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Jun 29, 2022

Machine Learning for Martian Drone, Regulators Punish Meta for Algorithmic Bias, Transformers Conquer Graphs

The rapid rise of AI has led to a rapid rise in AI jobs, and many people are building exciting careers in this field. A career is a decades-long journey, and the path is not always straightforward. Over many years, I’ve been privileged to see

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People Hugging
Jun 22, 2022

Next Step for Language Modeling, Predicting Wind Power, Even Bigger Transformers, Deep Doo-Doo

Many things in life have a positive side and a negative side. For instance, a new AI system might help democratize access, and at the same time it might be more accessible to people who have internet access than those who don’t. Thus, it could

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Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs
Jun 15, 2022

Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs

A Google Engineer recently announced he believes that a language model is sentient. I’m highly skeptical that any of today’s AI models are sentient. Some reporters, to their credit, also expressed skepticism. Still, I worry that

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Graph US Three-month treasury bill secondary market interest rate, discount basis
Jun 08, 2022

Top 100 AI Startups, Inside the Mind of DALL·E 2, Child Welfare Officials Drop AI, Fresh Images From Cellular Automata

Last week, I wrote about how rising interest rates are likely to lead investors and other finance professionals to focus on short-term returns rather than longer-term investments. Nonetheless, I believe this is still a good time to invest in long-

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US federal funds effective interest rate
June 01, 2022

AI Games Google, Actors Fight Deepfakes, Models Gain Good Judgement, Deep Learning Delivers Personalized Discounts

The United States Federal Reserve Bank has signaled that it will continue to raise interest rates. As one consequence, the stock market is significantly down, particularly tech stocks, relative to the beginning of the year. What does this

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Andrew Ng staring at neural networks
May 25, 2022

Special Issue! Foundational Algorithms, Where They Came From, Where They're Going

Years ago, I had to choose between a neural network and a decision tree learning algorithm. It was necessary to pick an efficient one, because we planned to apply the algorithm to a very large set of users on a limited compute budget. I went

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One Model For Hundreds of Tasks, Recognizing Workplace Hazards, When Data Means Danger, Vision Transformer Upgrade
May 18, 2022

One Model For Hundreds of Tasks, Recognizing Workplace Hazards, When Data Means Danger, Vision Transformer Upgrade

One of the challenges of building an AI startup is setting customer expectations. Machine learning is a highly experiment-driven field. Until you’ve built something, it’s hard to predict how well it will work. This creates a unique

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Liberation for Large Language Models, AI Picks Music Hits, Robots in Hospitals
May 11, 2022

Liberation for Large Language Models, AI Picks Music Hits, Robots in Hospitals

Last week, I described trends that AI Fund, the venture studio I lead, has seen in building AI startups. I'd like to discuss another aspect of building companies that’s unique to AI businesses: the controversial topic of data moats.

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Predicting the Next Pandemic, Driverless Cars Go Driverless, Managing Medical Uncertainty, Data-Efficient Vision Transformers
May 04, 2022

Predicting the Next Pandemic, Driverless Cars Go Driverless, Managing Medical Uncertainty, Data-Efficient Vision Transformers

AI Fund, which I lead, is a venture studio that works with entrepreneurs to build companies rapidly and increase their odds of success. We’ve evaluated a lot of AI startup ideas. There’s no one-size-fits-all template for building businesses, but

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Social media logos
Apr 27, 2022

Recognizing Distracted Drivers, Training Fighter Pilots, Dominating the Bridge Table, Training Trillions of Parameters

It's official: Elon Musk will buy Twitter, pending approval of the transaction by the company's stockholders and the U.S. government. While some people are celebrating the deal in the name of free speech, others are worried about the

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free speech
Apr 20, 2022

How DALL·E 2 Makes Images, Like GPT-3 But More Sensible, How AI Startups Spend Their Money, Robo Real Estate Agents

Last week, Elon Musk launched a surprise attempt to acquire Twitter. The $43-billion bid was motivated, he said, by his desire to protect free speech endangered by the company’s practice of promoting some tweets while burying others. To

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Ted 2022
Apr 13, 2022

Recognizing War Criminals in Ukraine, Salesbots Invade LinkedIn, AI Radiology Cleared for Clinics

With the pandemic easing in the United States and Canada, I’ve been traveling more in the last two weeks. I spoke at TED 2022 in Vancouver and ScaleUp:AI in New York and attended a manufacturing conference in California.

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Jupyter Notebooks
Apr 06, 2022

Government Smacks Down Errant Algorithms, Animal Animations From Video, AI For Biofuel, Is There Learning After Overfitting?

The U.S. government punished an app vendor for building an algorithm based on ill-gotten data | Animal Animations From Video | Learning After Overfitting | Machine Learning boosts renewable fuels

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AI Designs Chemical Weapons, AI Gains Cultural Awareness, New Chip Accelerates Transformers, Spotting Dangerous Mutations
Mar 30, 2022

AI Designs Chemical Weapons, AI Gains Cultural Awareness, New Chip Accelerates Transformers, Spotting Dangerous Mutations

AI Fund, the venture studio and investment firm that I lead, recently held a summit where CEOs and founders of portfolio companies shared ideas on topics from fundraising to building team culture. I was struck by how frequently

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AI Builds AI, Face Recognition Sees Genetic Disorders, Stock Market Simulation, Tracking AI's Global Progress
Mar 23, 2022

AI Builds AI, Face Recognition Sees Genetic Disorders, Stock Market Simulation, Tracking AI's Global Progress

I’ve always thought that how you treat those who are powerless shows your true character. People rarely mistreat others who have power over them -- for example, their boss — because they might suffer adverse consequences. But when

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AI For President, Pig Sqeal Recognition, Help For Problem Gamblers, Hypernetworks For Hyper Training
Mar 16, 2022

AI For President, Pig Sqeal Recognition, Help For Problem Gamblers, Hypernetworks For Hyper Training

Last week, I wrote about the grand challenge of artificial general intelligence. Other scientific and engineering grand challenges inspire me as well. For example, fusion energy, extended lifespans, and space colonization have massive

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