PyTorch has sort of became one of the de facto standards for creating Neural Networks now, and I love its interface. Yet, it is somehow a little difficult for beginners to get a hold of. I remember picking PyTorch up only after some extensive experimentation a couple of years back. To tell you the truth, it took me a lot of time to pick it up but am I glad that I moved from Keras to PyTorch.
Most of us in data science has seen a lot of AI-generated people in recent times, whether it be in papers, blogs, or videos. We’ve reached a stage where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between actual human faces and faces generated by artificial intelligence. However, with the currently available machine learning toolkits, creating these images yourself is not as difficult as you might think. In my view, GANs will change the way we generate video games and special effects.
Creating my workstation has been a dream for me, if nothing else. I knew the process involved, yet I somehow never got to it. It might have been time or money. Mostly Money. But this time I just had to do it. I was just fed up with setting up a server on AWS for any small personal project and fiddling with all the installations. Or I had to work on Google Collab notebooks, which have a lot of limitations on running times and network connections.
Data Exploration is a key part of Data Science. And does it take long? Ahh. Don’t even ask. Preparing a data set for ML not only requires understanding the data set, cleaning, and creating new features, it also involves doing these steps repeatedly until we have a fine-tuned system. As we moved towards bigger datasets, Apache Spark came as a ray of hope. It gave us a scalable and distributed in-memory system to work with Big Data.
Just recently, I had written a simple tutorial on FastAPI, which was about simplifying and understanding how APIs work, and creating a simple API using the framework. That post got quite a good response, but the most asked question was how to deploy the FastAPI API on ec2 and how to use images data rather than simple strings, integers, and floats as input to the API. I scoured the net for this, but all I could find was some undercooked documentation and a lot of different ways people were taking to deploy using NGINX or ECS.
Ultralytics recently launched YOLOv5 amid controversy surrounding its name. For context, the first three versions of YOLO (You Only Look Once) were created by Joseph Redmon. Following this, Alexey Bochkovskiy created YOLOv4 on darknet, which boasted higher Average Precision (AP) and faster results than previous iterations. Now, Ultralytics has released YOLOv5, with comparable AP and faster inference times than YOLOv4. This has left many asking: is a new version warranted given similar accuracy to YOLOv4?
Creating my own workstation has been a dream for me if nothing else. I knew the process involved, yet I somehow never got to it. But this time I just had to do it. So, I found out some free time to create a Deep Learning Rig with a lot of assistance from NVIDIA folks who were pretty helpful. On that note special thanks to Josh Patterson and Michael Cooper.