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Nov 30, 2022

The Batch: Billboards Are Watching, City Goes Algorithmic, Auto-Translation for Unwritten Language, New Views of 3D Scenes Pronto!

On Monday, the European Union fined Meta roughly $275 million for breaking its data privacy law. Even though Meta’s violation was not AI specific, the EU’s response is a reminder that we need to build AI systems that preserve user privacy — not just to avoid fines...
12 min read
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Nov 23, 2022

The Batch: Artists Rebel Against AI, One Weird Trick Beats Go Model, Neural Nets Vs. Decision Trees, More Bang Per Chip

Last week, Facebook’s parent company Meta released a demo of Galactica, a large language model trained on 48 million scientific articles. Two days later, amid controversy regarding the model’s potential to generate false or misleading articles, the company withdrew it.
11 min read
Earth globe crowded with people
Nov 16, 2022

The Batch: Trends in 2022, AI Isn't So Bad for Jobs, Price Optimization Vs. Price Hike, Visual Reasoning Advances

The population of Earth officially reached 8 billion this week. Hooray! It’s hard to imagine what so many people are up to. While I hope that humanity can learn how to leave only gentle footprints on the planet...
11 min read
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Nov 09, 2022

The Batch: Safety or Surveillance?, What Businesses Want from AI, Right-Sizing Models, AI-Driven Aquaculture

The economic downturn of the past six months has hit many individuals and companies hard, and I’ve written about the impact of rising interest rates on AI. The effects of high inflation, the Russian war in Ukraine, and an economic slowdown in China are rippling across the globe.
10 min read
The Batch: Generative AI Brings Big Bucks, Assessing Ukraine War Damage, Candidates Target Voters, Translating 1,000 Languages
Nov 02, 2022

The Batch: Generative AI Brings Big Bucks, Assessing Ukraine War Damage, Candidates Target Voters, Translating 1,000 Languages

A new report from UN Climate Change says that the world might be on track for 2.5 °C of warming by the end of the century, a potentially catastrophic level of warming that’s far above the 1.5 °C target of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
10 min read
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Oct 26, 2022

The Batch: Happy Halloween! Neural Nets Awaken, Foundation Models Go Rogue, Bots Take Over the Office, GPUs Dry Up

Each year, AI brings wondrous advances. But, as Halloween approaches and the veil lifts between the material and ghostly realms, we see that spirits take advantage of these developments at least as much as humans do.
10 min read
Illustration of Andrew Ng on a computer searching for "Panda bear" and getting a Paddington instead
Oct 19, 2022

The Batch: U.S. Blocks AI Chip Sales to China, Joe Rogan Meets Steve Jobs (Virtually), Massively Multilingual Translation, Smart Farms

Is prompt engineering — the art of writing text prompts to get an AI system to generate the output you want — going to be a dominant user interface for AI?
11 min read
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Oct 12, 2022

The Batch: Text-to-Video Explodes, Faster Fast Food, Regulating Medical AI, Coordinating Hurricane Relief

For the past decade, the rise of AI has been powered by the increasing speed and decreasing cost of GPUs and other accelerator chips. How long will this continue? The past month saw several events that might affect how GPU prices evolve.
11 min read
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Oct 05, 2022

The Batch: DALL·E for Video, AI Startup Funding Falls, What the Dark Side of the Moon Looks Like, Modeling Spoken Conversation

When I wrote recently about how to build a career in AI, several readers wrote to ask specifically about AI product management: the art and science of designing compelling AI products. I’ll share lessons I’ve learned about this here and in future letters.
11 min read
Andrew Ng with a welcome message displayed on a laptop
Sep 28, 2022

The Batch: Robot Assistants Take a Step Forward, Nvidia Boosts AI as a Service, AI Enters Prisons, How to Train Vision Transformers

In this letter, I’d like to address the serious matter of newcomers to AI sometimes experiencing imposter syndrome, where someone — regardless of their success in the field — wonders if they’re a fraud and really belong in the AI community.
11 min read
Illustration of a brain over a muscular arm
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
Left: Panda drawn by Andrew Ng in 10 minutes | Right: Panda generated by Stable Diffusion in seconds
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
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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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Aug 24, 2022

The Batch: 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
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An illustration shows how career changes can be a role switch, an industry switch, or both
Aug 17, 2022

The Batch: 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
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