Prepare Your Unstructured Data For Machine Learning And Computer Vision Without The Toil Using Activeloop - Episode 212

Summary

The vast majority of data tools and platforms that you hear about are designed for working with structured, text-based data. What do you do when you need to manage unstructured information, or build a computer vision model? Activeloop was created for exactly that purpose. In this episode Davit Buniatyan, founder and CEO of Activeloop, explains why he is spending his time and energy on building a platform to simplify the work of getting your unstructured data ready for machine learning. He discusses the inefficiencies that teams run into from having to reprocess data multiple times, his work on the open source Hub library to solve this problem for everyone, and his thoughts on the vast potential that exists for using computer vision to solve hard and meaningful problems.

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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Davit Buniatyan about Activeloop, a platform for hosting and delivering datasets optimized for machine learning

Interview

  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Activeloop is and the story behind it?
  • How does the form and function of data storage introduce friction in the development and deployment of machine learning projects?
  • How does the work that you are doing at Activeloop compare to vector databases such as Pinecone?
  • You have a focus on image oriented data and computer vision projects. How does the specific applications of ML/DL influence the format and interactions with the data?
  • Can you describe how the Activeloop platform is architected?
    • How have the design and goals of the system changed or evolved since you began working on it?
  • What are the feature and performance tradeoffs between self-managed storage locations (e.g. S3, GCS) and the Activeloop platform?
  • What is the process for sourcing, processing, and storing data to be used by Hub/Activeloop?
  • Many data assets are useful across ML/DL and analytical purposes. What are the considerations for managing the lifecycle of data between Activeloop/Hub and a data lake/warehouse?
  • What do you see as the opportunity and effort to generalize Hub and Activeloop to support arbitrary ML frameworks/languages?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Activeloop and Hub used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Activeloop?
  • When is Hub/Activeloop the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Activeloop?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?

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