Annual Report 2018

This year, The Essentials Report, has curated & analyzed the content published by 174 influencers like Mariya and Jeremy Howard, discussing hashtags such as #ML , #machinelearning and #DeepLearning.
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On Dec 5, 2018
@jeremyphoward shared
RT @ykashnitsky: Easy-to-read summary of 10 papers in 2018 ML research. 3 of them are on semi-supervised & transfer learning in NLP (ULMFiT, ELMo, and BERT - #1, 3, and 10 in the list) … by @thinkmariya

No time to read AI research? We summarized top 2018 papers for you

No time to read AI research? We summarized top 2018 papers for you

Trying to keep up with AI research papers can feel like an exercise in futility given how quickly the industry moves. If you’re buried in papers to read that you haven’t quite gotten around ...

On Dec 19, 2018
@peteskomoroch shared
RT @HumeKathryn: The @IntegrateAI take on the top 5 #ML trends from 2018: self attention, chat bots and unknown knowns, transfer learning in NLP, fairness, and metalearning:

Top 2018 Machine Learning Trends (And Our 2019 Preview!)

Top 2018 Machine Learning Trends (And Our 2019 Preview!)

As 2018 comes to a close, we thought we’d share our thoughts on the most impactful developments in machine learning over the past year and…

On Oct 13, 2018
@DataJunkie shared
RT @math_rachel: A Review of the Neural History of Natural Language Processing-- great neural NLP overview by @seb_ruder

A Review of the Recent History of Natural Language Processing

A Review of the Recent History of Natural Language Processing

This is the first blog post in a two-part series. The series expands on the Frontiers of Natural Language Processing session organized by Herman Kamper and me at the Deep …

On Nov 9, 2018
@michael_nielsen shared
I'm finding this list up to 2016 rather useful:



The most cited deep learning papers. Contribute to terryum/awesome-deep-learning-papers development by creating an account on GitHub.

On Dec 4, 2018
@jeremyphoward shared
RT @truthofai: Is #DeepLearning overhyped? @jeremyphoward answers the question for you #ArtificialIntelligence #AI

Is deep learning overhyped?

Is deep learning overhyped?

Many critics of deep learning claim it is overhyped. But as AI researcher and data scientist explains, perhaps deep learning is just not understood well.

On Oct 7, 2018
@thinkmariya shared
New to #AI and figuring out what all the jargon and technical terms mean? Here's a beginner-friendly introduction to common AI & machine learning approaches #ML #machinelearning #deeplearning

WTF Is Artificial Intelligence?!

WTF Is Artificial Intelligence?!

AI is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it & so they claim to do it too.

On Oct 5, 2018
@fchollet shared
On Dec 13, 2018
@thinkmariya shared
RT @KirkDBorne: Google's #AI Scientists acknowledge #MachineLearning is falling short of human cognition and propose using graph network models that generalize more broadly about the world: #DataScience #BigData #DeepLearning #NeuralNetworks #GraphAnalytics #Algorithms

Google ponders the shortcomings of machine learning

Google ponders the shortcomings of machine learning

Scientists of AI at Google's Google Brain and DeepMind units acknowledge machine learning is falling short of human cognition and propose that using models of networks might be a way to ...

On Nov 12, 2018
@kastnerkyle shared
RT @LyrebirdAi: How Lyrebird Uses AI to Find Its (Artificial) Voice

How Lyrebird Uses AI to Find Its (Artificial) Voice

How Lyrebird Uses AI to Find Its (Artificial) Voice

We can clone veggies, livestock and pets—so why not our voices?

On Nov 19, 2018
@etzioni shared
How to find ICLR reviewers. Desperate times call for desperate means... according to

Troubling Trends in Machine Learning Scholarship

Troubling Trends in Machine Learning Scholarship

By Zachary C. Lipton* & Jacob Steinhardt* *equal authorship 1 Introduction Collectively, machine learning (ML) researchers are engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about ...

On Oct 12, 2018
@thinkmariya shared
A strong Chief #AI Officer (CAIO) could help attract top talent & ensure machine learning is applied across your entire organization, but do you really need one? #CAIO #machinelearning #recruiting #HR

The Pros And Cons Of Hiring A Chief AI Officer

The Pros And Cons Of Hiring A Chief AI Officer

Artificial intelligence is one of the most significant technological developments. Should organizations hire a Chief AI Officer to power their AI strategy?

