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Building Trustworthy AI
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AI Topics for Dinner-Table Discussion Building Trustworthy AI

I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with Nova and watching her taste turkey for the first time. To those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you spend time with loved ones, reflect on what you are thankful for, and discuss some very important
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 5: Change Management
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 5: Change Management

My last two letters explored robustness and small data as common reasons why AI projects fail. In the final letter of this three-part series, I’d like to discuss change management. Change management isn’t an issue specific to AI, but given the technology’s
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 4: Small Data
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 4: Small Data

In this series exploring why machine learning projects fail, let’s examine the challenge of “small data.” Given 1 million labeled images, many teams can build a good classifier using open source. But say you are building a visual inspection system for a factory to detect
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 3: Robustness
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 3: Robustness

Building AI systems is hard. Despite all the hype, AI engineers struggle with difficult problems every day. For the next few weeks, I’ll explore some of the major challenges. Today’s topic: The challenge of building AI systems that are robust to real-world conditions.
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 2: Common Pitfalls
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Why AI Projects Fail, Part 2: Common Pitfalls

Welcome to the Halloween edition of The Batch! I promised last week to share some common reasons for AI project failures. But first, let’s start with some of the least common reasons.
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Why AI Projects Fail
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Why AI Projects Fail

I’ve heard this conversation in multiple companies: Machine learning engineer: Look how well I did on the test set! Business owner: But your ML system doesn’t work. This sucks! Machine learning engineer: But look how well I did on the test set!
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Does Your Project Bring Joy?
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Does Your Project Bring Joy?

I just replaced my two-year-old phone with a new one and figured out how to take long-exposure photos of Nova even while she’s asleep and the lights are very low. This piece of technology brought me a surprising amount of joy!
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How Should We Manage AI threats?
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How Should We Manage AI threats?

Last week, I saw a lot of social media discussion about a paper using deep learning to generate artificial comments on news articles. I’m not sure why anyone thinks this is a good idea. At best, it adds noise to the media environment. At worst, it’s a tool for con artists and propagandists.
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Reducing Essential Complexity
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Reducing Essential Complexity

Thinking about the future of machine learning programming frameworks, I recently reread computer scientist Fred Brooks’ classic essay, “No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering.” Three decades after its initial
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Passive Versus Active Learning
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Passive Versus Active Learning

I read an interesting paper comparing the results of traditional passive learning (sitting in a lecture) versus active methods like the flipped classroom, where students watch videos at home and work on exercises in class. The paper is nicely
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Pie & AI in Kuala Lumpur
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Pie & AI in Kuala Lumpur

Over the weekend, we hosted our first Pie & AI meetup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in collaboration with the AI Malaysia group, MDEC, and ADAX. The event was part of Malaysia’s AI & Data Week 2019. Several people traveled from
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Think Strategically, Not Tactically
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Think Strategically, Not Tactically

When it comes to artificial intelligence, one of the biggest mistakes large companies make is thinking tactically rather than strategically. What’s the difference? Some taxi companies thought they had the internet
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Andrew Visits Taiwan AI Labs
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Andrew Visits Taiwan AI Labs

I traveled to Taiwan last week, where I met many CEOs interested in AI transformation of traditional companies. I also visited Taiwan AI Labs which, similar to OpenAI, started as a nonprofit AI research institute.
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Pie & AI in Medellin
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Pie & AI in Medellin

We ended a busy week in Colombia hosting a Pie & AI meetup in Medellín. I met hundreds of engineers and business professionals excited to take the next step in their AI careers. I was energized by the enthusiasm the Colombia community had
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DeepLearning.AI Opens Medellin Office
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DeepLearning.AI Opens Medellin Office

I am writing to you from Colombia today, and am excited to announce the opening of our office in Medellín. The office will serve as the Latin American headquarters for three of the companies in our AI ecosystem: Landing AI, deeplearning.ai, and AI Fund.
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