A Platform for Discussion and Learning about AI

The Gradient is an organization with the missions of making it easier for anyone to learn about AI and of facilitating discussion within the AI community. Our current projects include The Gradient Magazine, The Gradient Podcast, The Update newsletter, and the Mastodon instance Sigmoid Social.

We are a non-profit and volunteer-run effort run by a collection of grad students, researchers, and engineers from various institutions and companies. We were founded in 2017 by a group of students and researchers at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL).

What is on The Gradient

Our magazine primarily hosts two types of articles: accessible but technically informed overviews of the state of the art and its future, and critical and well-informed perspectives on artificial intelligence topics by researchers and experts in the field. Some example articles are:

Our Update newsletter covers recent and important news items and papers—we aim to provide context and perspective in addition to the latest stories and editor-picked research papers.

Our Podcast looks at AI from a variety of angles: we interview researchers across the spectrum of AI, investors, industry executives, science fiction authors, and more. People seem to like it :)

Support The Gradient

We are a non-profit and volunteer-run effort run by researchers in the AI community. We greatly appreciate your support, which will help us cover hosting costs and other expenses. In return, you will get:

  • Early access to new Gradient articles,

  • Perpetual access to our bi-weekly newsletter and podcast series

Subscribe to The Gradient

Articles, interviews, and news coverage about AI brought to you by a team of AI researchers and builders.


daniel bashir 

"Monsieur, I absolutely cannot tell you if it has been raining. I live so resolutely beyond physical contingencies that my senses do not bother to notify me of them." ✍️ co-running The Gradient and Skynet Today, writing unhinged thoughts

Ather Fawaz

A software engineer based in the UAE who loves to write about tech. Currently building data-driven, personalized, and scalable platforms for advertisements at Noon.

Jonathan Xue

High school student in the Bay Area. Interested in AI applications, particularly those pertaining to Ethics and NLP.

Justin Landay

Senior Data Scientist @ Etsy

Hugh Zhang 

Gradient lead editor

Andrey Kurenkov 

Former AI researcher (PhD from Stanford), current AI builder. Co-founder of The Gradient, Last Week in AI, and Stories by AI. Writer, photographer, youtuber, podcaster, dilettante.

Derek Lim

Deep learning PhD student at MIT CSAIL

Tanmay Agarwal

Graduate Student in Computer Science at Stanford studying robotics and perception. Editor at The Gradient, primarily working on the newsletter.

Sharut Gupta

PhD candidate at MIT CSAIL

Kiran Vaidhya Venkadesh

🎓 PhD candidate at Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands • 🫁 AI for lung cancer screening • ✍🏽 Editor at The Gradient • ⚙️ Technical support at grand-challenge.org