the field’s predominant challenges.


A Machine-Learning Approach To Finding Treatment Options For COVID-19

By Daniel Ackerman, contributing writer for

The quickest way to find effective COVID-19 treatments is to repurpose existing drugs, as the process for creating new drugs takes a very long time. As a result, a research team has developed an ML-based approach to identify drugs on the market that could be used to fight COVID-19, particularly in the elderly. The system accounts for changes in gene expression in lung cells caused by both the disease and aging. 


A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose

by Will Knight, contributing writer for

An AI chess program called “Maia” uses the cutting-edge AI behind the best superhuman chess-playing games. But it focuses on predicting human moves—including the mistakes they make—instead of learning how to destroy the opponent. The application for this technology may extend far beyond chess. Learn how it was developed and other ways it could be used.


Putting Machine Learning In Your Pocket

By Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne for

Every time we read news online or search for somewhere to eat out, big tech collects huge amounts of our behavioral data. This information is used to customize the experience, deliver relevant content, serve effective ads, and more. New research shows for the first time that it is possible for our mobile devices to conduct machine learning as part of a distributed network—without giving big global tech companies access to our data.


Computer Says Go: Taking Orders From An AI Boss

By Jonty Bloom, contributing writer for

The thought of taking orders from an AI boss might sound crazy. However, we obey orders from computers already in our lives. From traffic lights to Uber drivers accepting the next ride, it’s already happening. And while in some cases, a computer may be better equipped at management, there is a fine line that requires ethical oversight. At the end of the day, the goal is for AI bosses to help their human counterparts improve their performance.


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