Up to Speed on Deep Learning: July Update, Part 2

Check out this second installation of deep learning stories that made news in July. See if there are any items of note you missed.

By Isaac Madan, Investor at Venrock & Co-editor of Requests for Startups.

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Continuing our series of deep learning updates, we pulled together some of the awesome resources that have emerged since our last post on July 18th. In case you missed it, here’s the July update (part 1), here’s the June update, and here’s the original set of 20+ resources we outlined in April. As always, this list is not comprehensive, so let us know if there’s something we should add, or if you’re interested in discussing this area further.

Open AI

OpenAI announces and opens applications for their special projects. They list several problem areas likely to be important both for advancing AI and for its long-run impact on society: detecting breakthrough, malicious AI; an AI-building AI; cybersecurity; and multi-agent simulations. You can apply to lead one of these efforts.

Hinton Neural Networks

Neural Networks for Machine Learning course by Geoffrey Hintonwill be offered again in September 2016 on Coursera. Learn about artificial neural networks and how they’re being used for machine learning, as applied to speech and object recognition, image segmentation, modeling language and human motion, etc. We’ll emphasize both the basic algorithms and the practical tricks needed to get them to work well. You can enroll now.

Face recognition

Modern Face Recognition with Deep Learning tutorial by Adam Geitgey. Part 4 of Adam’s series Machine Learning is Fun. The series introduces machine learning in four detailed segments: spanning an introduction to machine learning to an in-depth convolutional neural network implementation for face recognition. Here are the three prior parts: part 1part 2, and part 3.


A Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks by Adit Deshpande. Adit, a CS undergrad at UCLA, provides an explanation of convolutional neural networks by walking through an image processing problem, with mathematical descriptions. He also explains the training process and touches upon practical use of CNNs.


CVPR Days 1–4 by Sri Chandrasekar. Review and summaries of the 2016 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) held in Las Vegas in late June, highlighting some of the best talks. All parts here:day 1,day 2day 3day 4summary.

Isaac Madan is an investor at Venrock, an early-stage venture capital firm with investments in companies like Dollar Shave Club, Cloudflare, AppNexus, Dataminr, and Pearl Automation, and previously Nest, Apple, Intel, etc. Isaac’s background is in machine learning & artificial intelligence, having been previously an entrepreneur and data scientist. He can reached via email at isaac@venrock.com.

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