Allegory of two distinct Deep Learning approaches in autonomous driving.
- Tesla neural networks replicate our brain on a cell level. Decisions are based on tiny predefined details and using all of them. That's what developing brain does.
- Comma.ai does the complete opposite - replicating our brain brain function on a holistic interconnected level. Decisions are based on the big picture, using different detail-based arguments and picking the most suitable ones.
Tips to avoid distractions of instant messaging (Except app blockers and putting away your phone):
1. Use email instead of instant messaging as much as possible
2. Check your messaging apps once every 24 hours
3. Have weekly / monthly breaks from messaging. Set your WhatsApp status to "not responding to messages today" or set an automatic reply to every message saying that you are away and call if it's urgent.
There is an interesting story to listen on Planet Money Podcast about elephants, deep learning and great problem solving approach.
We all know that we have a massive elephants poaching problem in Africa. However, we don't know the exact details: how many, where, when, etc.
According to LEAN principles, you always start with clarifying and quantifying your problem statement.
This is what scientists started to do by listening to the sounds of elephants. However, very soon they had a roadblock - too much data to process.
So, they applied deep learning techniques working together with machines and teaching them on how to differentiate sounds.
What a great example of how machine working together with humans can help in solving problems.
What are your favorite examples how machines collaborate together with humans?
I used to have a narrow view when forming partnerships. The process would like:
1. I need new partners for x project
2. Contact organizations to create y partnership for x project
3. X project over, y partnership over
There are many reasons why this does not work out:
o It misses out potential opportunities
o Does not take a consideration of the other partner's needs and future goals
o Poor response rate because of "I never cared about you before I needed something out of you" approach
o Focus on quantity instead of quality
If you really want to develop a partnership and see potential collaboration opportunities, do not reach out to a partner only when you NEED them. Approach them gently, and with a lot of care. Provide value and create a "social capital" - so that they feel obliged to support you once you need help as you did the same for them in the past.
Do not start a partnership from "what can you do for me?"
Instead, focus on "what can I do for you?"
It will take time, it is a long-term game and the benefits would often not be seen immediately. However, it is the way to build sustainable, valuable and impactful partnerships.