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百度前首席科学家创业

Andrew Ng是百度前首席科学家,离开百度开始新的创业风投——deeplearning.io,目前只有一个LOGO,一个域名以及在8月份启动的备忘页脚。业内估计这个项目不只是具体的一个AI(人工智能)的项目,应该是服务于AI的AI;致力于训练AI,让AI更AI的工具(好绕口)。Andrew Ng曾在建立谷歌人类脑力团队中起过重要作用。AI is new electricity。

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Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

By John Mannes, techcrunch.comView OriginalJune 23rd, 2017

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidu’s Sunnyvale AI research campus — the same office Ng would have worked out of as an employee.

 

It’s unclear whether Ng began his work on Deeplearning.ai while still an employee at Baidu. According to data pulled from the Wayback Machine, the domain was parked at Instra and picked up sometime between 2015 and 2017.

Registering that domain to Baidu accidentally would be an amateur mistake and registering it intentionally just leaves me with more unanswered questions. I’m left wondering about the relationship between Baidu and Deeplearning.ai — and its connection to Andrew Ng’s departure. Of course it’s also possible that there was some sort of error that caused an untimely mistake.

Ng left the company in late March of this year, promising to continue his work of bringing the benefits of AI to everyone. Baidu is known for having unique technical expertise in natural language processing and it’s recently been putting resources into self-driving cars and other specific deep learning applications.

 

It makes sense that Ng would take advantage of his name recognition to raise a large round to maximize his impact on the machine intelligence ecosystem. I can’t see a general name like Deeplearning.ai being used to sell a self-driving car company or a virtualized enterprise tool. It’s more likely that Ng is building an enabling technology that aims to become critical infrastructure to support the adoption of AI technologies.

While this could technically encompass specialized hardware chips for deep learning, I’m more inclined to bet that it is a software solution given Ng’s expertise. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a splash back at I/O last month when he discussed AutoML — the company’s research work to automate the design process of neural networks. If I was going to come up with a name for a company that would build on, and ultimately commercialize this technology, it would be Deeplearning.ai.

“This is super speculative, but I think it might be an AI tool to help generate AI training datasets or something else that will accelerate the development of AI models and products,” Malika Cantor, partner at AI investment firm Comet Labs told me. “I’m very excited about having more tools and platforms to support the AI ecosystem.”

Prior to his time at Baidu, Ng was instrumental in building out the Google Brain Team, one of the company’s core AI research groups. Ng is a highly respected researcher and evangelist in the AI space with connections spanning industries and geographic borders. If Ng truly believes that AI is the new electricity, he will surely try to position Deeplearning.ai to take advantage of the windfall.

We’ve reached out to both Baidu and Andrew Ng and will update this post if we receive additional information.

 

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