#134 Cohere Co-founder Nick Frosst on Building the NLP Platform of the Future

October 07, 2022 Slator
#134 Cohere Co-founder Nick Frosst on Building the NLP Platform of the Future
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The co-founder of Cohere, Nick Frosst, joins SlatorPod to talk about rapidly scaling one of the most exciting natural language processing (NLP) startups. Nick shares his journey to establishing Cohere alongside Aidan Gomez and Ivan Zhang with Aidan’s seminal paper, Attention Is All You Need, serving as an inspiration to the startup.

He reflects back on his experience at the Google Brain team in Toronto, where he worked on neural network research with Geoffrey Hinton, and breaks down the evolution of neural networks to the current state-of-the-art large language models.

Nick touches on the level of machine learning experience needed to deploy on Cohere’s NLP platform — and how it is Cohere’s goal to eventually become the default NLP toolkit for all types of developers.

Nick gives his thoughts on generative AI, such as Dall-E and Stable Diffusion, and the possible business applications for them. He shares the rationale behind partnering with Google Cloud to cater to Cohere’s huge demand for raw computing power.

The pod rounds off with the startup’s future plans to integrate a multilingual offering; specifically multilingual embedding.

Intro and Agenda
Elevator Pitch for Cohere
Nick's Professional Background
Origin Story of Cohere
Break Down of Large Language Models
Cohere's Product Offering
AI Writing Environment
Developer Profile
Multilingual Offering
Breakthroughs in AI
Partnering With Google Cloud
Hiring and Retaining Talent
Product Roadmap