Keeping up with data — Week 45 reading list

A curious mind wandering through the world of data


A friend shared a link to the State of AI Report with me last Sunday. It is one of those reports that hooks you in; you find yourself clicking on the source links, searching new terms, unfamiliar concepts and new thinking.

Cutting to the chase, this week’s reading list is about AI.

  1. State of AI Report 2020: Report covering the developments in AI during the last 12 months from all possible angles. 177 slides full of information means that everyone finds something to their interest. My takeaways are: AI development is (very) expensive; NLP is still the hottest area of AI; AI is mostly closed source; corporate-driven academic brain drain is significant; and PyTorch is fast outpacing TensorFlow in research papers. Plus, the report is a fantastic source of fun facts for parties 🤓. (

Often disregarded as a buzzword, AI (whether it’s the right term or not) is a topic worth exploring beyond the hype. I, for one, certainly enjoy reading and learning about the technicalities of ML algorithms, engineering challenges or ethical, sociological or economic impacts.

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