We are a group of startup engineers, research scientists, computational linguists, mathematicians, philosophers, and others interested in understanding the meaning of text, reasoning, and human intent through technology. We want to apply our understanding to building new businesses and improving overall human experience in the modern connected world. The MIND Stack explained: mind.wtf.
This is a technical AI meetup: we build systems with Machine Learning on top of Data Pipelines, and concern ourselves with the stuff we can try in open source, learn, improve, and model human behavior in industry for practical results.
The advisory board for this meetup is Cicero Institute (Cicero.ai), and its conferences are AI.vision and self.driving.cars. We like specific technical problems (self-driving cars) and the way they inform better higher-level inference of the future of AI (AI.vision).
Friends — the month of May is when the Scale By the Bay (SBTB) CFP always runs, for the conference in November.
The CFP is now open at
There are three tracks, as usual:
— Functional Programming
— Service Architectures
— Data Pipelines, including ML/AI
The theme for this year is the emergence of new distributed systems and their applications, including Edge, IoT, DLT, and AI on the Edge. Helena Edelson lead a team at Apple enabling ML/AI with Spark, Joe Beda started Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes, and Heather Miller lead Scala Center at EPFL and now advances distributed and edge systems at CMU.
We have two talk lengths, 20 minutes and 40 minutes. There are 5-10 minute breaks between some, but not all, talk slots, and excellent coffee is served all day long so every break is a coffee break. Please check each time length you can work with. We often ask 40 min talks to shrink to 20 min as we try to accommodate all the best talks — and our acceptabnce rate is going down to 1:3 with years.
We also serve hot breakfast and great lunch and amazing happy hours follow the main program in between all days. The hallway track is legendary, facilitated by the high ratio of speakers — 100+ out of the 600 attendees.
We are committed to community above all and are working with underrepresented groups to send speakers. Please share this CFP with your diversity advocates, community managers, and encourage female engineers, African-American developers, and others to submit talks. If you could send such speakers on behalf of your company, it will help the community a lot. We’re also proactively reaching out to meetups, our core constituents, to help our established diversity program. We also work with companies like Stripe on diversity scholarships — let us know if you’d like to partner on this.
Submit your best talks at https://scale.bythebay.io by May 31!
Note: the limits of Deep Learning will be examined by the AI industry leaders at http://ai.vision conference, San Francisco, March 8. Early Bird ends 12/31.
This is a biweekly reading group for the book by Goodfellow, Bengio and Courville (https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Learning-Adaptive-Computation-Machine/dp/0262035618).
We'll meet in 2017 and go through it in sequence. We need a fixed venue to host us -- please email Alexy at [masked] if you want to be the home of the brave AI. We'll need reading group leaders for this to happen, please email Alexy if you want to lead certain chapters or the whole sequence.