Breaking news: grad students do have friends.
I was pretty lost at TensorFlow summit last year when I met David, Frederik and a few other grad students at lunch and decided immediately that I’d follow them both on Twitter and in real life.
We are all over the place. David is doing PhD at ETH in Switzerland, Frederik is doing PhD at Berkeley, Dani is doing his master’s at UCL and working for Google in London. However, since we all work in AI, we run into each other once every few weeks. We used to have poolside brunches last summer at David’s condominium where *somebody* crashed David’s new drone and electric skateboard. We went for a movie on the beach in Santa Cruz. We raided NIPS after parties. Each time, some of us bring their friends and I enjoy getting to know new people.
This time, David came over for TensorFlow summit and Dani came over for work, so we planned to hang out in SF. Frederik brought Avi, his lab mate at Berkeley. We checked out the gorgeous view at Google office in SF, ate Ethiopian food, and then went for a comedy show in Tenderloin. The best joke of the day, we all agreed, is: “I have to tell my kid things like don’t talk to strangers, they will tell you their app idea.”
I’m feeling grateful for having such an incredible group of friends. They work on challenging problems. They stay up-to-date with latest papers/technologies and always have interesting things to say. They’re down for fun too.