Conferences in the Time of Covid
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Conferences in the Time of Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragedy that demands urgent and humane response. It’s also pushing us toward new ways of gathering and sharing information — and that may be a faint silver lining that might grow brighter over time.
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How Price Optimization Leads to Better Products and Worse Transparency
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How Price Optimization Leads to Better Products and Worse Transparency

In addition to creating tremendous value, AI is creating tremendous concentrations of power. Our community is wrestling with what constitutes fair use of that power.
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Andrew on Lex Fridman's Podcast
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Andrew on Lex Fridman's Podcast

I chatted recently with MIT researcher Lex Fridman on his Artificial Intelligence podcast, where we discussed our experiences teaching deep learning. It was the most fun I’ve had in an interview lately, and you can watch the video here.
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Unsupervised Learning Ascendent
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Unsupervised Learning Ascendent

Nearly a decade ago, I got excited by self-taught learning and unsupervised feature learning — ways to learn features from unlabeled data that afterward can be used in a supervised task. These ideas contributed only marginally to practical
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Can AI Fall in Love?
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Can AI Fall in Love?

A student once asked me, “Can an AI ever love?”Since the early days of AI, people have wondered whether AI can ever be conscious or feel emotions. Even though an artificial general intelligence may be centuries away, these are important questions.
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The Value of Life-Long Learning
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The Value of Life-Long Learning

Many of us apply labels to ourselves that shape our identity. Some say, “I’m a sports fan,” and this attitude motivates behaviors such as cheering for the home team. Others identify themselves as introverts, extroverts, vegetarians, gamers,
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The Best Way to Build a New Habit
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The Best Way to Build a New Habit

I just finished reading BJ Fogg’s new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. Fogg explains that the best way to build a new habit is to start small and succeed, rather than starting too big and giving up. For example, rather
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The Problem With the EU’s Moratorium on Face Recognition
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The Problem With the EU’s Moratorium on Face Recognition

Last week brought reports that the European Union is considering a three- to five-year moratorium on face recognition in public places. Face recognition is a problematic technology with significant potential for misuse, and I celebrate the
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Recommended Educational Resources
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Recommended Educational Resources

One of the best gifts a friend gave me last year was recommending a book that I subsequently read and loved. She didn’t even have to buy it for me! The right information at the right time can have a powerful impact. It can alter the
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Building Your AI Career: A Report by Workera
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Building Your AI Career: A Report by Workera

Many accomplished students and newly minted AI engineers ask me: How can I advance my career? Companies in many industries are building AI teams, but it may not be obvious how to join one of them.
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The Key to Longevity
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The Key to Longevity

Happy New Year!Every winter holiday, I pursue a learning goal around a new topic. In between visits with family, I end up reading a lot.About a decade ago, my holiday topic was pedagogy — I still remember lugging a
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Setting Learning Goals
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Setting Learning Goals

We here at deeplearning.ai wish you a wonderful holiday season. As you consider your New Year’s resolutions and set goals for 2020, consider not just what you want to do, but what you want to learn:
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NeurIPS Grows Up
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NeurIPS Grows Up

I’ve been reflecting on the NeurIPS 2019 conference, which ended on Saturday. It’s always a wonderful event, but this year I found it a bittersweet experience. Bitter because the conference has grown so much that we no longer focus on a
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AI Ethics Must Be Actionable
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AI Ethics Must Be Actionable

I’ve been thinking about AI and ethics. With the techlash and an erosion of trust in technology as a positive force, it’s more important than ever that we make sure the AI community acts ethically. There has been a proliferation of AI ethical principles.
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Building Trustworthy AI
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Building Trustworthy AI

Recently I wrote about major reasons why AI projects fail, such as small data, robustness, and change management. Given that some AI systems don't work, users and customers sometimes rightly wonder whether they should trust an AI system.
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