The Bright Side of AI #5: Alibaba's Open-Source Triumph, AI's Victory in Cancer Detection, and the End of Flight Delays
Biased hiring practices, the erosion of medical privacy, and the development of new biochemical weapons through AI... Yikes! Let's shift our focus from these unsettling aspects of AI's dark side and instead shine a light on the positives: Alibaba's new open-source model, a simple way to detect breast cancer, and planes that finally run on schedule! Let's dive in!
We've previously discussed Alibaba's foray into the AI world with the introduction of Tongyi Wanxiang, a cutting-edge AI model that turns your written ideas into visual works of art. We also covered Meta's open-source release of Llama 2. Well, it seems Alibaba isn't too thrilled about this latest news... The Chinese e-commerce behemoth recently announced that the Tongyi Qianwen model, launched in April, will be available to everyone!
Besides understanding instructions in both English and Chinese, Tongyi Qianwen is a supercharged AI model, boasting a seven-billion-parameter version called Qwen-7B, which stands toe-to-toe with Facebook's model.
Here's the deal: the "available to everyone" approach will work on a straightforward principle. Companies with fewer than 100 million monthly active users can deploy open-source models for commercial use at no cost. Meanwhile, those with more users will need to reach out to Alibaba Cloud for a license. After all, that's Alibaba's endgame: to boost the number of users on its Cloud.
In the grand scheme of things, this move is praiseworthy and could very well prompt other companies to follow the lead of Meta and Alibaba.
About 1 in 12 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and this devastating disease claimed over 685,000 lives globally in 2020 alone. But there's hope on the horizon, and it's coming from an unexpected ally: artificial intelligence (AI). A study conducted between April 2021 and July 2022, published in the prestigious journal "The Lancet Oncology", is showing some incredibly promising results!
This groundbreaking research, involving nearly 80,000 Swedish women, utilized AI to analyze mammogram results before a doctor's confirmation. This marked a significant change from the traditional method, where the results were typically reviewed by two doctors (double reading).
The AI's job was to analyze the mammogram and then assign a risk score ranging from 1 to 10, indicating the likelihood of a tumor's presence and pinpointing the potentially affected area.
Here's the kicker: not only did the use of AI cut down the mammogram interpretation time by a whopping 44%, but it also managed to detect 20% more cancers!
But wait, there's more good news: AI didn't increase the number of false positives, meaning it's already playing a vital role in saving lives! While we'll have to hold tight for these results to be applied across different ethnic groups, the future is looking incredibly bright for AI's role in this critical medical field.
We've all been there, griping about a delayed or even canceled flight. But did you know that keeping a plane on schedule is a Herculean task, involving the synchronization of thousands of data points and a massive ground crew? Sadly, even in 2023, this coordination is often handled with outdated tools like walkie-talkies and paperwork. Not exactly the cutting-edge approach you'd hope for to avoid travel snags.
Enter Moonware, a Los Angeles-based startup, aiming to revolutionize the way flights are coordinated with HALO, an AI system designed to manage flight operations in real time. Here's how it works:
Though Moonware is still in its early stages, the future looks bright. A recent $2.5 million fundraising round led by Third Prime and other venture capitalists, initial deployments with "big carriers", and interest from the U.S. Air Force all point to a promising trajectory.
Could this be the technology that not only saves us from the frustration of late arrivals but also takes a significant step forward in aviation efficiency? While AI, like humans, has its flaws and dark sides, innovations like HALO give us a glimpse of a more streamlined future. To stay in the loop on this and other exciting developments in the world of AI, don't forget to follow us on Discord and Twitter.
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