(This is a review of Conscious Mind, Resonant Brain: How Each Brain Makes a Mind)
On October 27th, 1864 a Scottish laird and polymath delivered a scientific paper to the venerable Royal Society in London. In keeping with tradition, it was read to the society’s distinguished members at a meeting convened a month later. The contents of this paper would forever change our understanding of the world, unifying electricity and magnetism. It would, more than any other idea before or after, also unify the world, unshackling communication from earth-bound wires and suffusing the skies with thoughts, hopes, desires, and TikTok…
Here’s a fun little game. Take a mildly clickbaity news headline and try to reconstruct the original news story — at least the broad outlines of it — using GPT3. One way clickbait works is the title promises a quick clicking together of puzzle pieces, many or all of which are present in the title itself. We just can’t resist the urge to find that other piece, and satisfyingly snap all those pieces together
I came across this headline on Hacker News earlier today: Cheese photo leads to Liverpool drug dealer’s downfall
The headline suggests, to us humans, that something…
Even before the pandemic cratered our economy, we were faced with a scary question: how do we find jobs for 100 million Indians entering the workforce over the next decade? Delivery and mobility startups aren’t going to do it. Learning to code to become an Elon Musk isn’t going to do it either, despite what those terribly annoying ads tell you. How do we create and spread prosperity, allowing a billion of us access to lives and livelihoods that go beyond subsistence? Our problem is unique in scale, and we can’t emulate anyone else. …
I simply wish that, in a matter which so closely concerns the wellbeing of the human race, no decision shall be made without all the knowledge which a little analysis and calculation can provide — Daniel Bernoulli
While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. — Arthur Conan Doyle
It’s the year 1760, and smallpox is still ravaging Europe. It’s been killing people for over ten thousand years. Every civilization it encountered was left pockmarked. Trade and then the Crusades brought this disease into…
TLDR: Paid internships ML/AI; please share
This is a tough time for recent graduates to find a job . We aren’t looking to hire anyone immediately, but we do have a few fun/interesting projects we would like someone to take up. We are offering remote, paid ML/AI internships to folks anywhere in India. We hope this gives you interesting experience, and will come in handy in your job search as well.
This is for final-year undergrads or recent graduates. Here are some possible projects
Automatically annotating/understanding Indian legal judgment documents (that are open-source)
An AI-enhanced painting app for…
As we are locked down in the fight against COVID-19 there are others who do not have the luxury of waiting this out at home. More than 470 million migrant workers in India are trapped without food, without shelter. Many are walking hundreds of kilometers back to their villages. They need your help, and fast.
Let us help them. We would love for everone who sees this to donate just Rs. 150 / $5 (what you would otherwise spend on a single meal) and urge all your friends to do the same.
You can make the donation here: https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/campaigns/socialcomforting
I am super thrilled with our first Immersify ad. Not just because it’s pretty cool, but because of how we used the Immersify platform to get it done. It took us just three days to go from a rough idea to this video.
This is a story of how you can do this and way more.
We use the term influencer marketing to explain what Immersify is, but that phrase is imperfect and limiting. Immersify is in reality a smart platform that enables decentralized storytelling.
Decentralized what? Isn’t that blockchain-speak from late 2017? Are we doing an initial coin…
In 2019 we happened to launch two products, stumble around a bit, learn some lessons, and have both generate revenue, making us wonder how to juggle both in 2020
Why two? One is difficult enough. Two is insanity! Well, as with everything in life, it depends. We productized solutions to two really frustrating pain-points we had to solve for with our previous experiments: hiring and marketing.
In the blitzscaling world, you fling fistfuls of VC money at both problems and hope you’ll figure out efficiencies, and maybe-just-maybe, even a sustainable model for both. …
Founder @ Giffie; PhD, Computational Neuroscience, Boston U; BTech, IIT Madras; Co-Author: A Billion Wicked Thoughts (2011), Journey of the Mind (Feb, 2022)