The NeurIPS Data-Centric AI Workshop Was Amazing!
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The NeurIPS Data-Centric AI Workshop Was Amazing!

We just wrapped up the Data-Centric AI Workshop at the NeurIPS 2021 conference. It was packed with information about how to engineer data for AI systems. I wish the whole DeepLearning.AI community could have been there! I

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Toward Systematic Data Engineering
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Toward Systematic Data Engineering

Dear friends, I’ve seen many new technologies go through a predictable process on their journey from idea to large scale adoption. First, a handful of experts apply their ideas intuitively. For example, 15 years ago, a handful of individuals were building neural networks from scratch in

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Solving AI Problems With Civility
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Solving AI Problems With Civility

Dear friends, I’m grateful to the AI community for the friendships it has brought me and the benefits it has brought to billions of people. But members of the AI community

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Making Software For a Heterogeneous World
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Making Software For a Heterogeneous World

Dear friends, The physical world is full of unique details that differ from place to place, person to person, and item to item. In contrast, the world of software is built on abstractions that make for relatively uniform coding environments and user

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How To Unlock AI Value
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How To Unlock AI Value

Dear friends, On Monday, Landing AI (where I’m CEO) announced the close of a $57 million Series A funding round. The investment enables the company to continue building its data-centric MLOps platform for computer vision, with a focus on

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Background Music: Pleasure or Pitfall?
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Background Music: Pleasure or Pitfall?

Dear friends, Years ago, whenever I had to do something boring or unpleasant — such as drive to work or go for a run — I used to listen to music to provide a distraction. Although I still appreciate music, as I got older I decided to cut out di

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When the AI and Spirit Worlds Collide - category: Just For Fun
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When the AI and Spirit Worlds Collide - category: Just For Fun

Dear friends, On Halloween, the veil lifts between the spirit and AI worlds, allowing the two to pass through one another. The resulting paranormal — or, as AI practitioners call it, paragaussian — phenomena raise questions like these: What do you call it when it takes repeated practice t

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Congrats to the Data-Centric Competition Winners!
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Congrats to the Data-Centric Competition Winners!

Dear friends, In June, I announced the first Data-centric AI Competition. The deadline for submissions was in early September, and today I’m thrilled to announce the winners!A total of 489 individuals and teams submitted 2,458 unique datasets. By improving the da

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Imaging Systems for Data-Centric AI Development
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Imaging Systems for Data-Centric AI Development

The image below shows two photos of the same gear taken under different conditions. From the point of view of a computer-vision algorithm — as well as the human eye — the imaging setup that produced the picture on the right makes

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Are You OK? Taking Care of Emotional and Mental Health
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Are You OK? Taking Care of Emotional and Mental Health

Since the pandemic started, several friends and teammates have shared with me privately that they were not doing well emotionally. I’m grateful to each person who trusted me enough to tell me this. How about you — are you doing okay?

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Developing AI Products Part 5: Data Drift, Concept Drift, and Other Maintenance Issues
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Developing AI Products Part 5: Data Drift, Concept Drift, and Other Maintenance Issues

In earlier letters, I discussed some differences between developing traditional software and AI products, including the challenges of unclear technical feasibility, complex product specification, and need for data to start development.

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Developing AI Products Part 4: Getting Data To Start Development
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Developing AI Products Part 4: Getting Data To Start Development

In a recent letter, I mentioned some challenges to building AI products. These problems are distinct from the issues that arise in building traditional software. They include unclear technical feasibility and complex product specification.

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The New Space Race
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The New Space Race

I’ve been following with excitement the recent progress in space launches. Earlier this week, Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic team flew a rocket plane 53 miles up, earning him astronaut wings. Next week, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is

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Developing AI Products Part 3: Coping With Product Specification
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Developing AI Products Part 3: Coping With Product Specification

In a recent letter, I noted that one difference between building traditional software and AI products is the problem of complex product specification. With traditional software, product managers can specify a product in ways that

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Developing AI Products Part 2: How To Assess Technical Feasibility
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Developing AI Products Part 2: How To Assess Technical Feasibility

Last week, I mentioned that one difference between traditional software and AI products is the problem of unclear technical feasibility. In short, it can be hard to tell whether it’s practical to build a particular AI system. That’s why it’s

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