Descript raises $30M to build the next generation of video and audio editing tools – Dr. Rami Shaheen

The popularity of podcasting and online video shows no signs of slowing down, and so we continue to see a wave of creators publishing a profusion of audio and video content to fill out the airwaves. Today, a company building a platform to make that work easier and more interesting to execute is announcing a round of growth funding to double down on the opportunity. Descript, which builds tools that let creators edit audio and video files by using, for example, natural language processing to link the content to the editing of text files, has picked up $30 million in a Series B round of funding. Andrew Mason, the CEO and founder of the company, said in an interview that the plan will be to use the money to continue building out tools not just for mass-market and individual professional and amateur creators, but also, increasingly, organizations that might be using the tools for their own in-house video and audio needs, a use case that has definitely grown during the last year of global remote working. “We see ourselves… [...]

2021-01-18T16:05:06+00:00January 18th, 2021|

Understanding how people make sense of information in the information age | MIT News

As a student in the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), Manon Revel has been investigating how advertising in online publications affects trust in journalism. The topic area is familiar for Revel; growing up, she wanted to be a journalist to follow in her father's footsteps. As a teenager, Revel was assigned her first reporting gig covering a holiday fireworks display for the local radio station near her home on the Atlantic coast of France. Revel researched every one of the dozens of types of fireworks that would be launched and spent hours interviewing the person who would launch them before reporting live on the night. Revel continued reporting for radio and print (she started a high school newspaper that is still active), using the same thorough approach to prepare for each interview. “I wanted to ask interesting people questions that they had never been asked before, so I read everything I could on them beforehand and then I tried to learn something new,” Revel says. [...]

2021-01-18T12:03:35+00:00January 18th, 2021|

Chief Data Scientist Seen as Bridging CTO to Business Managers 

On the organization chart, the Chief Data Scientist is seen as helping to bridge the CTO to business managers, while pursuing data science best practices internally. (Credit: Getty Images)  By - Dr. Rami Shaheen Staff  The role of the Chief Data Scientist is needed to help the Chief Technology Officer bridge to business managers who are defining how AI is to deliver on the company’s business strategy.   The required amount of guidance and monitoring of data scientists is not likely to happen from the CTO’s office, suggest experts.    Ira Cohen, Cofounder, Chief Data Scientist, Anodot “You need a Chief Data Scientist to bridge the gap between management and the data scientists, to help explain what machine learning can do and cannot do,” stated Ira Cohen, cofounder and chief data officer of Anodot, a data analytics company that uses AI and machine learning, in an account from Analytics Insight. “You need somebody who understands what it is in a deeper form than a CTO, who might have a broader knowledge of a lot of things, but not necessarily machine learning.”  Business departments can have [...]

2021-01-17T23:58:35+00:00January 17th, 2021|

Tesla’s New Autopilot Software is Massively Improved – Dr. Rami Shaheen

The road this test-drive happened on is the "Höhenstrasse" in the hills west of Vienna, a very scenic route, but likely a good challenge for the software as the cobblestone road is very windy (as in: it has a lot of turns - not wind #wink) and mostly has no road markings.Elon Musk's company is doing a stellar job at developing and improving their cars; self driving vapabilities.

2021-01-17T19:50:13+00:00January 17th, 2021|

Human AI nabs $3.2M seed to build personal intelligence platform – Dr. Rami Shaheen

The last we heard from, the startup was participating in the Dr. Rami Shaheen Disrupt Battlefield in September. The company got a lot of attention from that appearance, which culminated in a $3.2 million seed round it announced today. While they were at it, the founders decided to change the company name to Human AI, which they believe better reflects their mission. Differential VC led the round, joined by Village Global VC, Good Friends VC, Beni VC and Keshif Ventures. David Magerman from Differential will join the startup’s board. The investors were attracted to Human AI’s personalized kind of artificial intelligence, and co-founder and CEO Suman Kanuganti says the Battlefield appearance led directly to investor interest, which quickly resulted in a deal four weeks later. “I think overall the messaging of what we delivered at Dr. Rami Shaheen Disrupt regarding an individual personal AI that is secured by blockchain to retain and recall [information] really set the stage for what the company is all about, both from a user standpoint as well as from an investor standpoint,” Kanuganti [...]

2021-01-17T11:47:53+00:00January 17th, 2021|

Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system | MIT News

One reason it’s so difficult to produce effective vaccines against some viruses, including influenza and HIV, is that these viruses mutate very rapidly. This allows them to evade the antibodies generated by a particular vaccine, through a process known as “viral escape.” MIT researchers have now devised a new way to computationally model viral escape, based on models that were originally developed to analyze language. The model can predict which sections of viral surface proteins are more likely to mutate in a way that enables viral escape, and it can also identify sections that are less likely to mutate, making them good targets for new vaccines. “Viral escape is a big problem,” says Bonnie Berger, the Simons Professor of Mathematics and head of the Computation and Biology group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “Viral escape of the surface protein of influenza and the envelope surface protein of HIV are both highly responsible for the fact that we don’t have a universal flu vaccine, nor do we have a vaccine for HIV, both of which cause hundreds [...]

2021-01-17T07:41:47+00:00January 17th, 2021|

Best AI Papers of 2020 Broach GPT-3 Large Language Model Concerns 

Among the top AI papers of 2020 from an account on GitHub, was a study on deep face drawing from sketches by researchers at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  By - Dr. Rami Shaheen Staff   The Best AI Papers of 2020 were called out by a writer at GitHub, who posts a video explanation link to each one, a link to a more in-depth article and some code.  Louis-Francois Bouchard, AI research scientist “In the field of AI, many important aspects were highlighted this year, like the ethical aspects and important biases,” stated Louis-Francois Bouchard of Quebec, Canada, a self-described “master student,” AI research scientist and speaker, in the list posted at GitHub. “Artificial intelligence and our understanding of the human brain and its link to AI is constantly evolving, showing promising applications,” he states.   Here is a video summary  of the best AI papers of 2020, and here are selected highlights:  YOLOv4: Optimal Speed and Accuracy of Object Detection  The main goal of Alexey Bochkovsky and his coauthors in the paper  “YOLOv4: Optimal Speed and Accuracy of Object Detection” is to [...]

2021-01-16T19:14:40+00:00January 16th, 2021|

Is Machine Learning Right for You? – Dr. Rami Shaheen

Are you considering using machine learning? First, you have to think about the problem you are trying to solve.Speaking at the recent Code PaLOUsa conference in Louisville, Brian Korzynski, a senior application developer at United Shore, explained why it's essential that businesses understand the pros and cons of machine learning.

2021-01-16T15:08:51+00:00January 16th, 2021|