DeepScale's automated vehicle technology
Oct 09, 2019

The Batch: Tesla Acquires DeepScale, France Backs Face Recognition, Robots Learn in Virtual Reality, Acquirers Snag AI Startups

Last week, I saw a lot of social media discussion about a paper using deep learning to generate artificial comments on news articles. I’m not sure why anyone thinks this is a good idea. At best, it adds noise to the media environment.
"No silver bullet" book cover
Oct 02, 2019

The Batch: Google Achieves Quantum Supremacy, Amazon Aims To Sway Lawmakers, AI Predicts Basketball Plays, Face Detector

Thinking about the future of machine learning programming frameworks, I recently reread computer scientist Fred Brooks’ classic essay, “No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering.” Three decades after...
Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom
Sep 25, 2019

The Batch: Global Surveillance Survey, AI’s Crisis of Reproducibility, Construction Drones, Bots Cheat at Hide-and-Seek

I read an interesting paper comparing the results of traditional passive learning (sitting in a lecture) versus active methods like the flipped classroom, where students watch videos at home and work on exercises in class.
Photos from Pie & AI meetup in Kuala Lumpur
Sep 18, 2019

Robot Farm Workers, Making Algorithms Rock, Automating Contract Negotiations, Recognizing Accented Speech

Over the weekend, we hosted our first Pie & AI meetup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in collaboration with the AI Malaysia group, MDEC, and ADAX. The event was part of Malaysia’s AI & Data Week 2019. Several people traveled from neighboring southeast Asian countries to attend!
Photo of Omoju Miller, senior ML engineer at Github
Sep 11, 2019

The Batch: Autonomous Nuclear Weapons?!, Fighting Deepfakes, Recognizing Chimps, Automating Fast Food

When it comes to artificial intelligence, one of the biggest mistakes large companies make is thinking tactically rather than strategically. What’s the difference? Some taxi companies thought they had the internet revolution...
Group picture with Taiwan AI Labs featuring Andrew Ng
Sep 04, 2019

The Batch: Taming Dangerous AI, Microscopes Spot Tumors, NLP Grades Standardized Tests, Viz Without Mesh

I traveled to Taiwan last week, where I met many CEOs interested in AI transformation of traditional companies. I also visited Taiwan AI Labs which, similar to OpenAI, started as a nonprofit AI research institute.
Photos from Pie & AI meetup in Medellin, Colombia
Aug 28, 2019

The Batch: Gunning for GPUs, Football for DRL, Navigation for the Blind, Mystery Signals From Outer Space

We ended a busy week in Colombia hosting a Pie & AI meetup in Medellín. I met hundreds of engineers and business professionals excited to take the next step in their AI careers. I was energized by the enthusiasm the Colombia community had for collaborating...
Andrew Ng with a group of engineers in Medellin, Colombia
Aug 21, 2019

The Batch: Clothes That Thwart Surveillance, DeepMind in the Hot Seat, BERT’s Revenge, Federal AI Standards

I am writing to you from Colombia today, and am excited to announce the opening of our office in Medellín. The office will serve as the Latin American headquarters for three of the companies in our AI ecosystem: Landing AI,, and AI Fund.
Photos from Pie & AI meetup at Google’s office in Sunnyvale
Jul 31, 2019

The Batch: AI for Artists, Relief for Programmers, Diagnosing Heart Disease, Emotional Un-Intelligence, Multilingual Text-to-Speech

Shortly after Pi day (3/14), I announced our Pie & AI series of meetups. We held them in Seattle in March and London in April. We just hosted our third Pie & AI meetup to celebrate the launch of the final course in the TensorFlow Specialization.
The Batch: Wiring the Brain for AI, Diagnosing Cancer, Generating Realistic Videos, Innovating in Africa
Jul 24, 2019

The Batch: Wiring the Brain for AI, Diagnosing Cancer, Generating Realistic Videos, Innovating in Africa

I recently met an engineer at a large travel agency who had built a fun ML project for sending guests greetings. This was one of the company’s first forays into ML. The project did not generate any revenue, and their managers discouraged them from doing more work on ML.
Andrew Ng with a stash of new blank notebooks
Jul 17, 2019

The Batch: AI Shows Emotional Intelligence, Machines Beat Humans at Poker, Watson Takes Up Tennis, GANs Reveal What They’ve Learned

My stash of new blank notebooks just arrived in the mail. I have a weakness for stationery. I always feel that if only I had the perfect pen and notebook, I might have better ideas.
Andrew Ng's course certificate from Coursera
Jul 10, 2019

The Batch: Faking out FaceTime, deciphering lost languages, predicting scientific discoveries, reading body language, recycling with robots

If you wonder how often I take online courses myself, the answer is: Quite often. I have a longstanding interest in AI for healthcare.
Semantic Thinning Edge Alignment Learning example
Jul 03, 2019

The Batch: Predicting Violence, DeepNude, Preparing For Robots, Regulating Medical AI

As we were working on the latest course of the TensorFlow Specialization, instructor Laurence Moroney messaged me his LSTM-generated poetry, created by learning from a database of roughly 100 Irish song lyrics.
The Batch: Grieving for Dead Robots, Hacking Animal Brains, Navigating Without GPS, Watching Electrons
Jun 26, 2019

The Batch: Grieving for Dead Robots, Hacking Animal Brains, Navigating Without GPS, Watching Electrons

AI is still compute-hungry. With supervised learning algorithms and emerging approaches to self-supervised and unsupervised learning, we are nowhere near satisfying this hunger.
Photo from the International Conference on Machine Learning
Jun 19, 2019

The Batch: AI Jobs in Flux, Robot Tanks, Deepfakes in DC, Psychosis Detection

Last Friday, I attended the International Conference on Machine Learning. I spoke at the AI and Climate Change workshop on projects we’re doing to model methane emissions and on wind turbines. John Platt gave an overview of climate issues.

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