Project management cartoon
Nov 24, 2021

The Batch: Surveillance State In the Making?, Robot Fry Cook, U.S. AI Strategy, A Chatbot For Long Talks

I’m grateful to the AI community for the friendships it has brought me and the benefits it has brought to billions of people.
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Different types of semaphores
Nov 17, 2021

The Batch: Has AI Become Unaffordable?, Covid Confounds Price Prediction, Face Recognition Algorithms Are Not Equal, This Chatbot Knows How To Google

The physical world is full of unique details that differ from place to place, person to person, and item to item. In contrast, the world of software is built on abstractions that make for relatively uniform coding environments and user experiences.
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Andrew Ng during a conference
Nov 10, 2021

The Batch: GPT-3 For All, DeepMind's Goldmine, Facebook Unfriends Face Recognition, Empowering Robots To Find What They Need

On Monday, Landing AI (where I’m CEO) announced the close of a $57 million Series A funding round. The investment enables the company to continue building its data-centric MLOps platform for computer vision, with a focus on manufacturing visual inspection.
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Andrew Ng playing piano
Nov 03, 2021

The Batch: Facebook's Algorithm Revealed, Google's Mobile AI Chip Unveiled, Art Forgeries Exposed, How Algorithms Understand Video

Dear friends, Years ago, whenever I had to do something boring or unpleasant — such as drive to work or go for a run — I used to listen to music to provide a distraction. Although I still appreciate music, as I got older I decided to cut out distractions.
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Illustration of Andrew Ng dressed as a panda holding a bag full of candy
Oct 27, 2021

The Batch: Halloween Special! Monsters of AI Including Tech Giants, Explosive Drones, Surveillance Democracies, Foundation Models

On Halloween, the veil lifts between the spirit and AI worlds, allowing the two to pass through one another. The resulting paranormal — or, as AI practitioners call it, paragaussian — phenomena raise questions...
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Wiiners of the Data-centric AI Competition
Oct 20, 2021

The Batch: Regulating AI, Where the MLEs Are, Real-Time Voice Replacement, Robot Painter

In June, I announced the first Data-centric AI Competition. The deadline for submissions was in early September, and today I’m thrilled to announce the winners!
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College classrooms
Oct 13, 2021

The Batch: AI Has a Web Problem, Google Goes Multimodal, Unfinished Symphony Completed, Transformers Get Faster Still

I’ve seen many friends transition from an academic or research role to a corporate role. The most successful ones adjusted to corporate work by shifting their mindset in a few crucial ways.
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Left: flawless gear | Right: gear with a defect
Oct 06, 2021

The Batch: Facebook on the Ropes, Tesla Tracks Driver Safety, Amazon Unleashes Guard Bot, Recognizing Outliers

The image below shows two photos of the same gear taken under different conditions. From the point of view of a computer-vision algorithm — as well as the human eye — the imaging setup that produced the picture on the right makes
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Landing.AI screen capture
Sep 29, 2021

The Batch: AI Allocates Covid Tests, Makeup Thwarts Face Recognition, Making Neural Nets Think Harder, NeurIPS Under Fire

In my experience, the most sophisticated decision makers tend to be hypothesis-driven thinkers. They may be engineers solving a technical problem, product designers fulfilling a customer need, or entrepreneurs growing a business. They
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Hypothesis-Driven thinking chart
Sep 22, 2021

The Batch: Distance Killing, Walmart Revs Driverless Delivery, Neural Net Learns Sense Of Style, UN Versus AI

In my experience, the most sophisticated decision makers tend to be hypothesis-driven thinkers. They may be engineers solving a technical problem, product designers fulfilling a customer need, or entrepreneurs growing a business.
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Location of Pie & AI events
Sep 15, 2021

The Batch: China Clamps Down on Recommendation Engines, Robot Football, Ethics Survey, Reducing Elder Fall Risk

I invite you to be part of Pie & AI, a series of meetups that bring together members of the global AI community for education and conversation. Pie & AI is a place where you can network with peers, learn best practices from industry leaders...
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Neurips data-centric AI workshop screen presentation
Sep 08, 2021

The Batch: Predicting Climate Change, $500 Billion In AI Sales, Perceptrons Equal Transformers, Computer Vision Stares At The Sun

I’m thrilled to announce the NeurIPS Data-Centric AI Workshop, which will be held on December 14, 2021. You may have heard me speak about data-centric AI, in which we systematically engineer the data that feeds learning algorithms. This workshop is a chance to delve more deeply into the subject.
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Cartoon with a joke about choices
Sep 01, 2021

The Batch: Tesla's Dancing Robot, Adapting to Climate Change, Asking Language Models Nicely, Machine Unlearning

Building AI products and businesses requires making tough choices about what to build and how to go about it. I’ve heard of two styles...
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Andrew Ng's grandfather drawing
Aug 25, 2021

The Batch: Invasion of the Large Language Models, Can AI Recognize Opioid Addicts?, Better Coffee Through AI

Recently I attended an online celebration of my late grandfather’s life. He had passed away quietly in his sleep in March. Two days later, Coursera was publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange. And two days after that, my son Neo Atlas Ng was born.
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Data-Centric AI Development Iterative Workflow
Aug 18, 2021

The Batch: Apple Weakens Privacy, AI's Invention Wins A Patent, Deere All-In For Robot Tractors, Atari-Playing Algo Learns New Trick

Say you’ve trained a learning algorithm and found that it works well on many examples but performs poorly on a particular subset, or slice, of the data. What can you do?...
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