Production-grade machine-learning algorithms never come out perfect on the first try. They require the same approach to iteration and testing as any other software project. But validating machine-learning algorithms is particularly hard—harder than writing simple unit or integration tests. And iterating on machine-learning algorithms gets harder as the team contributing to it grows.
Synthetic data is artificially created information rather than recorded from real-world events. A simple example would be generating a user profile for John Doe rather than using an actual user profile. This way you can theoretically generate vast amounts of training data for deep learning models and with infinite possibilities.
All of us have seen those fear mongering headlines about how artificial intelligence is going to steal our jobs and how we should be very careful with biased AI algorithms. Bias means that the algorithm favors certain groups of people or otherwise guides decisions towards an unfair outcome. Bias can mean giving a raise only to white male employees, increasing criminal risk factors of certain ethnic groups and filling your news feed only with topics and point of views that you are currently consuming – instead of giving a broad, balanced view of the world and educating you.
Whitesnake cover bands of the 2020s. Although both might be sporting the same hobo beards, Data Scientists are getting their work done with just sticks and stones as their tools while us Software Engineers have every tool in the universe.
If machine learning is a team sport, like I so frequently hear, machine learning platforms must be the playing fields. And to up your machine learning game, you must have the proper environments to do it.