Hey, That’s My Spot!

If you’re a fisherman or fisherwoman, there’s a social media network called Fishbrain that may be for you. Five million fishers use it, and collectively they’ve logged over 3.7 million catches’ worth of data. Besides sharing your catch with other fishers, you can use the platform to get weather and tide pattern info, and the social network also uses machine learning to tell you where and when to fish for best results. But is there a catch? Will the platform give away once quiet and relaxing fishing spots to a bevy of novice fishers, making a relaxing pastime a little more stressful? TBD.

What Goes with My Couch?

Google’s Arts & Culture Lab in Paris is at it again, dropping a new machine learning application this week called Art Palette. Having a hard time finding an art piece that goes with your unique living room design? This may help. All you have to do is give Art Palette a handful of colors, and it’ll find all the art pieces in its database that match your scheme from thousands of images. Watch a video about it here:

I Have to Change How Many?

You can imagine what a headache it would be to own a company that has to update hundreds of client contracts after a government regulation change—and do it all at once. One machine learning legal application, eBrevia, a Columbia University–developed software, helps companies identify all noncompliant contract clauses, all the contracts missing key clauses required by new regulation, and elements needed to create contract amendments, among other things. In a huge development this week, a large player in the law industry, a traditionally tech-reticent field, adopted eBrevia, helping the field become a little less Luddite. (As a side note, if you are or someone you know is heavily invested in the law space, we just opened up pre-orders for our in-depth AI and ML in Law industry report.)

Unique of the Week: The Hamburger Flipper Worth $60,000

After lots of talk, CaliBurger has finally started using a robotic chef, named Flippy, to cook its meat patties. Watch it at work here:


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