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Spooky Neural Network Behavior

Spooky Neural Network Behavior

Computers have been able to match or surpass humans at many tasks that we consider intelligent for quite some time (e.g. chess). However, for much of the time since Deep Blue (aka “AI Winter”) even something as supposedly simple as object recognition remained elusive. Now, in the age of large datasets and GPUs, deep networks,...
Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

Quick Hit: 100 Days of Divided Attention

The week before the 2016 election, I proposed my dissertation. I had ambitious goals and I was ready to put in the work to achieve them. A December 2017 graduation date was in my sights. But on November 9th, I entered into an unfamiliar brain state: constant, low-level panic. An itching feeling that I needed...
Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

Quick Hit: Bad Advice from a Bad Mentor

As anyone in a PhD program knows, your experience is highly dependent on your relationship with your advisor. We discussed in our earlier post, How to Choose a PhD Advisor, ways to hopefully make the “right” (best?) choice. While there are many advisors in the world, not all can be called mentors. The difference is...