In the seventh episode of the AI For All Podcast, Adam Kamor, co-founder and Head of Engineering at Tonic.ai, opens a window into the world of synthetic data and its applications in machine learning models. Tonic.ai specializes in mimicking production data to create de-identified, realistic, and safe data for testing environments.
Structured vs. Unstructured Data
Adam starts the conversation by explaining the differences between structured and unstructured data. While structured data follows a specific format or model, unstructured data is more variable and often needs preprocessing. Think labeled versus unlabeled data. Understanding these differences is key when working with this data.
Despite the growing popularity of synthetic data, there are limitations. Kamor discusses the challenges and restrictions. Understanding these limits allows practitioners to employ synthetic data more effectively.
Examples and Use Cases
Throughout the episode, Adam provides concrete examples and real-world use cases, from training machine learning models to ensuring privacy. These examples help listeners grasp how this emerging technology is already being put to practical use.
When Not to Use
Not all scenarios are suitable for synthetic data. Adam gives insights into when synthetic data might not be the best choice, offering guidelines for making informed decisions based on the specific needs and constraints of a project.
Data Risks and Privacy
One of the most crucial aspects of synthetic data is its role in enhancing data privacy. Kamor explains how it can protect sensitive information by creating realistic yet anonymized datasets. The discussion on data risks and privacy highlights the ethical considerations and best practices in the field.
The episode also delves into the idea of prompt engineering with synthetic data, a nuanced aspect of model training and testing. It is conceivable that one could use synthetic data to create better prompts for LLMs by automating the details.
Industries, Differential Privacy, and More
From healthcare to finance, various industries are leveraging synthetic data. The conversation also explores advanced concepts like differential privacy, computer vision, and digital twins, revealing the breadth and depth of synthetic data’s potential.
Watch the Episode
This episode offers insights and practical knowledge for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of data science and AI. Adam Kamor’s expertise offers a comprehensive look at the myriad applications, considerations, and intricacies of synthetic data.
Whether you are a data scientist, a privacy advocate, or simply curious about the technology shaping our world, this episode offers a rich exploration of a topic at the forefront of modern computing.
Join the AI For All Podcast to delve into this enlightening conversation and continue to explore the dynamic world of artificial intelligence.