AI, Machine Learning and Data Science Roundup: April 2018

A monthly roundup of news about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science. This is an eclectic collection of interesting blog posts, software announcements and data applications I've noted over the past month or so.

Open Source AI, ML & Data Science News

An interface between R and Python: reticulate.

TensorFlow Hub: A library for reusable machine learning modules.

TensorFlow.js: Browser-based machine learning with WebGL acceleration. 

Download data from Kaggle with the Kaggle API.

Industry News

Tensorflow 1.7 supports the TensorRT library for faster computation on NVIDIA GPUs.

RStudio now provides a Tensorflow template in Paperspace for computation with NVIDIA GPUs.

Google Cloud Text-to-Speech provides natural speech in 32 voices and 12 languages.

Amazon Translate is now generally available.

Microsoft News

ZDNet reviews The Future Computed: "do read it to remind yourself how much preparation is required for the impact of AI".

Microsoft edges closer to quantum computer based on Majorana fermions (Bloomberg).

Microsoft’s Shared Innovation Initiative.

Azure Sphere: a new chip, Linux-based OS, and cloud services to secure IoT devices.

Microsoft’s Brainwave makes Bing’s AI over 10 times faster (Venturebeat).

Improvements for Python developers in the March 2018 release of Visual Studio Code.

A review of the Azure Data Science Virtual Machine with a focus on deep learning with GPUs.

Azure Media Analytics services: motion, face and text detection and semantic tagging for videos.

Learning resources

Training SqueezeNet in Azure with MXNet and the Data Science Virtual Machine.

Microsoft's Professional Program in AI, now available to the public as an EdX course

Run Python scripts on demand with Azure Container Instances.

How to train multiple models simultaneously with Azure Batch AI.

Scaling models to Kubernetes clusters with Azure ML Workbench.

A Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Computing and Q#.

A "weird" introduction to Deep Learning, by  Favio Vázquez.

Berkeley's Foundation of Data Science course now available online, for free.

Find previous editions of the monthly AI roundup here.