Originally here by M.E.Driscoll

A couple of weeks ago, I was drinking beer in San Francisco with friends when someone quipped:

“You have too many hipsters, you won’t scale like that. Hire some fat guys who know C++.” 

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It’s been two years since the Chapel Hill shooting happened. It shaped me in a couple of ways. The most important one is that how precious life is in this world. How you’ve been a human being today and tomorrow you can be gone. Death really makes me really focused, as Steve Jobs mentioned, death could be a really good reason to give impact to this world.  Read the rest of this entry »

You wake up. You look at your phone, it says it’s 5 am. You get out of bed, red-eyed after some eye drops last night. The AI voice talks to you from the kitchen, it tells you to go back to sleep. It tells you that your heart beat rate is too high right now, and there is a pretty high chance to reduce your day’s productivity if you don’t go back to sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

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So almost about since November 2016, Haqeem and I have been brainstorming about life and stuff, and we decided how cool it would be if there would be some self-driving cars around. I remember him mentioning to me on how much time we could be able to use our time for other things than driving. Read the rest of this entry »

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Overheard since my first time around Silicon Valley and several other tech hubs. “We’ve just raised $1.5 million convertible notes last month but some VCs forces us to change course”. “I don’t care about how much I own, I only care about the stock price” “We’ve just raised a $10mio round last week, we’re gonna be billionaires.” said a friend who’s company is about to explode without the next round.

I feel numb to all this. Not because I don’t like it. It’s because it’s so much out of touch with other people’s reality out there. I never talk about these things publicly again as I thought it will make me sound very arrogant. My mentor told me words that I could never forget: “remember when you raise x amount of dollars, you are raising money that ordinary Americans would never earn in their lifetime. So use that money wisely.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Yesterday, May 3rd, 2017, there has been a small discussion in MILA on the work to release Theano 2.0. I’ve thought that I could write some C++17 code for the backend. The whole idea of Theano is to express linear algebra operations in a computational graph. It’s basically a math expression compiler, with the ability to do automatic differentiation for backpropagation.

So I found a nice blog post from the C++ guilds that explains autodiff using dual numbers. The code is written in the newest C++ 17 standard or (c++1z). Full code is in my Github repo called autodiff. Just invoke make in the directory and it will compile. The code is in main.cpp. Read the rest of this entry »

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I wanted to go into computational linguistics and I asked a friend of mine, Iulian Serban, on what papers I should read. He gave me this list of papers (that I’d try to finish) :D. Hope this could be helpful for anyone else who’d want to learn about #nlproc (or #nlp) Read the rest of this entry »

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It came across to me that of a saying of a friend of mine. He mentioned that don’t make a research paper that couldn’t be put on a blog post. Since I’m starting to learn how to do research properly, I will be pouring my thoughts here. Enjoy!

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