Confessions of a researchaholic

June 8, 2018

Satoshi-Nakamotoism

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:54 am
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Aside from rare exceptions like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein, people usually do not care who is behind an invention or discovery.
(As a quick experiment, can you name the Nobel Prize winners in the most recent year, especially if you are not working in the related fields?)

Thus, I would prioritize our outcomes over our egos for publicity.

June 7, 2018

Almost compromised principle

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:43 am
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A student asked to submit our project to a non-top venue Y due to her/his school graduation requirement and study time frame, which I agreed out of necessity.

A few days ago, I noticed that (s)he changed the paper format from venue Y to a top venue X, right in front of the deadline, without even pinging me.
🙂

June 6, 2018

Singularity

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:02 pm

If one day AI takes over humans, it will not be due to higher computational efficiency.
Instead, the reason will be communication efficiency: machines, unlike humans, can talk to one another any time, without emotions or the consequent need of synchronous, face-to-face meetings.

May 30, 2018

Burger trays

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:18 am
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I was helping a new guy order lunch burger.
I have never ordered from that particular place before, so I am in no position to offer any process suggestions.
I saw a tray with order sheets inside and told the guy to place his inside. The order was eventually cleared from the tray, but no burger came out after 30 minutes. After inquiring, the chef told us that that tray was for discarding wrong orders, and we were supposed to put our order in another tray.

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May 28, 2018

How to screen PhD/intern applicants

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:00 pm
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May 27, 2018

Head buff

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:42 pm
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Head-buffs, bought by and felt like my parents



May 19, 2018

Antisocial irrationality

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:18 pm
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In a recent party I attended I did not socialize as much as I should. I was either too arrogant to think talking to people is not worth the time compared to just idly walking around, or too lazy to chat which is not difficult for me at all.

If I am in a social gathering, I should talk to people; otherwise I should just go somewhere else to do something useful.

In a future party, if you find me antisocial (not abnormal, which is normal for me), please remind me that I am behaving irrationally.

May 18, 2018

Abdenour

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:40 pm
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The Uber driver who took me to YUL is from Bajaia and speaks French, English, Arabic, and Berbere. It is Ramadan so he could not eat or drink from 3:30 am to 8:30 pm. I told him that I like to visit North Africa.

May 16, 2018

Paper committee referrals

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:47 pm

In case you wonder, I have been referring you guys to some paper committees, like PG, ACCV, SIBGRAPHI, etc. It is a win-win for everyone: you guys get good learning experiences on your resumes and I can save some bandwidth for other tasks. I will let you decide whether you want to take the jobs; responsible reviews take significant efforts. I will never refer you to fishy paper committees (e.g. those purely for profits). Enjoy!

May 15, 2018

Yam

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 7:15 pm
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The Uber drive that picked me up from YUL has a math degree from Concordia but could not find a job in Montreal as he could not speak French.

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