[Day 796] A few things I learned today

  1. Adulthood is incredibly lonely. You go to work in your own cubicle and go home to your own room. I was walking around my office the other day and had a tiny mental breakdown. “This is my life now,” I thought. Where do people find a group of friends they can meet and share things every day like in “Friends” or “How I met your mother”? Is there any show about lonely people? Continue reading “[Day 796] A few things I learned today”
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[Day 796] A few things I learned today

[Day 795] Is Andrej Karpathy human?

Sophia the robot visited Vietnam today and VnExpress asked me to write an op-ed about what it means to be human. In the article, I mentioned the program that Andrej Karpathy wrote that generated Shakespeare-sounding text.

I didn’t think much of it until my editor texted me: “Is Andrej Karpathy human?”

I was like: “I guess.”

She was disappointed and took that example out of my article.

[Day 795] Is Andrej Karpathy human?

[Day 794] “If you don’t fund us, you’re a f* sl*t”

Disclaimer: pardon my French. This line is from Silicon Valley.

I’ve been back in Silicon Valley for less than a week and I’ve already collected half a dozen business cards from my Uber/Lyft/carpool drivers. They are all either raising funds or looking for new customers.

Levi thinks it’s because I have a disarming face. People look at me and think: “I bet I can squeeze some money out of that little person.”

I’ll take it as a compliment.

[Day 794] “If you don’t fund us, you’re a f* sl*t”

[Day 792] Chaos and fortunes in Silicon Valley

The Lyft driver picked me up from work today and, gesturing at the spaceship-like building behind me, asked: “Do you work at NVIDIA?” I said yes. He said: “Wow.”

He told me that 8 years ago, his wife got offers from both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. She chose Qualcomm because she didn’t want to work for a tiny company that only made gaming chips. “Then her Qualcomm stocks went straight down,” he said. “If she had taken the NVIDIA offer, we’d have been retired by now.”

Well, if I had bought Bitcoin 8 years ago, or invested in Facebook, or Amazon, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now either. Aren’t chaos and fortunes the same thing in Silicon Valley?

[Day 792] Chaos and fortunes in Silicon Valley

[Day 691] What PhD students do on the weekend

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. Continue reading “[Day 691] What PhD students do on the weekend”

[Day 691] What PhD students do on the weekend