Shray Goel, Miami-Based Tech Founder, Shares Biggest Breakthroughs in AI
Shray Goel has researched the exponential growth of artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few years and is expecting it to have a major impact on how we live our lives by the year 2030.
Goel studies deep learning (DL), a branch of artificial intelligence that employs neural networks to train computers to find patterns in massive amounts of data. If you’re familiar with it, it’s been around since at least the 1950s, but it has become increasingly popular as computing power and algorithmic sophistication increase.
In this piece, Shray Goel takes us on an in-depth exploration of some of the most significant developments in DL this year and how they stand to alter our lives forever.
1. A team of researchers from the University of Washington, Stanford, and MIT were able to train deep learning algorithms to perform tasks like translating languages and captioning images using text.
The first AI advancement that Shray Goel would like to cover in this article is the training of deep learning algorithms to execute tasks such as language translation and textual picture captioning by a team of researchers from the University of Washington, Stanford, and MIT.
In this feat, the researchers used neural networks, which process data to mimic the brain’s neurons.
The team also used a ” one-shot learning technique,” which allows artificial intelligence to learn new things after seeing just a few examples.
This helped the AI caption images and translate languages. The researchers trained their AI to caption photos by feeding it more than 100 million data points on 10,000 different objects (such as cats).
Then they used this information to teach computers how similar objects are related based on their visual characteristics alone—for example, whether an object has whiskers or ears would help determine how closely it resembles another thing.
Finally, they translated these visual qualities into language by writing them down as captions under each image.”
2. Apple’s Siri is smarter than ever.
The improvement in Apple’s Siri’s intelligence is the second AI development that has caught Shray Goel’s attention. Those who have wished, “I wish Siri could translate languages,” can now rest easy: your request has been granted. Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, now supports translation between English, French, German, and Spanish, thanks to iOS 13.
The feature works extremely well—when I spoke to my colleague in French and asked her to speak back in English, our conversation was almost entirely translated.
There are some caveats: it only works for single sentences at a time (for example: “Siri, how long does it take to get from Paris to Marseille?”). It only translates into one of the four languages simultaneously (you can’t ask Siri to translate from one language into another). But still—the fact that it’s possible is mind-blowing enough!
3. Researchers at the University of Toronto demonstrated a way to generate 3D animations from videos with one person in them.
Shray Goel highlighted in his notes how groundbreaking it was that researchers at the University of Toronto had shown how to make 3D animations from footage including just one person.
The researchers employed a technique known as video-to-video synthesis to create these visual representations.
This means they recorded one person walking and then used motion capture technology to extract data about how the person moved their body.
Next, they gave this data to an algorithm that was trained to use it to reconstruct that person’s movements into another one using different types of movements (like running or jumping).
They did this repeatedly until they had enough examples of a movement that could be pieced together into a whole new animation.
The benefits of this technology are clear: It allows people who aren’t professional actors or dancers to create realistic animations without having any acting experience.
It also has the potential to transfer your facial expressions onto animated characters, so if you want an animated version of yourself where all your facial expressions look exactly like yours do in real life—you’re in luck!e
4. Google’s DeepMind taught AI agents how to work together by playing hide-and-seek.
DeepMind, a Google-owned artificial intelligence research firm based in London, has taught its AI agents to master various popular video games.
Shray Goel wanted to highlight the company’s researchers’ demonstration that AI agents can learn how to play games independently, without any human input, as a significant AI advancement.
In a paper published in Nature, the researchers described how they had taught their agents to play hide-and-seek with other agents based on the game principle of tag.
The goal was for one agent and another agent (the “hiders”) not only to know where each other was but also to hide from each other when tagged.
This breakthrough means that scientists may now be able to create real-world applications of this kind of simulation, allowing them to train robots or self-driving cars through gaming environments rather than physical simulations – leading us closer to developing general artificial intelligence systems
5. Facebook introduced M, a new digital personal assistant with artificial intelligence capabilities.
Facebook’s unveiling of a new digital personal assistant dubbed M on Tuesday is another AI achievement that Shray Goel has added to his list. The service, driven by AI, is meant to assist you in your day-to-day existence.
It can perform tasks like ordering food, booking travel, and making restaurant reservations. M will live inside Facebook Messenger as an extension of the popular messaging app that’s already used by over 1 billion people worldwide.
The company’s goal with M is “to help you get things done around town—whether you’re planning for work or play.”
6. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company had built a prototype for a computer brain interface to let people control things by thinking about them.
