Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Nuit Blanche in Review (October 2016)

Many interesting things happened since the last Nuit Blanche in Review (September 2016) . First, we had two Paris Machine Learning meetups of very different flavors. The first one took place at vente-privée, a private company that is scaling up its data science team to meet their own amazing scaling issues. The CTO showed us around and most of us were excited at what we saw. The second meetup was a litte different than usual as it was a roundtable around math and Data Science. Unfortunately, one of our main speaker could not stay, but the discussion got a lot of questions and interest. especially around explainability of models and education. We had to stop the debate after a hour and half not because there were no questions left but because the auditorium was booked by a band/choir. As a result, the networking event after the meetup had the musical backdrop of the Star Wars movies while we were all talking about the dark side of algorithms. You could not make that up.

Of note this month on Nuit Blanche, we had a slew of job propositions, four implementations, three theses, a few in-depth articles, and some new hardware description.

On LightOn's front, on a regional side of things, we pitched at HTC, and are finalists in the Grand Prix de L'Innovation de Paris. More importantly, we are begining to see an interest in getting to solve the big problems related computations and ML/AI not necessarily connected to our technology. It's a good thing (TM), as it shows a wide interest that is seldom publicized. At the French level, the BioComp GDR had its second colloqium in Lyon. At the European level, David Moloney is organizing a workshop in Dublin next week on Deep Learning and Embedded electronics. In the US, the IEEE has been setting up their Rebooting Computing Initiative ( twitter account is here) while Wired is slowly paying attention to the trend on How AI Is Shaking Up the Chip Market an item that has not escaped specialists in the past few months, well except maybe the good folks at NIPS. Much like the IEEE, it's a just a question of time before this issue becomes more and more important in that comunity as this exchange on Twitter shows:

Anyway, we are glad that the future "competitor' questions by VCs will not revolved around Quantum computing only, even though we always have a feel that we're the Barbarians

Enjoy this review !

Sunday Morning Insight





Paris ML Meetup


Photo: Silfra

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