Dave Gershgorn


Dave Gershgorn is a writer and photographer based in New York City. He works as a reporter for Quartz, with a personal focus on translating artificial intelligence research to a mainstream audience. He was previously the Assistant Technology Editor of Popular Science. When Dave is a photographer, he likes to shoot long, character-driven features. His work has been featured in QuartzPopular ScienceThe New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


On the weekends, Dave likes hot dogs and any other kind of dog. 

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a Monday

Big Monday for AI news:

OpenAI's Universe brings reinforcement learning to any desktop software, which could be used to control DeepMind's new 3D learning environment. But don't forget Facebook, who just open-sourced their library that connects StarCraft to the open-source Torch framework. (Here's a Reddit comment with all the code and documentation.)

Udacity's Oliver Cameron (who is a great Twitter follow) also created a really interesting list of open-source machine learning datasets. One that jumped out at me: an open-source dataset for every military dispute in the last 200 years. Also, mushrooms! It's a fun doc to poke around.

Uber's new AI research lab is well-positioned to focus on squeezing water from the metaphorical stone, and Microsoft is trying to encourage more women in machine learning research.

One issue sometimes cited for the dearth of women in computing fields is the lack of professional role models who could inspire girls to pursue their STEM dreams. We’ve attempted to counteract this by asking 17 women within Microsoft’s global research organization their views on what’s likely to occur in their fields in 2017.
— Microsoft

Japan's parliament is reportedly exploring the use of AI in anticipating and answering questions that might arise in the process of policymaking. The AI would be trained on the last five years of parliamentary data. Good luck with that.

Finally for today, OpenAI's Ian Goodfellow was publicly accosted by noted ghost-of-AI-researcher-future Juergen Schmidhuber, who stood up in the middle of a talk and asked a series of pointed questions about the work. This is seen as pretty bad form, and Schmidhuber seems to be the king of it.  [Don't do it.]

There was just a lot happening today, so I thought some people might enjoy a one-stop shop for AI news. Let me know if you like it, and I'll do it more often!