On Nov 3, 2018
@edersantana shared
RT @petewarden: Automatic Model Compression (AutoMC) framework from Tencent: This looks like an awesome new way to optimize @TensorFlow models!



An Automatic Model Compression (AutoMC) framework for developing smaller and faster AI applications. - Tencent/PocketFlow

On Nov 27, 2018
@hardmaru shared
RT @Zergylord: The recent debate (@ylecun vs. @GaryMarcus) might've given some the impression that psychology is unified around the symbolic approach. Highly recommend reading Linda B Smith for an alternative perspective that is equally applicable to AI/ML/DL research.

A Developmental Approach to Machine Learning?

A Developmental Approach to Machine Learning?

Visual learning depends on both the algorithms and the training material. This essay considers the natural statistics of infant- and toddler-egocentric vision. These natural training sets ...

On Nov 21, 2018
@edersantana shared
RT @MILAMontreal: Congratulations to @Mirco_Ravanelli, Tituoan Parcollet and Yoshua Bengio on the release of @PyTorch-Kaldi, an open source speech recognition toolkit for developing state-of-the-art DNN/HMM speech recognition systems. Explore the project and learn more at:

The PyTorch-Kaldi Speech Recognition Toolkit

The PyTorch-Kaldi Speech Recognition Toolkit

pytorch-kaldi is a project for developing state-of-the-art DNN/RNN hybrid speech recognition systems. The DNN part is managed by pytorch, while feature extraction, label computation, and ...

On Nov 2, 2018
@Miles_Brundage shared
Podcast with @catherineols and Daniel Ziegler on ML engineering as a career and related issues: And a written guide from @catherineols on moving from CS/software engineering to ML engineering/AI safety: 😍

Concrete next steps for transitioning from CS or software engineering into ML engineering for AI safety and alignment

Concrete next steps for transitioning from CS or software engineering into ML engineering for AI safety and alignment

Note that this guide was written in November 2018 to complement an in-depth conversation on the 80,000 Hours Podcast with Catherine Olsson and Daniel Ziegler on how to transition from ...

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Head of Research & #Design at @TOPBOTS, strategy & advisory firm in enterprise #ML #AI #bots #chatbots. Writer at @Forbes, maker of lovable #UX & crappy #robots

Follow 12.0k Followers

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Deep learning researcher & educator. Founder:; Faculty: USF & Singularity University; // Previously - CEO: Enlitic; President: Kaggle; CEO Fastmail

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google brain resident

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Co-Founder & CEO @Skipflag. Machine learning, AI, social computing. Former Principal Data Scientist @LinkedIn, Engineering @AOL, @MITLL,

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Leading Engineering at Quora. Netflix alumni. Software, Machine Learning, Data, Recsys... From Barcelona, in the Valley (i.e. immigrant turned coastal elite)

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I'm director of Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab where we're building new AI technologies to reach at least 100 million people. #deeplearning #machinelearning #HPC

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computers and music are fun.

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🇧🇷 | top secret AI researcher somewhere... | classical painting student | prev: PhD @UF | AI for self-driving cars @comma_ai ; 3D Deep learning @paracosm3D

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Researching intelligence to understand what we are and to find ways to harness it wisely. I'm a senior CIFAR fellow and an adjunct prof at UBC CS.

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AI Policy Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford. PhD candidate, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, ASU. Views my own.

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High-school dropout. Google Brain, Stanford, Berkeley. Into Startups, Deep Learning. Writing at and Lived in 日本 and 한국.

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Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering.

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Ph.D., Statistics, UCLA: Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Mountain Biking, Hiking. Ex-Facebook. LA native.

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co-Founder at | #CreativeAI | #Gitxiv | #EthicalMachines | | PhD @KTHuniversity | Stockholm & Amsterdam

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Intelligence augmentation. AI. Open science. Author: Formerly: quantum computing. Researcher @YCombinator Research

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Author: #themorningpaper, Venture Partner with Accel Partners, London after many years as CTO for SpringSource and then apps at VMware, Pivotal

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Deep learning @google. Author of Keras, neural networks library. Founder of Wysp, learning platform for artists.

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CEO, AIlen Institute for AI (AI2); Professor, Allen School of CS, UW; Venture Partner, Madrona.

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CTO of Jetpac, bought by Google. Apple alumnus, O'Reilly author, blogger, on the TensorFlow team at Google doing deep learning. Email: [email protected]

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