What’s Next for Fast.ai? w/ Jeremy Howard

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In this special #TWIMLfest episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Jeremy Howard, Founder of Fast.ai.

In our conversation with Jeremy, we discuss his career path, including his journey through the consulting world and how those experiences led him down the path to ML education, his thoughts on the current state of the machine learning adoption cycle, and if we’re at maximum capacity for deep learning use and capability. Of course, we dig into the newest version of the fast.ai framework and course, the reception of Jeremy’s book ‘Deep Learning for Coders with Fastai and PyTorch: AI Applications Without a PhD,’ and what’s missing from the machine learning education landscape. If you’ve missed our previous conversations with Jeremy, I encourage you to check them out here and here.

Thanks to our Sponsor!

I’d like to send a shout-out to our friends at Tecton for their sponsorship of this episode of the podcast. Tecton provides an enterprise feature store that enables ML teams to build great features and get them to production quickly and reliably. Founded by the creators of the Uber Michelangelo platform, they’re applying their expertise to solving the data challenges of ML for every organization. The Tecton product integrates with your existing MLOps infrastructure to bring DevOps-like capabilities to the feature lifecycle. Tecton is delivered as a fully managed service in the cloud that lets you start building features quickly and easily.

We’ll also be hosting a webinar with Tecton on November 17th, focused on MLOps, feature stores, and open source. Visit twimlai.com/tecton to sign up.

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  • David George

    So, in a nutshell, Mr. Howard believes…
    * NeurIPS is a waste of time,
    * GANs are over-hyped,
    * Most papers are useless,
    * RL is ridiculous,
    * and if it’s not fastai, it’s not worth his trouble.

    Wow. It’s unfortunate, because I had started the fastbook course, and now frankly I want nothing to do with this guy.

    A word of advice Mr. Howard: a little humility goes a long way. But I guess humility is not in fastai, so it’s probably over-hyped, useless, ridiculous, and a waste of time…

  • Bee

    I’m very surprised by the listeners response to Jeremy. I thought the interview was very informative and that Jeremy is quite well balanced. His perspective frames a growing body research that overstates its usefulness to the world. Jeremy said nothing that I surmised as arrogant or pejorative.

  • David George

    Opinions are quite subjective, but apparently I’m not alone as NUMFocus tagged him with a violation of their Code of Conduct stating (and I’m paraphrasing) “his talk was not kind”. I understand and appreciate the replies to my post. And Sam, yes, I will certainly go listen to the other posts.

    Thanks Sam and Bee for your perspective.

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