AI with AI
Episode 3.21: We’ve Got You COVID
Not surprisingly, COVID-19 has taken over the news section, but still as it all relates to AI and machine learning. Andy and Dave discuss the COVID-19 Open Research Data Set, a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles on the coronavirus family, made available for the Allen Institute, CSET, CZI, Microsoft Research, NIH, and the White House OSTP. In similar news, over 100 organizations have signed a “wellcome statement” to make COVID-19 research and data open for access. The New England Complex Systems Institute provides a host of pandemic resources online. The CDC is using machine learning to forecast COVID-19 (adapting its efforts in forecasting influenza outbreaks). And Anodot launches a public machine learning-driven service to track COVID-19. In research, somehow not COVID-19 related, Google Brain and Google Research demonstrate Auto-ML Zero, which discovers complete machine learning algorithms by using basic mathematical functions as building blocks. The report of the week comes from Complex Multilayer Networks Lab along with Harvard, which provides a COVID-19 Infodemics Observatory, processing more than 100M tweets to quantify various sentiments as well as reliability of information from around the globe (with Singapore topping the list for most reliable information). David Barber provides Bayesian Reasoning and Machine Learning for free. And the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense and Max Brooks provide Germ Warfare: a Very Graphic History (published in 2019).