Bodiam Castle at East Sussex, England
May 11, 2022

The Batch: Liberation for Large Language Models, AI Picks Music Hits, Robots in Hospitals

Last week, I described trends that AI Fund, the venture studio I lead, has seen in building AI startups. I'd like to discuss another aspect of building companies that’s unique to AI businesses: the controversial topic of data moats.
Hot air balloons and rocket departing
May 04, 2022

The Batch: Predicting the Next Pandemic, Driverless Cars Go Driverless, Managing Medical Uncertainty, Data-Efficient Vision Transformers

AI Fund, which I lead, is a venture studio that works with entrepreneurs to build companies rapidly and increase their odds of success. We’ve evaluated a lot of AI startup ideas. There’s no one-size-fits-all template for building businesses.
Social media logos as a puzzle
Apr 27, 2022

The Batch: Recognizing Distracted Drivers, Training Fighter Pilots, Dominating the Bridge Table, Training Trillions of Parameters

It's official: Elon Musk will buy Twitter, pending approval of the transaction by the company's stockholders and the U.S. government. While some people are celebrating the deal in the name of free speech, others are worried about the platform’s future.
Twitter logo escaping from a cage
Apr 20, 2022

The Batch: How DALL·E 2 Makes Images, Like GPT-3 But More Sensible, How AI Startups Spend Their Money, Robo Real Estate Agents

Last week, Elon Musk launched a surprise attempt to acquire Twitter. The $43-billion bid was motivated, he said, by his desire to protect free speech endangered by the company’s practice of promoting some tweets while burying others. To
Andrew Ng's TED Talk 2022
Apr 13, 2022

The Batch: Recognizing War Criminals in Ukraine, Salesbots Invade LinkedIn, AI Radiology Cleared for Clinics

With the pandemic easing in the United States and Canada, I’ve been traveling more in the last two weeks. I spoke at TED 2022 in Vancouver and ScaleUp:AI in New York and attended a manufacturing conference in California.
Jupyter Notebooks
Apr 06, 2022

The Batch: Government Smacks Down Errant Algorithms, Animal Animations From Video, AI For Biofuel, Is There Learning After Overfitting?

The U.S. government punished an app vendor for building an algorithm based on ill-gotten data | Animal Animations From Video | Learning After Overfitting | Machine Learning boosts renewable fuels
Darts board
Mar 30, 2022

The Batch: AI Designs Chemical Weapons, AI Gains Cultural Awareness, New Chip Accelerates Transformers, Spotting Dangerous Mutations

AI Fund, the venture studio and investment firm that I lead, recently held a summit where CEOs and founders of portfolio companies shared ideas on topics from fundraising to building team culture.
Excerpt from "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, cast in a plaque
Mar 23, 2022

The Batch: AI Builds AI, Face Recognition Sees Genetic Disorders, Stock Market Simulation, Tracking AI's Global Progress

I’ve always thought that how you treat those who are powerless shows your true character. People rarely mistreat others who have power over them -- for example, their boss — because they might suffer adverse consequences.
Wooden ladder pointing to the sky with a hand on it
Mar 16, 2022

The Batch: AI For President, Pig Sqeal Recognition, Help For Problem Gamblers, Hypernetworks For Hyper Training

Last week, I wrote about the grand challenge of artificial general intelligence. Other scientific and engineering grand challenges inspire me as well. For example, fusion energy, extended lifespans, and space colonization have massive potential to remake civilization (for good or ill).
Artificial-general-intelligence meme
Mar 09, 2022

The Batch: Demand For AI Skills Exceeds Supply, Robot Dogs Learn to Fetch, Investor Bots Underperform, Algorithms Shortchange Elders

I’ve always thought that building artificial general intelligence — a system that can learn to perform any mental task that a typical human can — is one of the grandest challenges of our time. In fact, nearly 17 years ago, I co-organized a NeurIPS workshop on building human-level AI.
DeepLearning.AI group of learners with Andrew Ng
Mar 02, 2022

The Batch: Which Nation Dominates AI?, Meet Your Robot Colleagues, GANs Forecast Weather, Unmasking QAnon's Anonymous Conspiracy Theorist

Last week, DeepLearning.AI invited a group of learners to our Palo Alto office’s courtyard. We had a good time chatting about paths into AI, career trajectories, applications people were working on, and challenges they were facing.
Doves flying over barbed wire
Feb 23, 2022

The Batch: AI For Unlimited Clean Energy, Stopping Robocalls, Reading Analog Meters, Choosing a Fine-Tuning Algorithm

Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, and the terrifying prospect of a war in Europe weighs on my mind. My heart goes out to all the civilians affected, and I hope we won’t see the loss of life, liberty, or property that many people fear.
Datacentric AI logo
Feb 16, 2022

The Batch: AI Race Driver Beats Humans, Apple Bets On Generated Music, Robots Don't Want Your Job, SOA Versus FBP For ML

We just launched a Data-Centric AI Resource Hub to help you improve the performance of AI systems by systematically engineering the underlying data. It offers new articles by Nvidia director of machine learning research...
Neural network with a heart icon
Feb 09, 2022

The Batch: AlphaCode Beats Human Coders, Driving a Forklift In Pajamas, Facebook's New AI Cluster, Does Better Pretraining Yield Better Fine-Tuning?

I tested positive for Covid on Monday and mentioned this on social media. I’m grateful to the many people who wished me well. Reading your messages made me feel better. My unscientific feeling is that they helped clear my nose a bit!
Andrew Ng speaking at the A3 Business Forum in Orlando, Florida
Feb 02, 2022

The Batch: AI Chip Supplies At Risk, GPT-3 Goes to Finishing School, Fake Faces For Training Face Recognition, Roadblocks to Regulating AI

I’m writing this in Orlando, Florida, where I just spoke at the A3 Business Forum, a group that works to advance industrial automation through AI, robotics, and other tools. This was my first large conference since the pandemic started...

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