Microsoft for Startups shares this highlight reel from the Spring MLADS conference.

In case you’re not familiar with MLADS, check out Data Driven’s coverage of the most recent one.

Twice a year, Microsoft assembles over 4,000 of our top data scientists and engineers for a two day internal conference to explore the state of the art around machine learning and data science.

Earlier this year, 30 leading startups who are active in the Microsoft for Startups program came to showcase their solutions and engage directly with the engineering teams.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are the latest in a long line of tech-worthy buzzwords.

Given the hype, it is often difficult to separate the technology from the marketing. Entrepreneurs need to understand what the technology actually does and the problems it solves.

In this talk by Seth Juarez, learn how AI and ML work, the kinds of problems it solves, and what the implications of its use are for your startup.

Armed with this practical knowledge, you’ll be able to make better decisions about where to start and how you can use machine learning and AI in your businesses.

For more information head over to https://aka.ms/aidevresources

Digitalization leads our world in a new are of technology.

Technology in Health-care is extremely important.

Fouad Al-Noor will teach you how to build a successful medical start up step by step: so that you don‘t have to fall in the Medtech Valley of Death.

Fouad has a masters in Electric Engineering with Nanotechnology from the University of Southampton. He worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London before joining Entrepreneur First.

He wrote his thesis on paper-based medical diagnostics using image processing.

Siraj Raval built a demo app called SmartSneaks that lets a user convert a song or image into a generated shoe design.

This is an example of how AI can be used to transform retail by giving users a more personalized experience. The tools he used to build this are the Flutter framework for mobile development and the Flask framework for web development. There are 3 learning objectives in this video including how to build a deep learning API for your mobile app, how to generate images with a generative adversarial network, and how to calculate image similarity with OpenCV.

Here’s an interesting investing move from two industry heavyweights.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick’s 101100 fund and current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi have invested in Luminous, a small start-up building an artificial intelligence chip.

The investment shows key figures in the technology industry believe there is still an opportunity for a new standard to emerge when it comes to hardware for AI, which can be incorporated into a variety of software applications.

Watch Siraj Raval build tool for teachers that automatically grades and validates essays using modified versions of popular language models, specifically BERT and GPT-2.

From the description:

It’s called EssayBrain and I built it using the Python programming language, as well Flask, Tensorflow.js, Tensorflow, D3.js, CopyLeaks, Stripe, and Firebase. In this video tutorial, i’ll guide you through my process as I build this project. The code is open source and I’ll link to it below. Use it as inspiration to start your own profitable business in this space. We’ve got to upgrade education, and with the power of technology anyone anywhere can create a viable engineering solution that creates a positive impact. Enjoy!

Code: https://github.com/llSourcell/Watch-Me-Build-an-Education-Startup

We tend to think of startups as primarily a North American or Asian phenomenon, but that leaves out a large chunk of the world. Remember: innovation happens everywhere and not just in Shenzhen or the Pacific Time Zone.

Here’s an insightful look from Deutsche Welle on the startup scene in Africa and why it’s on the verge of getting big.

I first saw a bunch of scooters randomly strewn around the streets of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. My first thought that it was some kind of tourist group run amok. A few days I later, I saw the same thing in downtown DC.

It turns out that on demand scooter rentals are a thing – a very big thing. Possibly, the next big thing in Silicon Valley.

Why though? Watch this video to see the interesting (if not slightly ridiculous) tale of the Scooter Wars.