Hands-on with fast.ai

Automatically sort text or images with machine-learning.

  • Got too much text to read, or too many images to dig through? Make the computer do it, by teaching by example.
  • We’ll sort images into categories like “has a bike or doesn’t have a bike” or “is a hog farm or isn’t a hog farm”.
  • We’ll sort text into buckets like “is about gun control, environmental policy or immigration”.
  • The goal isn’t for the computer to make uncheckable conclusions you’ll rely on in a story, but an easily-checkable conclusion to transform a boring week-long slog into a few hours of data labelling, some coding and a little bit of waiting.
  • You’ll leave with two hands-on examples and working code you can adapt for your own projects, but also intuitions about what the AI’s output means to us as journalists.

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