Coursera co-founder, Andrew Ng, sets out to raise $150M for AI Fund

  • Andrew Ng, one of the founders of Coursera, has set out to raise a $150 million fund – dubbed AI Fund – in order to invest in artificial intelligence startups.
  • At the end of June, we reported that Ng had left the Chinese company, Baidu, where he was in charge of the AI team to form his new startup, deeplearning.ai.
  • At the time that we reported on that news, it wasn’t clear what Ng had in mind; in the time since, deeplearning.ai has started offering courses on Coursera which Ng himself is a co-founder of.
  • According to the course description on Coursera, those who complete the course should leave with the following skills:

    The year has been busy for AI funds, Google has rolled out Gradient Ventures, Basis Set Ventured drew in $136 million to their fund, Element.AI raised $102 million, Microsoft Ventures started an AI fund and Toyota gathered $100 million to spend on AI investment.

  • Ng’s recognition in the field should help him put together a decent fund to aid AI startups going forward.

Andrew Ng, formerly of Baidu and co-founder of Coursera, has filed with the SEC to set up ‘AI Fund’. He hopes that the fund will raise $150 million in order to help AI startups get off the ground.
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Can Artificial Intelligence Make Employee Feedback More Human?

Can AI make employee feedback more human?

  • “In today’s fast-paced work environment, managers seldom focus their energies on coaching employees continuously feedback and recognition are most effective when they’re given instantly with appropriate context and specificity,” Kris Duggan, the CEO of BetterWorks , tells Fast Company .
  • Injecting the feedback process with AI capabilities is in part a reaction to the demands of the millennial generation, 85% of whom feel more confident when they receive regular feedback from managers.
  • Duggan explains that a major contribution to a top company goal may warrant recognition from the leadership team, while reaching a team goal will prompt a peer to deliver feedback and recognition.
  • Applied in the workplace setting, this type of instant feedback and recognition is a quick solution to the constant need to give and receive feedback.”
  • Regular feedback is vital for employee engagement, which can lead to profitability and productivity increases of more than 20%, according to a 2014 Gallup Poll .

A new AI platform hopes to inject more human interaction into the dreaded yet vital manager-to-employee feedback loop.
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[1604.03539] Cross-stitch Networks for Multi-task Learning

Cross-stitch networks for multi-task learning  #deeplearning #computervision #CVPR2016

  • A network with cross-stitch units can learn an optimal combination of shared and task-specific representations.
  • We propose a new sharing unit: “cross-stitch” unit.
  • The units combine the activations from multiple networks and can be trained end-to-end.
  • In the paper, we propose a principled approach to learn shared representations in ConvNets using multi-task learning.
  • Abstract: Multi-task learning in Convolutional Networks has displayed remarkable success in the field of recognition.

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[1604.03539] Cross-stitch Networks for Multi-task Learning

Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut

Watch out, composers. Google's new AI art project has learned how to make music

  • Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut
  • The 90-second piano melody is the first piece of art released under Project Magenta, an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.
  • One of the greatest challenges of the project is not only creating art but also telling a compelling story, Eck wrote.
  • The project, announced last week at Moogfest, is an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.
  • The Web giant on Wednesday unveiled a 90-second piano melody ( mp3 ), the first piece of art created by machine learning as part of Project Magenta.

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@CNET: “Watch out, composers. Google’s new AI art project has learned how to make music”


The 90-second piano melody is the first piece of art released under Project Magenta, an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.


Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut

Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut

Google's AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut

  • Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut
  • The 90-second piano melody is the first piece of art released under Project Magenta, an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.
  • One of the greatest challenges of the project is not only creating art but also telling a compelling story, Eck wrote.
  • The project, announced last week at Moogfest, is an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.
  • The Web giant on Wednesday unveiled a 90-second piano melody ( mp3 ), the first piece of art created by machine learning as part of Project Magenta.

Read the full article, click here.


@CNET: “Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut”


The 90-second piano melody is the first piece of art released under Project Magenta, an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art.


Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut