Here's something really help from @amaarora - a thorough walk-thru of my recent talk "20 Years of Tech Startup Experiences in One Hour".

It's a great way to get the key messages of the talk, without watching the whole thing.
amaarora.github.io/2021/05/15/jh-…
My full talk is available here:
This approach, of writing up a talk that you like and posting it publicly, is great for everyone:
- The speaker gets a sharable text version of their talk
- The writer gets the appreciation of the speaker and the audience
- People can save time by reading instead of listening
If there's a talk you've watched and liked which doesn't yet have a good text walk-thru available, you might want to try writing one up! :)

I'll post below some videos I'm in that AFAIK are still video-only, if you're interested in trying this yourself
This interview with @lexfridman has been popular and well-liked
I did a chat with @math_rachel which you can find on the Scale AI conference page (requires free registration)
scale.com/events/transfo…
There's lots of other interviews that are a Google search away!
google.com/search?q=inter…

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26 May
I've just uploaded a new "lesson 0" for Practical Deep Learning for Coders, which is an optional lesson of tips for how to get the most out of the course
The lesson contains a lot of insights from the new book from @radekosmulski, "Meta Learning", which describes his successful journey from non-coder to Kaggle winner and full-time deep learning scientist
gumroad.com/l/learn_deep_l…
It finishes with a complete walk-thru showing how to set up a Linux GPU server from scratch on @awscloud EC2. For details on the course, and setup on many different cloud environments, see: course.fast.ai
Read 4 tweets
4 Feb
I’m hearing comments that Grid AI (Lightning) seem to have copied fastai's API without credit, and claimed to have invented it.

We wrote a paper about our design; it's great it's inspiring others.

Claiming credit for other's work? NOT great 1/

mdpi.com/2078-2489/11/2…
PyTorch Lightning is a new deep learning library, released in mid-2019. The same team launched "Flash", a higher level library, this week.

fastai was launched in 2017, based on extensive research.

As you can see, they look *very* similar.
The quote below is from the Flash launch post (h/t @tomcocobrico). It is very clearly not true.

fastai's focus has always been simple inference, fine-tuning, and customization of state of the art models on new data in a matter of minutes.

Read 20 tweets
11 Jan
Our paper, "An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19", written by a cross-disciplinary team of 19 international experts, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today.

No time for the paper? Then read this thread!
pnas.org/content/118/4/…
The paper, which includes 141 references (yes, I read every one of them!) argues that we should increase focus on a previously overlooked aspect of mask usage: mask wearing by infectious people ("source control"), rather than only mask wearing by susceptible people ("PPE") Image
Masks have been used to help control respiratory pandemics for at least 600 years. Wu Lien-Teh (the "Plague Fighter") showed the world the importance of masks nearly 100 years ago, doing detailed studies over many years.

Sadly, his work became largely forgotten in the west Image
Read 11 tweets
6 Jan
IIUC this "new technique" from Facebook is actually just a slight repackaging of bits of @wightmanr's brilliant timm library.

Great they wrote a paper that documented how well it works, but they should at *minimum* have cited timm, and really should have made him senior author
I've read thru their code, and it's basically calling out to timm (which is based on years of research from @wightmanr), along with a standard Pytorch training loop and data munging.
github.com/facebookresear…
There are clearly some pretty deeply rooted issues surfaced here regarding how @facebookai works with the open source community.

Hopefully this turns out to be a productive learning experience.
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18 Dec 20
Excited to launch "ghapi" today in partnership with @GitHub. ghapi provides complete access to the entire GitHub API, using a consistent interface with many nice touches.

See thread below for a demo and summary, or read the post for details: 1/
github.blog/2020-12-18-lea…
ghapi has both a Python and a CLI interface. The operations and parameters of them are identical, so once you know one, you know them both! Here's a demo of the CLI interface, which includes help for all API operations and tab-completion.
Here's a demo of ghapi's Python interface, which even includes links to the official @GitHub documentation for every endpoint.
Read 11 tweets
29 Oct 20
NumFOCUS found I violated their Code of Conduct (CoC) at JupyterCon because my talk was not “kind”, because I said @joelgrus was “wrong”.

This sets a bad precedent.

Joel was not involved in NumFOCUS’s action, was not told about it, and did not support it
fast.ai/2020/10/28/cod…
The process has left me shattered, and I won't be accepting any more speaking invitations.

See the post above for details on what happened, including the full finding.

I've re-recorded my talk - you can decide for yourself if it merited such an action.
I'm doing something I've never done before, which is to restrict replies to this thread. I encourage open discussion, but I am left without the emotional energy to cope at this time, I'm sorry.
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