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Notes on "The Long-Tail Problem in AI, and How Autonomous Markets Can Solve It"

July 27, 2020

For my own mental health I try to limit my VC Twitter exposure, but this article on decentralizing AI by Ali Yaha at Andreessen Horowitz has been making some wider rounds. Broadly speaking these are subjects I care about as I watch both the moral hypotheticals in AI grow more real and the decentralization tech improve with each passing year. I’ve accepted that this technology is not going away because it’s just too darn useful to nation states and all their various apparatuses.
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Experiment: CIFAR-10 Training Order

June 6, 2020

I’ve been thinking about machine learning training order on and off for a little while now. Sometimes these thoughts bubble up while playing Switch. Sometimes it’s while pulling into the parking lot of some big-box store, but I digress. Let’s consider some sort of supervised learning system (like the Not Hotdog image classifier from Silicon Valley). As best as I remember I was always taught to feed in training data in random order.
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Folding@Home Setup Notes

April 25, 2020

I’ll start by saying that Folding@Home is an old project, but it’s seen a resurgence of activity due to COVID. The project anounced at the end of March that the combined computing power had broken the exaflop barrier! For reference, F@H is a distributed computing project where participants donate compute cycles to run protein folding simulations. It sure would be nice to know more about corona’s nasty protein spikes, wouldn’t it?
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The Return

April 12, 2020

Well, well, well! After literally SEVEN years I finally flipped the switch and pushed a new version of this site. It’s pretty impossible to look all the way back to 2013 in a single post, so I’ll break some parts out into a small series of posts. There should be plenty of time to write since we’re all locked down due to The Covid. But enough of that. What’s changed on this site?
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Windows 8 Impressions

March 3, 2013

Considering that I now spend the majority of my computing time on a laptop, I figured that it would be fun to put Redmond’s latest and greatest OS on my primarily gaming-oriented desktop. After using this machine on and off for a few months, some opinions have finally gelled as far as what works and what doesn’t. Going into this process, I was pretty enthusiastic about Windows 8 and was actively trying to keep an open mind despite a lot of online vitriol flowing about Metro UI (or whatever name Microsoft is calling it now).
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Third Post

February 13, 2013

My name is David Knight, and I’m a software engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This is actually the third version of the first post that I’ve written, where each revision is a little less long-winded than the previous one. I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. This blog is a place for me to write down my thoughts on programming and technology in addition to writing about some more general interests like food, space exploration, environmentalism, philosophy, college football, etc.
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