Sparks in the Wind: a weekly newsletter

Hi, I’m Francois.

I started this newsletter to share longer-form writing with you. Longer than 240 characters.

Who Am I?

I’m a software engineer and AI researcher. I started Keras, a deep learning framework, and ARC, a benchmark for general AI reasoning abilities. I’m also the author of Deep Learning with Python, a popular textbook to get started with deep learning.

You can find me on Twitter.

I have two goals:

  1. Understand the nature of abstraction in the human mind, and develop algorithms capable of autonomous abstraction (i.e. general intelligence).

  2. Democratize the development and deployment of AI technology, by making it easier to use and explaining it clearly.

What do I write about?

Pretty much anything. This newsletter is very much “what’s currently on my mind” — it doesn’t have a specific theme. I spend a lot of time thinking about machine learning and software engineering, so you can expect a lot of content around these topics. But I’m also interested in education, developmental psychology, art, biotech, music, and much more. I’ll keep this place open-ended.

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Ideas on AI, technology, and society. Mostly ephemeral, but carries a small chance of starting a fire.