Bits & Bytes
- Google releases MorphNet as open source. Detailed in a paper released last year, MorphNet takes an existing neural network as input and produces a new neural network that is smaller, faster and yields better performance tailored to a new problem. A new open source TensorFlow implementation is now available.
- Facebook research creates controllable game characters from videos. The Vid2Game paper from Facebook AI Research uses a neural network to analyze videos of people performing actions, like playing sports, and then recreate that character in a scene with motion that can be controlled with a joystick. [Video]
- IBM winds down Watson’s work in drug discovery. IBM has stopped the sale of its AI-based drug discovery and development program due to poor financial returns. IBM previously rolled out high-profile partnerships with Pfizer, Novartis, and Illumina for cancer research.
- Facebook confirms it’s working on a voice assistant for Portal and Oculus products. Facebook has confirmed a report saying it’s working on an AI-based digital voice assistant in the vein of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Microsoft injects funding into Aussie AI-for-Earth projects. Microsoft has offered support to six Australian AI projects, taking its AI for Earth funding initiatives to US$50M around the world. The program’s participants will receive a mix of Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources and data labeling services. Check out our conversation with Lucas Joppa to hear more about Microsoft’s AI for Earth.
- Salesforce introduces new Einstein services. Salesforce added translation and OCR to its portfolio of Einstein Platform Services, which admins and developers can easily deploy to any Salesforce page.
Dollars & Sense
- Moveworks, a provider of AI solutions for enterprise IT, raised $30M in Series A funding
- PathAI, a startup tackling pathology with AI, announced that it has raised $60M in series B funding
- Theator, an AI-powered surgical decision support company, closed a $3M funding round
- Intel announced that it has acquired Omnitek, which developed FPGA solutions specifically geared to video and AI applications