Top AI Startups, Muting Griefers, Re-Creating Lost Masterpieces, Better Video Search
Apr 21, 2021

Top AI Startups, Muting Griefers, Re-Creating Lost Masterpieces, Better Video Search

Last Sunday was my birthday. That got me thinking about the days leading to this one and those that may lie ahead.As a reader of The Batch, you’re probably pretty good at math. But let me ask you a question, and please answer from your gut, without calculating.
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Robots Supervise Robots, Bad Labels Plague Datasets, Large Language Models Learn Chinese, Transformers Assimilate GANs
Apr 14, 2021

Robots Supervise Robots, Bad Labels Plague Datasets, Large Language Models Learn Chinese, Transformers Assimilate GANs

Machine learning development is highly iterative. Rather than designing a grand system, spending months to build it, and then launching it and hoping for the best, it’s usually better to build a quick-and-dirty system, get feedback, and use that feedback to improve the system.
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Doctors Distrust AI, New Life For Old Songs, ImageNet Without Faces, Learning From Random Data
Apr 07, 2021

Doctors Distrust AI, New Life For Old Songs, ImageNet Without Faces, Learning From Random Data

Each year, the public relations agency Edelman produces a report on the online public’s trust in social institutions like government, media, and business. The latest Edelman Trust Barometer contains a worrisome finding: While technology was ranked the most trusted industry in the U.S.
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Tesla Under Investigation, Star Trek: The Chatbot, Attention For Vision Models, Spies Embrace AI
Mar 31, 2021

Tesla Under Investigation, Star Trek: The Chatbot, Attention For Vision Models, Spies Embrace AI

I have a two-year-old daughter, and am expecting my son to be born later this week. When I think about what we can do to build a brighter future for our children, the most important thing is...
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Networking License Plate Readers, Calling Out Unreproducible Results, Seeing What the Brain Sees, Chatbots Against Depression
Mar 24, 2021

Networking License Plate Readers, Calling Out Unreproducible Results, Seeing What the Brain Sees, Chatbots Against Depression

Earlier today, I spoke at a DeepLearning.AI event about MLOps, a field that aims to make building and deploying machine learning models more systematic. AI system development will...
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Facebook's Algorithms Under Fire, Voice Clones Invade Entertainment, Old Drugs Fight New Illnesses, Auditors Assess AI
Mar 17, 2021

Facebook's Algorithms Under Fire, Voice Clones Invade Entertainment, Old Drugs Fight New Illnesses, Auditors Assess AI

Over the past weekend, I happened to walk by a homeless encampment and went over to speak with some of the individuals there. I spoke with...
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Bringing Great Great Grandma Back To Life, Drones Play Defense, AI For Business Booms, Synthesizing New Video Angles
Mar 10, 2021

Bringing Great Great Grandma Back To Life, Drones Play Defense, AI For Business Booms, Synthesizing New Video Angles

Engineers need strong technical skills to be successful. But many underestimate the importance of developing strong communication skills as well. Many AI products are so...
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Google Overhauls Ethics Team, Covid-19 Triage, Facebook Glasses, Data Science Jobs, Transformer Shoot-Out
Mar 03, 2021

Google Overhauls Ethics Team, Covid-19 Triage, Facebook Glasses, Data Science Jobs, Transformer Shoot-Out

One of the most important skills of an AI architect is the ability to identify ideas that are worth working on. Over the years, I’ve had fun applying machine learning to manufacturing, healthcare, climate change, agriculture, ecommerce, advertising, and...
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Face Datasets Under Fire, Baking With AI, Human Disabilities Baffle Algorithms, Ginormous Transformers
Feb 24, 2021

Face Datasets Under Fire, Baking With AI, Human Disabilities Baffle Algorithms, Ginormous Transformers

AI-enabled automation is often portrayed as a binary on-or-off: A process is either automated or not. But in practice, automation is a spectrum, and AI teams have to choose where on this spectrum to operate. It’s important to...
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Untested Medical AI?, Art Appreciation For Robots, Why Models Don't Generalize, Autonomous Weapons Gain Support
Feb 17, 2021

Untested Medical AI?, Art Appreciation For Robots, Why Models Don't Generalize, Autonomous Weapons Gain Support

When a lot of data is available, machine learning is great at automating decisions. But when data is scarce, consider using the data to augment human insight, so people can make better decisions...
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Drivers Under Surveillance, What Is Fairness?, Cancer Treatment, Vision Improves Language, Trade In Your Gucci
Feb 10, 2021

Drivers Under Surveillance, What Is Fairness?, Cancer Treatment, Vision Improves Language, Trade In Your Gucci

Over the last several decades, driven by a multitude of benchmarks, supervised learning algorithms have become really good at achieving high accuracy on test datasets. As valuable as this is...
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AI Feels Your Pain, GPT-3 Wants To Be Free, Privacy Is Harder Than You Think, Neural Network Performance Guaranteed
Feb 03, 2021

AI Feels Your Pain, GPT-3 Wants To Be Free, Privacy Is Harder Than You Think, Neural Network Performance Guaranteed

The price of shares in video game retailer GameStop (NYSE: GME) gyrated wildly last week. Many people viewed the stock’s rapid ascent as a David-versus-Goliath story: Tech-savvy individual retail investors coordinated their trades online to push up the price...
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Reading Viruses, Liberating Drones, Detecting Earthquakes, Social Networking For The Blind, Competition For GANs
Jan 27, 2021

Reading Viruses, Liberating Drones, Detecting Earthquakes, Social Networking For The Blind, Competition For GANs

Last week, I talked about how best practices for machine learning projects are not one-size-fits-all, and how they vary depending on whether a project uses structured or unstructured data, and whether the dataset is small or big. Another dimension that affects best practices is which phase of...
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Detecting Guns, Fighting Lead Poisoning, Adversarial Training for Language-and-Vision, Financial Reports for Robots
Jan 20, 2021

Detecting Guns, Fighting Lead Poisoning, Adversarial Training for Language-and-Vision, Financial Reports for Robots

Experience gained in building a model to solve one problem doesn’t always transfer to building models for other problems. How can you tell whether or not intuitions honed in one project are likely to generalize to another?
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Propagandists Lie About AI, Language Models Grok Images, Machines Triage Covid Cases, World Models Shrink
Jan 13, 2021

Propagandists Lie About AI, Language Models Grok Images, Machines Triage Covid Cases, World Models Shrink

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol building was overrun by insurrectionists at the moment when members of Congress were certifying the results of a national election. Reading accounts of how close the mob came to where those representatives had sheltered...
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