Siraj Raval shows off examples of machine learning apps from his students.

If you’re wondering about my stance on the recent controversies around Siraj, I recorded a Data Point about that.

Machine Learning powers almost every internet service we use these days, but it’s rare to find a full pipeline example of machine learning being deployed in a web app. In this episode, I’d like to present 5 full-stack machine learning demos submitted as midterm projects from the students of my current course. The midterm assignment was to create a paid machine learning web app, and after receiving countless incredible submissions, I’ve decided to share my favorite 5 publicly. I was surprised by how many students in the course had never coded before and to see them building a full-stack web app in a few weeks was a very fulfilling experience. Use these examples as a template to help you ideate on potential business ideas to make a positive impact in the world using machine learning. And if you’d like, be sure to reach out and support each of the students I’ve demoed here today in any way can you offer. They’ve been working their butts off. Enjoy!

Presentation notebook: https://colab.research.google.com/drive/1m5aLHPnwIhVX8zgMvZUtK4iG9xSaMbk8

Big Think has a fascinating interview with Dr. Michio Kaku.

Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, and is one of the most widely recognized scientists in the world today. He has written 4 New York Times Best Sellers, is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and has hosted numerous science specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery/Science Channel. His radio show broadcasts to 100 radio stations every week. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University (NYU). He is the author of “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” (https://amzn.to/2lQyjy4)

Seeker examines a leaked paper from Google claimed that a quantum computer demonstrated “quantum supremacy.”

But what does that mean exactly?

Quantum computers’ potential and the advantages they promise over classical computers all remain largely theoretical, and hypothetically speaking, it is predicted that quantum computers will be able to solve problems that are beyond the reach of the classical computers we use today. Passing such a threshold will be considered proof of what we call “quantum supremacy.”

Siraj Raval  interviews Vinod Khosla in the latest edition of his podcast.

Vinod Khosla is an Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and Philanthropist. It was an honor to have a conversation with the Silicon Valley legend that I’ve admired for many years. Vinod co-founded Sun Microsystems over 30 years ago, a company that grew to over 36,000 employees and invented so much foundational software technology like the Java programming language, NFS, and they pretty much mainstreamed the ‘idea’ of open source. After a successful exit, he’s been using his billionaire status to invest in ambitious technologists trying to improve human life. He’s got the coolest investment portfolio I’ve seen yet, and in this hour long interview we discuss everything from AI to education to startup culture. I know that my microphone volume should be higher in this one, I’ll fix that the next podcast. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

Time markers of our discussion topics below:

2:55 The Future of Education
4:36 Vinod’s Dream of an AI Tutor
5:50 Vinod Offers Siraj a Job
6:35 Choose your Teacher with DeepFakes
8:04 Mathematical Models
9:10 Books Vinod Loves
11:00 What is Learning?
14:00 The Flaws of Liberal Arts Degrees
16:10 Indian Culture
21:11 A Day in the Life of Vinod Khosla
23:50 Valuing Brutal Honesty
24:30 Distributed File Storage
30:30 Where are we Headed?
33:32 Vinod on Nick Bostrom
38:00 Vinod’s Rockstar Recruiting Ability
43:00 The Next Industries to Disrupt
49:00 Vinod Offers Siraj Funding for an AI Tutor
51:48 Virtual Reality
52:00 Contrarian Beliefs
54:00 Vinod’s Love of Learning
55:30 USA vs China

Vinod’s ‘Awesome’ Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STtAsDCKEck

Khosla Ventures Blog posts:
https://www.khoslaventures.com/blog/all

Books we discussed:

Scale by Geoffrey West:
https://amzn.to/2rs7UV7

Factfulness by Hans Roesling:
https://amzn.to/2GHUlgg

Mindset by Carol Dwicke:
https://amzn.to/2icCNey

36 Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis:
https://amzn.to/2ol14Vi

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari:
https://amzn.to/2amA7J5

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari:
https://amzn.to/2PKIJZY
 
The Third Pillar by Raghuram R:
https://bit.ly/2ASU98K

Zero to One by Peter Thiel:
https://amzn.to/2ae3NTM

Siraj Raval just posted this video on defending AI against adversarial attacks

Machine Learning technology isn’t perfect, it’s vulnerable to many different types of attacks! In this episode, I’ll explain 2 common types of attacks and 2 common types of defenses using various code demos from across the Web. There’s some really dope mathematics involved with adversarial attacks, and it was a lot of fun reading about the ‘cat and mouse’ game between new attack techniques, followed by new defense techniques. I encourage anyone new to the field who finds this stuff interesting to learn more about it. I definitely plan to. Let’s look into some math, code, and examples. Enjoy!

Slideshow for this video:
https://colab.research.google.com/drive/19N9VWTukXTPUj9eukeie55XIu3HKR5TT

Demo project:
https://github.com/jaxball/advis.js

 

Here’s a great idea for powering the next generation of innovators on this planet and a few others.

Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. The […]

CNBC has a look at the Waldorf School where technology is not ever present in the classroom – an idea which runs counter to the prevailing philosophy that more tech equates to better education.

The Waldorf teaching philosophy is used at more than 1,000 institutions in 91 countries, including 136 schools in the U.S. Technology and screens aren’t used at all through 8th grade, and are scarce even in high school. CNBC gets an inside look at what it is like.

Watch Siraj Raval build tool for teachers that automatically grades and validates essays using modified versions of popular language models, specifically BERT and GPT-2.

From the description:

It’s called EssayBrain and I built it using the Python programming language, as well Flask, Tensorflow.js, Tensorflow, D3.js, CopyLeaks, Stripe, and Firebase. In this video tutorial, i’ll guide you through my process as I build this project. The code is open source and I’ll link to it below. Use it as inspiration to start your own profitable business in this space. We’ve got to upgrade education, and with the power of technology anyone anywhere can create a viable engineering solution that creates a positive impact. Enjoy!

Code: https://github.com/llSourcell/Watch-Me-Build-an-Education-Startup