The December 2020 Newsletter

Written by Jennifer Prendki

December 22, 2020

Seasons greetings from the team at Alectio! We hope our last newsletter in this very strange, unprecedented year finds you well. As always, here are a handful of our favorite machine learning articles, videos, and songs (really) over the past month or so:


5 ways to save on data labeling

When you’re making resolutions at work in a couple weeks, resolve to save money on labeling data. Or to save time. Or both. We have a bunch of tips to help you do both in this free white paper.

Did Google just admit they can’t make AI sustainable?

Our thoughts on the fallout between Timnit Gebru, a leading ethics researcher at Google, and the company she worked for until just a few weeks ago: it’s not just about the mistake Google made in parting ways with her, it’s about what she wrote that created the rift in the first place.

There’s no such thing as green AI

Speaking of models being altogether unsustainable, so is the way we’re approaching AI right now. Sooner or later, the industry is going to have to grapple with the environmental and energy costs of gigantic models.

VIDEOS: How to use the Alectio platform

We’ve started putting together some tutorial videos for folks who are curious how to get started on our platform. Here are the first three, with plenty more on the horizon.

How Alectio works

We also published a high-level view of the benefits and uses of our core data curation technology. If you want to dig a little deeper into how our platform can help your machine learning projects, it’s the perfect place to start.


A neural net writes a Christmas song

In case you weren’t yet in the holiday spirit, here’s a machine-written yuletide song that will…further prevent you from getting there.

From research to production with deep semi-supervised learning

A nice, holistic look at semi-supervised deep learning that focuses on bringing research lessons into a real-world setting.

Introducing Objectron

Objectron sounds like but is not a generic Transformer action figure. It’s instead a downloadable dataset of “short, object-centric video clips” for 3D object detection model training.

10 AI predictions for 2021

Rob Toews at Forbes has some savvy predictions for AI next year. He touches on an explosion of federated learning research, ballooning NLP models, deep fakes, regulation, and more.

The algorithms that trap people in poverty

An important, sobering look at the exorbitant amount of control algorithms have on our lives and the people they’re increasingly leaving behind.

That’s it for us this month. We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and rejuvenating end of December and we’ll see you next year. Happy holidays!

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