8 Keys to Building a Career in AI
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8 Keys to Building a Career in AI

Dear friends, AI continues to create numerous exciting career opportunities, and I know that many of you aim to develop a career in the field. While taking online courses in technical topics is an important step, being an AI professional requires more than
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The Spirit of Giving in AI and Beyond
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The Spirit of Giving in AI and Beyond

As we approach the end of 2021, you may be winding down work and gearing up for the winter holiday. I’m looking forward to taking a break from work and hope you are too.
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The NeurIPS Data-Centric AI Workshop Was Amazing!
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The NeurIPS Data-Centric AI Workshop Was Amazing!

We just wrapped up the Data-Centric AI Workshop at the NeurIPS 2021 conference. It was packed with information about how to engineer data for AI systems. I wish the whole DeepLearning.AI community could have been there! I
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Toward Systematic Data Engineering
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Toward Systematic Data Engineering

Dear friends, I’ve seen many new technologies go through a predictable process on their journey from idea to large scale adoption. First, a handful of experts apply their ideas intuitively. For example, 15 years ago, a handful of individuals were building neural networks from scratch in
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Solving AI Problems With Civility
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Solving AI Problems With Civility

Dear friends, I’m grateful to the AI community for the friendships it has brought me and the benefits it has brought to billions of people. But members of the AI community
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Making Software For a Heterogeneous World
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Making Software For a Heterogeneous World

Dear friends, 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
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How To Unlock AI Value
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How To Unlock AI Value

Dear friends, 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
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Background Music: Pleasure or Pitfall?
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Background Music: Pleasure or Pitfall?

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 di
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When the AI and Spirit Worlds Collide - category: Just For Fun
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When the AI and Spirit Worlds Collide - category: Just For Fun

Dear friends, 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 like these: What do you call it when it takes repeated practice t
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Congrats to the Data-Centric Competition Winners!
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Congrats to the Data-Centric Competition Winners!

Dear friends, 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!A total of 489 individuals and teams submitted 2,458 unique datasets. By improving the da
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Imaging Systems for Data-Centric AI Development
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Imaging Systems for Data-Centric AI Development

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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ready, fire, aim
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How to Build AI Products and Businesses: Two Strategies

Dear friends, 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: Ready, Aim, Fire and Ready, Fire, Aim
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Board with math equations
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How to Learn Math for Machine Learning

How much math do you need to know to be a machine learning engineer? It’s always nice to know more math! But there’s so much to learn that, realistically, it’s necessary to prioritize. Here are some thoughts about how you might go
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Are You OK? Taking Care of Emotional and Mental Health
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Are You OK? Taking Care of Emotional and Mental Health

Since the pandemic started, several friends and teammates have shared with me privately that they were not doing well emotionally. I’m grateful to each person who trusted me enough to tell me this. How about you — are you doing okay?
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Developing AI Products Part 5: Data Drift, Concept Drift, and Other Maintenance Issues
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Developing AI Products Part 5: Data Drift, Concept Drift, and Other Maintenance Issues

In earlier letters, I discussed some differences between developing traditional software and AI products, including the challenges of unclear technical feasibility, complex product specification, and need for data to start development.
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