Hawaiian Pizza
Sep 09, 2020

The Batch: Data for Defense, Predicting Credit Approvals, More Learning From Fewer Labels, Hunting for Planets

Today we take it for granted that many people know how to read and write. Someday, I hope, it will be just as common that people know how to write code. Several hundred years ago, society didn’t view language literacy as a necessary skill.
Light on a window during a very dark night
Sep 02, 2020

The Batch: Autonomous Air Freight, U.S. National AI Centers, Photorealistic Fantasy Tennis, Transformers Transform into RNNs

Did you ever spend days obsessing over a technical problem? If so, I applaud you. Determined pursuit of solutions to hard problems is an important step toward building deep expertise.
Letter and number-shaped stickers on the wall
Aug 26, 2020

The Batch: Students Protest AI-Predicted Exam Scores, Autonomous Fighter Jet Outguns Humans, Computer Vision Sees Race

I’ve been trying to teach my toddler the alphabet. Despite having some educational experience, when she mispronounces a vowel for the nth time, I can’t help but feel like I’m doing it wrong.
Top view of putting hands on each other
Aug 19, 2020

The Batch: Predicting Car Crashes, Profiting From Deepfakes, Piloting Drone Swarms, Grading Data

Last week, I asked what values the AI community stands for. Thank you to everyone who replied! The email responses in aggregate ran to 55 pages of text, and I enjoyed reading all of them.
Andrew Ng's tweet from Aug 2, 2020
Aug 12, 2020

The Batch: Apple's AI Strategy, Retail Surveillance, Clothes That Fight Face Recognition, Suboptimal Optimizers

Earlier this week, I asked a question on social media: What is the most important problem that the AI community should work on? Thousands of you responded. The most frequently mentioned themes included...
Andrew Ng speaking at the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum about auditing AI systems
Aug 05, 2020

The Batch: Faster AI Chips, Smarter Prosthetic Legs, Transformers for Image Processing, Humbling Overconfident Models

I spoke last week at the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, a meeting attended by U.S. federal, state, and local government auditors. (Apparently some of the organizers had taken AI for Everyone.)
Zoom call with the Ng family celebrating Andrew Ng's grandfather’s 102nd birthday
Jul 29, 2020

The Batch: GPT-3 Gone Wild, Covid Tech Roundup, AI for Sushi, Video Classification on Steroids

Over the weekend, my family celebrated my grandfather’s 102nd birthday on Zoom. We dialed in from Hong Kong (my grandfather), the U.S. (myself), the UK, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Cat sleeping
Jul 22, 2020

The Batch: Corporate Deepfakes, Robot Chemists, Smart Boutiques, Curvy Neural Nets

I received a copy of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams as a Christmas gift — back in the pre-Covid era — and finished it last weekend. This book by Matthew Walker, director of UC Berkeley’s sleep and neuroimaging lab...
People holding a "No student ban, no deportations" sign
Jul 15, 2020

The Batch: Easier Shopping, Smarter Manufacturing, Scarier Monsters, Sharper Headlines

Last week, I wrote about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy that would have forced international students to leave the country if their university went fully online to manage the risk of Covid-19.
Andrew Ng's Certificate of Elegibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student
Jul 08, 2020

The Batch: Biased Datasets, AI for Footballers, Transformers for Object Detection, Photorealistic Faces From History

I am appalled by the policy, announced on Monday by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that international students in the country on an F-1 visa must leave if their school goes fully online to cope with Covid-19.
The word "bias" with a forbidden sign over it
Jul 01, 2020

The Batch: Bias in Plain Sight, Apple's New AI, Amazon's Virtual Fitting Room, Bot Besties, Researchers Go Ape

We know that biased data leads to biased machine learning. But does the problem go beyond that? A few colleagues asked about this after a heated exchange on Twitter between Yann LeCun and Timnit Gebru (see “Image Resolution in Black and White” below).
US Notice of Action
Jun 24, 2020

The Batch: Who Still Sells Face Recognition to Police?, AI's Talent Pipeline, Misleading Research, Scaling Models from Serve

I was dismayed on Monday to read that the U.S. is suspending the H1-B visa program at least through the end of the year. This effort to discourage immigration can only bring distress to workers from other countries and harm to the U.S.
Speech bubble with binary code inside
Jun 17, 2020

The Batch: NLP Special Issue! Powerful techniques from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce

I’m thrilled to announce our new Natural Language Processing Specialization! Courses 1 and 2 are available on Coursera. We expect to release Courses 3 and 4 soon.
Students and associates of AI4US
Jun 10, 2020

The Batch: AI's Progress Problem, Recognizing Masked Faces, Mapping Underwater Ecosystems, Augmenting Features

Last week, I wrote about the diversity problem in AI and why we need to fix it. I asked you to tell us about your experiences as a Black person in AI or share the names of Black colleagues you admire.
Posters of George Floyd stuck on a glass door
Jun 03, 2020

The Batch: Facebook’s Unruly Algorithm, AI That Does the Dishes, New Life for Old Data, Models That Take Shortcuts, YOLO

Like many of you, I’m deeply saddened by the events of the past week. I’m horrified by the senseless violence perpetrated against Black communities and appalled by the persistent racial injustice of our society. It’s long past time to right these terrible wrongs.

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