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Machines that Learn Through Action: The Future of AI

YOW! 2017 Sydney

Deep Learning has led to breakthroughs in many previously unsolved problem domains, from image classification to machine translation to medical imaging analysis. Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz recently cooked up an AI playbook, which posits that AI will impact software as broadly as relational databases have since the late 20th century. It’s hard to think of a technological problem that AI doesn’t touch.

In this talk, we will explore the limits of today’s most popular approaches to AI. In particular, what kinds of problems can’t we solve today and how might the solutions shape the way we approach software development? Training a model for your particular domain is easier than ever, but why is it so difficult to make sense of what is going on inside the model? How can we move toward a more intuitive and accessible model for understanding what our AI has learned?

Julie Amundson

Director, Machine Learning Platform


United States

Julie Amundson is Director of Machine Learning Platform Experience at Netflix, with the mission of providing a productive, innovative and dependable experience for ML practitioners across the company. In the early days of Netflix streaming, she worked on infrastructure behind the "play" button as Netflix was expanding to stream on all internet-connected devices and becoming available across the world. 

Julie also co-founded Order of Magnitude Labs, aiming to build AI capable of endeavors that humans find easy and today’s machines find hard: exploration, communication, creativity and accomplishing long-range goals. Early in her career, Julie developed data processing software at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that enabled scientists to study the newly-sequenced human genome.