I would like to thank and to express my gratitude towards 3 amazing people: @rachel @sgugger and @jeremy Thank you so much for the extraordinary work that you did in delivering another fantastic course in such special conditions. I’m pretty sure that my sentiment is shared by the vast majority of the fastai community. Knowing the 3 of you have young kids to take care of during this unique adventure evokes even more admiration.
Thank you Rachel for delivering an outstanding course about Ethics in AI, for raising awareness about such an important topic in the fastai community as well as outside. Thank you for your relentless efforts in digesting so much information from different research fields, distilling it, and synthetizing it in such unique courses, talks, blog posts, and tweets. Your work has a real impact on how Deep Learning practitioners should see their role in creating useful tools that don’t harm innocent people who don’t have a voice. Thank you also for your role as a moderator during the course which was not an easy task especially if you have to keep an eye on your little one.
Thank you Sylvain for your continuous and relentless efforts in supporting the course, adding new fastai2 material, fixing bugs, answering questions on the forum day in and day out. Jeremy called you his partner in crime for a good reason. He also rightfully mentioned how instrumental both your work and support has been for the course. Thank you for all your work and your dedication to the fastai community.
Thank you Jeremy for all the energy that you devoted in delivering this course, in raising, with Rachel, a global awareness about the importance of wearing masks. Thank you for your active role in mobilizing so many people in working together in order to find solutions that have a positive impact on a lot of people. Those effort are rewarded by literally saving so many lives. Thank you for taking the risk by starting the course with the Covid-19 topic: The reaction was unanimously positive. That was a live demonstration that fastai is not just a technical tool or group of DL practioners living in their SOTA bubble, and that on the contrary, fastai revolves around the idea of building something useful for a large and global community. Thank you for delivering another outstanding course and for finding the way to surprise the audience by always pulling out new material and new tricks, and generously sharing them with a large number of people.
Thank you again, and I wish you all the best,