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How Can We Fix the Data Science Talent Shortage?

 Originally published in Springboard Blog, Jan 22, 2021. Data science might just be the most buzzed-about job in tech right now, but its pop culture sheen conceals some of the harsh realities of being a fresh graduate in the industry. The job topped LinkedIn’s yearly Emerging Jobs Report from 2016 to 2019 consecutively (it is now at #3).

Gradient Descent Models Are Kernel Machines (Deep Learning)

 Originally published in infoproc.blogspot.com, Feb 7, 2021. This paper shows that models which result from gradient descent training (e.g., deep neural nets) can be expressed as a weighted sum of similarity functions (kernels) which measure the similarity...

The Computational Limits of Deep Learning Are Closer Than You Think

 Originally posted to DiscoverMagazine, July 24, 2020. Deep learning eats so much power that even small advances will be unfeasible give the massive environmental damage they will wreak, say computer scientists. Deep in the bowels of the...

Inside TikTok’s Killer Algorithm

 TikTok Wednesday revealed some of the elusive workings of the prized algorithm that keeps hundreds of millions of users worldwide hooked on the viral video app. Why it matters: The code TikTok uses to pick your next...

Traffic Prediction With Advanced Graph Neural Networks

  By partnering with Google, DeepMind is able to bring the benefits of AI to billions of people all over the world.  From reuniting a speech-impaired user with his original voice, to helping users discover personalised apps,...

Can GPT-3 Make Analogies?

 Originally published in Medium, Aug 5, 2020. In the early 1980s, Douglas Hofstadter introduced the “Copycat” letter-string domain for analogy-making. Here are some sample analogy problems: If the string abc changes to the string abd, what does...

Dealing with Overconfidence in Neural Networks: Bayesian Approach

 Originally published in Jonathan Ramkissoon Blog, July 29, 2020. I trained a multi-class classifier on images of cats, dogs and wild animals and passed an image of myself, it’s 98% confident I’m a dog. The problem isn’t...

How Not to Know Ourselves

 Originally published in Medium, July 29, 2020. Platform data do not provide a direct window into human behavior. Rather, they are direct records of how we behave under platforms’ influence. Surfing a wave of societal awe and...

Here’s Why Apple Believes It’s An AI Leader—And Why It Says Critics Have It All Wrong

 Originally published in Ars Technica, Aug 6, 2020. Apple AI chief and ex-Googler John Giannandrea dives into the details with Ars. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) now permeate nearly every feature on the iPhone, but...

On-device Supermarket Product Recognition

 Originally posted on Google AI Blog, Aug 11, 2020. One of the greatest challenges faced by users who are visually impaired is identifying packaged foods, both in a grocery store and also in their kitchen cupboard at...

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