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Sep 21, 2022

The Batch: Data Scientists Analyze Data Science, AI Regulation Uses Undefined Terms, Robots LOL, AI Mattes Images

Activities such as writing code and solving math problems are often perceived as purely intellectual pursuits. But this ignores the fact that they involve the mental equivalent of muscle memory.
12 min read
The Batch: Prompting DALL·E for Fun and Profit, Teaching Language Models New Info, Court Rules Against AI Proctoring, Predicting Breakdowns Keeps Factories Humming
Sep 14, 2022

The Batch: Prompting DALL·E for Fun and Profit, Teaching Language Models New Info, Court Rules Against AI Proctoring, Predicting Breakdowns Keeps Factories Humming

Stable Diffusion, an image generation model that takes a text prompt and produces an image, was released a few weeks ago in a landmark event for AI.
11 min read
A stack of academic research papers are locked up with chains.
Sep 07, 2022

The Batch: GPU Geopolitics, Spotting Tax Cheats, Luring Subscribers, Accelerating Transformers

Paywalled journals that block free access to scientific research are the bane of the academic community.
9 min read
Illustration of an AI job seeker entering the workforce.
Aug 31, 2022

The Batch: Misinformation Recognition, China's AI ROI, Neural Nets Catch Fresher Fish, Object Detection Transformers Simplified

I’ve devoted several recent letters to building a career in AI. In this one, I’d like to discuss some fine points of finding a job.The typical job search follows a fairly predictable path.
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Job search pillar
Aug 24, 2022

AI Regulations Proceed Locally, Taming Spurious Correlations, One Cool Robot, What a Molecule’s Structure Reveals

Last week, I wrote about switching roles, industries, or both as a framework for considering a job search. If you’re preparing to switch roles (say, taking a job as a machine learning engineer for the first time) or industries (say, working in an
10 min read
An illustration shows how career changes can be a role switch, an industry switch, or both
Aug 17, 2022

Science Plagued by Machine Learning Mistakes, Deepfakes Censor Profanity, Wearable AI Helps Impaired Walking, Ensemble Models Simplified

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Science Plagued by Machine Learning Mistakes, Deepfakes Censor Profanity, Wearable AI Helps Impaired Walking, Ensemble Models Simplified
9 min read
A statue of Lady Justice holds a set of scales in each hand, signifying inconsistent decision making.
Aug 10, 2022

AI Jobs Grow in Pharma, Self-Driving Safety Check, Holocaust Victims Identified, Protein Families Deciphered

The Batch - AI News & Insights: AI Jobs Grow in Pharma, Self-Driving Safety Check, Holocaust Victims Identified, Protein Families Deciphered
9 min read
UK's Drone Superhighway, Largest Open Source Language Model, AI Protects Bees, Countering Biased Labels
Aug 03, 2022

UK's Drone Superhighway, Largest Open Source Language Model, AI Protects Bees, Countering Biased Labels

While working on Course 3 of the Machine Learning Specialization, which covers reinforcement learning, I was reflecting on how reinforcement learning algorithms are still quite finicky. They’re very sensitive to hyperparameter
10 min read
data scrapping tweak
Jul 27, 2022

Military AI Spending Grows, Automated Talent Scout, Drive-Thru Car Inspection, Humanized Training for Robots

In this issue of The Batch: AI War Chest Grows | Drive-Thru Car Inspection Uses Computer Vision | AI computer vision grading soccer players...
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Projects Pillar
Jul 20, 2022

In-Demand Job Titles, New Rules for Self-Driving Cars, How to Cut AI's Carbon Emissions, Learning from Metadata

Last week’s letter focused on coming up with AI project ideas, part of a series on how to build a career in the field. This letter describes how a sequence of projects might fit into your career path.
10 min read
Project pilar
Jul 13, 2022

Self-Driving Car Fleet Stalls, Homebrew DALL·E Goes Viral, Microsoft's AI Ethics Upgrade, When Higher Accuracy Hurts Some Classes

In the last two letters, I wrote about developing a career in AI and shared tips for gaining technical skills. This time, I’d like to discuss an important step in building a career: project work.
10 min read
Learning pilar
Jul 06, 2022

Autonomous Atlantic Crossing, AI in the Courtroom, Satellite Photos Reveal Secrets, More Masking For Better Learning

Last week, I wrote about key steps for building a career in AI: learning technical skills, doing project work, and searching for a job, all of which is supported by being part of a community. In this letter, I’d like to dive more deeply into the first
11 min read
3 pillars: learning, projects and job search
Jun 29, 2022

Machine Learning for Martian Drone, Regulators Punish Meta for Algorithmic Bias, Transformers Conquer Graphs

The rapid rise of AI has led to a rapid rise in AI jobs, and many people are building exciting careers in this field. A career is a decades-long journey, and the path is not always straightforward. Over many years, I’ve been privileged to see
10 min read
People Hugging
Jun 22, 2022

Next Step for Language Modeling, Predicting Wind Power, Even Bigger Transformers, Deep Doo-Doo

Many things in life have a positive side and a negative side. For instance, a new AI system might help democratize access, and at the same time it might be more accessible to people who have internet access than those who don’t. Thus, it could
9 min read
Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs
Jun 15, 2022

Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs

A Google Engineer recently announced he believes that a language model is sentient. I’m highly skeptical that any of today’s AI models are sentient. Some reporters, to their credit, also expressed skepticism. Still, I worry that
10 min read
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Jun 08, 2022

Top 100 AI Startups, Inside the Mind of DALL·E 2, Child Welfare Officials Drop AI, Fresh Images From Cellular Automata

Last week, I wrote about how rising interest rates are likely to lead investors and other finance professionals to focus on short-term returns rather than longer-term investments. Nonetheless, I believe this is still a good time to invest in long-
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