Google wants to patent basic math

I still have a hard time believing this. My view on Google had a near 180 degree shift this morning, after coming across an unpopular tweet calling out Google for trying to patent batch normalization. Batch normalization is a stupidly simple but effective technique to standardized your data being fed through a neural network by […]

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Effects of Automation

AI will create winners and losers, and it won’t be fair. The middle class will give out first (those are the jobs AI will automate out first), polarizing wealth inequality and leaving most people tending to lower-class jobs like animal carers, baristas, and babysitters. If you believe in some definition of utilitarianism, you believe there’ll […]

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Open-mindedness

I often hear people talk about “open-mindedness” as a trait they desire, whether in friendship, relationship, or a working relationship. However, when I ask people to define what open-mindedness is, they struggle to do so. The dictionary definition, “willing to consider new ideas,” is rather unhelpful. Obviously, someone who’s not willing to consider new ideas […]

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Morality and Entrepreneurship

Part of aspiring to be an entrepreneur is tossing myself some tough questions to answer. What this self-inquiry has led me to is the personal belief that entrepreneurship is as much a question about impact as it is about morality. I’m not religious, but I would imagine I’d have hell of an easier time sleeping […]

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Mathematics and Entrepreneurship

One of the special things at Stanford is the so-called “entrepreneurial spirit,” well backed by an army of CS majors that comprise of 40% of the undergrad population. I like to think of the entrepreneurial spirit as euphemism for six-figure-salary opportunism that inevitably develops in a campus surrounded by tech giants but it is generally […]

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