Remember Norman Bates, the character of the movie Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”? Surprisingly, this is how machine learning researchers at MIT were inspired. They created a neural network called Norman that analyzes Rorschach inkblots. This test was invented in 1921. Its creator, Herman Rorschach, assumed that people with various mental illnesses interpret the inkblots in different ways. Although the effectiveness of the test has not been proven, Rorschach tests are still used by psychiatrists around the world. MIT researchers compared how both a conventional AI neural network and Norman would react to the same test. The peculiarity of the experiment is that Norman was programmed using a data sample from a community dedicated to talking about death. In this community, people talked about what they saw on the Rorschach inkblots. It turned out that as a result of the experiment the conventional AI neural network saw a vase with flowers in the inkblots, whereas Norman saw a murder victim. The purpose of the experiment was to show how much an AI neural network depends on the data it learns from.
The German insurance group Allianz and Deutsche Bank have entered into a partnership agreement with a company in Berlin, Auto1, which purchases used cars and resells them to dealers. Together, they plan to create a new company – Auto1 FinTech, which will work on blockchain. The new enterprise will provide insurance services and refinance loans for car dealers who buy Auto1 cars. Blockchain will ensure the registration of insurance and loans. The new platform will allow users to refinance their purchases in only one day, while earlier this process took about two weeks. Auto1 hopes that blockchain will help them to increase customer loyalty and become the most popular internet platform which allows you to sell and buy used cars in Berlin. In the future, Auto1 plans to expand to France and Poland.
Microsoft is struggling with the main problem of data centers – providing cooling. Microsoft dropped one of its data centers into the waters near the Orkney Islands in Scotland. About 30,000 terabytes of data are encased in a 12-meter steel capsule. The data center is powered by a cable that was laid under water. While the project is experimental, the company wants to find out how well water can reduce heat. The experiment is planned to be carried out for 5 years, at a depth of 35 meters. Microsoft will put other data centers underwater if the effectiveness of this method of cooling is proved.