Why to write?

This is a good argument for “starting to write”. The pertinent highlights: I recently became aware of Jeff Bezos’s dotcom-era policy of banning PowerPoint within Amazon The reason writing a good 4 page memo is harder than “writing” a 20 page powerpoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and […]

A yelp for doctoral programs?

I stumbled on this interesting write up. The pertinent highlights: Inside the walls of colleges and universities, the real economy is based on prestige, not dollars The prestige economy that surrounds doctoral programs is almost entirely defined by research Ranking graduate programs solely according to their research output — even if that were being done fairly and accurately — […]

Science Policy: In perspective

On May 21, 2020, a bill was introduced in Congress to pour $100 billion into technology development to “catalyze United States innovation.” Exactly 10 days later, the University of Colorado shut down its Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. The juxtaposition of these two events is not some bitter irony, but it does bring into sharp focus the […]

GPT3: A layman’s explanation

I am linking to the summary highlights of a brilliant write up on GPT-3. I hope that you like it! Enters a principle that has emerged during the last week as developers have played around with it: Garbage in, Garbage out. The input of “what’s up?” doesn’t provide any context, so GPT-3 generates text in […]

Machine Learning in Science: Sage words of advice

Garbage in. Garbage out. Always curate input data. Just like surface preparation is essential for a paint job. The unknowns are greater than knowns. What looks good in the lab doesn’t portend in the real clinical scenario. Possibly, that’s the reason drug research is so expensive (because of high rates of failure). GPT-3 is hype. […]