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With Douwe Osinga (Principal Software Enggr, Sidewalk Labs).
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 07:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Sidewalk Labs, 347 10th Ave


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Embeddings are everywhere in machine learning yet usually not very visible. We use embedding layers when one hot encodings dont cut it or to visualize relations between words but usually we don't appreciate the crucial role they play in artificial intelligence.
This talk tells the story of embeddings by showing not only how they are used in different deep learning models, but also how they can really help us get an intuition about how these models function.
We'll start by looking at MNIST handwritten digits, before moving on to embedding words for fun & profit. After that we'll look at modern image recognition systems & how that recognition is just a nearest neighbor search on the produced embeddings.
We'll close by looking at how embeddings are used in machine translation & how that work opens up the tantalizing perspectives of using thought vectors towards general intelligence.

Douwe Osinga is a serial entrepreneur & a machine learning enthusiast, currently working at Sidewalk Labs as the Tech Lead on Generative Urban Design. Before coming to New York he founded Triposo in Berlin, Germany, everybody's favorite mobile travel guide. Before that he worked for Google in Switzerland, India & Australia. He's the author of "Deep Learning Cookbook.

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