Bits & Bytes
- ONNX Runtime for ML inference now in preview. Microsoft released a preview of the ONNX Runtime, a high-performance inference engine for Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) models. It is compatible with ONNX version 1.2 and comes in Python packages that support both CPU and GPU.
- Uber describes new platform for rapid Python ML development. Uber shared Michelangelo PyML, an extension to its Michelangelo platform providing for faster development and experimentation based on Docker containers.
- NYU and Facebook release cross-language NLU data set. As researchers look to increase the number of languages NLU systems can understand, gathering and annotating data in every language is a bottleneck. One alternative is to train a model on data in one language and then test that model in other languages. The Cross-Lingual Natural Language Inference (XNLI) data set advances this approach by providing that test data in languages.
- Malong researchers develop a technique to train deep neural networks. In this new paper, Malong introduces CurriculumNet, a training strategy leveraging curriculum learning to increase performance while decreasing noise when working on large sets of data. The code is now available on GitHub as well.
- Facebook launches Horizon reinforcement learning platform. Facebook has open-sourced Horizon, an end-to-end applied reinforcement learning platform. Unlike other open-source RL platforms focused on gameplay, Horizon targets real-world applications and is used at Facebook to optimize notifications, video streams, and chatbot suggestions.
- Google launches AdaNet for combining algorithms with AutoML.Google launched AdaNet, an open-source tool for automatically creating high-quality models based on neural architecture search and ensemble learning. Users can add their own model definitions to AdaNet using high-level TensorFlow APIs.
Dollars & Sense
- People.ai announced that it has raised $30M in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz
- DataRobot, a Boston-based automated ML company, raised $100M in Series D funding
- Syntiant Corp, an Irvine-based AI semiconductor company, raised $25M in Series B funding led by M12, Microsoft’s VC arm
- Oracle announced that it has acquired data management and AI solutions provider DataFox
- eSentire has acquired Seattle-based cybersecurity AI company Versive (formerly Context Relevant)
- AppZen, an AI auditing solutions provider, announced $35 million funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners
- Validere, which provides an AI and IoT platform for oil and gas, raised $7m in seed funding
- Esperanto Technologies a hardware company focused on energy efficient systems for AI, ML, and DL, closed $58m Series B funding
- Conversica, offering conversational AI products for sales and marketing, announced it has secured a $31 million Series C funding
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