YouTube vs. Conspiracy Theorists, Robots That Think Ahead, GPU + CPU = The Future, Transformers Retooled
Sep 23, 2020

YouTube vs. Conspiracy Theorists, Robots That Think Ahead, GPU + CPU = The Future, Transformers Retooled

AI researchers keep coming up with impressive innovations: transformer-based language models, self-supervised learning, deep reinforcement learning, small data. All of these developments hold great promise.
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Training 1 Trillion Parameters, Medical AI Gets a Shot in the Arm, Does Bert Have Common Sense?, Revitalizing Chess
Sep 16, 2020

Training 1 Trillion Parameters, Medical AI Gets a Shot in the Arm, Does Bert Have Common Sense?, Revitalizing Chess

I’d like to share a programming tip that I’ve used for years. A large part of programming involves googling for code snippets you need on Stack Overflow and other websites. (Shh. Don’t tell the nondevelopers. ????)
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Pizza
Sep 09, 2020

Data for Defense, Predicting Credit Approvals, More Learning From Fewer Labels, Hunting for Planets

Today we take it for granted that many people know how to read and write. Someday, I hope, it will be just as common that people know how to write code. Several hundred years ago, society didn’t view language literacy as a necessary skill.
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Autonomous Air Freight, U.S. National AI Centers, Photorealistic Fantasy Tennis, Transformers Transform into RNNs
Sep 2, 2020

Autonomous Air Freight, U.S. National AI Centers, Photorealistic Fantasy Tennis, Transformers Transform into RNNs

Did you ever spend days obsessing over a technical problem? If so, I applaud you. Determined pursuit of solutions to hard problems is an important step toward building deep expertise.
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Students Protest AI-Predicted Exam Scores, Autonomous Fighter Jet Outguns Humans, Computer Vision Sees Race
Aug 26, 2020

Students Protest AI-Predicted Exam Scores, Autonomous Fighter Jet Outguns Humans, Computer Vision Sees Race

I’ve been trying to teach my toddler the alphabet. Despite having some educational experience, when she mispronounces a vowel for the nth time, I can’t help but feel like I’m doing it wrong.
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Predicting Car Crashes, Profiting From Deepfakes, Piloting Drone Swarms, Grading Data
Aug 19, 2020

Predicting Car Crashes, Profiting From Deepfakes, Piloting Drone Swarms, Grading Data

Last week, I asked what values the AI community stands for. Thank you to everyone who replied! The email responses in aggregate ran to 55 pages of text, and I enjoyed reading all of them.
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Apple's AI Strategy, Retail Surveillance, Clothes That Fight Face Recognition, Suboptimal Optimizers
Aug 12, 2020

Apple's AI Strategy, Retail Surveillance, Clothes That Fight Face Recognition, Suboptimal Optimizers

Earlier this week, I asked a question on social media: What is the most important problem that the AI community should work on? Thousands of you responded. The most frequently mentioned themes included:
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Faster AI Chips, Smarter Prosthetic Legs, Transformers for Image Processing, Humbling Overconfident Models
Aug 5, 2020

Faster AI Chips, Smarter Prosthetic Legs, Transformers for Image Processing, Humbling Overconfident Models

I spoke last week at the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum, a meeting attended by U.S. federal, state, and local government auditors. (Apparently some of the organizers had taken AI for Everyone.)
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GPT-3 Gone Wild, Covid Tech Roundup, AI for Sushi, Video Classification on Steroids
Jul 29, 2020

GPT-3 Gone Wild, Covid Tech Roundup, AI for Sushi, Video Classification on Steroids

Over the weekend, my family celebrated my grandfather’s 102nd birthday on Zoom. We dialed in from Hong Kong (my grandfather), the U.S. (myself), the UK, Singapore, and New Zealand.
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Corporate Deepfakes, Robot Chemists, Smart Boutiques, Curvy Neural Nets
Jul 22, 2020

Corporate Deepfakes, Robot Chemists, Smart Boutiques, Curvy Neural Nets

I received a copy of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams as a Christmas gift — back in the pre-Covid era — and finished it last weekend. This book by Matthew Walker, director of UC Berkeley’s sleep and neuroimaging lab,
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Easier Shopping, Smarter Manufacturing, Scarier Monsters, Sharper Headlines
Jul 15, 2020

Easier Shopping, Smarter Manufacturing, Scarier Monsters, Sharper Headlines

Last week, I wrote about the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy that would have forced international students to leave the country if their university went fully online to manage the risk of Covid-19.
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Biased Datasets, AI for Footballers, Transformers for Object Detection, Photorealistic Faces From History
Jul 8, 2020

Biased Datasets, AI for Footballers, Transformers for Object Detection, Photorealistic Faces From History

I am appalled by the policy, announced on Monday by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that international students in the country on an F-1 visa must leave if their school goes fully online to cope with Covid-19.
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Bias in Plain Sight, Apple's New AI, Amazon's Virtual Fitting Room, Bot Besties, Researchers Go Ape
Jul 1, 2020

Bias in Plain Sight, Apple's New AI, Amazon's Virtual Fitting Room, Bot Besties, Researchers Go Ape

We know that biased data leads to biased machine learning. But does the problem go beyond that? A few colleagues asked about this after a heated exchange on Twitter between Yann LeCun and Timnit Gebru (see “Image Resolution in Black and White” below).
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Who Still Sells Face Recognition to Police?, AI's Talent Pipeline, Misleading Research, Scaling Models from Serve
Jun 24, 2020

Who Still Sells Face Recognition to Police?, AI's Talent Pipeline, Misleading Research, Scaling Models from Serve

I was dismayed on Monday to read that the U.S. is suspending the H1-B visa program at least through the end of the year. This effort to discourage immigration can only bring distress to workers from other countries and harm to the U.S.
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NLP Special Issue! Powerful techniques from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce
Jun 17, 2020

NLP Special Issue! Powerful techniques from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce

I’m thrilled to announce our new Natural Language Processing Specialization! Courses 1 and 2 are available on Coursera. We expect to release Courses 3 and 4 soon.
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