Jack Clark on the research presented in RarePlanes: Synthetic Data Takes Flight by Jake Shermeyer, CosmiQ Works Research Scientist and Thomas Hossler, AI.Reverie Computer Vision Scientist:

Why this matters – arbitraging compute for data: In tests, they show that if you use a small amount of real data and a large amount of synthetic data, you can train systems that approach the accuracy of those trained entirely on real data. This is promising: it suggests we’ll be able to arbitrage spending money on compute to generate data, with spending money on generating real data (which I imagine can be quite expensive for satellite imagery).

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