Confessions of a researchaholic

October 21, 2020

What can be quantified can also be automated

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:00 am
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If the productivity of certain types of works can be quantified, it can also be optimized and thus automated.

Instead of performance evaluation, such measures are better used for identifying repetitive tasks potential for automation.

To achieve human-level intelligence, we probably need an AI framework very different from existing rule-based (e.g., Minsky) and data-driven (e.g., current ML) approaches.

October 18, 2020

Little painter

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:06 pm
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I drew this fun exercise with reference photo(s).

I found FB an excellent venue for virtual drawing archive: unlimited storage, albums for organization, “memories” for reminding/checking progress, social sharing (or peer pressure, depending on how you look at it) for motivation, and no known privacy issue (how to target ads based on drawings, aside from generic Adobe CC subscription?).

October 16, 2020

Pineapple

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:18 pm
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These are experiments with the charcoal brushes in Fresco.

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October 14, 2020

Tree remains

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:22 pm
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I saw a newly chopped-down tree on Monday evening, came back this evening only to see its remains already cleaned away, and drew from visual memory/impression.
Interestingly, I can draw this one faster and better from memory than onsite, probably due to the mental abstraction already took place.

October 13, 2020

6 am dream

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 8:59 pm
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I remembered this dream after waking up around 6 am, but the visual memory already faded when I tried to draw it in the evening.

October 12, 2020

Vertical versus horizontal colleague

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:14 pm
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During the last 1-1 with a direct report who will transfer to another team, I found I prefer talking to him as a friend than as a manager.
I wonder if this reflects my style of influencing.

October 11, 2020

Cross-kneed reader

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:07 pm
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The amount of details should be proportional not only to the intended emphasis but also the unintended confidence about the specific drawing regions.
I did not have enough time to observe the legs (before they moved), and found out that they are better left only roughly sketched.

October 10, 2020

American nightmare

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:17 pm
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In nightmares, Jorge Luis Borges mentioned about the mesmerizing painting by Henry Fuseli, which inspired me to paint over my variation to reflect the current political atmosphere.

The reference image sources: incubus, statue of liberty, elephant.

October 9, 2020

Phone movie watcher

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:29 pm
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This is a practice for quick sketch of intriguing human poses.

October 7, 2020

Zaris Mech

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:33 pm
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Portrait requires high precision to look right.
The lockdown has reduced my chance to draw people on-site, so I switch to photo references meanwhile.

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