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INSIDE FACEBOOK’S AI WORKSHOP

An interview with Joaquin Candela by Scott Berinato

Within Facebook’s cavernous Building 20, about halfway between the lobby (panoramic views of the Ravenswood Slough) and the kitchen (hot breakfast, smoothies, gourmet coffee), in a small conference room called Lollapalooza, Joaquin Candela is trying to explain artificial intelligence to a layperson.

Candela—bald, compact, thoughtful—runs Facebook’s Applied Machine Learning (AML) group, the engine room of AI at Facebook, which increasingly makes it the engine room of Facebook in general. After some verbal searching, he finally says:

Look, a machine learning algorithm really is a lookup table, right? Where the key is the input, like an image, and the value ...

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