I’m half excited, half nervous about the TensorFlow Dev Summit tomorrow. I’m excited because it’s the first official TF event, and I will undoubtedly learn a lot. I’m nervous because I’ll be around strangers! S-T-R-A-N-G-E-R-S!!!!
Seriously, what do people do at an event like this? Do you approach to people? Do you maintain eye contact? What if nobody wants to talk to you? What if you accidentally come across as being creepy af? What if you want to take a nap?
TL;DR: If you’re at the event, please come say hi.
If you don’t already know, style transfer is the cool, hip thing that has been taking the recreational AI community by storm. It’s so cool that even Kristen Stewart co-authored a paper about it. To quote one researcher who has done extensive work in style transfer that I’ve got a chance to talk to, “it is an utterly unremarkable paper that wouldn’t have been published otherwise [if Kristen Stewart’s name is not on it]. That’s a publicity stunt.”
Some background on why I’m doing this: I’m teaching the course CS 20SI: “TensorFlow for Deep Learning Research” and for the assignment about convolution neural networks, I thought it’d be fun for students to do style transfer as their exercise at home. They, after all, showed a lot of enthusiasm when we did Deep Dream in class.
Co-terminal master’s degree is a unique Stanford’s program that allows Stanford undergraduates to stay on for an extra year to earn a master’s degree. You have to apply, but it’s a pretty easy and sweat-free process. Almost everyone I know who applied got in. I never knew about the history of the program until today, when I talked to Pat Langley.
One of my favorite sayings was the one populated by Mark Twain and frequently (probably wrongly) attributed to the late British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” I get slightly annoyed when accredited newspapers use statistics to manipulate readers.
This afternoon, I saw this headline on the Washington Post:
A couple of weeks ago, a Boston-based startup called Knowmail approached me, asking me to write about Artificial Intelligence for them. Somebody wants to pay me to write about AI? Man, I would pay people to listen to me rant about AI. The company pretty much gives me free range to write about whatever I want. For the first post, I wrote about what I would want to see in the next generation of dating. I know that if this app was available, I would use it. The original article can be found here.
Imagine you are on the subway and your phone tells you: “At 2 o’clock is a girl you’d find very attractive — a 9, in fact, and she may consider you above average. According to your expressed interests, she has 90% chance of being the one.”
You turn towards 2 o’clock. At the same time, the girl’s phone notifies her with a similar message. She looks up. Your eyes meet. You both smile. Sparks flow like electricity through the sweat-dampened air. Your phone asks whether you would like to share your contact information with her, and you say yes. It’s a match! You have just met the love of your life on the subway with the help of artificial intelligence.
I have just found out about a website that totally changed the way I spend my free time. It’s called the Long Bets. We read about Long Bets while checking out the Interval, a retro, steampunk-ish, peculiar-looking place that claimed to be a “bar cafe museum”. As a side note, the Interval is such a pretty place that is definitely worth a visit.