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The Data Exchange with Ben Lorica

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A series of informal conversations with thought leaders, researchers, practitioners, and writers on a wide range of topics in technology, science, and of course big data, data science, artificial intelligence, and related applications. Anchored by Ben Lorica (@BigData), the Data Exchange also features a roundup of the most important stories from the worlds of data, machine learning and AI. Detailed show notes for each episode can be found on https://thedataexchange.media/ The Data Exchange podcast is a production of Gradient Flow [https://gradientflow.com/].
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Dylan Patel is the Chief Analyst at SemiAnalysis,  a boutique semiconductor research and consulting firm focused on the semiconductor supply chain from chemical inputs to fabs to design IP and strategy. In this episode, we discuss the emerging open source software stack for PyTorch that makes it easier and more accessible to implement non-Nvidia backends (see his recent post).Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Peter Norvig (of Google and Stanford) and Alfred Spector (of MIT) are part of the team of authors behind the must-read book Data Science in Context: Foundations, Challenges, Opportunities. We discussed their recent book and tool a deep dive into their Data Science Analysis Rubric, and we also talked about a trending topics in AI including looming regulations, synthetic data, and Large Language and Foundation Models.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Percy Liang is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Statistics, and Director of the new Center for Research on Foundation Models at Stanford University. We discussed a new suit of tools (HELM) designed to help users and researchers understand language models in their totality. We also discuss recent trends in AI including the rise of Generative AI and Foundation Models.Download a copy of our FREE 2023 Trends in Data and AI Report:  https://gradientflow.com/2023trendsreport/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Jenn Webb, special correspondent and managing editor at Gradient Flow, recently organized a mini-panel to discuss themes and trends for 2023. The panel consisted of myself and Mikio Braun. More information on these trends can be found in our Annual Trends Report, which is available for free download (see details below). Download a copy of the FREE Report:  https://gradientflow.com/2023trendsreport/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Exploring DALL·E 2

Exploring DALL·E 2

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Given the growing interest in Generative AI, we revisit a conversation with Mark Chen, Research Scientist at OpenAI and part of the team behind DALL·E 2, a new AI system that can create realistic images and art based on natural language descriptions. Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
On this special end of the year episode, we revisit conversations with two data science leaders in the e-commerce space:Wendy Foster, Director, Engineering & Data Science at Shopify.Olivia Liao, Senior Director of Data Science at Stitch Fix.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • Amazon •  RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Shayan Mohanty is the CEO of Watchful, a modern and interactive solution that places the control of data labeling back in the hands of data scientists, machine learning practitioners, and subject matter experts. This podcast focuses on a data management system (written in Rust) they built to support the level of automation and interactivity required to support Watchful.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Frank Liu is Director of Operations & ML Architect at Zilliz, the company behind Milvus,  an open source vector database. We discuss their recent VLDB paper (“A Cloud Native Vector Database Management System”) that describes recent updates to Milvus, as well as vector databases and vector search in general.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Ira Cohen is co-founder, Chief Data Scientist at Anodot, a startup that uses time series tools to monitor  business data in real time, so organizations can proactively resolve revenue, cost, and customer experience issues before they impact business performance. We recently wrote a well-received post that provided a detailed overview on the state of technologies for collecting, storing, and unlocking time series. Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Roy Schwartz is Professor of Natural Language Processing at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. We discussed a recent survey paper that Roy co-wrote that presented a broad overview of existing methods to improve NLP efficiency through the lens of traditional NLP pipelines. Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
On this Thanksgiving holiday weekend in the U.S., we revisit a Twitter Spaces conversation I had withAndrew Burt, Managing Partner at BNH1, the first law firm focused on AI risks.Bob Friday, Chief AI Officer at Juniper Networks.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Hung Bui is the CEO of VinAI, a premier Artificial Intelligence research-based company developing world-class products and services. Hung assembled the VinAI team just over three years ago and they are now among the Top 20 Global Companies in AI Research in 2022. Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Bob van Luijt, is CEO of SeMI Technologies, the company behind the popular vector search engine Weaviate.   Bob describes their key features and core components, popular use cases, and he also provides an overview of Weaviate’s near-term roadmap. We also discuss how vector search engines compare with existing data management systems.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Federico Garza and Max Mergenthaler Canseco are both CTOs and co-founders of Nixtla, a startup building developer-friendly software that helps data scientists deploy predictive pipelines.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • Podcast Addict • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Christopher Nguyen is CEO and cofounder of Aitomatic, a startup that uses a knowledge-first approach to build and deploy machine learning solutions, with a focus on industrial applications (manufacturing and other physical settings).Join us at K1st World, a fantastic symposium and networking event slated for November 16 & 17. Use the discount code GRADIENTFLOW60 to attend in person or online.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Ram Sriharsha is VP of Engineering and R&D at Pinecone, a startup that offers a fully managed vector database (not just an index). We discuss Pinecone’s new proprietary storage engine, which was first described around the time we recorded this conversation.Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Karthik Ramasamy, is the Head of Streaming at Databricks. He has extensive experience in streaming, having led teams at Twitter (Apache Heron), Splunk, and Streamlio (Apache Pulsar).Subscribe to the Gradient Flow Newsletter:  https://gradientflow.substack.com/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Piotr Żelasko is Head of Research at Meaning, a startup building an AI platform using speech technologies. He has years of experience in speech technologies, both as a researcher and as a software engineer.  We recorded this episode on the week of the release of Whisper,  deep learning model (from OpenAI) that approaches human level robustness and accuracy on English speech recognition.  Our conversation centered on Whisper and speech recognition, but also touched on the new speech data processing tools (Lhotse, k2, Icefall) that we described in our recent post.Download a FREE copy of our recent 2022 Trends Report (Data, Machine Learning, AI):  https://gradientflow.com/2022trendsreport/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Yaron Singer is the CEO of Robust Intelligence, a company building tools to help manage and mitigate risks associated with machine learning models and applications. Download a FREE copy of our recent 2022 Trends Report (Data, Machine Learning, AI):  https://gradientflow.com/2022trendsreport/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
Yashar Behzadi is the CEO & Founder of Synthesis AI, a startup that uses synthetic data technologies to enable teams building AI applications, as well as gaming and metaverse applications.Download a FREE copy of our recent 2022 Trends Report (Data, Machine Learning, AI):  https://gradientflow.com/2022trendsreport/Subscribe: Apple • Android • Spotify • Stitcher • Google • AntennaPod • RSS.Detailed show notes can be found on The Data Exchange web site.
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