This AI newsletter is all you need | #1
Last Updated on July 5, 2022 by Editorial Team
Author(s): Towards AI Editorial Team
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As of today, we are revamping our newsletter into a weekly edition and new format more entwined with our 26,000 members strong Learn AI Together Discord Community (Join here) and our 2,000 Towards AI writer contributors. We aim to create a useful, fun, and engaging newsletter for the AI Community where we will showcase some of the most significant news items and papers of the past week, along with some of the discussions taking place in our community. We will also pick our favorite article published by our Towards AI contributor community each week — our editorial team is now publishing 20–30 articles a week from our contributors, and we want to help reward the best posts with more exposure to our 300,000 followers at Towards AI. Our format is a work in progress, so please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments on our website or reach out to us on our Discord!
What happened this week in AI
Our AI highlight this week was the DALL E mini model (now renamed craiyon) which achieved viral momentum for its production of amazing images from text inputs. The model is a free and open-source model inspired by Open AI’s DALL E models. We think this is a great showcase of what ML can now achieve in image generation even with a free model, and helps showcase the fun side of AI to the general public. Craiyon is very similar to DALL E and uses both a language module and an image module, just using different architectures and training data. It uses the BART language model to transform text input into a language understandable for the next model. It then uses an image decoder called VQGAN to use an encoding mapping and generate an image out of it. See a more detailed explanation of DALL·E Mini here.
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- A new AI salary survey showed AI manager salaries now top $300,000
The survey of 1,841 professionals showed increases in mean base salaries for AI professionals from 10% to 13%. Great news for all of us, I guess!
- Intel and Hugging Face Partner to Democratize Machine Learning Hardware Acceleration
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- New AI essentials from NVIDIA!
Looking to break into the field or take your job to the next level? NVIDIA released some great new materials for getting started in an AI career.
Most interesting papers of the week
- General-purpose, long-context autoregressive modeling with Perceiver AR A collaboration between Google Research and DeepMind: an autoregressive architecture (Perceiver AR) that is able to generate high-quality samples as long as 65k tokens — the equivalent of minutes of music, or entire pieces!
- VoxGRAF: Fast 3D-Aware Image Synthesis with Sparse Voxel Grids Sparse voxel grids have proven super useful for speeding up novel view synthesis: inspired by this, their work uses a sparse voxel grid representation for fast and 3D-consistent generative modeling and “allows for efficient rendering from arbitrary viewpoints while yielding 3D consistent results with high visual fidelity.”
- Video PreTraining (VPT): Learning to Act by Watching Unlabeled Online Videos With a small amount of labeled data we can train an inverse dynamics model accurate enough to label a huge unlabeled source of online data — here, online videos of people playing Minecraft — from which we can then train a general behavioral prior.
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The Learn AI Together community section!
Meme of the week!
Featured community post from the Discord
One of our members just passed the Azure AI fundamentals exam!
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This exam is intended for candidates with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Data science and software engineering experience are not required; however, awareness of cloud basics and client-server applications would be beneficial.”
AI poll of the week!
TAI curated section
Article of the week
Conditional Probability and Bayes’ Theorem Simply Explained: Every AI enthusiast has struggled with statistics at some point in their lives. This article gives the most straightforward and intuitive explanation of conditional probability and Bayes’ theorem, which is essential knowledge for any AI engineer. You will be very comfortable with all kinds of probabilities and Bayes’ Theorem by the end of this article.
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Lauren’s ethical take on Dall-E Mini
We’ve seen some pretty creative uses of DALL E Mini/craiyon recently, many of which are hilarious and some of which codify less savory parts of AI. Elements of algorithmic bias can be seen in some generations, for example, a keyword entry of “a normal woman” yielding only depictions of white women. This is no new problem for image generation AI, and it is largely a reflection of the data it was trained on. It’s important to recognize that flaws are present and this awareness can help us learn to mitigate problems better.
On a more uplifting note, it’s a significant ethical good that the DALL E Mini/craiyon has brought so much joy through memes! Making AI accessible is what we support, and this helps accomplish that in a humorous way. Share your best AI memes with us on Discord!
Featured jobs this week
Senior ML Engineer — Algolia AI @ Algolia (Hybrid remote)
Senior ML Engineer — Semantic Search @ Algolia (Hybrid remote)
Machine Learning Engineer @ Gather AI (Remote — India)
Deep Learning Engineer (R&D — Engineering) @ Weights & Biases (Remote)
Machine Learning Intern @ Weights & Biases (Remote — USA)
Machine Learning Engineer — Prediction @ Zoox (Foster City, Canada)
Software Engineer — Machine Learning @ Zoox (Foster City, Canada)
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