36 min

The evolution and promise of RAG architecture with Tengyu Ma from Voyage AI No Priors: Artificial Intelligence | Technology | Startups

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After Tengyu Ma spent years at Stanford researching AI optimization, embedding models, and transformers, he took a break from academia to start Voyage AI which allows enterprise customers to have the most accurate retrieval possible through the most useful foundational data. Tengyu joins Sarah on this week’s episode of No priors to discuss why RAG systems are winning as the dominant architecture in enterprise and the evolution of foundational data that has allowed RAG to flourish. And while fine-tuning is still in the conversation, Tengyu argues that RAG will continue to evolve as the cheapest, quickest, and most accurate system for data retrieval. 

They also discuss methods for growing context windows and managing latency budgets, how Tengyu’s research has informed his work at Voyage, and the role academia should play as AI grows as an industry. 

Show Links:

Voyage AI

Stanford Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Tengyu Ma Key Research Papers:

Sophia: A Scalable Stochastic Second-order Optimizer for Language Model Pre-training

Non-convex optimization for machine learning: design, analysis, and understanding

Provable Guarantees for Self-Supervised Deep Learning with Spectral Contrastive Loss

Larger language models do in-context learning differently, 2023

Why Do Pretrained Language Models Help in Downstream Tasks? An Analysis of Head and Prompt Tuning

On the Optimization Landscape of Tensor Decompositions


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Show Notes: 
(0:00) Introduction
(1:59) Key points of Tengyu’s research
(4:28) Academia compared to industry
(6:46) Voyage AI overview
(9:44) Enterprise RAG use cases
(15:23) LLM long-term memory and token limitations
(18:03) Agent chaining and data management
(22:01) Improving enterprise RAG 
(25:44) Latency budgets
(27:48) Advice for building RAG systems
(31:06) Learnings as an AI founder
(32:55) The role of academia in AI

After Tengyu Ma spent years at Stanford researching AI optimization, embedding models, and transformers, he took a break from academia to start Voyage AI which allows enterprise customers to have the most accurate retrieval possible through the most useful foundational data. Tengyu joins Sarah on this week’s episode of No priors to discuss why RAG systems are winning as the dominant architecture in enterprise and the evolution of foundational data that has allowed RAG to flourish. And while fine-tuning is still in the conversation, Tengyu argues that RAG will continue to evolve as the cheapest, quickest, and most accurate system for data retrieval. 

They also discuss methods for growing context windows and managing latency budgets, how Tengyu’s research has informed his work at Voyage, and the role academia should play as AI grows as an industry. 

Show Links:

Voyage AI

Stanford Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Tengyu Ma Key Research Papers:

Sophia: A Scalable Stochastic Second-order Optimizer for Language Model Pre-training

Non-convex optimization for machine learning: design, analysis, and understanding

Provable Guarantees for Self-Supervised Deep Learning with Spectral Contrastive Loss

Larger language models do in-context learning differently, 2023

Why Do Pretrained Language Models Help in Downstream Tasks? An Analysis of Head and Prompt Tuning

On the Optimization Landscape of Tensor Decompositions


Sign up for new podcasts every week. Email feedback to show@no-priors.com
Follow us on Twitter: @NoPriorsPod | @Saranormous | @EladGil | @tengyuma

Show Notes: 
(0:00) Introduction
(1:59) Key points of Tengyu’s research
(4:28) Academia compared to industry
(6:46) Voyage AI overview
(9:44) Enterprise RAG use cases
(15:23) LLM long-term memory and token limitations
(18:03) Agent chaining and data management
(22:01) Improving enterprise RAG 
(25:44) Latency budgets
(27:48) Advice for building RAG systems
(31:06) Learnings as an AI founder
(32:55) The role of academia in AI

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