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There are more than 5.8 million cotton farmers in India according to the country’s Textile Ministry. Every year, they face heavy losses due to pests attacking their crops. In 2017, farmers in the state of Maharashtra faced a loss of ₹15,000 crores ($2.1 billion) as 50% of the crop was under attack from pests.
Fans of Scottish football team Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC experienced a new hilarious technological glitch during a match last weekend, but in all honesty, you'd be hard-pressed to say it didn't improve the viewing experience dramatically.
One of the first things I’ve come to realize as a father is that infants can really cry a lot, and even if I’m at home I may not always be nearby enough to hear my son’s cries. Commercial baby monitors usually step in to fill that gap and they act as intercoms that let you hear your baby’s sounds even if you’re in another room. But I’ve soon realized that commercial baby monitors are dumber than the ideal device I’d want.
Reinforcement learning (RL) has achieved impressive performance in a variety of online settings in which an agent's ability to query the environment for transitions and rewards is effectively unlimited. However, in many practical applications, the situation is reversed: an agent may have access to large amounts of undirected offline experience data, while access to the online environment is severely limited. In this work, we focus on this offline setting.
Facebook AI is introducing M2M-100, the first multilingual machine translation (MMT) model that can translate between any pair of 100 languages without relying on English data. It’s open sourced here.