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This month in AWS Machine Learning: July 2020 edition

Every day there is something new going on in the world of AWS Machine Learning—from launches to new use cases like posture detection to interactive trainings like the AWS Power Hour: Machine Learning on Twitch. We’re packaging some of the not-to-miss information from the ML Blog and beyond for easy perusing each month. Check back at the end of each month for the latest roundup.

See use case section for how to build a posture tracker project with AWS DeepLens

See use case section for how to build a posture tracker project with AWS DeepLens


As models become more sophisticated, AWS customers are increasingly applying machine learning (ML) prediction to video content, whether that’s in media and entertainment, autonomous driving, or more. At AWS, we had the following exciting July launches:

  • On July 9, we announced that SageMaker Ground Truth now supports video labeling. The National Football League (NFL) has already put this new feature to work to develop labels for training a computer vision system that tracks all 22 players as they move on the field during plays. Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth reduced the timeline for developing a high-quality labeling dataset by more than 80%.
  • On July 13, we launched the availability of AWS DeepRacer Evo and Sensor Kit for purchase. AWS DeepRacer Evo is available for a limited-time, discounted price of $399, a savings of $199 off the regular bundle price of $598, and the AWS DeepRacer Sensor Kit is available for $149, a savings of $100 off the regular price of $249. AWS DeepRacer is a fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car powered by reinforcement learning (RL) that gives ML developers of all skill levels the opportunity to learn and build their ML skills in a fun and competitive way. AWS DeepRacer Evo includes new features and capabilities to help you learn more about ML through the addition of sensors that enable object avoidance and head-to-head racing. Both items are available on com for shipping in the US only.
  • On July 23, we announced that Contact Lens for Amazon Connect is now generally available. Contact Lens is a set of capabilities for Amazon Connect enabled by ML that gives contact centers the ability to understand the sentiment, trends, and compliance of customer conversations to improve their experience and identify crucial feedback.
  • As of July 28, Amazon Fraud Detector is now generally available. Amazon Fraud Detector is a fully managed service that makes it easy to identify potentially fraudulent online activities such as online payment fraud and the creation of fake accounts. It uses your data, ML, and more than 20 years of fraud detection expertise from Amazon to automatically identify potentially fraudulent online activity so you can catch more fraud faster.
  • Develop your own custom genre model to create AI-generated tunes in our latest AWS DeepComposer Chartbusters Challenge, Spin the Model. Submit your entries by 8/23 & see if you can top the #AI charts on SoundCloud for a chance to win some great prizes.

Use cases

Get ideas and architectures from AWS customers, partners, ML Heroes, and AWS experts on how to apply ML to your use case:

Explore more ML stories

Want more news about developments in ML? Check out the following stories:

  • Formula 1 Pit Strategy Battle – Take a deep dive into how the Amazon ML Solutions Lab and Professional Services Teams worked with Formula 1 to build a real-time race strategy prediction application using AWS technology that brings pit wall decisions to the viewer, and resulted in the Pit Strategy Battle graphic. You can also learn how a serverless architecture can provide ML predictions with minimal latency across the globe, and how to get started on your own ML journey.
  • Fairness in AI – At the seventh Workshop on Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) at the International Conference on Machine Learning, Amazon researchers won a best paper award for the paper “Fair Bayesian Optimization.” The paper addresses the problem of ensuring the fairness of AI systems, a topic that has drawn increasing attention in recent years. Learn more about the research findings at Amazon.Science.

Mark your calendars

Join us for the following exciting ML events:

  • Have fun while learning how to build, train, and deploy ML models with Amazon SageMaker Fridays. Join our expert ML Specialists Emily Webber and Alex McClure for a live session on Twitch. Register now!
  • AWS Power Hour: Machine Learning is a weekly, live-streamed program that premiered Thursday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. EST and will air at that time every Thursday for 7 weeks.

Also, if you missed it, see the Amazon Augmented AI (Amazon A2I) Tech Talk to learn how you can implement human reviews to review your ML predictions from Amazon Textract, Amazon Rekognition, Amazon Comprehend, Amazon SageMaker, and other AWS AI/ ML services.

See you next month for more on AWS ML!

About the author

Laura Jones is a product marketing lead for AWS AI/ML where she focuses on sharing the stories of AWS’s customers and educating organizations on the impact of machine learning. As a Florida native living and surviving in rainy Seattle, she enjoys coffee, attempting to ski and enjoying the great outdoors.