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Jacob's A.I. Journal: Vol. IV

Jacob's A.I. Journal is a collection of articles on A.I. topics from's Principal ML/AI Architect, Jacob Haning


A.I. in Business

How Wayfair and Spotify use machine learning to engage customers

If you're one of my readers wondering how artificial intelligence and machine learning are relevant to you, this article describes how some companies are using it to interact with their customers. For those of you engaging this newsletter to learn more about how the technology can be implemented, these are two great examples of digital first platform-based businesses hyper-personalizing their experiences based on data. The current market is filled with options for every industry. Everyone has their favorite app or website for whatever reasons are most important to them. Here's a quick This or That game for you (LastPass or 1Password; Spotify, IheartRadio, or Apple Music; Google Maps or Waze) Now, can you explain why you made those choices? Most of us are loyal to certain apps or brands. One reason is that they have established a lasting customer relationship with us. These digital first companies are achieving that through the use of data with the help of AI. Take a look at the article for more specifics on how Spotify and Wayfair create customer relationships.

The White House's First AI Director says our education system is the biggest challenge for AI in America.

Research and Development is in a great spot. There is a strategic plan in place and being executed. There is a new portal to connect researchers to available funding and a new national research institute focused specifically on AI. However, when it comes to general understanding of the technology across the country, we're struggling. Lynne Parker mentioned that our nation's youth don't engage with STEM fields because they are perceived as "geeky." She also explains that the lack of a standard approach for meeting the public where they are presents a challenge to teaching the next generation about even the basics of AI. Lynne describes the thriving industry we have in this country, which is validated by the record amounts of funding poured into new AI focused startups each year. She mentions that while the explosion of AI in corporate America is by all accounts a great achievement it is also pulling our nations experts out of the classroom and into industry positions. This leaves a gap in qualified professionals available to foster our nation's youth. We are in a good spot in the world's economy of AI but there is work to do if we want to stay there.

A.I. in Art and Science

[Gated] Computer-savvy scientists aim to use AI to discover new materials

The current materials discovery process is largely based on trial-and-error, methodically testing new molecules for desired properties. This process takes on average two decades to complete. That seems like a long time but when considered against current climate change projections it becomes a significant issue. This article outlines how AI and Automation could help us discover new materials for innovations like new batteries or carbon filters in a few years or even months. The discovery of new materials and their potential effects is positioned as not only lucrative but as an imperative to our survival. That feels like an overstatement in this author's opinion, but I agree that an update to this global function is a worthwhile objective and Aspuru-Guzik seems like the right advocate for the job.

A.I. in Healthcare

This man has used a Brain-Computer Interface longer than anyone else (Article, Video)

Nathan Copeland has set a new record as of August 17th for using a brain-computer interface. He has had the four electrode arrays the size of pencil erasers in his brain for more than seven years. A victim of a car crash, Nathan is paralyzed from the chest down. Prior to his participation in the project no human had been involved. The device allows him to interact with and control external devices like a computer or a robotic arm (which he used to shake President Barrack Obama's hand) Artificial intelligence is used to process the signals transmitted directly from Nathan's brain and translate them into directions for the external devices. While this is an amazing achievement there are still limitations to the technology. For instance, it isn't currently wireless, and the body often rejects the material in 10 years or less. One solution may be found in the above article about revolutionizing the materials discovery industry to find a material that is more durable and more compatible with organic systems.


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France uses AI to detect undeclared pools for tax evasion

FIFA will use AI to make calls at 2022 World Cup

Totally Random

Sometimes it's fun to build things for no reason

The quest for a perfect mechanical keyboard is an obsession

The ultimate Fat Bear tournament is about to begin

Even the scientists didn't expect the JWT images to be this good


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