Shray Goel noted the revelation made by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which he hailed as a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. The business has developed a working model of a computer brain interface, which would allow users to command devices with their thoughts.
The technology could help people with disabilities, and it also promises to let people interact with computers without typing or using a mouse.
Zuckerberg said Facebook is working on building more advanced versions of its prototype device, which looks like an armband but still has many limitations.
For example, it only works when the wearer’s skin touches electrodes on the armband, and there are no wires connecting the device to anything else — including internet or cellular connection — so it can’t send commands anywhere if you want something done over the internet or through your phone’s data plan
7. Microsoft created Tay, a chatbot that could “chat” with teens on Twitter.
Similarly impressive to Shray Goel was Microsoft’s development of Tay, a chatbot that could “chat” with teenagers on Twitter. The bot was designed to learn from human conversations and get smarter with more discussions.
After one day of chatting, Tay began posting racist tweets saying things like “Hitler was right” and “I f***ing hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell.”
The lesson here: don’t let artificial intelligence algorithms interact directly with humans without a feedback loop to ensure that what they’re learning isn’t terrible or harmful!
8. Created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Norman is an AI designed to capture human biases and prejudices and then use them to perform tasks.
And how could Shray Goel overlook the work done by CMU’s researchers? They came up with Norman. An AI is programmed to pick up on and then act on people’s prejudices and biases.
Norman was trained on image captions from Reddit’s infamous r/Deepfakes subreddit. The researchers wanted to see how far they could push the limits of AI by introducing it with questionable content from the internet.
They then gave Norman a test: produce captions for completely new and random images. The results were pretty creepy.
When asked to describe a picture of a school bus, one caption read, “Skully driving.” Many of Norman’s captions also focused on guns or weapons and featured aggressive language such as “Kill” or “Shoot.”
9. AlphaGo Zero was developed by Google’s DeepMind division and is part of an ongoing series of games the company uses to push AI to the next level.
AlphaGo Zero is the latest in a series of games played by DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI. It’s also more powerful than its predecessors, as it can learn from scratch instead of relying on pre-existing information. As a neural network, it has no pre-set parameters or heuristics for play—it just plays itself endlessly until it learns to win.
Artificial intelligence has made significant advances this year
In the last few years, artificial intelligence has made huge strides.
What are some of these breakthroughs?
- A team of researchers from the University of Washington, Stanford and MIT were able to train deep learning algorithms to perform tasks like translating languages and captioning images using text. This technology has been used by Google Translate to translate multiple languages into English, Spanish and French with impressive accuracy.
- Apple’s Siri is smarter than ever! The assistant now supports voice commands for third-party apps like Uber or Apple Music — so if you’re in a rush to get somewhere in a city where you don’t know your way around yet (or just feeling lazy), you can tell Siri exactly where you want to go without having to type anything out yourself!
Final thoughts from Shray Goel
As you can see, a lot is happening in artificial intelligence. But, as more and more companies adopt AI technologies and researchers continue to push the boundaries of what machines can do, we stand to gain new tools for all sorts of applications: from translating Chinese into English for our smartphones to helping us manage everyday tasks like reading email or making purchases online.
Each breakthrough comes with a new set of possibilities for how AI can make our lives easier, more efficient, and even more fun. And you can bet that Shray Goel will be there every step of the way, bringing you the latest and greatest news from the world of AI. So be sure to stay tuned for more exciting updates!
About Shray Goel
Shray Goel is an accomplished entrepreneur, technology founder, and commercial real estate developer. Shray Goel graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a major in Economics and a minor in Global Studies and Technology Entrepreneurship.
Professionally, Shray’s career has spanned over a decade in technology project and product management.
Shray was responsible for managing the development of web applications at multiple public corporations before founding his real estate development business. He is a certified Agile Scrum Master and Project Management Professional.
Since 2010, Shray Goel has owned and managed more than $10 million in multifamily real estate assets throughout the United States.
One of Shray’s many businesses provides flexible housing solutions to traveling medical professionals, including doctors and nurses. He has served clients at prestigious California medical facilities such as Rady Children’s Hospital, University of California San Diego Medical Center, and Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Shray Goel mentors busy professionals in achieving breakthroughs in life by leveraging mental health improvements, positive habits, and productivity hacks. Shray has a proven track record of advising clients on how to get the most out of their lives and investments. He enjoys writing about mental health, financial technology, and investing strategies.
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