3 Cool AI Projects


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AI is all around us, quietly working in the background or interacting with us via a number of different devices. Various industries are using AI for specific reasons such as ensuring that flights arrive on time or irrigating fields better and more economically.

Over time, our interactions with AI are becoming more sophisticated. In fact, in the not-too-distant future we'll have personal digital assistants that know more about us than we know about ourselves.

For now, there are countless AI projects popping up in commercial, industrial and academic settings. Following are a few examples of projects with an extra cool factor.

Get Credit. Now.

Who among us hasn't sat in a car dealership, waiting for the finance person to run a credit check and provide us with financing options? We've also stood in lines at stores, filling out credit applications, much to the dismay of those standing behind us in line. Experian DataLabs is working to change all that.

Experian created Experian DataLabs to experiment with the help of clients and partners. Located in San Diego, London, and Sao Paulo, Experian DataLabs employ scientists and software engineers, 70% of whom are Ph.Ds. Most of these professionals have backgrounds in machine learning.

[Check out the full story at InformationWeek.]

Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer

Lisa Morgan is a freelance writer who covers big data and BI for InformationWeek. She has contributed articles, reports, and other types of content to various publications and sites ranging from SD Times to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Frequent areas of coverage include big data, mobility, enterprise software, the cloud, software development, and emerging cultural issues affecting the C-suite.

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Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 5/2/2017 6:05:06 PM
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Jessica writes

... it would be great to apply machine learning to a huge data set that includes the measurements and clothing sizes of a wide range of women and to be able to create a flattering, comfortable, professional, bespoke line of clothing that can be ordered over the Internet.

To me the issue of size and fit is critical, and I don't see this being resolved via Internet shopping for a wide swath of shoppers, female (particularly) or male. You really cannot trust size specs, and even if something is the right size, many people (most?) have to actually try the item on. This seems to require brick & mortar store.

Maybe for "non-critical" clothing items (sleepware, accessories, etc.) the internet will work (it has for me). But for clothing that really has to "look right", I'm skeptical that online will work.

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Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/30/2017 8:01:11 PM
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You're not alone! I want to see standarization of sizing first. Sizing varies greatly from item to item, brand to brand. Consistent sizing could be a huge help for your AI idea.

Re: Bankers beware
  • 4/30/2017 7:58:29 PM
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Actually, I think the credit decision is already available instantly (at least for home loans). I've heard the wait time is for the bank to find a suitable underwriter agreement with another party. They want the best deal for the credit extended.

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/24/2017 10:08:50 AM
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That would be a great use in order to prevent or even "fix" power outages at utilitiy companies. Our local company has been providing online maps to see just where the electric is out and probable time it will be fixed. It would seem entirely possible the data they have would allow for some prediction of problems and where equipment might fail, so as to take some preventive measures.

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/23/2017 8:48:15 PM
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I wishfully wish that AI could help with Internet Fraud and Security.   And providing a fail-safe for power grids so citys like San Fransisco don't go dark at moments notice.

Deep Learning requires Much More....Learning
  • 4/23/2017 8:44:48 PM
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AI has undoubtedly many applications and the frontier is endless. Yet Deep Learning is still not completely understood.   In a recent article regarding a test car from Nvidia, while it was an impressive feat to have a car not follow a single instruction based on code alone, it has been proven that it is possible to rely on a self teaching alogrithm that "taught" itself to drive by watching a human do it.

Great right ? Well, the problem is that researchers don't understand how the self-driving alogrithm actually makes it decisions ?   So what happens when it does something unexpected ?

The article mentions it would be extremely difficult to pinpoint the reason why - and this is a major reason Nvidia's test car is still in the development stage and remains unreleased as I understand it.

Interesting and omnious stuff !

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/

Bankers beware
  • 4/19/2017 10:05:10 PM
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I like Experians plan for  instant credit on your phone

For Banks, this could be what Uber was to Taxi companies. Why should I have to apply for credit at the car dealership and three other stores? Just link my PayPal or ApplePay to a credit line.

We won't miss the finace guy.

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 8:00:26 PM
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@seth yes, and perhaps it can then be used for psychological assessment and guiding people to careers that are a good fit for their personalities and habits. 

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 4:15:49 PM
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That would certaintly help those who can not visualize and there are quite a number of people that can't. 

It also will help people learn what they like and don't like.  Yes, the A.I. personal assistant may very well know more about you than you do one day. 

 

 

 

Re: AI/machine learning wishlist
  • 4/19/2017 2:06:38 PM
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@Jessica I also found that Amazon is doing something along these lines with an iOS app called "Outfit Compare." It enables people to upload pictures of themselves in different outfits and receive quick expert advice.

"Outfit Compare is a free service for Amazon Prime members that can give you a second opinion on what to wear," the company says in an FAQ inside the app. "Add two photos of yourself wearing different outfits. In about a minute, a fashion specialist will respond to let you know which outfit looks better on you. The answers take into account how the clothes fit you, which colors look best on you, how the outfits are styled, and what's on trend right now."

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