fast.ai has just released a free, online course on Applied Data Ethics, which contains essential knowledge for anyone working in data science or impacted by technology. The course focus is on topics that are both urgent and practical, causing real harm right now. In keeping with the fast.ai teaching philosophy, we will begin with two active, real-world areas … [Read more...] about The Essential Data Ethics Course For Everyone Working In Tech
Many people incorrectly assume that AI is only for an elite few– a handful of Silicon Valley computer science prodigies with monthly budgets larger than most people’s lifetime earnings, turning out abstruse academic papers. This couldn’t be more wrong. Deep learning (a powerful type of AI) can, and is, being used by people with varied backgrounds all over the world. A small … [Read more...] about Dairy farming, solar panels, and diagnosing Parkinson’s disease: what can you do with deep learning?
AI is being increasingly used to make important decisions. Many AI experts (including Jeff Dean, head of AI at Google, and Andrew Ng, founder of Coursera and deeplearning.ai) say that warnings about sentient robots are overblown, but other harms are not getting enough attention. I agree. I am an AI researcher, and I’m worried about some of the societal … [Read more...] about Five Things That Should Scare You About AI
This is part 3 in a series. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.To announce Google’s AutoML, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote, “Today, designing neural nets is extremely time intensive, and requires an expertise that limits its use to a smaller community of scientists and engineers. That’s why we’ve created an approach called AutoML, showing that it’s possible for neural nets … [Read more...] about Google’s AutoML: Cutting Through The Hype
This is part 2 in a series. Check out part 1 here and part 3 here.Researchers from CMU and DeepMind recently released an interesting new paper, called Differentiable Architecture Search (DARTS), offering an alternative approach to neural architecture search, a very hot area of machine learning right now. Neural architecture search has been heavily hyped in the last year, … [Read more...] about An Opinionated Introduction To AutoML And Neural Architecture Search
This post is part 1 of a series. Part 2 is an opinionated introduction to AutoML and neural architecture search, and Part 3 looks at Google’s AutoML in particular.There are frequent media headlines about both the scarcity of machine learning talent (see here, here, and here) and about the promises of companies claiming their products automate machine learning and eliminate … [Read more...] about What Do Machine Learning Practitioners Actually Do?
Women aren’t the only ones appalled by the recent high-profile stories of rampant sexism, harassment, and retaliation at tech companies like Uber and Tesla and investment firms like 500 Startups and Binary Capital. Many men have approached us asking how they can personally help change Silicon Valley’s counter-productive culture and promote diversity and inclusion.Your … [Read more...] about 6 Ways Every Man In Tech, Including You, Can Fight Sexism
Editor's Note: Many TOPBOTS readers have asked us for advice on learning modern techniques like deep learning and getting jobs in AI. No one knows more about this subject than Rachel Thomas, deep learning researcher and co-founder of Fast.ai. Fast.ai is committed to democratizing practical AI education globally and offers popular MOOCs to get you ramped up fast. Without further … [Read more...] about You Don’t Need A PhD To Master Machine Learning & Data Science