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.

April 15, 2020

Electric power flow

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:51 pm
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After installing Tesla solar panel and power-wall last month, I have been watching the daily power flows among the grid, solar, home, and battery with intrigue.
With weather forecast, I can imagine programming the electric system to optimize the schedules of home appliance usage (e.g., laundry when the sun is bright) and charging from the grid (e.g., backup for an incoming power outage).

April 4, 2020

Virtual machines

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 8:55 am
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When I was a grad student at Stanford I thought the idea of virtual machines was entirely crazy. And then came cloud computing.
This CACM article nicely summarized the background story.

December 11, 2018

Lytro

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:35 pm
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The light field camera is a beautiful technology, but consumers find it no more useful than 360 imaging.



June 2, 2017

Facebook

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:37 am
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I wonder how many people truly find the user experience compelling or merely stay put because all their friends are there.

February 24, 2017

F*** you money

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 1:15 pm
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I did some calculation a while ago and concluded that no amount of money will suffice. Instead, it is much better to have f*** you talents/skills/capabilities.

This recent case, as reported by wired and bloomberg, may have a good chance to prove my conjecture.

July 3, 2016

tripling.dreamers.suspended

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:13 pm
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Is the what3words address of my HKU office.
🙂

May 20, 2016

System surveys

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:41 am
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Few people have the time and patience to answer surveys, even when they do they might not provide genuine opinions (consciously or not), and the sampling is inherently biased.

A well designed system collects data and analyzes users on the go; just look at Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

March 27, 2016

Algorithmic species

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:04 am
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Algorithms can already devise algorithms and write programs.

It is just a matter of time before they can do that in a scale massive enough to displace many, if not most, programming jobs, just like what robots have already done to the manufacturing jobs.

March 17, 2016

Maintaining success for the long term

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:02 am
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I found inspirations from this Q/A session between Sam Altman and Michael Moritz not only for startups but anyone who needs to deal with an ever changing environment: do not sit on the past, keep a fresh team, and change with the future.

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