What is Latent.Space?

A technical newsletter, podcast (top 10 in US Tech! audio and video), and community (online and in person) by and for the rising class of AI Engineers, focusing on the business and technology of this new AI summer.

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- swyx

What We Cover

Our pet topics:

Areas we de-emphasize and rarely discuss (bc undifferentiated, covered elsewhere):

Quotes

“Great episode, good technical discussion on LLM pretraining 👍” - Andrej Karpathy

“In numbers, there's probably going to be significantly more AI Engineers than there are ML engineers / LLM engineers. One can be quite successful in this role without ever training anything.” - Andrej Karpathy

“This was a wonderful chat w Alessio and @swyx - diving much deeper into the AI infra + compiler + language + implementation details of the Modular AI Engine than ever before.” - Chris Lattner

“A good intro to the tiny corp for people who want to come work here.” - George Hotz (+ Soumith Chintala)

“Probably the most comprehensive overview of where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what’s on our minds at LangChain” - Harrison Chase

“Your pods are a legitimate highlight of life for me. They’re amazing.” - Mckay Wrigley

“This is spot on. Multiverse is the real metaverse.“ - Emad Mostaque

“A very useful summary of the state of play in open source generative AI, including a bunch of projects I hadn't heard about before” - Simon Willison

“I was driving, laughed so hard I almost had to pull over.” - Gene Kim

“I have like 20 tabs open with links now” - Kevin Hu

“Extremely high signal to noise ratio, pretty much the only resource I follow devoutly. Every episode is gold.” - Francisco Pingham

“The All-In podcast equivalent for AI” - Atlantis Labs

“Highest-signal pod” - AI Safety Memes

“Some terrifyingly and delightfully sharp insights here by @swyx into generative AI, capitalism, and how the multiverse will come to our rescue as the metaverse encroaches.” - gabor ugray

"But you cannot own a Multiverse. Whatever virtual land you “own”, my next favorite one is one seed away in a neighboring universe." - Jim OShaughnessy

Components

The newsletter was first started by swyx in 2022, whose regular blog is more career and engineering focused, and DXTips is more DevRel focused.

The podcast (RSS feed here) was then started in 2023, cohosted by Alessio and swyx, recording mostly in-person with technical deep dives and a real look at the people behind the major projects and news in AI. (see our guest prompt here! and our new YouTube channel). Our podcast intro music is “Ice & Fire - King Canyon”.

Both projects grew out of an informal Discord community that has run since Covid. The community now has an active LLM Paper Club that has unrecorded Zoom meetings every week (join here) covering one important paper or reading in AI.

Origin and other naming notes - from swyx

I was undecided on how seriously I want to pursue this crazy trend, so decided to carve out a new space, and originally hosted it on lspace.swyx.io. With the success of the newsletter and podcast, I decided to ramp it up by moving to the latent.space domain thanks to Brian McMahan, coauthor of Natural Language Processing with PyTorch.

This blog was originally named “L-Space Diaries”, which nominally stands for Latent Space, but also it is a reference to the L-space of Discworld, by Sir Terry Pratchett (GNU).

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The AI Engineer newsletter + Top 10 US Tech podcast. Exploring AI UX, Agents, Devtools, Infra, Open Source Models. See https://latent.space/about for highlights from Chris Lattner, Andrej Karpathy, George Hotz, Simon Willison, Emad Mostaque, et al!

People

swyx

Writer, curator, latent space explorer. Main blog: https://swyx.io Devrel/Dev community: https://dx.tips/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/swyx

Alessio Fanelli

Partner @ Decibel, investing in infrastructure, security, dev tools and enterprise SaaS. Writing about things related to it.