Why We Need H1-B Visas
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Why We Need H1-B Visas

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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Introducing the Natural Language Processing Specialization
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Introducing the Natural Language Processing Specialization

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. NLP is reshaping daily life. No doubt you’ve found valuable information using
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Toward Diversity in AI
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Toward Diversity in AI

Last week, I wrote about the diversity problem in AI and why we need to fix it. I asked you to tell us about your experiences as a Black person in AI or share the names of Black colleagues you admire. Thank you to everyone who responded. It
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Why Diversity is Vital to AI
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Why Diversity is Vital to AI

Like many of you, I’m deeply saddened by the events of the past week. I’m horrified by the senseless violence perpetrated against Black communities and appalled by the persistent racial injustice of our society. It’s long past time to right
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Pie & AI Turns 100!
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Pie & AI Turns 100!

I’m proud to announce that we held the 100th Pie & AI last Friday. Pie & AI is our meetup series that brings together members of the AI community worldwide for education, conversation, and a slice of pie.
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Staying Connected Amid the Pandemic
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Staying Connected Amid the Pandemic

I recently received an email from one of you who lives far from the major AI hubs, saying, “I feel like I’m all alone.” I want to tell you all: Even if it sometimes feels like you’re facing the challenges of
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Covid-19 Transforms Industries
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Covid-19 Transforms Industries

Inflection points in society create opportunities. The rise of online video was an inflection point that enabled scalable online education. The rise of the GPS-enabled smartphones similarly enabled Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and many other
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From Proof of Concept to Production
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From Proof of Concept to Production

There has been a lot of excitement about the idea of using deep learning to diagnose diabetic retinopathy: That is by taking a photo of the retina and using AI to detect signs of disease. I was fascinated by a new paper by Emma Beede and
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Tips for Building Practical Machine learning systems
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Tips for Building Practical Machine learning systems

In an earlier letter, I wrote about the challenge of robustness: A learning algorithm that performs well on test data often doesn’t work well in a practical production environment because the real world turns out to be different than the test set.
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Covid-19 and the Shift to Online Learning
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Covid-19 and the Shift to Online Learning

I spoke on Tuesday at Coursera’s annual conference. It was the company’s most well-attended conference yet, and the first to be held online. Higher education is in for turbulent times. With campuses shut down indefinitely
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Medical Applications of AI
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Medical Applications of AI

This week’s issue of The Batch is all about medical applications of AI. Amid the current pandemic, the marriage of AI and medicine is more urgent than ever. My father is a practicing doctor, and I grew up seeing firsthand how the right
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Deep Learning Against Covid
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Deep Learning Against Covid

Last week, I asked readers to tell me what they’re doing to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of you wrote to say you’re taking actions such as shopping for neighbors, making masks, and creating posters that promote Covid-safe practices
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Covid-19: How to Flatten the Curve
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Covid-19: How to Flatten the Curve

In the earlier weeks of Covid-19, I didn’t want to contribute noise, so that experts in infectious disease could be heard. But now the situation has worsened. I spoke yesterday with Eric Topol, a cardiologist at Scripps Institute and author of Deep
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Covid and the Remote Work Experiment
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Covid and the Remote Work Experiment

When I was younger, I was not a fan of working from home. Too many distractions! So I worked a lot in coffee shops. They turned out to be convenient places to talk to strangers and ask for feedback about products I was working on,
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The Tech Community Fights Covid
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The Tech Community Fights Covid

The unfolding Covid-19 crisis calls for individuals and organizations to step up and contribute to the common good. I believe that the tech community has an important role to play in slowing the progress of the virus and shortening the time
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