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Emergent // Future – Google Buys Kaggle, A Chatbot for Refugees, and more!

Issue 44
This week we take a look at
why Google bought Kaggle, a chatbot that gives free legal aid to refugees seeking asylum in US and Canada, our favorite reads, and some things to try at home.

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​Google Buys Kaggle

Google acquired the online service that hosts data science and machine learning competitions, immediately broadening its reach within the AI community.

Google has faced increasing competition in the AI space as verticals, like autonomous driving and deep learning, open up opportunity for startups to exploit. Buying Kaggle, and its mindshare within the community, will also probably help with recruiting.

More than 800,000 data experts use Kaggle to explore, analyze and understand the latest updates in machine learning and data analytics.

Kaggle and Google Cloud will continue to support machine learning training and deployment services, while offering the community the ability to store and query large datasets.


​A Chatbot for Refugees

The creator of a chatbot, which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing, is now turning the bot to helping refugees claim asylum.

The “Robot lawyer” DoNotPay is giving free legal aid to refugees seeking asylum in US and Canada, and asylum support in UK.

The chatbot, using Facebook Messenger, can now help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada. For those in the UK, it helps them apply for asylum support.


What We’re Reading 📚

  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything. Baidu’s Andrew Ng and Singularity’s Neil Jacobstein say this time, the hype about artificial intelligence is real. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it. (The Guardian)
  • Voice and the uncanny valley of AI. Voice is a big deal because voice input now works in a way that it did not until very recently. (Benedict Evans)
  • Can Facebook’s Machine-Learning Algorithms Accurately Predict Suicide? The social media giant aims to save lives by quickly flagging and responding to worrying posts. (Scientific American)
  • Ask HN: What does your production machine learning pipeline look like? Doing some design for an upcoming project and taking a survey. (Hacker News)

Things To Try At Home 🛠


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