People holding a "No student ban, no deportations" sign
Tech & Society

A Victory for International Education

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.
Andrew Ng's Certificate of Elegibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student
Tech & Society

Let International Students Study

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.
The word "bias" with a forbidden sign over it
Tech & Society

How “Unbiased” AI Can Lead to Biased Outcomes

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).
US Notice of Action
Tech & Society

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.
Students and associates of AI4US
Tech & Society

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.
Posters of George Floyd stuck on a glass door
Tech & Society

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.
Animated symbol of Covid-19 virus structure
Tech & Society

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...
Economic surplus
Tech & Society

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.
Illustration of a person with a face recognition system on the face
Tech & Society

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...
Andrew Ng and other speakers at the NeurIPS 2019 conference
Tech & Society

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...
Pie & AI event on AI ethics
Tech & Society

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.
Andrew Ng holding a sweatshirt that says "Trust the robot"
Tech & Society

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.
DeepScale's automated vehicle technology
Tech & Society

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.
Group picture with Taiwan AI Labs featuring Andrew Ng
Tech & Society

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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