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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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
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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Aug 10, 2022

The Batch: 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
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Aug 03, 2022

The Batch: 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.
Data scrapping tweak
Jul 27, 2022

The Batch: 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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Jul 20, 2022

The Batch: 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.
A person holding a giant sheet with tips on how to find projects
Jul 13, 2022

The Batch: 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.
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Jul 06, 2022

The Batch: 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

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