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When Salesforce launched the Einstein platform in 2016, I was a bit skeptical about it. My perspectie at the time was that it was going to be difficult to create predictive models that could adapt to the different configurations of Salesforce data across hundreds of thousands of customers. Think about it, every company has unique ways to model sales and marketing pipelines, so how could you possibly create low-touch predictive models that learn those things on the flight? During that time, techniques like AutoML were still seen as a pipe dream, so don’t judge me too harshly 😉. Well, four years after its launch, the Salesforce Einstein platform is processing an astonishing 80 billion predictions per day, which makes it one of the largest B2B machine learning platforms in production.

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The success of Einstein is directly tied to the recent improvements in AutoML stacks. Specifically, Einstein is built on a proprietary AutoML stack known as TransmogrifAI ( Edge#2 is about AutoML and TransmogrifAI). The use of AutoML allows Einstein to tune the hyperparameters of models in order to adapt to specific Salesforce datasets. There are plenty of examples of AutoML services in the market but the production deployments of those methods remained constrained to very narrow scenarios. From that perspective, Einstein must be one of the best examples of AutoML in production and a glimpse into the future of machine learning in SaaS products.

How do you see the application of AutoML in services like Einstein?

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Edge#43: the concept of Bidirectional Long-Short Term Memory Networks; DeepMind’s Differentiable Neural Computer; Google Fairness Indicators as a key component of any ML model.

Edge#44: deep dive into AI behind DeepMind’s Agent57, which outperformed humans in 57 Atari games.

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Assessing Alexa Conversations

Amazon Research published a paper detailing a deep learning model used to estimate how customers would rate their satisfaction with dialogue interactions ->read more on Amazon Research blog

Better Semi-Supervised Learning

Salesforce published a paper introducing CoMatch, a new semi-supervised learning method for image classification ->read more on Salesforce Research blog

Smart Scrolling

Google Research published a detailed blog post describing the architecture of a neural network used to improve the navigation experience of its recently released Recorder app ->read more on Google Research blog

Horovod v0.21

Uber released the new version of Horovod, its framework for large scale deep learning training ->read more on Uber blog

Google LIT

Google open sourced a language interpretability toolkit(LIT), a toolset for interpretability of language models->Read more in this blog post from the Google Research team

  • Loyalty automation platform Glue raised $8 million. They help customize loyalty strategies, using AI for analyzing data points from 100,000 organizations and automating interactions between the company and clients in a mobile app.
  • Industrial robotic startup Percepto raised $45 million in a Series B funding round. They use proprietary computer vision and deep learning algorithms to better navigate the robots in real-time. The collected data is used in ML models for better decision making for any given mission. Reinforcement learning is actively used to match the specific needs of the client.
  • Speech-to-code startup Serenade raised $2.1 million in the seed round. They created an engine that transforms natural speech into code.
  • Autonomous delivery startup Gatik raised $25 million in a Series A round. It seems that the pandemic greatly hastens the adoption of autonomous vehicles and autonomous vehicles for delivery.

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