Mainframes, Barlow Twins & Python 3.10

Most fascinating AI stories of the week

The startups' ecosystem in India with a focus on AI/ML and emerging tech is growing exponentially. According to research we did recently - despite the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, the AI startups in India have attracted total funding of $836.3 million — the largest funding outlay in the last seven years at a 9.7%  year-on-year growth — last year.

Our Startups segment each week focuses on these startups. Last Sunday, we covered  Voiro, the Bangalore-based startup leveraging emerging technologies to bring automation and intelligence to leading media organisations across the world.

New Delhi-based Astra Security provides an end-to-end security suite for threat protection, malware monitoring, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests.

We got in touch with Vidit Baxi, Co-founder of Safe Security, to talk about the challenges in cyber risk management, the use of AI & ML by cybercriminals, the future of cyber risk management, and more.  

We got in touch with the founders of Locobuzz — Vishal Agarwal (co-founder and CEO), Shubhi Agarwal (co-founder and COO), Nitin Agarwal (co-founder and CTO) — to get insights into their startup story, use of AI and ML in their offerings, growth plans and more. 


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Is Mainframes A Dying Technology?

Introduced in the 1950s, Mainframes are high-performance computers with large memory and processing power that can handle billions of calculations and transactions in real-time. They are superior to PCs, work stations, and minicomputers in more than one way.

Today, every enterprise and industry are moving to the cloud. So, the question is, does a technology introduced more than half a century ago still hold water? 


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AI Safety In a Complex World

Researchers at DeepMind surveyed six use cases where an RL agent behaviour can be monitored. In their recently published technical report, the researchers have presented a few methodologies that can be used to predict failure in AI systems.

Their experiments were carried out through the lens of cause-effect relationships that can explain why an agent behaves in a certain way.


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Barlow Twins

Yann LeCun and his team now proposed a new method called Barlow Twins. Named after neuroscientist H.Barlow, this method draws heavily from his influential 1960 article, titled ‘Possible Principles Underlying the Transformation of Sensory Messages’.

Barlow Twins method applies redundancy reduction, similar to Barlow’s one in his article, to self-supervised learning. Barlow Twins is conceptually simple, easy to implement and learns useful representations.


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Featured Video |Do Large Machine Learning Models Struggle At Maths?


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The New US-India Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum launched the US India Artificial Intelligence Initiative on March 17 to foster the science and technology relationship between the two countries.

Analytics India Magazine spoke with geopolitics experts to understand what to expect from the initiative and how India will benefit from the partnership


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Hands-On Guides for ML Developers

Guide to PM4Py: Python Framework for Process Mining Algorithms

Python Guide to Lux: Interactive Visual Discovery

Guide To PyOD: A Python Toolkit For Outlier Detection

Complete Guide to ENCONTER: Entity Constrained Insertion Transformer

Guide to Perceiver: A Scalable Transformer-based Model


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PEOPLE

Interview With Abhishek Kashyap, Head Of Product, Google Cloud BigQuery AI

Automation Will Not Take Away Jobs: Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director, The Dialogue

India Poised To Grow Rapidly In Data Science Education: Paul Kim, Stanford University

We Are In The Process Of Democratising Data: Chief Product Officer at Tableau

In Conversation With Neil Heffernan, Professor Of Computer Science At Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Python 3.10: What To Expect

Python started work on the upcoming version, Python 3.10 pre-alpha, in May 2020. Python version 3.10 is set to be released on 4 October 2021. However, with the pre-alpha, the company has unveiled an early developer preview of Python 3.10.


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Transformers For Vision

Transformers are all geared up to rule the world of computer vision. The runaway success of OpenAI’s CLIP and DALL.E had a lot to do with the sudden interest in multi-model machine learning in research circles.

Apart from the recent OpenAI releases, other works have also attracted a great deal of attention in this subdomain.


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BOTTOM OF THE NEWS

Here's what all happened last week.

Amazon Appoints Former Tableau Executive Adam Selipsky To Lead Its Cloud Business

ISRO Makes A Quantum Communication Breakthrough: India Joins An Elite List Of Nations

Tredence Announces Employee Stock Buyback Worth $3.5 Million

FDA Authorises First ML-Based COVID Screening Device

Solar Analytics Startup Prescinto Raises $3.5 Million In Seed Round