I’m often asked, “what kind of machine learning project should I work on?”
And I usually answer with “follow your curiosity.”
Because of how experimental machine learning is, it’s in your best interest to figure things out through tinkering. By trying things that might not work.
However, machine learning projects are no longer works of magic. The device you’re reading this on probably uses machine learning in several different ways you’re not aware of (see Apple’s implicit machine learning below).
That being said, this issue of ML Monthly (April 2021 edition) collects different design best practices from companies using…
The games of life reveal themselves everywhere, business, dating, wealth, status, relationships, health, politics.
And how much I love to play them!
But of course, the games are fun until you realise you’re part of the game. A scenario where you don’t control the rules.
Do I stop playing?
No no no. Where would the fun be then? I create my own game. Yes, my own. One where there’s no competition. Me vs. me.
I’m aware competition is healthy. I’m no stranger to losing! I’ve lost in spectacular fashion. …
Hello friend. Imagine having an Xbox controller you could point at the world. Push buttons and make things happen.
How fun? I want one. I’d use it to make girls like me, make dollars appear in my bank account.
I tried it with my 3-year-old neighbour once. Pointed my Xbox controller at him. He played along, moved up and down, it almost felt like it worked.
Turns out you don’t even need a controller.
All you need is to understand the brain is an information blocker more than an information receiver. Think about it. …
I went on date with a girl studying to be a paramedic.
She told me of a lesson she’d learned recently.
Sometimes the patients we go to don’t need an ambulance. When I first started, I wondered why they called. I mean, we could’ve gone to a patient who really did need an ambulance.
But then my mentor told me, sometimes people call just so someone can hear their story. All they’re after is someone to listen and to show them they care, let them know someone is there for them.
And I realised what a privilege that is. To…
11:58pm — Shit.
1:09am — Shit.
2:14am — Shit.
3:27am — Shit.
4:44am — Shit.
I started tracking how many times I’d visited the toilet during the night by messaging myself “Shit.”
That morning Brooke and I talked about her upcoming streak of working 10-days in a row. I told her that sucked and she agreed. I’d reveal more about the conversation but I can’t remember much. My insides were going weapons hot and distracted me to the point of committing little to memory.
Did you know symptoms of the typical campylobacter infection take 2–5 days to appear and can…
When I worked at Apple, we had a system. If you had a device with an issue, you could walk-in, tell us the problem, then we’d either let you know how to fix it on the spot or take your name down so we could book you 1-on-1 time with a technician.
I was a technician so once I’d finished with one customer, I’d look at the list of names and go to the next.
One day a girl came in for help with her iPhone. …
I watched the keynote and saw the graphs, the battery life, the instant wake. And they got me. I started to think, how could one of these new M1-powered MacBooks make their way into my life?
Of course, I didn’t need one but I kept wondering what story could I tell myself to justify purchasing another computer? Then I had it. My 16-inch MacBook Pro is too heavy to carry around all the time. Yeah, that’ll do. This 2.0 kg aluminium powerhouse is too much to be galavanting.
Wait… 2.0 kg, as in, 4.4 pounds?
The terms commandments and self-taught are not to be taken lightly. One must be in charge of their own education and enlightenment. Ignore this and someone else will choose it for you.
Any effective machine learning pipeline leverages the crossover of mathematics, code and data. Each is only as effective as the other.
If your data is of poor quality, it does not matter how elegant your mathematics or efficient your code is.
If your data is of the highest quality but your mathematics is off, expect your results to disappoint, or worse, harm.
If your data and mathematics are…
Last year I did 4 days, this year it’s 5 days. Who knows, maybe in 25 years I’ll be going a month at a time (probably not).
Thinking about trying your own extended fast? Well, you’re about to dive into the article/diary/question and answer style documentation of my first 5 day fast.
I’ve started by answering some of the questions I would’ve liked to have known before starting a 5 day fast and then finished with a day by day journal entry and some extra resources you might want to check out to learn more.
Disclaimer: What you’re about to…
Ceramic shield glass, blazing fast, two cameras, three if you’re a Pro, look at those curves, oh baby… do I want one? Yes yes yes. Do I need one? No no no. But you know what? A crazy idea dug itself into my head this morning. I could write myself a new iPhone.
You know there are sites now which let you spill your ideas out for cash now right? I’m talking Medium, Substack, Ghost, Gumroad, hell, you could even make your own site and add a link to a Patreon page.
The point being: if you want to…