AI's Progress Problem, Recognizing Masked Faces, Mapping Underwater Ecosystems, Augmenting Features
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AI's Progress Problem, Recognizing Masked Faces, Mapping Underwater Ecosystems, Augmenting Features

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.
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Facebook’s Unruly Algorithm, AI That Does the Dishes, New Life for Old Data, Models That Take Shortcuts, YOLO
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Facebook’s Unruly Algorithm, AI That Does the Dishes, New Life for Old Data, Models That Take Shortcuts, YOLO

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 these terrible wrongs.
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AI's New Supercomputer, GANs as Simulators, Giant Chatbot Shootout, Big Tech Meets Big Oil
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AI's New Supercomputer, GANs as Simulators, Giant Chatbot Shootout, Big Tech Meets Big Oil

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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Covid-19 Infects AI, Learning from Small Data, Generated Music Goes Mainstream, Fighting Pandemic Disinformation
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Covid-19 Infects AI, Learning from Small Data, Generated Music Goes Mainstream, Fighting Pandemic Disinformation

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 work and life in isolation, you are not alone!
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Covid Mask Detection, Brain To Text Translation, AI Chooses Tax Brackets, Neural Network Security
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Covid Mask Detection, Brain To Text Translation, AI Chooses Tax Brackets, Neural Network Security

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 services. Today, the rise of deep
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Pandemic Triage, Asia's AI Advantage, Detecting Deepfakes, Cleaning Oceans, Music Industry in a Box
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Pandemic Triage, Asia's AI Advantage, Detecting Deepfakes, Cleaning Oceans, Music Industry in a Box

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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Tesla Parts the Curtain, Detecting Dangerous Bugs, Mapping Disaster Zones, Detecting Humans from Wi-Fi
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Tesla Parts the Curtain, Detecting Dangerous Bugs, Mapping Disaster Zones, Detecting Humans from Wi-Fi

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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AI Versus Covid Wake-Up Call, Straight Poop from a Smart Toilet, Sharper Image Inputs, Predicting Farm Yields
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AI Versus Covid Wake-Up Call, Straight Poop from a Smart Toilet, Sharper Image Inputs, Predicting Farm Yields

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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AI For Medicine Special! Eric Topol’s Planetary Health System, Discovering Drugs, Diagnosing Heart Disease
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AI For Medicine Special! Eric Topol’s Planetary Health System, Discovering Drugs, Diagnosing Heart Disease

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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Antiviral Resources, Robot Superstars, AI for Scientists, 3D Data Augmentation, BatchNorm Demystified
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Antiviral Resources, Robot Superstars, AI for Scientists, 3D Data Augmentation, BatchNorm Demystified

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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AI-Against-Coronavirus Datasets, Voice Cloning for the Masses, Finding Unexploded Bombs, Seeing See-Through
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AI-Against-Coronavirus Datasets, Voice Cloning for the Masses, Finding Unexploded Bombs, Seeing See-Through

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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Tracking China's Covid-19 Revival, A Robot Star is Born, Discovering New Antibiotics, Rightsizing Neural Networks
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Tracking China's Covid-19 Revival, A Robot Star is Born, Discovering New Antibiotics, Rightsizing Neural Networks

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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AI Versus Coronavirus, Quantum Neural Networks, Workers Prepare for Job Losses, Translating Cuneiform
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AI Versus Coronavirus, Quantum Neural Networks, Workers Prepare for Job Losses, Translating Cuneiform

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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Mind-Controlled Robot Hand, Fashions by GAN, Face Recognition Countermeasure, More Realistic Deepfakes, Learning From
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Mind-Controlled Robot Hand, Fashions by GAN, Face Recognition Countermeasure, More Realistic Deepfakes, Learning From

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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Standing Up for Ethical AI, Efficient Transformers, Up-Rezzing Old Movies, Watching the Factory Floor, Pumping Iron
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Standing Up for Ethical AI, Efficient Transformers, Up-Rezzing Old Movies, Watching the Factory Floor, Pumping Iron

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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