JSJ 405: Machine Learning with Gant Laborde
Gant Laborde is the Chief Innovation Officer of Infinite Red who is working on a course for beginners on machine learning. There is a lot of gatekeeping with machine learning, and this attitude that only people with PhDs should touch it. In spite of this, Gant thinks that in the next 5 years everyone will be using machine learning, and that it will be pioneered by web developers. One of the strong points of the web is experimentation, and Gant contrasts this to the academic approach.
Chris and Gant discuss some different uses for machine learning and how it can improve development. One of the biggest applications they see is to train the computers to figure monotonous tasks out while the human beings focus on other projects, such as watching security camera footage and identifying images. Gant restates his belief that in the next 5 years, AI will be everywhere. People will grab the boring things first, then they will go for the exciting things. Gant talks about his creation NSFW.js, an open source train model to help you catch indecent content. He and Chris discuss different applications for this technology.
Their next topic of discussion is authenticity, and how computers are actually incredibly good at finding deep fakes. They discuss the practice of placing passed away people into movies as one of the applications of machine learning, and the ethics surrounding that. Since developers tend to be worried about inclusions, ethics, and the implications of things, Gant believes that these are the people he wants to have control over what AI is going to do to help build a more conscious data set.
The show concludes with Gant talking about the resources to help you get started with machine learning. He is a panelist on upcoming DevChat show, Adventures in Machine Learning. He has worked with people with all kinds of skill sets and has found that it doesn't matter how much you know, it matters how interested and passionate you are about learning. If you're willing to put the pedal to the metal for at least a month, you can come out with a basic understanding. Chris and Gant talk about Tensorflow, which helps you take care of machine learning at a higher level for fast operations without calculus. Gant is working on putting together a course on Tensorflow. If you're interested in machine learning, go to academy.infinite.red to sign up for Gant's course. He also announces that they will be having a sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
- Christopher Buecheler
With special guest: Gant Laborde
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Why are people hesitant to start machine learning?
There is a culture of gatekeeping surrounding machine learning, and an attitude that only those with a PhD should be using it due to the complex mathematics. Due to the academic background of machine learning, it has developed a different jargon from other forms of programming that can make it difficult to get started.
What is nsfw.js?
Nsfw.js is an open source train model to help you catch indecent content created by Gant Laborde.
What is an example of machine learning in Google?
An example of machine learning in Google is when Gmail finishes your sentences in an email for you.
How can I get started with machine learning?
Go to academy.infinite.red to sign up for Gant’s course. The course will go on sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and there will also be an offer for a free 5 day mini course.