This Week in Machine Learning: ML Applications, Creative Revolution, and Fighting Pandemic

Posted August 24, 2020

Every week brings tons of news, opinions, and discoveries in the world of machine learning and AI. But with our Weekly Roundup, you can easily catch up with the most important information and learn what’s happened in the industry.

Here are a few best articles from the last week. Enjoy the read!

Weekly Roundup: August 18-24

» Neptune.ai blog – as always, make sure to visit our blog to find out interesting and in-depth articles on machine learning from the last week. 🙂

» Too many AI researchers think real-world problems are not relevant by Hannah Kerner on MIT Technology Review | August 18

One might think that applying machine learning to real-world problems is one of the main goals of ML in general. But it turns out that it’s not always the case. This article is an important opinion, definitely worth keeping in mind. 

» Chatbots Are Machine Learning Their Way To Human Language by Adrian Bridgwater on Forbes | August 20

Is machine learning going to reduce the language barrier between people and AI? It seems researchers are making huge progress in this field, and chatbots are learning more and more about understanding our dynamic language. 

» Machine learning reveals role of culture in shaping meanings of words by Rachel Nuwer on Phys | August 17

Even though you can translate one word to different languages, it turns out that the meaning of it in various cultures can be slightly different. If you’re interested in cultural differences and its effect on language, have a look at this piece. It’s really fascinating how the place we live in and the tradition we grow up in can change our understanding of words!

» Can artificial intelligence prompt a creative revolution? by Sam Fletcher on Tech HQ | August 20

It’s always been underlined that our creativity is one of the characteristics that distinguish us from the AI, that machines can’t really recreate it. But who says they can’t help us enhance it and stimulate new ideas?

» Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) medicine racially biased? by Rod McCullom on Genetic Literacy Project | August 24

As you can see, the problem of racial inequality can appear in all fields of life and science. In the article, we can read that the extent of racial bias in the medical AI is unknown, but noticing it is the first step to addressing the issue. Very interesting read, that shows how much there’s still to explore and describe in this field. 

👉 The story was originally published on Undark

» AI may not predict the next pandemic, but big data and machine learning can fight this one by Anna Solana on ZDNet | August 21 

The news about pandemic has taken over most of the information channels in the last few months. It’s been really overwhelming and sometimes difficult to follow. Now, that it becomes calmer, it’s worth looking at the whole situation with perspective and searching for possible solutions. Read about how AI may help with that. 

» KDnuggets™ News of the week with top stories and tweets of the past week, plus opinions, tutorials, events, webinars, meetings, and jobs.

» Old but gold, the reliable Reddit thread on ML for more news on machine learning. There’s always something for everyone – tips, tricks, hacks, and more news.


That’s all folks! I hope you found something of interest in this weekly roundup. Don’t forget to check our blog for more inspiring articles.

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Paweł Kijko